Update: There is one place you can still listen to the Ed Young sermon excerpt asking for his church to fill out forms with their checking account and routing number. It is at Fighting for the Faith, on the November 2nd, 2010 podcast, starting at about the 9:00 minute mark. Chris Rosebrough analyzes the audio of the video that was removed. So far Fellowship Church hasn't successfully removed it from the Rosebrough website.
The video of Ed Young posted here on Sunday has gotten quite a bit of play around the blogosphere. It has even moved over to YouTube. Christians and non-Christians alike are flabbergasted that a pastor from the pulpit is trying to get people to commit to give 10% of their income to his church through automatic withdrawl.
But that is not even close to the worst part of that sermon.
The worst part is what preceded it. The video above is a compilation of excerpts from the first part of that sermon.
He delivers a tithing sermon to scare, humuliate, intimidate, and offend his church members into giving 10% of their income. But if you go to a church where the preacher tells the people that they are obligated to give 10% of their income to the church, you probably have heard many of these same things. But Ed puts them all together in one single whopper of a manipulative, self-serving, heretical sermon.
But boy, he sure is a good performer.
He tells them they are cursed if they don't tithe. He wonders why they come to church if they don't bring the tithe, tells them to stay home or play golf, to quit wasting Ed's and God's time. He says to watch your wallet if you're sitting next to a non-tither. He brags that "blessings track him down" for his 29 years of faithfulness. He even declares multiple times that the blessings of the Christian life are "all about the money".
Ed even says "Show me the money" - which I take to mean "show me your bank account and routing number".
He says that if you don't tithe, your marriage, your job, your kids, will all suffer because you're under God's curse.
I hope that someone in Ed's circle of friends - maybe John Cross, or maybe Ed's father - someone, will help Ed see that he is abusing his congregation.