I've been writing here on this blog recently about the theological shenanigans taking place in Baptist pulpits to get people to give. Men in the pulpit threatening church members with God's judgement - and financial calamity - unless they fork over 10% of their income to the pastor's church.
Now comes a story that I became aware of from Christa Brown's blog, where the "judgement" comes not from God, but from the pastor who shoots one of his church members who was complaining about financial improprieties in the church.
The pastor is David Love, former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Independence, Missouri. Allegedly Pastor Love shot Randy Stone in his insurance agency office last March. The story gets even nastier, as apparently Pastor Love was having an affair with Stone's wife as well for about 10 years.
But apparently it was church finances that caused Love to knock off Stone. Says the LA Times:
"[Stone's friend is] not sure what motivated the killing, but says that he heard rumors that Stone was the treasurer at New Hope Baptist Church and may have been about to blow the lid on financial shenanigans at the church."
Oh, and what did Pastor Love do after he shot Stone - who was said to have greatly admired Love and very active in his church - in cold blood? Well, he did what any loving Baptist pastor would do - he delivered the eulogy.
Yes, the murderer delivered the eulogy of the man he killed because he was complaining about finances at the church.
So think twice, you complaining church members, before you go popping off about finances in the church. You just might run into a Pastor Love who you think is coming to pray with you, and just as you bow to pray he puts a bullet in your head.
Gee, my trespass papers from the discipline committee, and the pastor and the judge calling me names in the newspaper don't seem so bad now, do they?
I can't help but wonder: perhaps Mr. Stone's concerns over finances caused him to stop tithing - and maybe Pastor Love thought he was just delivering God's Old Testament judgement to the recalcitrant who dared to ask financial questions and who had stopped giving the "sacred portion" to the church. We're being told from the pulpits that bad things happen to those who don't tithe, right?
Crazy days to be a Baptist.