In all my years in churches I have never heard of a pastor attacking women in the pulpit like Mac Brunson does. It really blows my mind! I've never heard a pastor dredge up old stories about church trouble involving deacons and pastors' wives. Can you imagine Vines ever casting a pastors' wife in a negative light? NEVER! But Mac is a different breed for sure. Mac is a hypocrite. Mac loves to be a "gentleman" and escort women and hold their hand up and down the stairs of his platform when they sing a special number, but boy he sure is rough on 'em when he preaches.
I've already beat the dead horse about how Mac slandered Sheri Klouda this past July...and he never has apologized to his congregation for lying to us about Dr. Klouda's testimony in her case...and as far as I know he has yet to contact Dr. Klouda to offer his apologies. By the way, kudos to President-Elect Obama who apologized immediately when he said an offending remark about Nancy Reagan in his first post-election press conference. Oh that Mac Brunson could have just a little bit of the class of Obama in how women are to be treated.
Now Mac travels to SWBTS on 11/5/08 and he decides its time to take a swipe at two pastor's wives from his previous church! He decides to let everyone know that Dr. Truett's wife at FBC Dallas openly opposed Dr. Criswell, and Mac follows that up with a "isn't it interesting how history repeates itself" comment that most assuredly is referring to the opposition that he faced from Mrs. Criswell.
You can listen to this clip below to hear it for yourself.
Its amazing how Mac takes swipes at women from his pulpit - one a seminary professor, and two pastors' wives, which is bad enough...but the comments that he made concerning all three women added absolutely nothing to his sermon. They were gratuitious, vindictive, hurting remarks. His 2 minute story about Sheri Klouda's testimony added nothing to his sermon, in which he just in passing was pointing out lawsuits between believers were a problem in the Corinthian church. He could have said that he believed the Klouda lawsuit to be wrong - quite a few people might agree with him. But to then go beyond that and paint Sheri Klouda as some nut who brought a lawsuit for gender discrimination and then testified under oath that her lawsuit was wrong, is slanderous and hurtful to Dr. Klouda. She believed her lawsuit WAS in accordance with scripture, and contrary to Mac's lie she stated so and gave an explanation to the court. But Mac decided to just flat out lie about her - or perpetuate a lie told him without him checking his facts. What a bully. It sickens me.
Now we come to his comments on Mrs. Truett and Mrs. Criswell. What does it add to his sermon to dredge up history to cast the wives of two famous pastors in a negative light? Would he have done this if Dr. Truett and Dr. Criswell were still alive? Of course not!! He is not man enough!! It will, I believe, be only a matter of time before the bully Mac Brunson says something disparaging about Mrs. Lindsay. I mean she is now deceased, and so his her husband, so if it suits his purposes, why not blame some of his troubles at FBC Jax on Mrs. Lindsay? Its coming, I can assure you.
Since he is so free to talk about women from his pulpit, let's give a little bit of information here about his wife, Ms. Debbie Brunson. Staff members who have left FBC Jax church have reported that she is a gossip and slanderer. She has returned from IMB trustee meetings and said very hurtful, untruthful things about certain people that she has opposed on the IMB board of trustees. Them's the facts, Jack. Check it out. Ask the staff members. So Mac, before you go around throwing stones at women, why not talk to your wife about controling her own tongue. Or don't you know she is gossipping and slandering at the church? And by the way, Mac, don't be afraid to tell people she is on staff! Why can't she be introduced at SWBTS as the "Director of.." whatever her position is? Why don't you have she and Trey on the church website staff directory? Are you embarrassed that they are on staff? Do we have other "Directors" that are not on our staff website?
And isn't it a bit odd that Mac uses an example in his sermon about a backslidden female member of our church that came to him after the service just two weeks ago? (you'll hear it at the end of the clip below). Is that wise? Wouldn't some people in the church know who this woman is ? Can't the guy keep his yapper shut about people he counsels? This is not the first time he has blabbed about his counseling sessions.
So people at FBC Jax...watch your backs. The Brunsons might act like they like you, but don't cross them. Don't say anything they don't like, else you will be on their list and they may talk about you to the staff...and be wary of going to them for any counseling, else you just might find yourself and your problems and your backslidden condition on the Internet in one of Mac's sermons when he preaches out of town! He LOVES to gossip about his church when he goes on his preaching junkets.
Team Brunson....they play hardball.