As we have discussed the Edwin Young/Jordan Young resignation and sex abuse charges against Jordan Young at Faith Tabernacle in Junction City, we've read some comments about the pastors being pretty high up on the exaltation and adoration scale. Sometimes I'm wondering if the folks from these churches are giving more credibility to the extra-Biblical words of their pastors, aka "man of God", than the actual words in their own Bible. We must know what the Bible says for ourselves. I know right now there are some readers who are seething at my words. Stay with me, people.
Since the resignation, numerous allegations of financial misconduct (taking out and keeping a $750,000 loan on the church) and immorality (it has been alleged he slept with around a dozen young women, at least 18 years old, from the church) have been made as people have seemingly come out of the woodwork. (http://www.spiritualabuse.org/experiences/lawsuits/edwin_young.html)
Read one reader's response to me for criticizing this "Man of God":
AnonymousAugust 20, 2012 2:42 PM
Woman i fear for your soul.. i dont go to that church but i have heard him preach.. and whether u believe it or not he was annointed and i would highly advise you to shut your running mouth being sarcastic that was Gods annointed irreguardless of if he did had wrong u need to keep your mouth shut.. and for the record i am a woman as well not "bashing" you because you are a woman
He's anointed regardless of what he did wrong? Really? Does this woman have a Bible that mentions looking at the fruit in one's life and the qualifications of a pastor? Who tore those pages out of her Bible? I bet I can tell you which Bible verses are underlined in her Bible (Hebrews 13:17 for start).
He must have been some man. But was he anointed? And am I wrong to criticize the former and current pastors' preaching style and behaviors?
I was checking out my friend, Kevin's YouTube videos.
Kevin is also known as NYTN (Not Your Typical Negro) and posts videos exposing abuses in the church. He is offering a $1,000 challenge. The published date was Feb. 2011, but I contacted Kevin to see if the offer still stands. It does!! Ok, readers, the challenge is on. Would you like a little extra pocket change? See if you can get yourself some moolah!! Check this out:
● I have read many comments on the Internet and received many emails regarding this notion that one should not "put their mouth on" a "man" or "woman of God". In other words, the Bible supposedly forbids ridiculing or criticizing their behavior or statements, or questioning and disagreeing with them publicly. Instead, you should just pray and leave it to God. And if you "put your mouth" on the "man" or "woman of God", there will be dire consequences, such as death or some kind of curse. So in effect, today's "bishop", "prophetess" or "pastor" is BETTER THAN JESUS (who Himself was lied on, talked about, mocked, spit on, and killed, and nothing apparently happened to the people involved).
● I am not sure what people mean by "man of God" or "woman of God". I will assume they mean a person in ministry with a "title". Having established that, I present my challenge.
● I have $1,000 that I'm going to donate to churches, charities and individuals anyway. But I would like to be a blessing to your church, your charity of choice, or some other individual in need that you may know. So then, I WILL PAY TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR DONATE TO ANY ORGANIZATION, THE SUM OF ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS for EACH OF THE FOLLOWING (a thru c) presented to me:
a) One example of anyone in the Bible that God punished for ridiculing or criticizing the behavior or statements of a minister/pastor, or for questioning or disagreeing with a minister/pastor.
b) One single, solitary verse of scripture that states OR implies one should not ridicule or criticize the behavior or statements of a minister/pastor, or that one should not question or disagree with a minister/pastor.
c) The passages of scripture which collectively show that the ONLY response to false/questionable teachings and corrupt/abusive practices by ministry leaders is to "leave it to God" and do nothing but just pray.
Thanks for watching and participating!
Ok, readers, it's on! Please let me know if you win the jackpot!