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Can somebody please explain to me what is up with the whole “One church in three locations” thing?? Is it just a black mega-church phenomenon? There are a number of these in my city.

It is just about the most irritating thing to see preachers like Michael Freeman , Bishop Paul Morton, and Brandon Porter (here in my town) advertise all their locations like they are opening Wal-Marts or McDonalds’. What, the Lord can’t call another preacher? Is the force of your personality so strong, are you just so popular that people won’t come unless YOU are there preaching? Can God not Get His Word preached unless YOU are the one doing it? We let these dudes get away with anything!

I have friends who play at these franchises, and they tell me how the pastor has to preach the nine o’clock service at one church, leave before the benediction to make the ten thirty at site two just in time to preach the sermon, and rush back to the first for a noon service, and finally preach a six o’clock at the third! Morton said that he takes a helicopter or a plane from one place in Georgia to New Orleans every Sunday.

How can you be any good to any flock at that rate? Let somebody else preach! Christianity looks like just another business when it is done like this. It looks like you are just collecting three paychecks.

One church here has one location that is in the middle of a community that is falling apart and rife with crime. Isn’t there enough work to do there without having to make a giant triangle across the county to “help” those in the outlying areas?

One might think that it is because you have to maintain your nearly million-dollar estate, with your five figure home theater and sound system, and I wouldn’t want anyone to think you were pimping the Gospel. I wouldn’t want anyone to think that because you are going so far as to suggest that people pawn their jewelry and such, you are struggling to maintain a lifestyle and that this is why you keep opening up new franchises. (You know who you are. I know, because I know the guys who installed your system, and I know what they think of Christ as a result of seeing how you live versus how your church communities live.)

Memphis, where I live, is a town with nearly one church per person! It makes me sick to see churches, often of the same denomination, within a rock’s throw of each other. Some of these preachers could shut down and work at one of the franchises. But nooooo! Everybody has got to be the HPIC! Just greed masquerading as shepherding. Even Jesus delegated! My goodness!

Why do we put up with stuff in God’s name that we wouldn’t let a cop or a congressman do if he were in our own family?!?

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September 16, 2008 - Posted by | Bishop Paul S. Morton, Brandon B. Porter, Christ, Christianity, Church Life, False Doctrine, False Teachers, God, Hypocrisy, Michael Freeman, Prosperity Gospel, Pulpit Pimps, Rant, Word Network, Word of Faith

11 Comments »

  1. It’s sad to see God’s effectiveness reduced to the availability of one man. It’s amazing Bishop Morton can’t follow the example of discipleship and upholding the priesthood of all believers that his NAMESAKE did. But then again there was no gulf-stream to take him from Corinth to Galatia week to week. PLEASE check out the staff link on Michael Freeman’s church site. The Apostle Paul couldn’t serve on his staff unless he had an Apostless.

    Comment by Rick T | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  2. That was a cool, salty, sandy mess! So if the Lord calls you to preach, He has your wife on the other line, too? Miss me wit that!

    Comment by maxdaddy | September 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. That website is intense. Ha. I think we all need a “blue jeans and white shirt” shot of fellowship pastors and wives (ministers).

    Hey, Ashleigh! Thanks for stopping by, but I’ll have to vote “NO” on the blue-and-white-on-the-beach thing! 🙂
    Derrick

    Comment by Ashleigh | September 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. I am constantly amazed at the number of people who say they are “called” to preach or minister.

    I know that Scripture says the number of those who Prophesy will be greater than those who speak in tongues, etc but come on. God endows each of us with charisms and calls us to a particular place in the plan of salvation.

    At this point we have reduced the role of Pastor to that of a career rather than a calling. Too many are following their pride and personal desire rather than the desires of God.

    A friend of mine sent me an excerpt from a study that concluded 8 out of 10 Christians say they have never felt/experienced God in worship. Isn’t that scary. All these churches and options for faith, theology and worship and still 8 out of 10 folks struggle to experience God.

    (note: I’m not claiming the study to be accurate, he is sending me the whole thing so I can review the sample, control set, findings, etc.)

    Comment by bob | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. First, no it isn’t just black churches. Up here in Ohio it is the white and multi-racial churches. Only they do ya one better. (Or worse, if you look at it the way I do) They don’t travel between the churches to preach in person, they pipe in satellite images on big screens! That way all the churches can have services at the same time. I kid you not. The pastor is shown on TV. In multiple churches who are in the SAME city.

    When we were looking for a new church, I outright refused to even try a church that did this. It reeks of pride. Among other things, that is.

    Sigh.

    Comment by missy | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hey, Bob.
    I agree with you, and would not be surprised to hear that study were true.

    HEY MISSY!!! How you been?!?
    Church on tv, hunh? Why not just stay home? Oh. Can’t “sow” from the house.

    Comment by maxdaddy | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. Too many false persons try to define God solely based on their own limited personal experiences, knowledge, and if it did not happen to them it cannot happen to anyone else…
    http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/relgion-finding-out-the-facts-discovering-the-truth/

    Comment by thenonconformer | September 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. What’s so amazing about this blog is that it groups all pastors into one category. First of all, not all pastors who have nice homes and such are paid by the church. In fact the man you mentioned, Porter, is not paid by the church, he’s self-employed. Lastly, Jesus had many followers and if it had been technologically possible for him to use a satellite or have 3 locations, surely He would have done it. There are people in North Memphis who can’t travel to east Memphis, but if you come to them…There are a lot of churches and pastors, but each of them have a different crowd to draw. I’m praying your growth in the Lord!

    Comment by dreamer | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  9. I appreciate your reply, and I understand your allegiance.

    But I stand by what I assert here.
    I specifically did NOT group ALL pastors. I grouped the ones I named and those who fit the mold! In fact my own church has an outpost in another part of town, too, but the difference is that one guy doesn’t rush all over town or fly from state to state.

    There is not the appearance of impropriety or the look of celebrity status, and there are largely different staffs running each place. AND our church has a PARTICULAR mission of reaching a racially, economically, socially diverse congregation. More like a church plant than a franchise…

    You mentioned Jesus and what He would’ve done. Jesus made DISCIPLES (as did Paul) and sent them out into the world to make more disciples to get the Gospel spread. So, I assert that He probably would’ve sent disciples to North Memphis — or at least that is what He would have US do.

    That is pretty much how we do it.

    And people HAVE been encouraged (at some of these other churches) to pawn and sell in order to tithe.

    It just seems that someone else could do the preaching at the other locations rather than guys chartering helicopters and lear jets — like Creflo — and shortchanging two groups of people.

    Contrary to what you may think, there are many “preachers” who seek to enrich themselves, and while the ones I mentioned MAY not be of that number, the appearance (from which we are admonished to flee) is often convicting!

    My desire in this blog is not just to slam people, but to defend the purity of my Faith and allow Christianity to be seen more accurately by those who slander us all because of the actions of a few greedy crooks!

    We are so quick to be passive and silent and allow mess to go on when we should realize that it is our job to speak up when necessary — as it so often is!

    Thank you for praying my growth! I need it! As do we ALL…

    Comment by maxdaddy | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  10. Pastors Michael & Dee Freeman are products of Fred Price and the false Word of fake —0pps- faith doctrine. This doctrine demotes God and elevates mere mortals as the Puppet Master of the Creator of this Universe.
    I heard Pastor Freeman on the Word Channel actually say that he has to control his sheep and question when they get up and leave the Church. He even said he has people in place to go after them and question them because Sheep needed Sheep Dogs to keep them in line. Sounded scary and cult like to me. After all these Sheep do not belong to you Mr. Freeman. The Shephard is not you but Jesus and the Holy Spirit is their guide not a Sheep Dog. Scary Very Scary that these people are building a Kingdom but whose KIngdom is it and who exactly is the KIngs Fred Price, Michael Freeman or the Lord ALmighty?

    Comment by Anonymous | December 23, 2010 | Reply

  11. WOF has become a cult of control freaks so what do you expect from them!
    Prosperity not the Cross is there MOTTO. Paul said I will glory in nothing but the Cross, too bad this mentality is not in these Prosperity pay God the tithe or be cursed with an Old Covenant Malachi curse for not tithing. Sadly they are too brainwashed to understand Galatians 3 verse 13 that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and the blessing of Abraham come by faith in Christ not by the law.
    They also don’t understand Galatians 3:24 -25 and Galatians 5:4. Why don’t they also push circumcision and Sabbath keeping which is Friday to Sat, evening since both were before the Levitical law of Moses dating back to Abraham? Allow me to answer that one, First, we are not Jews but redeemed blood bought New Covenant Gentiles and were never given laws to keep but were grafted into the New Covenant and Dispensation of Grace (unearned favor paid for by Jesus on the Cross when he fulfilled the law in as our Substitute. Secondly explaining what Grace and Redeemed from the Curse of the law, and teaching Galatians which is a book Pro-Grace and anti-law keeping for justification and favor from God may not result in the millions of dollars and profit. They are the ones robbing Jesus of the recognition of his payment on the Cross and replacing it with their tithe payment as the reason they are blessed and favored! May God help them for stealing his glory due to him alone and his payment alone. There is no scripture after the Cross promoting law-keeping or tithing to gain favor from God. Jesus was under the law as an example and he kept the law and taught to keep the law to the Jews then when he died he fulfilled the law, that is why no mention of law=keeping or Sabbath, circumcision or tithing is mentioned but Paul spoke against it. It is also the subject of dispute in Acts 15 and had to be discussed by the Apostles. TIthing is an act of worship but should be voluntarily given as a free offering as one has purposed or decided according to 2nd Corinthian Chapter 9 verse 7. One day people are going to wake up and some are waking up because they understand the book of Galatians and the meaning of Paid in full as in It is finished. Anyone that tells you u must keep paying and paying or be cursed is a liar! Give cheerfully but you can not pay God because Jesus already did that for you and you can go to God in Jesus name free of charge for what you may be lacking! READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELVES ESP. GALATIANS 5:4!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous | December 23, 2010 | Reply


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