Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The pastor of Riverside Church in New York City, one of America’s most respected Black churches, is under fire from some members of the congregation for the amount of money in his annual compensation package... Which total more than $600,000 by the time you figure in $250,000 in salary; $11,500 monthly housing allowance; private school tuition for his child; a full-time maid; entertainment, travel and "professional development" allowances; pension and life insurance benefits; and an equity allowance for him to save up to buy a home.... I truly believe that "the laborer is worth his/her hire." But, there is nowhere in scripture that states that a Pastor is too live in excess.... Does a man of God need $600,000 annual compensation and a maid to live comfortably? Did Jesus or any of his apostles live that 'High on the hog?" Also scripture clearly states that we should not do anything that may cause others to stumble...The word is out that Dr. Forbes had to adapt his theology with that of his bosses at Riverside(one being David Patterson)Word is that Dr. Forbes, when hired by Riverside Church, did not believe that homosexuality was a gift from God, but all of a sudden his theology changes, and was told that he changed his theology in order to keep his job...If that is the case I do wonder how free Pastor Braxton will be, meaning in his preaching what the Holy Spirit gives him?All of this is fulfilling scripture in 2 Timothy 4:3, "For in the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine... Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."And obviously they will pay good money to get them.