Peter,You Are The Rock, And Upon You I Will Build My Church Not A Coporation.

There's another church being sued by church members - over access to financial records. This time its Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, pastured by the Revs. Rudolph McKissick, Sr. and Jr. BBIC is a predominantly African-American church that split from FBC Jax way back in 1877. Any how according to an articles by Jeff Brumley in the Florida Times Union on July 25 th and August 16 several BBIC deacons are suing the church to gain access to financial records of the church, so that they the church members can be fully informed on how a $22 million dollar loan was spent by church leaders. Questions:

  1. Why not let members see financial records?
  2. What could possibly be wrong with that?
  3. On what grounds is the church denying these members from gaining access to financial records of their own church at which they've served and financially supported?
Now, according to Brumley, the church is drawing a distinction between being members of the "church", and being a member of the "corporation" and guess what: These deacons are not members of the "corporation" (darn). Now that is a new twist to church financial secrecy - the BBIC members have been writing their tithe checks to the "church", but i am guessing the money was really going to a "corporation" to which they do not belong, killing their rights to demand financial transparency on how money is spent. This is mind blowing! And how does one "join" a corporation instead of a church? I am just asking! If I am not mistaking Jesus said:

"Peter, you are the rock, and upon you I will build my Church not Coporation.

"And the Lord added to the Church daily"not the Coporation.

"...as Christ loved the Church (not corporation) and gave Himself for it..."

Comments

  1. My! My! My! Not the good old Bethel Baptist Institutional Church! I always thought McKissick was so much better than that. It's just so amazing how these preachers are always badgering the members into giving, but never want to disclose to the members what there money is supporting.


    This story underscores one of the major problems that is behind most of the trickery goind on in many churches today. This whole megachurch phenomenon has created a corporate mentality within the church. I am curious to know what his classifications are in terms of being a member of the "corporation" vs the "church".


    That's alright though, what is done in the dark will eventually come to the light.

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  2. See? Didn't I tell you that a lot of these pastors considerd themselves CEO and CFO's instead of shepherds or pastors?
    The church IS the corporation according to the articles of incorporation (as I understand it). There has to be an annual business meeting held. Financial accountability ia a part of that meeting. Something untoward is going on there.

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  4. How sad and how frightening that the Church has deteriorated to this point. Even corporations need to make reports to stockholders, which are made public. Transparency should be to goal of the Church, not secrecy. The early church held everything in common. To hold back from the church was a dangerous thing, take a look at Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). What was their great sin? Secrecy and Hypocriticy! Lord help that church.

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  5. I am cautous with my opinion on this one. There are times in which "opening books" can be detrimental for all. I do not know the specifics of "opening the books". There's personal and sensitive information within most "foundations". I can't hate on the size of the church. Therefore, since it is a large church that makes investments, it's wise to keep those investments close to the vest.

    I will assume the "old guard" might have used the term "corporation" as a defense (protection). I would be wrong to attach wrongdoing or underhandedness to anything that has presented at this time. It may give that appearance, but I can't call it.

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  6. Well may be the "CORPORATION" should start paying taxes.

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  7. This is a good article... and it was even better the first time I read it. At least the original author can spell. It was written by Mr. Thomas Rich, "Watchdog" of the FBC Jax Watchdog blog. I'm glad other people are waking up and seeing and discussing what is happening in our churches today, but plagiarism is such an unattractive thing. Please give proper credit when it's due!

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  8. Sensitive issues with respect to how the church spends it money can be easily handled. Benevolent funds do not have to be specifically identified; to protect those who are helped. What needs to be hidden? If the church has authorized trustees to make investments on the church's behalf the outcomes of those investments should be public knowledge. Printed information may not be diseminated so it deosn't fall into the hands of non members, etc.

    Here is something that we do in our church. People who are intrested in becoming members are invited to come to the annual business meeting. We have nothing to hide. You cannot really know what a church is doing from Sunday mornngs and Wednesday evenings (so to speak). Visitors cannot vote, nor contribute to policy making but they are allowed to ask questions.

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  9. I wasn't aware of this one. And it was going on right under my noise. I feel that sometimes when the church grows into these big mega-churches bringing in millions of year, they sometimes lose sight of their mission.

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  10. This is a good article... and it was even better the first time I read it. At least the original author can spell. It was written by Mr. Thomas Rich, "Watchdog" of the FBC Jax Watchdog blog. I'm glad other people are waking up and seeing and discussing what is happening in our churches today, but plagiarism is such an unattractive thing. Please give proper credit when it's due!

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