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Chaos Erupts In Detroit Church After Protest During Service!


Reader New Era Detroit holds this church accountable for not giving back to the community. On Sunday  New Era Detroit staged a protest that turned into a brawl, caught on camera. Mind you, this is the same church that recently hosted bigot republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.


 But this protest is about more than politics. New Era Detroit is calling it church accountability - taking congregations to task for not serving the community as churches should. They say something doesn't add up when a pastor makes a lot of money, drives a luxury car and the people who live near the church are in poverty.

 

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  1. The people of that community who tithe there are the ones who have the power. Instead of financing greedy pastors, they should stop tithing, pool that money and start their own independent community outreach.

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    1. Maybe they tithe because they believe it's biblical for them to do so. They may believe in the sacrifice as God spoken, and do so freely believing in the God who gives them everything. Folks like you who would suggest they pool their money does so out of the flesh, and not from the heart inspired by the Almighty. This is say is not to debate whether it's biblical to tithe or not.

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    2. "The people of that community who tithe there are the ones who have the power. Instead of financing greedy pastors, they should stop tithing, pool that money and start their own independent community outreach."

      I agree! If churches are receiving tithes and not using those funds to support the community in which they operate, then people should stop giving. Churches are granted special tax status in this country and they get away with operating like businesses. Church people have been taught to give because that is what the bible says, but what about the part of the bible that says to be good stewards. It is the "don't ask questions" mentality that gives leaders the ability to control behavior without accountability. If you don't know what your tithes are being used for (via documented financial reporting) then you are not being a good steward.

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  2. As difficult as it is, everyone stay calm. Again, demonic spirits in this world are throwing this earth's realm into absolute chaos and unfortunately we ain't seen nothing yet. smh.. This I found in Prov 28: 2-28 is off the chain. This is the English Standard Version just to preface this: 2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
    but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
    its stability will long continue.
    3 A poor man who oppresses the poor
    is a beating rain that leaves no food.
    4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
    but those who keep the law strive against them.
    5 Evil men do not understand justice,
    but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
    6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
    than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
    7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
    but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
    8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit[a]
    gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
    9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
    even his prayer is an abomination.
    10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way
    will fall into his own pit,
    but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
    11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
    but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
    12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
    but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
    13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
    but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
    14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord[b] always,
    but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
    15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
    is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
    16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
    but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
    17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,
    he will be a fugitive until death;[c]
    let no one help him.
    18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
    but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
    19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
    but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
    20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
    but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
    21 To show partiality is not good,
    but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
    22 A stingy man[d] hastens after wealth
    and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
    23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
    than he who flatters with his tongue.
    24 Whoever robs his father or his mother
    and says, “That is no transgression,”
    is a companion to a man who destroys.
    25 A greedy man stirs up strife,
    but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
    26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
    27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
    but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
    28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
    but when they perish, the righteous increase.

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  3. I wouldn't be surprised if some in the group are being paid to disrupt. I live about 30 minutes from Ferguson, Mo. Many who caused the uproar and rioting were not from that city. Some black folks made claims they did not getting paid for their protesting. As with Black Lives Matters who get a lot of funding from rich Jewish billionaires like George Soros, many of these group serves as fronts to bring about civil unrest. If it ain't about Jesus, it ain't about nothing.

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  4. I would be interested to know what programs the church has to help the community such as after school computer classes, homework help, food pantry, co sponsorships with business to train felons for work. Also, if the pastor has investments teach the people how to invest the funds and show them how they can make $$$ like the pastor. You can invest with as little as $5.00.

    If they don't have any programs for the community then only the pastor is benefiting

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  5. If this is an autonomous organization, and people there are not doing anything illegal, no outsider should demand them or hold them accountable to nothing. Only those a part of that church.

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  6. The church institutions today encourage tithing but it is NOT required of the LORD. This was a requirement under the Levites who had no inheritance in the promised land and the LORD God was their portion. With the coming of our Saviour and LORD Jesus Christ, we are under a new priesthood (Melchizedek). He is the King and High Priest, Bishop and Shepherd of our souls (ref to the book of Hebrews).

    In the early church tithing was not emphasized, but caring for one another was encouraged, so that none of the believers lacked.

    If my pastor is driving a Bentley and I can't afford to give my ailing father the best medical care, and the church has no mechanism of taking care of such a one as my father, yet we are members... Something is wrong. I must then stop tithing to take care of my household (Paul's letter to Timothy), lest I become worse than an infidel.

    My 2 cents.

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