In our search for a new church, I have noticed that the Baptists have the most impressive buildings!
Now, I know why.
Today was our third visit to this church. We like the pastor. Not only is he a man of God, he is a MAN! There is no cowardice or compromise in him!
The last time we came, he addressed the church’s lack of financial support. Today’s sermon, nearly a month later, was all about tithing. 43% of the families in the church are faithfully tithing and 57% are not!
After the service, we went to a vision luncheon…My wife agreed to that when one of the assistant pastors called.
I need to take her phone away!
After the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn, the senior pastor and the executive pastor informed the attendees about the church’s history, its programs, etc. At the end, they asked us to fill out a sheet with our personal information. I was fine with the name, address, phone number, e-mail address, children’s names and ages, birthday’s, etc.
At the bottom, they had a little Excel table showing yearly incomes ranging from $20K to $260K per year with the amount that should be tithed if you get paid weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Then they asked what my salary was and wanted to know the amount and the frequency that I was willing to commit to tithe! They even had blocks for MasterCard or an ATM!
While I don’t have a problem with the church asking its people to tithe but…
I declined to give that information and said that I needed “a little more time” to decide whether I wanted to become a member.