I decided to take a break today from discussing Todd Bentley and the “Florida Outpouring” so that I could bring you documented proof of the sort of greed for money that we encountered during our time at Living Word Church (a pseudonym).
I’ve described before, in a post entitled Asking For It, just how Pastor Smith (another pseudonym) and his family grubbed for money for themselves.
Here, for your viewing pleasure (click on the link), is an actual image of the letter we received about ten days ago:
Something to note: Although this letter is ostensibly signed from the church “staff,” the truth of the matter is that Pastor Smith and the rest of the Smith family are in absolute, total control of everything that the church does. As someone who occasionally used to volunteer in the church office, I know firsthand how NOTHING – not even a postcard advertising Vacation Bible School – was sent out from the church without Pastor Smith’s final approval. Therefore, to say that this birthday card shower is a “surprise” is an absolute, total lie.
The only surprise for the Smiths would be if the congregation did NOT celebrate their birthdays!
My husband and I were joking the other day that they probably plan vacations and major purchases around these “love offerings,” seeing as how a conservative estimate of their “haul” is somewhere in the $10,000 range, quite possibly a whole lot more.
I wonder what the tax laws are when it comes to not-for-profit organizations using their postage meters to solicit personal gifts? The staff members who wrote, printed, folded, stuffed, and mailed these letters, all while on the church’s time clock – how does that factor into the tax code? Do the Smiths report this major source of income?