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This just in from an email: Donnie McClurkin comments on the abuses of some church pastors

Weigh in after reading this...*My comments follow*


Pastor Donnie McClurkin

Perfecting Church, Freeport ,
New York

This past week, popular preacher, recording artist and pastor, Donnie
, went on record to declare his deep disappointment with what
he sees as pastoral abuses in the body of Christ. His comments have
raised a legitimate question about abuse and excesses in the body of
and has brought attention to a topic that has largely been
ignored in the church community.

In an article appearing in Essence this past week Pastor McClurkin is
quoted as saying:

“As pastors, we have to link arms and have bi-partisanships. The
[Black] church has always been the face of the community. Now we have to
take on the responsibility of becoming true servants to the people from
all walks of life. I get so mad when I see these pimpin' preachers
driving Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, flying around in their private jets, and
making it seem like prosperity and money is the way of God when 90
percent of your congregation is on Section 8 or can't figure out how
they are going to keep their lights on or feed their kids. I'm big on
perception, and what would it look like for me to live so lavishly if
the people in my church are struggling?” says Pastor McClurkin in the

In venting his frustration over the behavior of some in the church
community, Pastor McClurkin reveals his own humility and sense of
service to God and God’s people, by outlining his own relationship,
financial and otherwise, with his church and his refusal to take revenue
from a congregation that he has built from the ground up.

"I've done great in gospel music, and only a few of us have
accomplished what I have, and guess what? I live in the ‘hood, not
some place on the outskirts of the ‘hood. There ain't no gate around
my house; I have a white fence because the people I pastor live in that
community. I have one vehicle and it's not a Mercedes, it's a
Navigator. I don't receive a dime—not an Abraham Lincoln copper
coin—and haven't for the last seven-and-a-half years because I'm
okay.” He tells Kenya Byrd of Essence Magazine.

As such, Pastor McClurkin has become a model and an example for others
to emulate. His mentality and actions, that places a greater emphasis on
service than profit, can only be admired by all of those who love the
Lord and are seeking to do Hi s will to the best of their ability.
McClurkin makes it clear that he has options, but chooses to live a
modest and humble lifestyle because that’s what God has called him to

If I wanted to buy a Phantom or Bentley I could and not hurt my
pockets, but I'm okay with what I have. I can sing and work and I have
all that money go back into the church so we can buy the delicatessen on
the corner, or the house next door to make it state-of-the-art
low-income housing. We've trained our people to put their leaders on
pedestals, and some people want to live vicariously through their pastor
and say, "My pastor has this and he's on television and so on," but then
what do you have? How have you prospered and grown? So when I hear other
pastors say, "My people take care of me," I'm thinking, But you're
supposed to be taking care of the people. I just don't get it. Pastor
McClurkin goes on to say.

What is best gleaned from the wisdom and honesty of Pastor McClurkin is
his healthy attitude about the church and who it belongs too. His
“ecclesiology”, which is worthy of our consideration, perhaps
best represents what Christ had in mind when He gave pastors to the body
of Christ
in the first place.
I don't have a church, but I do have a church that I pastor. I can't
name something the Donnie
Temple because the people do
belong to me and if they did that would mean I have slaves. I am simply
a vessel to deliver God's word. At the end of the day, it's God's
church, not mine advises Pastor McClurkin.


*Cynthia McKelvy weighs in* I agree with Pastor Donnie McClurkin in his take on the attitude of some pastors to prosper and watch as their congregation does not receive in like measure.

It has been said that it "is not the churches business to pay your light bill" but in truth, it is the congregation's responsibility to pay for the upkeep of the church building. If a pastor prospers
you should see the fruit of that teaching throughout the membership if they are following the teaching.

It would be impossible for God to be a respecter of persons and prosper one person who is walking in the
light of His Word and not another. It is God who gives the wisdom to prosper and He "wishes above all
things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. So Pastor Donnie McClurkin
should be applauded for his transparency and for him being an example to the church.

Perhaps if we as individuals were to look more at 'soul prosperity' we will prosper in other areas more easily. It is my belief that in these economic times we should develop at least seven streams to wealth, build home based businesses, get involved in Internet Marketing, help others see the possibilities to prosper themselves and their local churches. It is not enough to prosper ourselves without the attitude of "each one teach one".

Through my websites and social networking, I attempt to be an evangelist for wealth and share the knowledge I have gained through systems such as Worldprofit and MLMLSP. Both these systems offer the average person training and an opportunity to prosper.

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