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DONNIE MCCLURKIN GOES
OFF ON THE CHURCH!!!
Pastor Donnie McClurkin
Church, Freeport ,
week, popular preacher, recording artist and pastor, Donnie McClurkin,
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 Christ and
has brought attention to a topic that has largely been ignored in the
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 article."
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
Lincoln 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
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. Pastor 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 do.
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
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
Temple because the people do
not 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.