From Pastor to Bastard
By Dennis Diehl
A church can make you feel really, really guilty for not “serving the brethren”, but resist that and serve yourself… first. Just say no! What you’ll find is others saying “brother, I wish I could do what you are doing, but…” The bottom line is they are afraid of what others will think of them. Get over it.
I no longer give my money to churches. A real God doesn’t need my money. I gave them enough and they mispent it, plain and simple. Approximagely $75,000 worth of giving and I was the darn Pastor! Along with that, they wouldn’t save social security because you don’t have to with a pastor’s income, and then broke a promise for retirement pay. Spiritual bastards all…
Most churches teach the Old Testament tithing as if Jesus himself set it up for the New Testament Church to prosper under. Jesus could not care less about tithing even in his own day. Of course he wasn’t anticipating all that would follow and be done in his name either. One prominent Church Father went so far as to note “what profit this myth of Jesus has brought us.” Yikes, yet true.
Dennis was a 26 year pastor in the Worldwide Church of God. He has pastored in Chicago, Ill; Findlay/Toldedo/Mansfield, Oh; London/Somerset/Middlesboro, KY; Binghamton/Corning, NY and Greenville, SC where his career ended due to massive doctrinal and administrative changes in the California based sect. Having experienced this reckless shift in how a Church chose to change itself, Dennis began to bring to the surface all the theological questions and biblical difficulties that had accumulated over the years of Pastoring. The results are found in his articles and ongoing questions about the part religion plays in our lives and the pious ignorance most sincere Christians and Pastors put up with in their own thinking. When it’s all said and done, sanctified ignorance is still ignorance and it often takes a toll on individuals and congregations.