The leadership of First African Baptist “Church” better repent before tables start flipping, because you better believe Jesus is angry about this one. I think I just heard the crack of a homemade whip.
Another evil letter from a business pretending to be a church of Jesus Christ has gone viral on social media.
Josephine King, a 92-year-old elderly woman who is suffering from cancer, received a letter in the mail notifying her that she is in “violation” of an unbiblical policy for not “tithing” since March and lack of attendance/participation. And therefore, she has been removed from the membership roster of First African Baptist “Church.”
Never mind the fact that Ms. King is an elderly woman with cancer and diabetes (which basically makes her “sick and shut-in”) which would explain the lack of attendance/participation.
Never mind the fact that she has been a faithful member of this organization for 80 years.
Never mind the fact that she has been paying “monetary tithes” to this organization all the way up until March of 2015.
None of that means anything to the new “Senior Pastor” Derrick Mike and his willing accomplices. As far as they’re concerned — if you miss 3 months of “tithes” and frequent attendance — three strikes, YOU’RE OUT. Your membership is revoked. See the cutthroat letter below (yes it’s real).
Frankly, I find this cold mechanical letter and the mentality behind it disgusting and trifling.
It is an inversion of the teaching of Christ and the exact opposite of how we are suppose to treat seniors in the body.
Scripture says to honor our elders and treat older women of God as mothers. Would you kick your mother out of church? Would you demand that your mother pay you 10% of her (probably fixed) income every month? Would you ignore your mother’s health condition and demand that she put stress on her body by traveling to you all of the time and attending every activity?
If your mother was almost 100 years old with cancer and diabetes, wouldn’t your foremost concern be spending time with her, taking care of her, and making sure that the end of her life is as comfortable as possible?
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)
The leadership of First African Baptist “Church” should be visiting Ms. King and ministering to her spiritual and material needs. But instead, they are more concerned with TAKING money from her and having her travel to them and show up every time the doors are open.
“They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.” (Matthew 23:4)
“They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” (Luke 20:47)
Apparently their idea of “church membership” is not the same as church membership according to Scripture. There is ZERO Bible to support this unbiblical anti-Christ policy.
If you have never done your own personal in-depth Bible study of what the Scriptures teach about being a member in the body of Christ and tithing, I suggest that you do so now.
It is important to know the truth about these subjects, because apparently, some religious leaders are requiring that Christians pay 10% of their income (among other false traditions) in order to remain in “good standing” as “members” of their corporations.
Jesus died for our freedom (Galatians 5:1). Yet God’s people are subjecting themselves to man-made requirements which pervert the Gospel message and bring them in religious bondage. When your blood-bought freedom is on the line, you cannot afford to base your beliefs solely on what your pastor, relatives, church or denomination taught you — study the Scriptures for yourself so that you know the truth and stay free.
I also suggest that you ask for a copy of your church’s Constitution and by-laws (if they have any).
When you become a ‘member’ of a for-profit business pretending to be a ‘church,’ you are agreeing to their unbiblical & anti-Christ policies. This is why it is so important for us to do our homework and ask questions.
BEFORE you get swept away with emotion during the ‘altar call’ and walk down the aisle to join a local church, do your research first — and definitely DON’T SIGN ANYTHING (“church membership covenants” are unbiblical & legalistic).
Instead of sitting back passively and allowing “Pastor” Derrick Mike and his accomplices to evict Believers — the real saints at First African Baptist “Church” should firmly rebuke everyone involved in this appalling and wicked behavior, and have them swiftly removed from their leadership positions. Head for the door and find a healthy Biblical church. You don’t want to be a participant or an enabler of this money-making set-up or you will share in their sins.
Derrick Mike needs to be checked THIS Sunday, if not today. He needs to hear from concerned saints that this is totally unacceptable, ungodly, unbiblical, and unethical. Call him, email him, and give him a piece of your sanctified mind.
No one should be so desperate to “go to church” somewhere. . . anywhere. . . that they would be willing to put up with such hypocrisy, foolishness, and cold-blooded behavior.
Western Churchianity & The “Left Boot Of Disfellowship“
If this is your first time hearing of situations like this, please know that it happens all the time.
I have lost count of the number of Believers who have told me that they were disfellowshiped from some religious organization calling itself a “Christian church.” So when I first read the letter, I was appalled, but not surprised.
These personal accounts go largely undocumented. But the fact that so many Christians across the West have been blackballed, shunned, forcibly removed, voted out at secret meetings, and formally banished via letters, emails, and phone calls show that it is not uncommon.
Leaders beware: If you send a Christian a menacing “collections” letter or “excommunication” letter — it just might end up online for the whole world to see and go viral. Do you want your name and face plastered on the evening news? It’s better to humble yourselves and repent now, than to be prideful, stiff-necked, and brought to an open shame. Pride comes before the fall.
It seems to me that judgment has come first to the house of God like a whirlwind and the Lord is exposing organizations that are not built on Him. Do you really want to be brought low before everyone? Anything and anyone that has exalted itself to a high position will be left desolate, pulled down, and demolished. But those who humble themselves will be exalted and honored by the Lord.
I will end this by saying that the leaders of First African Baptist “Church” ought to be ashamed of themselves and they would do well to be zealous and repent.
In this hour, the Lord is clearly making a distinction between those who are truly with Him and those who are against Him, and you do not want to be found standing on His left hand side.
Members of First African Baptist “Church” — which side are you standing on? Are you with the Lord, or are you not?
“41 Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.
42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.
43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)