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A Missouri pastor went viral after he criticized his congregation for not buying him a high end watch.

A TikTok video shows Pastor Carlton Funderburke of the Church at the Well in Kansas City berating his flock for being "broke" and cheap.

The pastor can be heard chastising his congregation for not buying him the Movado watch he requested.

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"See that's how I know you still poor, broke, busted, and disgusted because of how you've been honoring me," he said during a fiery sermon on August 7.

Funderburke rebuked the parishioners for splurging on themselves rather than "honoring" him with material things.

"I'm not worth your McDonald's money? I'm not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain't worth your St. John's knit? Y'all can't afford it no-how. I ain't worth your Louis Vuitton? I ain't worth your Prada? I’m not worth your Gucci?"

He continued, "You can buy a Movado watch in Sam's! And y'all know I asked for one last year. Here it is the whole way in August, I still ain't got it... Let me kick down the door and talk to my cheap sons and daughters!"

Surprisingly, many in the crowd agreed with him.

Funderburke later apologized after the clip went viral on social media. He said the "video clip does not reflect my heart or my sentiment toward God's people."

Watch the video below.
 

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Kansas City Pastor GOES OFF on congregation calling them "poor, broke busted and disgusted" because they didn't give him enough money to buy a new watch he's been wanting. It's pastors like these that give the church a bad name smh an also why a lot of our generation left the church. What y'all think? ?

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Pastor Creflo Dollar, founder of the Christian World Changers mega church in College Park, Georgia, admits tithing is a scam.

In a new video titled "The Great Misunderstanding," Pastor Dollar admits he was wrong for asking his congregation to pay for his $65 million private jet years ago.

"Today I stand in humility to correct some things I've taught for years and believed for years."

Pastor Dollar said asking parishioners to pay 10% of their earnings is wrong and sinful. He said God never instructed his flock to pay 10% to brick and mortar churches.

Instead, Dollar urged his congregants "to take a portion and put it aside. Now if you want to give 10% that's fine but, you know, he didn't say that."

"You are under grace not under laws," he said in the June 26 video.

It was a different message from the one he preached over a decade ago.

Dollar was among the first of the mega-church preachers to begin demanding W9 forms from his parishioners so he would know exactly how much income they earned -- and how much they should be tithing.

In 2010 a loyal reader wrote in an email to Sandrarose.com that Dollar threatened his flock, saying if they didn't tithe to him they would go straight to hell. He also reportedly said "how he wished he could shoot those that didn't tithe right."

She added, "This is not of God."

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Dollar's congregation blessed him with untold riches. His custom built 17,017 square foot mansion sits on 182 acres of manicured land in Fayetteville, Ga.

Other pastors criticized Dollar's message, saying he got it wrong.

"They quote Bible upside down, that's why you have to be a Bible student, even a pastor can deceive you, please read Bible for yourself," said Pastor David Ibiyeomie.

"So that somebody cannot preach something up-side-down and you believe. All manner of things are everywhere, some people preach tithe and they said no more tithe because they did not have a solid foundation in the Bible and some of you believe it," Ibiyeomie added.

"Can somebody now tell me not to pay tithes? I will be foolish, I've read Bible for myself so nobody can preach to me, I saw it from the Bible so nobody can tell me not to pay tithes."

Question: Will you continue to pay tithes now that Pastor Dollar says it's all a scam?

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Rev. Kwame Kilpatrick preached his first sermon since he was pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office.

The 51-year-old disgraced politician walked out of prison a free man in January after serving nearly 8 years of his 28-year sentence for bribery, racketeering, extortion and fraud charges. The crimes were committed while he was Detroit mayor.

By law, Kilpatrick cannot hold public office for 20 years after his conviction. However, Kilpatrick needs money fast.

His family and his debtors were happy to see him released from prison.

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In a recent interview Kwame announced he is about to be remarried. Kilpatrick's first wife, Carlita Kilpatrick (pictured), divorced him in 2018 after 23 years of marriage.

After a crash course in bible studies, Kilpatrick made his first public appearance in the pulpit, preaching a sermon at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit on Sunday.
 

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Black pastors say they will adopt a wait-and-see approach rather than recommend the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine to their congregations.

12 Black pastors interviewed by Reuters news agency cited concerns over the rapid development of the vaccines and the lack of evidence for or against long-term side effects.

A.R. Bernard, pastor of a Brooklyn megachurch, said he is concerned that Black people are being singled out as guinea pigs for a vaccine that is not fully tested.

"We're concerned about it being tested on persons of color," Bernard told Reuters.

The Centers for Disease Control has urged all 50 states to consider giving Blacks and Hispanics priority over whites when distributing the vaccines.

Bernard and other Black pastors declined a major healthcare organization's invitation to sit on a committee aimed at promoting the vaccines within the Black community.

Bernard, who was hospitalized with the virus in March, said he wants to take a "wait and see" approach until there is more information about the vaccine's long-term effects.

Dismayed health officials had hoped that the Black clergy could convince Black people to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine.

A recent poll revealed that just 49% of Black people say they will take the vaccine vs. 63% of white people.

Black pastors cite a deep-seated mistrust in the government and the medical establishment among Black people.

"What we're dealing with right now is the byproduct of... generations of distrust, suspicion and fear with regard to how medical systems work," said Edwin Sanders, head of Metropolitan International Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

"I can't in good faith tell my people to accept this wholesale, but I also am not trying to support any type of baseless conspiracy theories. It's a tightrope that I have to walk here," said Earle Fisher, pastor of the Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Of the 12 pastors interviewed by Reuters only 1 said he is willing to take the vaccine but he wouldn't recommend the shots to his parishioners.

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Former comedian and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell is now an officially licensed pastor after graduating from theology school.

Pastor Mitchell currently serves as youth pastor at Spirit Food Christian Center, a church in Southern California, according to WENN.com.

Mitchell, 41, is best known for his comedy hijinks with sidekick Kenan Thompson on Nickelodeon's hit 1990s series All That.

They were so popular that Nickelodeon rewarded them with their own TV spin-off, Kenan and Kel.

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The guys used their television success as a launching pad for movie fame. In 1997 they starred in the movie Good Burger.

They also appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, four episodes of The Steve Harvey Show, and an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

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The Chicago native has a 2-year-old daughter, Wisdom, with his 2nd wife, Christian rapper Asia Lee (pictured above), whom he married in 2012.

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Asia, 41, is stepmother to Mitchell's two children, Lyric and Allure, by his first wife, Tyisha Hampton, whom he divorced in 2005. Kel and Tyisha are pictured above during happier times in 2004.

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