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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."

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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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A woman is suing Bishop Lamor Whitehead for allegedly stealing her life savings. Bishop Whitehead is pictured above with his wife Asia K. DosReis-Whitehead.

Pauline Anderson is a former congregant who claims Whitehead fleeced her out of her life savings, according to court documents obtained by the NY Daily News.

Anderson, 56, says the flashy Bishop promised he would use her money to buy and renovate a house for her. Anderson said she asked the pastor to buy the home for her because she had a low credit score.

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Instead, Whitehead allegedly disappeared with her $100,000 and never followed through on his promise.

Whitehead told her by text that he is "a man of integrity and you will not lose," according to her lawsuit.

After multiple unreturned phone calls, Whitehead text Anderson saying that the $100,000 check she gave him in 2021 was not as an investment, but a campaign donation while he was running for Brooklyn Borough president.

"And for the record anything that was given to me is a Donation unless it's attached to a contract!" Whitehead allegedly wrote. "I was making investments that's what I do!"

Anderson says Whitehead purchased a $4.4 million mansion for himself in an upscale New Jersey suburb, while telling her that he couldn’t repay her $100,000 life savings.

Whitehead was allegedly robbed of $1 million in jewelry while delivering a sermon at his church in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday.

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Police released surveillance footage of three masked men seen entering the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Canarsie around 11:14 a.m. Sunday.

In live-stream video inside the church, Whitehead dropped to the floor, saying "Alright, alright, alright," while holding his hands in the air.

Whitehead claims he and his wife were robbed of $1 million in jewelry, including a Rolex watch. The suspects, who arrived on foot, fled in a white Mercedes Benz.

In video posted on his Facebook page, Whitehead described how one of the suspects "put the gun to my back" and "had the gun in my 8-month-old’s face."

"They took my watch, took my jewelry, took my bishop’s ring, took my wedding band ... They took my bishop's cross, and then I had chains underneath my shirt," he said.

The Bishop is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the suspects.
 

 

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A flashy New York City bishop who was robbed at gunpoint during a worship service says pastors should be allowed to arm themselves.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead and his wife were robbed of $400K in jewels while delivering a sermon at his church in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday.

Police said three armed men burst into the church around 11:15 a.m., and "displayed firearms and demanded property" from the 44-year-old bishop and his wife, 38.

"When I see them come into the sanctuary with their guns, I told everybody to get out, everybody just get out," Whitehead recalled in an Instagram video posted after the robbery. "I didn't know if they wanted to shoot the church up or if they were just coming for a robbery."

Video of the assault went viral on social media and aired on local news outlets. In the video, Whitehead can be heard saying, "all right, all right," before putting his hands up and dropping to the floor.

The gunmen fled in a Mercedes Benz, police say. They are still at large.

Guns are banned in NY, but that doesn't stop criminals from getting their hands on one.

Whitehead is known for his flashy persona, custom jewelry and loud tailored suits.

In May, Whitehead negotiated the surrender of a murder suspect, then drove the suspect to a police precinct in his tricked out Rolls-Royce.

Andrew Abdullah, 25, was wanted in the fatal shooting of Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez on a Manhattan-bound Q train.

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A plumber who discovered $600,000 in cash and checks in a wall of Joel Osteen's megachurch will get $20,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.

The plumber, identified by NBC Houston affiliate KPRC as Justin Cauley, discovered the loot stuffed in a wall when he removed a toilet in a church bathroom on Nov. 10.

"There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile," he said in a call to 100.3 The Bull. "We went to go remove the toilet, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like 'Oh wow!'"

Cauley, a good Christian, turned the money over to church officials. Police believe the cash and checks were connected to an unsolved robbery at the megachurch in 2014.

The church didn't give Cauley a dime in gratitude for recovering the stolen money. But Crime Stoppers gave him a check for $20,000. The money was part of a reward that was offered for information about the 2014 robbery.

"This money is going to help tremendously," Cauley told KPRC. He was disappointed that Osteen didn't even thank him personally for finding the money.

Police theorize the loot was stolen by a church insider who stashed it in the wall, but probably died before they could retrieve it.
 

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An Indiana pastor was "relieved of pastoral duties" for appearing in drag on a reality TV series.

Craig Duke, former pastor at United Methodist Church in Evansville, appeared in feminine attire and full makeup on HBO's "We're Here" reality TV series last month.

After word of his suspension spread around town, Evansville residents Chris and Erin Sexton launched a GoFundMe page that raised over $40,000 for the defrocked pastor.

The GoFundMe page described Duke, who is heterosexual, as a "man of faith, a father, a husband, a social justice advocate, and ally for the LGBTQIA+ community" who "has fought for a fully inclusive church that is welcoming to people of all races, all genders, and all sexual orientations."

"Unfortunately, Duke's participation in this show caused much turmoil in the church that he was serving at the time and ultimately lead to him being 'relieved of pastoral duties' at that church.

"Craig will continue with a significantly reduced salary until no later than February 28. Obviously, this poses a major challenge to Craig and his family as they determine their next steps."

Duke said he had never heard of the series until he was contacted by Evansville's Pride board, and asked if he'd be interested in participating in the show.

"I was surrounded and immersed in a culture that I've never been immersed in, and one of the things in ministry, if you want to involve people different than yourself in your ministry, you have to go to where people different than you are. The invitation to be part of the show allowed me that."

Duke also said he wanted to participate in the show to support his daughter, who came out as pansexual two years ago.

"I'm hoping it's a bridge — for my daughter, for the church I serve, for the denomination I love and for me — and I'm hoping my voice will become stronger," he said on the show.
 

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Six members of the same church in Florida died within 10 days after testing positive for Covid-19, the pastor says.

Rev. George Davis of the Impact Church in Jacksonville said the deaths of his members have "ripped out hearts apart.

Davis held a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at his church on Sunday.

"We've had now six members of our church over the course of a couple weeks now that have passed away from Covid," Davis said in a livestream. "It has just absolutely ripped our hearts apart."

He said none of the victims were vaccinated, and four were "healthy" and under the age of 35.

"All I know is my heart's passion is to help people that I'm called to serve, and do whatever I can to help see to it that they are in a healthier place," he told NBC affiliate WFLA of Tampa.

About 49.6 percent of Florida's population has been fully vaccinated, according to NBC's vaccination tracker.

Covid-19 mainly affects the elderly, obese, people who smoke, and people with underlying medical conditions such as cardiac and respiratory problems, and diabetes.
 
READ ALSO: Study: Obese People are more at risk of dying from Covid-19
 
Studies have shown people with pre-existing or undiagnosed medical conditions are likely to have increased ACE2 enzymes, which the coronavirus uses to enter human cells.
 

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A Nashville pastor is going viral for screaming anti-vaccine scriptures at his congregation.

Conservative pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church refers to the coronavirus Delta variant as "nonsense" and telling his congregation: "Do not get vaccinated!"

Locke told his parishioners that if they get vaccinated or show "up with masks and all this nonsense, I will ask you to leave."

Locke said:

"The Delta variant was nonsense then, it is nonsense now. You will not wear masks in this church. I'm telling you right now. Do not get vaccinated, do not get vaccinated. I don't care what you think about me. I don't need your money. I don't need your hand clap. I don't need more people on social media to follow me."

He added that "Joe Biden's days are numbered" and that the only people denying the 2020 election was stolen are "crack-smoking, demon-possessed leftists."

Watch Locke's rant below:
 

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An enraged pastor ordered police officers to get out of his church after they arrived with a health inspector to shut the service down.

The incident occurred at the Cave of Adullam Church in Calgary, Canada on Sunday.

The pastor, Artur Pawlowski, looked up to see about police officers escorting the health official into his church.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the pastor ordered them to "Get out! Get out of this property immediately! Get Out!"

When the health inspector attempted to speak, he shouted, "Out of this property immediately! I don't want to hear a word!"

"OUT! Out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant!"

He continued to scream, "Gestapo is not allowed here. Do you understand English? Out Nazi! Nazis are not welcome here." The police seemed apathetic by the pastor's response to their presence.

The cops slowly turned, and without speaking, exited the church. Cops are generally respectful inside the Lord's house.

Pawlowski addressed the camera directly: "Can you imagine those psychopaths? Passover. The Holiest Christian festival in a year, and they are coming to intimidate Christians during the Holiest festival? Unbelievable!"

Social media users in America and around the world sided with the pastor. Pawlowski grew up in Poland and experienced marxism and communism firsthand.

Here in America, church attendance has declined to a historic low, as politicians use the coronavirus to keep church doors padlocked.
 

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Kirk Franklin says anti-LGBT+ bullying has no place in the church. Particularly since 80% of male church choir members are same-sex oriented.

Franklin spoke up about homophobia in the church during a recent interview on a Sirius XM radio show.

The Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, best known for his crossover hit song "Stomp," told host Clay Cane, "What is very important to understand is that the pulpit is not a bullying place, and we have to also understand that no group of people are monolithic. No Black person, all Black people do not think the same, do not process the same. Not all LGBTQIA+ people all think and process the same."

The 51-year-old married father of 4 battled le ghey rumors for most of his career. He encouraged church members not to "weaponize" the Holy Bible against LGBT+ people.

"I have some close gay friends who make decisions based on their interpretation of the Bible, and they live out their lives based on whether celibacy, or whatever they choose to do, and they should have the right to do that."

He continued:

"We have to not weaponize the Bible to cover up, a lot of times, our homophobic views that have nothing to do with the Bible. A lot of people that maybe profess Christianity, they have views that are not even bibliocentric. It's their personal views that they do not understand, sometimes maybe the biology of homosexuality, and so they want to find a scripture to try to justify their own homophobic views... you can't abuse people from a platform, because that ain’t love, that's not the gospel, to take a microphone and weaponize it to hurt people and to condemn people."

 

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Rapper Mase returned to the pulpit to lead troubled The Gathering Oasis Church in Atlanta.

Mase, real name Mason Betha, was pastor at El Elyon International Church in Atlanta more than a decade ago before leaving to attempt a rap comeback.

He cut ties with the church in 2014 after his long-suffering wife Twyla Betha's divorce filing angered his parishioners. Twyla withdrew her divorce filing and the couple was able to save their marriage.

Cornelius Lindsey, who founded The Gathering Oasis Church, announced Mase's hiring in a statement on Facebook Sunday.

Pastor Lindsey, who recently resigned as leader of the church following allegations of spiritual, financial and psychological abuse, was optimistic about Mase's return to the pulpit.

"I've been encouraged by our conversations and your heart for the people. You come with a fresh vision and renewed hope. I'm thankful for our initial conversation that started out talking about life and slowly unraveled into a serious conversation on transitioning that's brought us to this point today," Lindsey wrote.

In a discussion on YouTube, Mase, 45, said he hopes to lead today's lost youth back to the church. He said the violent crime spree that has gripped Atlanta is a sign from God that his people have lost their way.

"I really see this generation being turned back into God's hands. I think there's been a major challenge with the city like being able to direct people back to God and I really welcome the challenge to do so," he said.

Mega church leader and founder of World Changers Church Creflo Dollar praised Mase and Twyla and he has high hopes for The Gathering Oasis Church.

"We are transitioning over to Pastor Mase and Twyla Betha. You know what an act of love to decide that we can't leave you comfortless," he said. "It reminds me of what Jesus did when he left the earth. He said 'I won't leave you comfortless but I'll give you another comforter which is the Holy Ghost who will lead and guide you and teach you in all things. And that's what I see in this transition tonight. Another comforter."

He added that Mason and Twyla are "anointed to get the job done."

Mase was signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records in the late 1990s. The Grammy-nominated rap artist had six Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles and five US Rap No. 1 singles.
 

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President Trump ordered governors to reopen churches in states where church services are banned. Open the churches, or I will, he said in a tersely-worded statement on Friday.

In his daily coronavirus press conference, Trump declared all churches should open for Memorial Day weekend. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to governors declaring places of worship "an essential part of life," allowing them to reopen as of this weekend.

He said if governors had any questions they could call him at the White House, but they're not going to be successful changing his mind.

Trump made it clear that if governors refused to open the churches, he would "override the governors."

Trump added: "In America we need more prayer -- not less!"

Watch Trump's press conference below.

Question: do you plan to attend church services this weekend?

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The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of DeKalb County's New Birth Baptist Church, welcomed a baby with a church parishioner.

The promiscuous pastor transitioned from Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore to the church outside Atlanta to take over for Bishop Eddie Long who died of cancer in 2017.

According to Instagram blog @theBlackSocialites, Bryant fathered a baby with a woman who is not his ex-wife, Gizelle, whom he is currently dating again.

"Congratulations are in order for Pastor Jamal Bryant who's "Secret Lady" allegedly has already given birth to their NEW BABY ? Happy early Mother's Day to the new mommy. I wonder what's going to happen when church opens back up? Do you think she will be sitting front row First Lady style? Where do u think Gizelle will be seated? This is just too much."

Bryant famously cheated on his then-wife, Gizelle, by fathering a child out of wedlock. Bryant and Gizelle were married from 2002-2009. They share three daughters, Grace and twins Angel and Adore.

In 2016, Bryant admitted he had a sexual relationship with another church parishioner Latoya Shawntee Odom, 34, who gave birth to their son, John Karston Bryant. Bryant allegedly asked her to abort the baby, according to blogger William G. McCray III.

 


 

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Hundreds of parishioners ignored a ban on large public gatherings to attend morning services at Life Tabernacle Church in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana suburb on Sunday.

Church officials ordered the news media to leave church property as entire families arrived at the church.

1,265 attended morning services on church grounds in the state of Louisiana, where 3,500 residents tested positive for the Covid-19 virus that can cause a potentially fatal pneumonia in men, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and smokers.

Pentecostal preacher Tony Spell, 42, stood in defiance of the governor's ban on large public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He leaped into the pews and embraced and laid hands on worshipers' foreheads in prayer. "We're free people. We're not going to be intimidated," Rev. Spell said. "We're not going to cower. We're not breaking any laws."

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Seven people were baptized on Sunday, and 10 parishioners were filed with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. Tears streamed down their faces as they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards banned gatherings of more than 50 people earlier this month. He issued a stay-at-home order on March 22. Most churches and synagogues complied with the orders, but Rev. Spell continues to hold services at Life Tabernacle.

Only about 10% stayed away from services on Sunday, including Rev. Spell's own 90-year-old father who in self-quarantine at home.
 

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As Mike Bloomberg stepped up to the pulpit to speak at the historic Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday, a handful of congregants silently stood and turned their backs to him.

Political and civil rights leaders spoke at the church to mark the 55th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights activists were brutally beaten by Alabama State Troopers during a march across Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sat behind Bloomberg as he spoke. She didn't bat an eyelash during the silent protest.

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Before the service, Abrams, 46, shook hands with Bloomberg, who donated $5 million to her nonprofit voter suppression organization Fair Fight in Atlanta.

Pastor Leodis Strong applauded the former New York City mayor for even showing his face at the church in Selma.

"It shows a willingness on his part to change," said Strong.

The silent protest was in part due to Bloomberg's support of NY's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

Critics say Bloomberg weaponized the policy to reflect his deeply held racist beliefs.

Bloomberg, 77, apologized in November for assigning more cops to minority areas "because that's where all the crime is."

Bloomberg apologized in January for ordering police to throw young Black males "up against the wall and frisk them."

And he apologized in February for saying Black and Hispanic males don't follow instructions at work.

One of the people who turned their backs to Bloomberg was Ryan Haygood, president and chief executive of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

As he stood with his back turned, Haygood thought about the police brutality civil rights organizers faced in the church 55 years ago as they protested for equal voting rights.

"I thought this could be the place where he could finally say, once and for all, 'Let me own what I did, let me atone for it.' He didn't even touch it which is more disrespectful," Haygood said.

Joe Biden, fresh off his decisive win at the South Carolina primary on Saturday, also spoke at the annual "Bloody Sunday" service.

78-year-old Biden, who has his own racist past to contend with, playfully suggested that Abrams might be vice president someday.

Abrams closed the four-hour service with a speech about her ongoing efforts to register every Black person to vote for Democrats through her Fair Fight 2020 campaign.

Thanks to fat checks from donors like Bloomberg, her Fair Fight campaign has amassed $25 million in the bank.

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After the service, Democratic presidential candidates, Bloomberg (left), former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (center left), Amy Klobuchar (right), Senator Elizabeth Warren (center) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (behind Warren) marched during the annual Bloody Sunday March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the violent clash with Alabama State Troopers in 1965.

Buttigieg, 38, who dropped out of the presidential race on Sunday, promised to help make sure a Democrat wins the White House in November.

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Pastor John Gray was a no-show for Sunday morning service at his Relentless megachurch in South Carolina, just days after it was reported that the church received an official eviction notice.

Gray spoke to his congregation via video from an undisclosed location. The embattled pastor delivered a message of defiance and hope, even as his church undergoes an eviction filed by the former owners.

In a calm voice, Gray explained that his absence was "pre-planned before there was a setup with a camera to serve papers to our church."

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Gray also noted that he was not in church so he could take "a necessary day” with his wife, Aventer Gray, to "build my marriage so that it can be healthy and vibrant."

Gray was the subject of cheating rumors and an extramarital affair with a woman in the Atlanta area.

The church's month-to-month lease expired last week. The Redemption Church, which owns the property, filed documents in court to evict the church.

Gray claimed the lease was paid and his church was not in default.

"We have paid what we owe, according to our agreement, and everything is going to be shared at the right time trough the proper legal channels," he said. "But until then, we, the Relentless Church, will continue to have service and we will maintain the moral ground."

Gray did not address rumors that he may be moving his megachurch to Atlanta.