First Family pastor
As a former member of First Family Church, I have a few comments.
I have known of Pastor Jerry Johnson for many years. He has had a wonderful history of ministry with youth and others.
I began attending First Family six years ago and was fully engaged in the wonderful teaching, music and ministry opportunities.
As time went on, I began to notice that the family became more and more involved in most major ministries. I also observed very little said about the workings and the financial accountability system. As far as I could tell, it was extremely secretive.
As a member and faithful financial supporter, I had limited knowledge on budget and disbursement items. The church Web site gave a very limited picture. There were no consistent budget disclosure or member meetings.
I was concerned about the lack of disclosure and left that church, not disgruntled but troubled and saddened in my spirit. I sense a bit of nepotism in the system.
Money and churches
Responding to the letter by Rev. R.L. Godden (3/21) about his bad experience with a church in Texas: Even Mother Teresa would succumb to avarice with money within grabbing distance. The problem is that money and power are too big of ingredients in our society.
Religious leaders are supposed to teach how to take in moderation. “…Godliness with contentment,” as Godden quotes from the Bible.
For the movie version of this, I recommend the Frank Capra movie “Lost Horizon.” It may be “way out there” but has the same message.
“Dr.” Jerry Johnston, Ted Haggard, Rush Limbaugh, Tom DeLay, Mark Foley, Bill Bennett, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Newt Gingrich, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon … and on … and on … and on.
Hey, kids, you too can be a conservative hero! Just wear your religion on both sleeves, wrap yourself in the flag and talk about how much you support the troops.
And if someone should be so indiscreet as to point out the Grand Canyon-sized gap between what you do and what you shout … no problem. Just attack their patriotism and morality. Works every time.
Randall W. Cain