In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
For the second time this year, we’re reporting on a church that took their enforcement of tithing expectations too far.
According to WALB, Josephine King, 92, recently received a letter informing her that she has been removed from the membership roster at the First African Baptist Church in Bainbridge, Georgia.
“Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia,” read Gerald Simmons, King’s nephew.
The letter, which was signed by FABC Senior Pastor Derrick Mike, claimed that King “has shown non-support” to the ministry in the areas of “constant and consistent financial and physical participation.”
King, who served as a member of the congregation for more than 50 years, was naturally shocked by the letter of removal. According to Simmons, his aunt had been dealing with health complications and was considered sick and shut-in, which explains her lack of attendance. He also shared that during her 50-year membership with the church, she has gone above and beyond to show her support.
“You shouldn’t chase the individuals down,” said Simmons. “You shouldn’t do that. If that’s the case, you’re money hungry.”
“You have to have money to make these churches run, but it’s not about money,” Simmons continued. “It’s about God. You have to put God first.”
They know good and well that they didn’t have to do Auntie JoJo like that.