Rick Warren wants $900,000 in 2 days

Apparently God is broke, since in the news today Pastor Rick Warren called on his flock to donate an extra $900,000 to make up for a serious shortfall in the Church’s income. The recession hit everyone pretty hard according to Rick, which means regular tithers have opted to keep money for food rather than for the church. Warren has sent out a letter encouraging those who were not affected by the crisis to increase their regular donations to compensate, and to allow them to continue their programs.

The weird thing here is Warren wants to raise this money in two days, which seems sketchy. The Church doesn’t release their financials, so you have to take Rick at his word that the money is needed. Now before you start thinking he’s probably just using the money to buy himself new suits or golden Bibles, consider the fact the guy actually gives 90% of his income to the church since the success of his book. At least he puts his money where his mouth is. If it wasn’t for his raging homophobia, I might actually like the guy.

My problem lies in the fact he refuses to explain exactly WHY he needs the money so quickly, and where it will all go. Imagine a friend of yours called you up out of the blue and started pressuring you to give him thousands of dollars without specifying exactly how he would be using it. Odds are you might be a little suspicious, even if your friend was a “man of God”. Did Ricky have some crazy losses in the stock market? Maybe he borrowed a bunch of money from mobsters and needs to pay them back or something; my point is unless you tell people why the fuck you need so much money in a short amount of time, it’s pretty damn sketchy.

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  • avatar

    krissthesexyatheist

    Was it George Carlin that had the joke that said something like, “..why does God always need money..”

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    aspentroll.myid.net

    Oral Roberts got something like 8-9million from his suckers. Sounds like Rick is borrowing Oral’s method of defrauding the gullible.

  • avatar

    Isaac

    “Odds are you might be a little suspicious, even if your friend was a man of God”.

    ESPECIALLY if my friend calimed to be a “man of god”.

  • avatar

    Daniel

    Rick Warren is a delusional idiot!!!!!!!!

    Who cannot seem to handle money!!!!

  • avatar

    Blue Nine

    Here is a quote from a page on Warren’s site about all this:

    Because our church attracts a lot of attention, the media will undoubtedly report my letter- but only partially, not telling the whole story. It is likely that none of the positive end-of-the-year reports of your service to the community and none of your amazing accomplishments as a church family in 2009 will be reported. They may get some facts wrong or even misjudge our motivations. I know this is frustrating, but don’t let it bother you.

    “The whole story” my foot. As if Christians never judge people or tell other people what to do with their lives without knowing their background. Hey, Rick: Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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    Baconsbud

    Why doesn’t he just sell some of that overpriced stuff in his home and in the churches? I figure if he sold some of the idols and so called artwork he probably has he could easily raise it since many of the followers of this religion would figure they were blessed.

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    Duke York

    Now before you start thinking that he’s probably just using the money to buy himself new suits or golden Bibles, consider the fact that the guy actually gives 90% of his income to the church since the success of his book.

    Um… Does the church report how much it recompenses him as pastor? If it doesn’t, it sounds like a tax shelter to me, not a charity.

    And that quote from Warren that Blue Nine found? It turns my stomach! Rick encourages his sheep to think of themselves as outsiders, victims of “the media”, all to frighten them into buying him a few dozen more gold watches. (If the money’s actually going to charity, why not just report your funding?)

    Duke

  • avatar

    CybrgnX

    The preachers are suppose to live in poverty like their jepus. So accept the poverty and suck it up like the rest of us without jobs!!!!
    But then again let his group go broke giving him luxury as the delusional wade hip deep in increasing poverty. They can use a little suffering for their sins.

  • avatar

    onceanatheist

    But he got like 2.9 million…too bad you dont see the truth as it is

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