An SBC mega-church televangelist from Texas named Ed Young Jr. asked members of his church for their bank account and routing numbers so 10 percent (tithe) could be automatically withdrawn from their bank accounts.
Young has been the focus of a media investigation this past year for his lavish lifestyle. He has a million dollar condo in Florida, a 10 thousand square foot mansion in Dallas, a private plane he leases for ‘ministry trips’, a parsonage payment of over a 1/4 million dollars a year. Some of his assets are listed at The Museum of Idolatry. Young is a health and wealth teacher. Attendence at his Fellowship Church has dropped off about 50% since WFAA aired it’s report.
This is a level of insanity I’ve never seen before in a denominational church and tops any of the greedy behavior we’ve come to expect from prosperity teachers. To their credit, many members walked out when Young demanded access to their accounts. This kind of guilt/tithe coercing is bad for a church and bad for it’s people.
No religious leader should ever be given that level of control over your life, nor would any healthy leader ask.
What would happen if the people sitting in the pews with those blue envelopes asked Young for his account and routing number to monitor his 10%?
What would happen if people in the pews at Young’s church asked for an accounting?