Channel Eight news out of the DFW area just ran a report on a private jet leased for use by Pastor Ed Young, Jr. of the mega church, Fellowship Church, Grapevine, Texas and Miami, Florida.
The story (video embedded below) reminds me of Church on the Rock pastor Larry Lea in Rockwall circa 1985. Last I heard he was being investigated regarding lots of fine homes and living a very luxurious lifestyle that his members had no clue about. I especially recall one story about how his little house burned down and the church members all pitched in to buy him another home. Then they found out he owned another residence.
Then it turned out that Primetime had really made some wild accusations and Larry Lea actually had been totally up front about all his money, in a technically legal sense. He’s still out there, post divorce and remarriage, peddling his teachings for a price at Larry Lea Ministries. There are lots of “Larry Lea” instances on that site rather than “Jesus Christs”. He’s got a nice vintage collection he’ll sell you for $40.00.
Larry Lea’s site also has a special page, “Larry Lea the Naked Truth” that details his miraculous exploits throughout planet earth. The “naked truth” about Dr. Larry Lea makes zero mention of Jesus Christ or his divorce. But it does mention how a little blind boy received his sight by attending a Larry Lea event in the Dominican Republic. Funny how that never happens in countries where technologically current and relevant medical diagnosis and records are kept.
It’s all been worth it because of all the converts Church on the Rock brought to Christ, right? Wrong.
I think my ‘crookdar’ first went off when I was sitting in a Fellowship Church sermon and Ed Young started pitching Larry North’s fitness center to the congregation as a great place to go work out. It wasn’t mentioned in passing, it was an all out church endorsement of a for profit fitness center.
Ed Young is no different that the money changers Jesus chased out of the temple a couple thousand years ago.
It’s been several years since we attended Fellowship church, and we didn’t attend for long. I always had an uneasy feeling about Pastor Young, and there just seemed to be a lot more entertainment going on than worship. I even posted a few blog entries about it, and eventually left the Fellowship Church to seek a more sincere place of worship.
I imagine the next public communications to come from Young will be something along the lines of being targeted for persecution, how the media hates the body of Christ, blah, blah, blah, which will be an absolute affront to those across this planet who truly are being persecuted for their Christianity, not simply being exposed for hiding the use of an eight million dollar private luxury jet from their congregates.
There are two major problems in the body of Christ today: Pastors who take financial advantage of their congregation, and congregations who take financial advantage of their pastors.
See my article, Candy Coated Christianity from May 30, 2008.