(Source: Gerald Simmons)
A 92-year-old woman, by the name of ‘Josephine King’, was told through a letter, signed by the Pastor, that she is no longer allowed to worship at the church, where she was a member for more than 50 years, because she was not “tithing”.
The letter read, “Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia”. Josephine and family members were shocked & disappointed by the letter’s words. The document, signed by Pastor’ Derrick Mike’, stated that Ms. King “has shown non-support” towards the church in the areas of “constant and consistent financial and physical participation.”
Ms. King’s reason for not attending worship service was due to her being sick and considered a shut-in for several months. It’s a sad day when you see churches commit this kind of act towards the elderly sick & shut-ins, it is not right and would not be accepted in the eyes of God. No one should ever be told that they are not welcome to worship God, especially in a country of religious freedom.
Family members back up their beloved Aunt by telling the media that Ms. King has gone above and beyond in the past to financially support the church.
Ms. King is not the first person to receive a letter of removal for not ‘tithing’. The family was hurt & offended by this ‘money-hungry’ act of collecting of the church and wanted to shed light on the topic hoping her story will change the ways churches operate in this type of manner. It’s all about “God”, not about the ‘money’. Of course, a church congregation has to pay bills and keep the lights on, but it’s main goal is to take care of the work of the church and that would include its members (sick & shut-ins INCLUDED), not excluded.