Ed Young Jr., in his infamous sermon delivered on 10/10/10, intimidates his flock about tithing and dares to speak for God by uttering: “It’s all about the money… Show me the money.” Speak for yourself, Ed. It’s YOUR lifestyle that clearly demonstrates it’s all about the money…
Tom Rich has written an outstanding post about the Fellowship Church debacle entitled “Ed Young's Tithing Sermon: Show Me the Money”, which we highly recommend. Tom also has an AWESOME Vimeo page! Good going, Dr. Dog!
Check out this video that shows Ed Young Jr. in action. As Tom explains, this clip features his antics prior to demanding bank routing and account numbers. Ed’s behavior is truly shameful, as demonstrated by the following rant:
“Why have you been coming to church if you’re not bringing the tithe? What are you expecting? Just hang out at home, man. Play golf. You don’t need to be here. What are you expecting, man? Are you crazy? You’re ain’t gonna get anything. It’s not gonna happen. You’re just spitting in the wind. The law of devoted things… ”
Later in the sermon, Ed says: “I want to help you get blessed.” Yep, he’s definitely been hanging around the prosperity crowd.
In case you aren’t aware of what precipitated Ed’s tithing sermon, here is the background. Dallas/Fort Worth reporters from WFAA-TV, News 8 conducted an investigation of Fellowship Church and its pastor. In early February 2010, it aired this shocking report, which we URGE you to watch.
You can download the article here.
As we understand it, a number of Fellowship Church staff members have been booted out because they dared to question the lack of accountability at their church and the lavish lifestyle of their pastor. News 8 had been in contact with a number of individuals who were once close to Ed Young – one of whom was in the investigative report.
Here’s what really disturbed us in the above report:
“Young recently replaced his chief financial officer and replaced him with his personal attorney, business partner and fishing buddy, Dennis Brewer Jr.”“In the past few years, Young and his attorney, Dennis Brewer Jr., have created a number of for-profit companies generating money apart from Fellowship Church, including: Creative Pastors, CreativePastors.com, Creality Enterprises, Creality Publishing, EY Publishing, Ed Young Resources and UOI Resources. All the businesses list the fifth floor of Dennis Brewer’s law office in Las Colinas as their office address.”
According to News 8, Ed Young sold the intellectual property of Fellowship Church’s marketing web site called CreativePastors in 2007. He also sold the church’s membership mailing list to EY Publishing, a newly formed for-profit company (listed above). It appears that the Young’s are now selling Ed’s sermons and books through CreativePastors.com, a for-profit business.
News 8 also reported that Ed Young has been “jetting around” in a Falcon 50, a French-made jet costing around $8.4 million. They were able to obtain records that indicated that Fellowship Church became the operator of the jet in March 2007. Apparently, not many church members were aware of Ed’s use of this jet.
The report also states:
“News 8 has also learned that Young’s 10,000 square foot, $1.5 million estate on Lake Grapevine is not listed on the tax rolls in his name, but rather in the name of “Palometa Revocable Trust”. “Records show that Young was paid $240,000 a year as a parsonage allowance, that’s in addition to what sources say is a $1 million yearly pastor’s salary."
Young declined to discuss his salary and compensation with News 8, but his spokesman said the pastor’s pay “is governed without his participation by an Independent Compensation Committee, relying on outside consultation with knowledgeable and experienced church leaders.”
In addition to this lavish home, the Young’s own a Miami condominium valued at around $1 million – a little tidbit left out of the News 8 report.
News 8 made it clear in this report that they ARE NOT accusing Ed Young Jr. of breaking any laws but of “violating the covenant of honesty with his congregation. When we asked Young specifically if he has a personal jet, his spokesman told us only that he travels using commercial, charter and leased aircraft, and that he reimburses the church for any personal trips.”
Finally, Young’s spokesman explained that all spending decisions are approved by Fellowship Church’s board and that their financial books are audited by an outside accounting firm.
You will not want to miss our upcoming post! We will feature a video of Ed addressing his congregation about this report. In addition, two board members come to Ed’s defense. Stay tuned!