In some Church circles, congregants go beyond Biblical and legal parameters in attempts to honor and bless their Pastor, Bishop, Apostle, etc. Much of the blame for this must be laid at the feet of the Pastor, Bishop, Apostle, etc. Some of these leaders have become extreme in their demand for non-Biblical honor and have often misused Scripture to support their claims.
While it is Biblical to properly honor the man or woman of God that shepherds the flock, if parishioners are not careful they will find themselves in the proverbial “jungles of Guyana, drinking poison cool-aid from a cup” (Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, 1978). Although, the members may not commit physical suicide as those of the People’s Temple, they could be committing non-profit status suicide or facing other legal issues.
This was the case of “Saints United Church Known Forever In Sanctified Heaven” (name changed to protect the Church).
The Church arranged for the Pastor’s travel to revivals and other speaking engagements and supported his personal campaign to be elected to the Office of Bishop of the Church. Because their activities inured to the Pastor’s benefit, they now fail to qualify for section 501 (c) (3).
A Church’s primary activities consist of preaching, revivals, Bible studies, worship services, and mission outreach/trips. The role of the Pastor by default makes him or her, the director/chairman of the Church.ow You Are Honoring Your Pastor Illegal?