by Steven Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church – When Church Gets Expensive
Editor’s note: Anderson is busy throwing shade at churches that sell their DVDs and different things but please note his church website and personal website also peddles DVDs and piano lesson books. Hypocrite much?
One of the recent claims that Anderson made was that he lost his Bitcoin processor BitPay because of his remarks against homosexuality and the Orlando nightclub attack. After talking with Bitcoin journalist Ian DeMartino it seems very unlikely that Anderson lost his Bitcoin privileges due to his moral stances. Bitcoin prides itself on being as impartial and free as possible without any restrictions on how you spend it on what. Just as paper money is completely neither moral or immoral so is Bitcoin.
If Anderson is telling the truth about being booted from BitPay it sets a very dangerous precedent for the Bitcoin world.
DeMartino reached out to both Steven Anderson and BitPay for comments. Anderson never bothered to reply and BitPay said they do not comment on customer accounts. For more on Bitcoin please check out two of the online sites Mr. DeMartino contributes to Coindesk and Coinjournal. Ian DeMartino has a book coming out next month explaining the ins and outs of Bitcoin – The Bitcoin Guidebook
Stay tuned for more as it comes out about Anderson’s church finances and likely fibs. With his many recent posts on money and churches it begs the question what exactly is going on there, what is driving all his money posts?
At Faithful Word Baptist Church, we don’t charge for anything. We give away Bibles, CDs and DVDs, and all church activities are free of charge. The reason we don’t charge for these things is found in John Chapter Two. Not only is it wrong to make God’s house a house of merchandise, but people don’t like being put on the spot and asked to spend money. Unfortunately, attending some churches can get expensive.
In one large independent fundamental Baptist church I heard about, teenagers in a Sunday School class were asked to give five dollars each to help pay for a “staff gift.” The youth leader harangued the class, telling the kids they probably spent their money on the weekends at a local amusement park. Many teens do not even have jobs, and if they did, there would be nothing wrong with them having fun with their own money. That same church hosts a large annual youth conference, which serves mainly as a live infomercial for their Bible college as well as for books and CDs brought in by the guest speakers.
Soda machines at church also irritate people, because it can cause their children to ask for money every service—not to mention the obvious health concerns.
If you attend a church that has a book store or soda machines, you should refrain from buying anything. Not only did Jesus teach us not to make God’s house a house of merchandise, but we can see from reading the story, that it makes him extremely angry.
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