Pay and Pray: Pastor Accused of Withholding Communion After Parishioners Refuse To Hand Over Their Tax Refunds

Pastor John Goodman is accused of having a rather curious view of attending his flock: fleecing before ministering. Members of the Houston Unity Baptist Church have accused Goodman of refusing to give them communion after they declined to hand over their tax refund to the church.

Goodman insists that it is not the tax refund but more generally the failure to support the church. He is quoted in the article below as saying “I asked if there were any other members, which I know it is, that got income tax money. I ask if they would like to contribute it over here to the new parking lot.”

He says that only a handful of people help with the bills and “called the rest of his congregation devils and demons.”

Source: Houston Fox

23 thoughts on “Pay and Pray: Pastor Accused of Withholding Communion After Parishioners Refuse To Hand Over Their Tax Refunds

  1. WWJC – what would Jesus charge?

    So, that comes to 7.50 for the fish and 2.10 for the bread – HAVE A NICE DAY :)

  2. So he has “turned out”only a portion of his flock.

    “He says that only a handful of people help with the bills “

  3. You beat me to it Frank. Such a Christian attitude displayed by this so-called man of the cloth. I think he will be soon looking at an empty parking lot!

  4. Another excellent example of why we need to end the tax expenditure known as “charitable” giving, which costs about $50-60 billion per year. And tax the churches, too, except to the extent that they engage in verifiable, socially beneficial work such as feeding the poor and sheltering the homeless.

    I have a problem with subsidizing religion on first amendment grounds. In my opinion, our current system fails the third prong of the Lemon test, in that it requires government to get intimately involved in religous funding through our tax system.

  5. Paradise

    But then again…everything has a cost….

    They did say Houston….maybe purgatory is closer to the truth….but then again…the RCC says not to worry about it…

  6. frank
    1, March 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

    WWJC – what would Jesus charge?

    **********

    Good one!

    Pastor “The Holy High Roller” Goodman of the Show Me the Money Unity Baptist Church is just invoking the well-known “pay to pray” religious rule.

  7. How does the old saying go?
    The church is full of sinners…

    Too damn bad its always the priests and ministers though.

  8. Blouise 1, March 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Too bad we can’t see his hands. Preachers like this usually wear large, chunky, gold, pinkie rings.

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    If you do an image google of pastor John Goodman, you’ll see a dandy rock on his right hand. For some reason I can not reproduce it here.

    I wish I could afford an imitation that size.

  9. “He says that only a handful of people help with the bills and ‘called the rest of his congregation devils and demons.'”

    Hmmmm.

    Yeah. That’s certainly and interesting way to get people to help you out financially Pastor Putz. Call them devils and demons. Might I suggest some basic PR courses at the local learning annex or perhaps a copy of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”?

  10. Blouise,

    Do you know how many thousands of miles of road this
    jerk can pave with that one ring???

    That pic is the one that I was referring.

  11. “I like your Christ very much. I do not like your Christians much, they are nothing like your Christ.”

    – Mahatma Gandhi

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