Man accused of swindling money as false church planter
Robinson allegedly identified his church plant as Greater Victory Church at 84 E. Fairway Ave. Robinson told the women Bellevue Baptist had committed $1.8 million to the plant over a two-year period, Memphis FOX 13 News reported Sept. 30, but the amount was not listed in the report.
Gaines cautioned the public always to verify claims of church plants before making financial contributions or accepting offers of employment.
"Always do due diligence if they say that they are being sponsored by a church, before you give anybody any money," said Gaines, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Ask for names and contact information of the congregation identified as a sponsor, he said.
"Really vet the process," Gaines said. "If you're going to give money, you ought to vet to see if they're being legitimate.... That's the way I would do. I would call someone and say, 'They're saying...
When I saw the headline, I wondered...was he planting false churches? A lot of people who comment here would call a lot of other churches with that name. While most of the media reporting on 'church affairs' would consider JWs, Mormons, and Catholics as being churches, I think many here would disagree.
The SA article gave some good warnings on what people should do about appeals for money!
2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. ---ESV (2001)
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