Pastor Frank Benson
Pastor Frank Benson Jones
(1 Timothy 5:19) Against an elder
[preacher] receive not an accusation, but before two or three
(1 Timothy 5:20) Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Pastor Jones has been a pastor for over 25 years, and his desire is to see not only the congregation that he pastors, but all congregations, operate according to the teaching of Jesus. He has a special ministry to seek full financial disclosure from all churches. Pastor Jones believes that the secrecy that shrouds the financial operations of many churches attracts men who enter the ministry for the sole purpose of getting rich. Pastor Jones says, "After the profits are removed from the pulpit, only the prophets will remain." He also says that it is incumbent upon the members of every congregation to demand full financial disclosure, and he believes that pastors who are operating fairly and according to the Bible will give a full and comprehensive financial report to the congregations they pastor. Most honest pastor will abide by what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 8:20-21 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. (NIV)
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SOME OF The Changes That Pastor Jones is requesting
1. The U.S. government should require churches and religious organizations to file an IRS form 990.
The prosperity preachers hide behind the cloak of
secrecy provided by the government when the government does not require churches
and religious organizations to make public the salaries and allowances bring
paid to the preachers and their hand-picked staffs. Other charitable
organization are required to file a form
990, so the U.S. government is providing churches with a special privilege of
secrecy that aids the prosperity preachers in their exploitation of the poor.
2. The U.S. government should put limits on the tax-free ministers housing allowance.
Ministers are now allowed to receive $50,000.00 or more per month as a tax-free housing allowance, and then they are allowed to deduct the taxes and interest that they pay on the mansions that they buy from their other income. That means they can receive over a million dollars per year in tax-free compensation. The tax-free housing allowance is one of the governmental financial privileges that is attracting the "wolves in sheep's clothing" (Matthew 7:15) into the ministry. They enter the ministry to receive financial gain, and Pastor Jones says, "After the profits are removed from the pulpit, only the prophets will remain."
3. The members of every congregations should elect all board of trustee members.
The members of every congregation should elect all of the members of the board of trustees of their churches. Whenever the pastor, or anyone else, is allowed to elect the majority of the board members, the board become a powerless facade. The biblical standard for the selection of a board of trustees can be found in Acts 6:1-6. In that passage of Scripture, the apostles allowed the people to pick the deacons who would oversee the material assets of the congregation, and those deacons were the equivalent of today's board of trustees or directors.
4. The members should own the churches' buildings and other real properties.
The members pay for the church buildings, and there is no reason why they should not own the buildings. When the church buildings and other properties are owned by the pastors, that ownership gives the pastors absolute authority over the use of the building, and it gives them a financial buffer in the event the congregation should disband. If a congregation is disbanded, the pastor can sell the building and keep the profits from the sale. Why should the pastors and their families own property for which they did not pay.
There is more that should be done by the
government and the members of the churches. Read
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