Rick Warren sent out a dreadful emergency email begging his gullible Mega-Church™ followers for almost a million bucks. Surely this charlatan man with the direct line to god, and his co-managers co-pastors, could muster up an auction or sale of some pretty spendy vacation homes, boats, luxury cars and businesses that we know they all own (ok, speculate — but, c’mon).
Yeh, they probably do help some needy folks out, but this is a multi-million dollar business — all these big-box money-worship temples are.
From The Orange County Register:
“On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive – leaving us$900,000 in the red for the year, unless you help make up the difference today and tomorrow.”
The church does not make its financial information public, so it’s impossible to tell just how big of a hole in the boat this $900,000 represents. A spokeswoman for Warren said the church does not release detail on its finances, so it’s hard to put the shortfall in context. (Suffice to say it may not represent a terribly significant portion of Saddleback’s annual budget, and that his personal appeal may well close the hole, and then some.)
Ricky, God spoke to me and said to tell you to sell off some of them there earthly treasures and pleasures that He lets you enjoy or else He’s gonna have to Oral-Roberts yo’ ass.