By Victor Ochieng
A Bainbridge, Georgia church has kicked out a 92-year-old woman for not keeping up with paying her tithes. Yes, this happened and the woman has been a member of the church for 50 good years.
Josephine King disclosed that it’s indeed her failure to tithe that made First African Baptist Church in Bainbridge to send her away.
King’s family members are hoping that her experience will serve as a lesson to other churches that they should change their focus to the gospel of the Blood of Jesus.
“Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia,” read Gerald Simmons, as he went through the letter given to her aunt by the church.
The letter, which was signed by Derrick Mike, the church’s Senior Pastor, noted that Ms. King has failed to show support to the church in terms of “constant and consistent financial and physical participation.”
Simmons said the development shocked his aunt. “She was stunned. She was disappointed. She was shocked,” said Simmons.
He clarified that Ms. King wasn’t able to live up to her tithing responsibilities because she hadn’t been well for several months. This is not to mention that his aunt had gone out of her way in the past to provide financial support to the church.
“You shouldn’t chase the individuals down,” said Simmons. “You shouldn’t do that. If that’s the case, you’re money hungry.”
It appears like Simmons’ aunt isn’t the first to be given such a letter, pointing out that there are others who’ve also been kicked out over the same tithing issue.
“You have to have money to make these churches run, but it’s not about money,” Simmons said. “It’s about God. You have to put God first.”
Efforts to secure a comment from the church went futile, as the church failed to respond.
While we know many of today’s churches are about money and not the true gospel of Jesus, going as far as kicking out someone for not tithing is overboard. Isn’t giving to the church supposed to be with a willing heart? The true gospel of Jesus isn’t for the rich alone; it’s not for those who never get sick; it’s not for the financially well off.
If there is something to be done to that church, it’s to rebuke the entire leadership for being so terribly heartless to kick out a 92-year-old woman out simply because she failed to tithe.