US pastor called congregation 'broke, busted and disgusted' for not buying him a luxury watch.
A US pastor who said his congregation was "poor, broke, busted and disgusted" for not buying him the luxury watch he wanted has issued an apology.
Carlton Funderburke, the senior pastor at Church at the Well in Kansas City, Missouri, issued an apology for his "inexcusable" remarks.
A video clip of his sermon from 7 August in which he berated his church members for not "honouring" him with a Movado watch went viral on TikTok.
"This is how I know you're still poor, broke, busted and disgusted, because of how you been honouring me," he says.
"I'm not worth your McDonald's money? I'm not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain't worth your St John Knits - y'all can't afford nohow. I ain't worth y'all Louis Vuitton?
"I ain't worth your Prada? I'm not worth your Gucci?" he raged in the nearly minute-long clip.
"And y'all know I asked for one last year. Here it is all the way in August and I still ain't got it," he said.
"Y'all ain't said nothing. Let me kick down the door and talk to my cheap sons and daughters."
Many people in the comments condemned Mr Funderburke for preaching about material items.
"That would've been my last day in his church," a commenter wrote.
"I would've left so fast and loudly, oh no sir," another said.
Another wrote: "I missed the scripture about the Movado watch."
In his apology, the pastor said: "Though there is context behind the content of the clip, no context will suffice to explain the hurt and anguish caused by my words.
"I've spoken to those I am accountable to and have received their correction and instruction," he said.
"I have also privately apologised to our church, who has extended their love and support to me."
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John Bellamy Comments:
ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL. Clearly this is NOT a man of God but a man for himself who berates his parishioners for not spending thousands of $ on a watch for him while many in his congregation are unemployed and struggling financially and here is this appalling excuse for a man of God - clearly showing us what an absolute con man he truly is. He should be thrown out of the church and defrocked completely and barred from any religious work in the future. There are many good and decent men doing good and decent work for the people they represent within their dioceses and I have met a lot of good and decent vicars and priests over the years as I have met some right cunts as well, hiding behind the clergy collar and acting all pious and demanding and - sadly for them, I have read the riot act at them as I do not stand fools and con men lightly and someone, somewhere, has to make a stand and state the case and show these people up for whom they truly are - CON MEN using God as a tool to gain wealth and choir boys.
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