Pastor Appears To Berate Congregation For Not Buying Him A High-Priced Watch In Viral Clip
It didn’t become clearly apparent to me until after my mother died when I was in my late 30s just how incredibly selfish, self absorbed, and narcissistic people are, including Christ-professing Christians who may even attend church regularly.
Yes, I had brief flashes and intuitions in my youth and 20s and 30s prior to my mother dying that people could be jerks or selfish and so on, but I did not realize HOW COMMON it was among so many people, including Christians, until after my Mom died.
Until Mom died, I had assumed that most people (Christians in particular) were empathetic people I could turn to if I was ever hurting, in a bind, and in need of emotional support (and my Mom kind of led me to believe I could count on other people, especially family, for support) – boy wow was that expectation ever shattered.
The Christians I went to in my grieving process time (whether extended family of mine or people I met at churches I attended) were insensitive, callous, unempathetic, or selfish (some acted like sparing 30 to 60 minutes of their time every several months for me to to talk to them about me missing my Mom would be a huge, huge burden to them).
I know better now. I really had my eyes opened to the fact that most people, including Christians, are selfish, unempathetic tools.
In light of all that, I can’t say as though I am shocked by the selfishness and entitled attitude of this church preacher:
August 17, 2022
By Natalie O’Neill
Time for a new preacher!
A Missouri pastor was caught on camera berating his “broke” congregation for failing to buy him an expensive Movado watch — sparking criticism that he wants to make a profit, not be a prophet.
Pastor Carlton Funderburke of the Church at the Well in Kansas City was giving a fiery sermon about “honoring God’s shepherds” when he scolded his followers for being too poor to give him the pricey timepiece he’d requested, according to now-viral TikTok footage.
Carlton Funderburke, the senior pastor at Church at the Well, issued an apology video Tuesday for his “inexcusable” remarks in an Aug. 7 sermon.
August 17, 2022
A Kansas City, Missouri, pastor who said his congregation was “poor, broke busted and disgusted” for not buying him the luxury watch he wanted has issued an apology after his remarks caused a stir on social media.
Carlton Funderburke, the senior pastor at Church at the Well, issued an apology video Tuesday for the “inexcusable” remarks he made in an Aug. 7 sermon.
…In a video clip of his sermon posted on TikTok, Funderburke berates his church members for not “honoring” him with a Movado watch.
“This is how I know you’re still poor, broke, busted and disgusted, because of how you been honoring me. 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 said in the nearly minutelong clip.
At one point, Funderburke tells the congregation that a Movado watch can be bought at Sam’s Club.
“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.”
By John Rigolizzo
•Aug 17, 2022
A Missouri pastor appeared to berate his congregation for not giving him enough money to buy a high-priced watch, in a clip that has since gone viral.
The clip, posted to TikTok by a local digital news outlet called The Kansas City Defender, was taken from a livestreamed Sunday service at The Church of The Well in Kansas City earlier this month.
In the clip, pastor Carlton Funderburke appears to berate his congregants for not “honoring” him sufficiently by giving enough of the money they spend on themselves. The clip has since gone viral, amassing more than 550,000 views in four days.
“This is how I know you [are] still poor, broke, busted and disgusted, because of how you been honoring me,” Funderburke says in the clip. “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 it no how. I ain’t worth y’all Louis Vuitton? I ain’t worth your Prada? I’m not worth your Gucci?” he continues to question the congregation, prompting several people to shout “come on” back at him. “Mother, ooh, I’m saying this, and I promise you … it’s not with respect to want. I’m saying it because I want you to understand what God is saying.”
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Most churches are not places one can find empathy or any kind of support. I grew up thinking churches were mostly filled with loving, helpful people, but that is not the case – at all.
Instead, most churches are filled with Christians exactly like this guy who demand that you give to him. But does he care about helping you or meeting your needs? Nope.
Edit(s) / August 23, 2022
(Link): (audio file / podcast on page): How should people react to pastor’s ‘spiritualized tantrum’ (and apology) amid luxury watch flap?
Carlton Funderburke is senior pastor at Church at the Well in Kansas City, Missouri
Aug 18, 2022
By Stephen Sorace | Fox News
A Missouri pastor has apologized after a viral video during a sermon earlier this month showed him scolding his congregation, telling them that they were poor and cheap for not buying him a luxury watch.
Carlton Funderburke, the senior pastor at Church at the Well in Kansas City, apologized Tuesday in a Facebook video for what he called the “inexcusable” remarks that he made in an Aug. 7 sermon.
“Though there is context behind the content of the clip, no context will suffice to explain the hurt and anguish caused by my words,” he said. “I’ve spoken to those I am accountable to and have received their correction and instruction. I have also privately apologized to our church, who has extended their love and support to me.”
The viral clip that circulated online showed Funderburke scold churchgoers for not “honoring” him with a Movado watch he claimed to have asked for.
…In the apology video, Funderburke said that his actions and words were inexcusable and that he deeply regrets the moment.
“I solicit your prayers and your forgiveness as we grow forward,” he said.