Podcast Episode 22

February 10, 2010

This week on the podcast, we discuss issues surrounding the allegations made by a Dallas area television station against Ed Young, Jr., and Fellowship Church. Joining us as our guest to help define some of those issues is Dr. John Mark Yeats. Dr. Yeats is assistant professor of church history at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author, along with his SWBTS colleague Dr. Thomas White, of Franchising McChurch, a book that deals with issues of commercialism and “branding” among large contemporary churches. We went over our self-imposed time limit of half an hour, but hopefully listeners will find the discussion to be worth the time.

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gary dilworth

Did Pastor Young really disagree with the News 8 story?
Did Fellowship Church pay for a plane they did not know he had?
Did Young tell them the lease payments or the lease term?
Did he reveal the hangar fees, the maintenance costs, the fuel costs, the insurance costs, or the costs of the pilots?
Are the books opened to the Fellowship Church members?
He said he’s compensated much less than $1 million per year, but that he pays back every penny of the costs for an $8.4 million plane.
Can anyone and everyone of Fellowship Church family see the publicized accounting of that?
Does Young share the amount of money he makes by using the Fellowship Church funded plane to reach his target market audiences to which he sells his “intellectual property?”
The Fellowship Church nonmember members of the board said these things were “bathed and slathered” in prayer, and saturated in wise and varied “counsel.”
Why has this led to such public embarrassment then? By a cult (see the 2006 Dallas Observer article on Ole Anthony’s Trinity Foundations) no less?
These to date unanswered questions are raised by Chris Rosebrough. They illustrate a lack of transparency, don’t they?

gary dilworth

The podcast makes mention of the leading number of Fellowship Church baptisms in Texas. I was a member a there.
Well over a hundred people came forward during the C3 2009 friday evening Fellowship Church worship service when “Bishop” T.D. Jakes preached, as he did during C3 2008 on Thursday night (I’m actually not sure about which night it was, but my wife and I were there in the congregation the night he preached), and C3 2010. Jakes denies the Trinity. Ed Young does not tell his congregation that Jakes denies the Trinity, presumably a leading portion knows. How does this sit within the “conviction of SBC soul?” Cause he hasn’t been transparent there either, has he? What can and should the SBC do to alert the family of believers at Fellowship Church that Bishop Jakes denies the Triniy, since Ed Young does not, but allows him to preach to his congregation?

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