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A pastor in New York was reportedly caught stealing money from the offering nine times.

When he was caught, Rev. Daniel Impaglia said he stole the money because he was not being paid well.

Impaglia, who preaches at Evangelical Rock Church was arrested in November 2015. He has since been released but elders at the church insisted that he step down after members caught him on hidden camera repeatedly stealing from collection envelopes."They don't pay me enough," a prosecutor quoting Impaglia as saying during a court hearing.

Impaglia has been accused of stealing from collection envelopes nine times in less than a month https://www.pulse.ng/communities/religion/shameful-pastor-caught-stealing-money-from-church-offering-id4537777.html
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I keep seeing people say that"Oh religion was created to dupe people out of their money" and every second person wants to open up their own church or going into the ministry because apparently, there's money to be made from vulnerable believers
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Do some pastors and churches victimize the congregation and steal from them?
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I am happy that this issue is getting attention. How long should our elderly be fleeced of their pensions by these churches? I know of couples that lost businesses and ended up divorced and the pastor still demanded a share of the wife's share. It is a pity that those attending these churches are so brain washed they can even kill you when you mention these dirty deeds.
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I personally know three pastors of Protestant churches who make an astronomical amount of money
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Like Judas reaching into the money bag, the sad reality is that there are some Christian pastors steal from God’s people. As Christians we hate to face this truth, but I believe we must, because it is our duty to protect our less aware brothers and sisters – keeping them from these thieves.
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It’s big business. Some of them laugh at us behind the scenes for being so dumb
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Some leaders use their faked “success” to promote a distorted gospel
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Another way bad pastors extract money from their captive market is to set up a business, and then get their congregation to patronize their business. Businesses like: bookshops, counseling, gyms, production firms, computer consulting, cinemas, business coaching services, supermarkets, building firms, music festivals, music studios, real-estate firms, and many more. The bookshop is the most common, often located inside the church itself
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Money focused churches tend to be run on cultic patterns.
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Another way bad pastors extract money from their captive market is to set up a business, and then get their congregation to patronize their business. Businesses like: bookshops, counseling, gyms, production firms, computer consulting, cinemas, business coaching services, supermarkets, building firms, music festivals, music studios, real-estate firms, and many more. The bookshop is the most common, often located inside the church itself
This is very true, members in the church who show loyalty to their pastor’s businesses are rewarded, often with increased standing in the church. Members who refuse to use the pastor’s businesses are frowned upon.
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This is very true, members in the church who show loyalty to their pastor’s businesses are rewarded, often with increased standing in the church. Members who refuse to use the pastor’s businesses are frowned upon.
Don’t frequent these types of businesses. Ask questions about who owns them, and where their customers are from, if eighty percent or more of the customers come from the pastor’s church then that indicates where its marketing is targeted.
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Another way the pastor uses his inner-ring to extract cash, is via high pressure offering talks in the church services. One of the church’s inner-ring will take the Sunday offering, which in these money focused churches can turn into a mini-sermon
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In the extreme money focused churches it is made known who gave the most and who gave the least.
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It's simple, if you feel exploited or if you feel you are being compelled to give above your means then don’t give a penny, no matter how much pressure is applied.
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Understand that these cultic churches ultimately exist to serve their pastor’s insecure egos, and their congregation suffer under their madness. This type of church culture breeds a harsh environment where people are discarded as soon as they are no longer useful. This is a dysfunctional ethos entirely alien to that of Jesus’s teachings.
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