Mr Johnson from Big Lake stated in his LTE that the people were after Hammond because of how much money he makes. I disagree. It's not about how much money he's making, it's about how someone with no religious training at all (Bachelors degree in English from VMI) twists biblical passages in order to benefit his ventures. I honestly could care less about how much money Hammond makes. Let's examine the use of his pulpit for political purposes. Let's examine the allegations that he forces LWCC employee's to tithe and maniuplates bible passages to guilt the remainder of his congregation to do so.
One LTE calls those of us who embrace being liberal and the concept of accountability as "anti-God". I love how conservatives, the religious right, loves to hijack the morality/religion/faith areas in our lives when in fact, those that preach so high and mighty on these issues, seem to fall from grace very quickly.
Ted Haggard anyone?
Two LTE's go another way with Hammond though.
Nothing illustrated the poverty of the "Prosperity Gospel" more clearly than
Mac Hammond's own dismissive remark, "It's impossible to bless someone else or be a blessing if you have nothing to bless them with."
This must come as a big shock to the millions of faithful around the world who
venerate Mother Teresa as a model of Christian love.
As a semi-regular viewer of Mac Hammond's televised Sunday services, I am more
concerned by his politics than his finances. Three weeks ago, he told us to "wake up, (Iraq) had WMDs, they just sent them to Syria before we got there."
Then we learned that the time for diplomacy with Iran is over. The United States
should preemptively strike before Iran kills us first. And the congregation shouted "Amen!"
Sounds like the drumbeat of war that got us into Iraq.