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Missouri Pastor Apologizes after Calling Congregation ‘Broke, Busted and Disgusted’ for Not Buying Him an extravagance Watch

A Missouri pastor issued a public apology this week following a online video from the recent Sunday sermon showing him berating his congregation for not buying him an extravagance watch went viral.

“I would like to take this moment to handle the now-viral online video with me from the sermon given on August 7, 2022. Though there’s context behind this content of the clip, no context will suffice to describe the hurt and the anguish due to my words. I’ve spoken to those I’m accountable to and also have received their correction and instruction,” Pastor Carlton Funderburke of Church at the Well Kansas City said in a video posted to social media marketing Tuesday.

In the clip, Funderburke expressed disappointment in the congregation for failing woefully to fulfill his year-long obtain a Movado watch, that may cost from $300 to over $3,000.

“That’s how I understand you’re still poor, broke, busted and disgusted due to how you’ve been honoring me,” the pastor asserted. “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 asked.

“I’m saying this because I’d like one to understand precisely what God says. I then found out that Movado, you can purchase a Movado watch in Sam’s [Club]. And y’all know I asked for just one this past year, and here it’s the whole way in August; I still ain’t first got it,” he said.

“Y’all ain’t saying nothing? I want to kick down the entranceway and speak to my cheap sons and daughters. I don’t desire to hear forget about excuses in what you all can’t afford. You can’t afford it as you don’t start to see the value here,” Funderburke said as he pointed to the pulpit. “Y’all hear from your own pastor and father. I’m over y’all. I’m over your cheap expressions.”

In accordance with The Christian Post, Funderburke’s verbal attack on his church comes as much Americans are facing financial difficulties because of recent surge in inflation.

A written report from PYMNTS and LendingClub implies that nearly two-thirds of American consumers, including some 33 percent of these earning over $250,000 annually, live paycheck to paycheck due to inflation.

“Inflation will likely participate the economic picture for most months ahead, and consumers living paycheck to paycheck of most income brackets will have to review their financial situations and plan their spending accordingly,” the researchers of the analysis titled “New Reality Check: The Paycheck-To-Paycheck Report,” warned.

In Funderburke’s apology video, he explained he “privately apologized” to his congregation, plus they “have extended their love and support if you ask me.”

“I’m privileged to accomplish life using them. The online video will not reflect my heart or my sentiments towards God’s people, yet that isn’t discernible in the clip. Therefore, I offer this sincere apology for you today,” he said. “No context could erase what I used. I am sorry to all or any who’ve been hurt, angered or at all damaged by my words. The zeal of any presentation should be tempered with love and respect, and that has been not displayed.”

He also asked the church and pastors to pray for him and forgive him for his actions.

“I am sorry to the church most importantly for just about any undue scrutiny I’ve subjected one to. I am sorry to every preacher and pastor who must operate beneath the controversy that I’ve caused,” Funderburke said.

“To those that now know me for this reason online video, I regret your first impression of me is among anger, hate and resentment,” he added. “My actions and my words are inexcusable. I offer no justification or defense. That moment was mishandled and mismanaged. I deeply regret this moment, and I solicit your prayers and forgiveness once we grow forward.”

Photo courtesy: Clay Banks/Unsplash


Milton Quintanilla is really a freelance writer. He could be also theco-hostsof the FOR THE Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed WILL BE THE Forgiven.

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