By Edward Thomas' own admission CFCMI usually takes in $13,000 and spend $29,000 in a week on expenses. That's a shortfall of $16,000 per week. He goes on to say, "I'm not here to hang you upside down and shake you until the money falls out, but have we been robbing God?"
He seems to see a lack of money in the collection plate as his Church robbing God. In actuality, it show a lack of fiscal responsibility on the part the general pastors. They are running in the red so much that one wonders how long they will last. Thomas asks the same question in this sermon.
This sermon also illustrates in many other ways why they are a cult. Thomas asks them to be: pure, flexible, generous, diligent, positive, friendly or at least tolerant, supportive of ministers, content with their lives, and to not neglect their families. One can't help but see how everything revolves around CFCMI. They have to jump through many hoops. They may see ever changing requirements. What sounds like virtue, when taken to the extreme becomes destructive and controlling. The CFC ministry demands a lot of money. With this economy, it just isn't there. Traditionally, the Single Men--'Eunichs' had a take home pay of $20 a week. The rest was owed to the leadership.
After a lot of traffic on another website, the numbers aren't there. Membership is down. It seems odd to have to command people to take care of their families. Church life may interfere with excessively busy schedules.
] Sermon: Eleven Commandments for being an Effective Christian in Our Church 8/5/09
Other links: [www.justcfcmihelp.com
] for those looking for some reliable information on this cult.
They seem to be dwindling. We keep watching.