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THURSDAY, AUG 20, 2015  |  23 comments
Franklin Graham’s salary raises eyebrows among Christian nonprofits
Franklin Graham’s annual compensation of $880,000, revealed in a Charlotte Observer story, has some worrying that too many top Christian nonprofit leaders as well as pastors are seeing themselves as CEOs instead of as God’s servants.

Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is head of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency based in Boone, N.C.

“Basically they are saying if Satan pays well, God should pay better,” said Maria Dixon, a Southern Methodist University professor of corporate communications and public affairs. Dixon, a United Methodist Church deacon and a minister’s wife, specializes in studying and helping nonprofit religious organizations.

CEOs at the top 50 U.S. charities, including Samaritan’s Purse, earn in the $350,000 to $450,000 range, which makes Graham’s $622,000 salary from his aid organization alone about 40 percent to 50 percent higher than average, ...


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News Item6/18/18 9:32 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
This article covered the topic quite well including that about Franklin Graham❗💰

Dee wrote:
...In 2014, Forbes magazine posted [URL=http://tinyurl.com/y789np65]]]Court Rules Churches Can Continue To Conceal Financial Information[/URL]

...Most charities are subject to some level of transparency, but not churches. That leaves it up to the members to demand transparency. If you meet resistance from the leadership, maybe you might consider that rather than a sheep who is being fed, you are one that is being shorn....

...Why should we know the salaries of Congress but not our pastors?

I find it strange and appalling that the salary of the president of the United States is made public; the salaries of the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives are made public; the salaries of every state governor are made public; but the salaries of pastors and church employees are kept confidential and top secret....

--[URL=https://tinyurl.com/yb8gtr9b]]]Should Members Keep Giving Money to a Church That Refuses to Disclose the Pastor’s Salary?[/URL]---No
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News Item1/22/16 11:23 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Eli Syndrome

1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were base men; they didn’t know Yahweh. 13 The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was boiling, with a fork of three teeth in his hand; 14 and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or cauldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest took therewith. So they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15 Yes, before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man who sacrificed, “Give meat to roast for the priest; for he will not accept boiled meat from you, but raw.”
22 Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did to all Israel, and how that they lay with the women who served at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 23 He said to them, “Why do you do such things? for I hear of your evil dealings from all this people. 24 No, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: you make Yahweh’s people disobey. 25 If one man sin against another, God shall judge him; but if a man sin against Yahweh, who shall entreat for him?” Notwithstanding, they didn’t listen to the voice of their father, because Yahweh intended to kill them.---WEB

I don't know which is worse, father or son?

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News Item8/23/15 5:20 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Thank you,Frank!
Yes,she is very good at avoiding specific issues including the one in regards to "tongues".
Empty/lame responses are always indicative of ones level of seriousness in dealing with issues.
Sometimes I wonder if people love their idols more than love God.
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News Item8/23/15 10:05 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
s c wrote:
Dolores,
Romans 16:17
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences CONTRARY TO the DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and avoid them.
"Mark them"-name them
The Grahams compromise the truth and embrace the RC church- a church which states in their catechism that those who believe in grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone ought to be anathema (cursed)...a system that blasphemes Christ in their perpetual messes (masses),a church that makes Mary to be a co-mediatrix!
This is pretty basic,Dolores. If you have a problem with people who you judge to be tare seekers who very well may just be those who are being obedient to the aforementioned passage/command then you are are the one is in grave danger and error.
And BG's quote,as is par,is only half right. We are to love...but speaking the truth and correcting error is part and parcel to that.We are not to judge the heart but we ARE TO JUDGE the fruit/deeds.
His quote,of course,would be very well received among the universalists and charismaniacs.
Notice, Ms. Ecumenical doesn't even attempt to address your concerns. My guess is she got a blank look in her eyes, shook her head, and then started over again. But you did the right thing; thanks.
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News Item8/23/15 8:46 AM
Dolores  Find all comments by Dolores
Sc, take your arguments to Jesus, He is the one that said it, He is the finally judge not me or you. You are the one that is disobeying not me or the Grahams.
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News Item8/22/15 3:55 PM
Dave | from oz  Find all comments by Dave
No, we are to judge righteously. :-)
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News Item8/22/15 2:31 PM
Dave | from oz  Find all comments by Dave
2john 1:10 .11
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this Doctrine do not receive him into your house nor greet him, For he who greets him shares in his Evil Deeds. nkjv.
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News Item8/22/15 10:52 AM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Dolores,

Romans 16:17

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences CONTRARY TO the DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and avoid them.

"Mark them"-name them
The Grahams compromise the truth and embrace the RC church- a church which states in their catechism that those who believe in grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone ought to be anathema (cursed)...a system that blasphemes Christ in their perpetual messes (masses),a church that makes Mary to be a co-mediatrix!
This is pretty basic,Dolores. If you have a problem with people who you judge to be tare seekers who very well may just be those who are being obedient to the aforementioned passage/command then you are are the one is in grave danger and error.
And BG's quote,as is par,is only half right. We are to love...but speaking the truth and correcting error is part and parcel to that.We are not to judge the heart but we ARE TO JUDGE the fruit/deeds.
His quote,of course,would be very well received among the universalists and charismaniacs.

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News Item8/22/15 8:40 AM
Dolores  Find all comments by Dolores
I read Matthew Henry's commentary everyday in my Quiet Time. He is saying the same thing I have said. You cannot tell for sure who in the physical church belongs to God, that's His business not ours and final judgement comes from Him.
The Holy Spirit's job is to convict, God's job is to judge, our job is to love.Quoted by Billy Graham. Why is it so hard for some to see this?? Because Satan's job is to keep us looking around at others ( Pharisees) and comparing ourselves to them and saying," what a good boy I am, compared to this tare" rather than examining our ownselves and asking am I being wheat, salt and light doing good works and laying up treasures in heaven. By the way, you skipped right over how wealthy people can be a good steward and be blessed as well by God. You cause a lot more harm by trying to figure out who is a tare and proceeding to call him a hypocrite and false prophet, and having an evil spirit. Scary, because you will be judged as you bring judgement on others.
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News Item8/22/15 1:30 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Try this Dolores
Matthew Henry wrote:
Matthew 13:29:
24-30, 36-43 This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ's care of it, the devil's enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world, and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sow the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off, but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity....
Other commentators had similar opinions.
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News Item8/22/15 12:33 AM
Dolores  Find all comments by Dolores
I never really understood the parable of the wheat and tares but I see God is warning the servant to not try to pullup the tares but to leave them alone or he might pull up the wheat also. There are plenty that are doing damage to the wheat while thinking they are destroying the tares. Clear now that God will do that on Judgement day and He alone can do this. Only rich people love money, The love of money causes peoplerich or poor to cheat, steal and murder to get the money they love or have material things that belong to someone else. Judas was a follower of Jesus and kept the money bag for the group that was to be given to the poor just so he could steal from it. Poor, yes. Greedy yes. Loved money, yes enough to sell Jesus out for 20 pieces of silver. Abraham was very wealthy but who took the best land to settle in, his nephew, Lot. Didn't want disputes among the servants who were arguing over rights to the land and water for their animals, is why they had to seperate. Abraham was very generous.No love of money there. Job another rich man and after he lost everything he passed through the trial and was finally given it all back 3 times over.wow God blessed him with all that money??!! Restored his health even.
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News Item8/21/15 7:08 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I know that Samaritans Purse is involved in a variety of charitable ventures, but anyone who wants to support a child can look into Compassion Int'l. Compassion.com. Their finacials are available for anyone to investigate, including executive salaries which seem to be the point of contention here. They consistently rank within the top 1% of charitable organizations for fiscal responsibility by an outside firm that audits all of these non-profits.
Just wanted to mention it in case you were considering it through Samaritans Purse but may be questioning it now. To be clear, I don't believe they misappropriate funds or anything and am not saying anyrhing against them personally. I'm sure they do a whole lot of good.
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News Item8/20/15 11:58 PM
Dave | from oz  Find all comments by Dave
My opinion won't change that's for sure brother Thomas,
What justifiable reason for a./not denouncing rcc?
And what could possibly justify his income?
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News Item8/20/15 11:41 PM
Thomas the Doubter | here and there  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Would your opinion of him change if he worked for less? No? Then stop.
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News Item8/20/15 11:23 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  Find all comments by Jessica Dawson
I am sick to my stomach upon reading that such an excess of donations to Samaritan's Purse, actually goes into Franklin Graham's pocket.

In Canada, in 2014, our Prime Minister received a raise that made headlines. Yet even after his raise, he doesn't make even half the amount as Franklin Graham.

In Canada, politicians are refereed to as "public servants," and if they have a CEO background and want to run for Prime Minister of Canada, they know they are going to have to take a reduction in pay.

In the guise of Christian servitude, I do not understand why Graham should make more than twice as much as a leader of a developed nation?

"The Prime Minister, for example, will receive an extra $163,700, for a total salary of $327,400 in 2014 – a $7,000 raise" (Huffington Post).

[URL=http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/01/mp-salaries-senators-canada_n_5066137.html]]]How Much Do Canadian MPs And Senators Make?[/URL]

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

— 2 Corinthians 8:9King James Version (KJV)

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News Item8/20/15 8:17 PM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
Real believers can be wealthy but they cannot be selfish! Poor folks are often poor because they've been abused by the rich, common theme in the bible, including Corinthian church and James! The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. It blinds the eye. Many a communist is willing to STEAL from others to get that money. Taking another's wealth by force is stealing, even if it is done as a nation. Too bad, they do not know that true wealth is in Christ. Store up treasures in heaven. Visit those in prison. Give mercy if we want to receive mercy. Have compassion on one another and do not participate in the persecution of the brethren by denying their day of trial for our perceived earthly temples.
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News Item8/20/15 7:43 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Everyone knows real believers cannot be wealthy. Look in the Bible. Any rich men of God there? Poor folks are more spiritual. It's automatic, isn't it?
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News Item8/20/15 5:49 PM
Exposé  Find all comments by Exposé
There are a few faithful on here who have been castigated by others,who have been warning of the Graham's for alooong time.
But FG is a big time celebrity...so the cry is from the lemmings, "don't touch the annointed"....
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News Item8/20/15 4:37 PM
Dave | from oz  Find all comments by Dave
False indeed.
How anyone can (and no doubt will) jump to this guys defence defies biblical understanding.
The fact that he or father haven't denounced Catholicism is reason enough to turn our back on them.
No way is this acceptable, I know Samaritans does some wonderful work I'm not disputing this but how can a supposed man of God justify taking anything other than he NEEDS to live,
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News Item8/20/15 4:30 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
I wouldn't object as much if he ran a business which made goods or service for profit. However, he is running a non-profit organization. People are giving to Samaritans Purse to help the needy and instead he is grabbing a bunch for himself.
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