Black Church, Inc.Closed Captioning
Todd L. Williams
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About the Movie
Gone are the days of working class preachers who didn't expect financial gain in exchange for spiritual guidance. A new breed of pastors has emerged: the mega-pastor… one who aims to sell their religious brand and get rich off the gospel. Black Church, Inc. is a feature-length investigative documentary that examines the sensationalism of the black church and its present day relationship with serving the community.The documentary compares the black church’s origins to its modern day cultural relevance. The film focuses on modern mega-churches and asks hard-hitting questions about service vs. the extravagant lifestyles of its multi-million dollar ministers and ministries. As the nation attempts to bounce back from a recession, mega-churches continue to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fund their pastors’ exorbitant lifestyles. Through interviews with clergy members, politicians, community leaders and journalists, we explore whether the preachers, parishioners or communities are the benefactors of the millions of tax free revenue generated by religious organizations.Black Church, Inc. attempts to justify the dichotomy of the profits of prophets. It compares pastors who are seen as activists such as Rev. Taharka Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Pastor Raphael Warnock with pastors who are criticized for being celebrity brands such as Rev. Eddie Long, Rev. Creflo Dollar and Rev. T.D. Jakes. The documentary takes a deep dive into controversial issues clouding the church including “love offerings” (cash payments given to ministers), financial abuse and the deification of the mega-church pastor all while asking… is prayer-for-profit moral?
This movie was very good and insightful. It is the awakening that people need to stop following blindly. I just wish it was longer.
Very well done
I literally wept watching this film. I'm old enough to remember when pastors in the black church were respected in the community and truly had the hearts of shepherds. No doubt many still exist, but those who have been elevated in our culture today seem to care little for the sheep. This film does of an excellent job of pointing out the error in prosperity theology. I pray that those who watch, clergy and laymen alike, would be convicted to return to (or remain in) the truth of God's Word.
I sure hope this move makes waves: Edited
At the time I said I did not yet watch this Film. My prayer is being answered because I did indeed watch this work of art, the core shaker! Please read my unmodified comments"
I have not seen this film. Yet! But its premiss is what my wife and I have been saying since we were children and never knew each other.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”Here’s a hint, the storehouse is not the church. Ask yourself what was the storehouse, look it up, and your spiritual walk shall forever will be changed.
From the grandson of a long ago passed Preacher who’s profession was sharecropping.
I have faith that this movie will shake the church to its core!