Is it okay for pastors to live in extravagant homes? Glenn reacts

There is a story and poll up on TheBlaze that is getting a lot of attention because it asks if it is “okay” for pastors to purchase “extravagant homes.” When Stu took the poll on radio this morning, he found himself stunned by the results. TheBlaze readers overwhelming responded - by a 72% to 28% margin (at the time) - that it is NOT okay for pastors to live in over-the-top homes.

“I was part of that 28%” that supported a pastor’s right to own and live in any home he chooses, Glenn admitted.

This story and the accompanying poll revolve around a story out of North Carolina, in which Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. has sparked controversy over a new 16,000-square-foot home he is building with his wife, Holly. The home has been so divisive, Furtick spent 10 minutes of his Sunday sermon defending his right to own the home and thanking God for his blessings.

TheBlaze reports:

WCNC-TV reported that the home has 7 1/2 bathrooms and that the contract value of the house is $1.4 million. In addition, the land was $325,000. In sum, the home will cost about $1.7 million.

While Furtick didn’t apologize, he did tell the congregation he was sorry that they were forced to have “uncomfortable conversations” in recent days and told the congregation that he has always worked hard to protect Elevation’s reputation.

No church money has been used to build the home. While Furtick is spending his own money from book sales, Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation, a group that examines religious fraud, says there are still some ethics issues at play.

Glenn was most surprised by TheBlaze poll results because of the fact that Furtick was using money he earned through book sales to purchase this home.

“So here's the thing. Would I have a problem with Stu, if Stu wanted to become some famous author? Would I have a problem if that's what he was doing in his spare time, writing a book in his spare time and he became famous and made a lot of money off of that book? No. It would be great for the company,” Glenn said. “And the same thing with the church… I don't think there's a problem with this at all. He's earning his money and they're saying, ‘Well, how much of that did he spend church time on?’ What are you talking about? Did he do his job? Were you happy with him before the house? Did he do his job? If he did his job, are we into Marxism here? Are we into the collective?”

“Now, if you don't want your pastor to have a 16,000 square foot home, then don't you dare say you want one, because if he can't have one, you shouldn't have one either… If you suddenly hit the lottery, if you have an idea for a book, it should all go to the poor, right,” Glenn asked. “He is no different than you. So is TheBlaze audience honestly telling me, this audience, that 70% doesn't want a 16,000 square foot home? Doesn't want to live in a nice mansion that they designed? A house they really love? 70% of this audience is telling me that?”

It remains to be seen what the final outcome of the poll on TheBlaze will be. You can weigh in with your opinion by taking the poll HERE. Ultimately, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agree that the pastor is entitled to do what he wishes with his own money, just as his parishioners are free to find another church if they are unhappy with his actions.

“That's surprising from our audience. You see the same themes run through politics all the time. People are people. Pastors are people,” Stu said. “Do people like big houses? Sure, but if he's making his money because people like what he's saying and he's selling books, he's selling books, taking some of that money, building a house, and giving money to the poor. I don't see what the problem with that is at all. It's unrelated to his ministry, unless he's lying to you.”

“If he's that successful that means people want the hear what he has to say. That makes your church more powerful, bringing more people into it, and you collect more for the poor that way,” Glenn concluded. “I mean it's Marxism. Stop it. Stop it.”

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

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