This comment was left by George on The World Mission Society Church of God: Religious Freedom or Religious Fraud? on 11/09/12:
I have to say that this post is even more manipulative than you claim the church to be. Firstly, this article doesn't make any note of sources, and who the individual(s) being quoted is/are to the church. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry off the street can join a church and the next day claim to be a representative and make whatever outlandish claims they choose. If you did get this quote from an official representative of the church, you should list that. This applies only if you seek to have some sort of credibility in your article, something that you apparently don’t.
Tithing is a standard practice in many churches, but are you sure they require the members to do this? How do they enforce it? Can they support this in the Bible? When do they disclose it to members? How many members have you surveyed regarding this?
Furthermore, it is important that the author, the readers, and anyone who plans to function in this world to be aware that all things in life you commit to are just that, a commitment. You will never know what that commitment fully entails until you experience it for yourself. Let me illustrate with an example: My cousin joins a football team. He is unaware that they will make him run a mile for being late, he is unaware he will have to pay for field trips, he is unaware that he will be expected to go out to eat with his teammates by social pressure after each victory… should he hold animosity towards the team for these things? Should you be mad at your boyfriend or girlfriend for not telling you they are diabetic on the first date? Should you write an article about a pet store because it doesn't tell you that the puppy you bought may chew your furniture? The answer to all these are No. Logically, you must present yourself with the best foot forward, and explain things to people gradually, or until the situation comes up naturally.
This comment is not to say the church's methods are good, bad or indifferent, it's just to say that this is a terrible, irresponsible article and a reflection on the author's obviously low level of quality control. I'm sorry, but you are not a reliable source for information regarding this matter, and if you were, you would have presented this in a more tactful method and with proper representation. Any credible journalist would agree.
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