Pastor Mac at Living Word Christian Center Will Address the Flock Fleecing Allegations at Services This Weekend
The scandalous allegations are about fleecing the flock rather than having purchasing sex from a rent boy. It will be interesting to see if the media shows up to the services tomorrow and gets comments from parisioners. From the Living Word site:
Pastor Mac will address many of the recent articles and allegations circulated in the media during the services this weekend. Also, the following is our public statement on these matters:
Living Word Christian Center has a long history of making every effort to conduct the financial affairs of the church with integrity and candor. It is standard procedure for all appropriate contracts and financial transactions to be reviewed by our law firm (Faegre and Benson), audited by an independent accounting firm (Ernestvedt and Christensen), and approved by our board.
Every effort is made, and will continue to be made, to completely comply with and diligently follow all applicable legal standards established by the IRS and the State of Minnesota for the conduct of non-profit organizations.
Living Word and those outside professionals involved in the conduct of our financial affairs remain confident any fair review of our dealings will reveal the validity of our effort to consistently be an accountable and honest ministry before God, our congregation, and our community.
Earlier this week, Minnesota Monitor did some excellent spade work on shenanagans with the Living Word finances. Dump Bachmann Gumshoe followed up with a report on the planes that were registered to Mac Hammond. How can it be legitimate use of the flock's money to pay for a stunt plane.
This story is on the front page of the Strib Sunday edition. From Minnesota Monitor:
According to the documents, which involved a loan application in 2003 and contained over 100 pages of pictures and detailed descriptions of the church's land amounts, financial transactions and administrative history, Hammond owns two airplanes, one bought from Living Word for $1.06 million on credit supplied by Living Word. He leases the planes back to the church at a total annual rate of more than $893,000. The church asserts that "the aircraft are important to the efficient management of its ministry at the present time..." Living Word also rents a hangar to store the planes, and it pays for the expenses of the planes as well.