Sell All and Give to Me
The overseers hold the belief that for someone to be able to preach on their staff, a person must sell all and give to them. Gathering money this way is a prominent mark of a cult. Overseers believe that taking all the money is even more important than check to see if this new preacher even knows the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When I was 18, I thought God was calling me to become a worker. I "offered for the work" at Manhattan, Montana convention in 1989. Later that year, the older worker in our field, Everett Swanson, confirmed that I would be "going out into the work" that year. I was instructed to sell everything and bring the money to convention. When I arrived at the convention grounds, I was met by Stanley Sullivan, the older worker running the convention, who said ~"Did you bring your money? You can give it to me." I said, "Yes, but I thought I was supposed to give it to the poor". He said , "I'm poor so you can give it to me."
Before I became a worker, nobody asked me whether I even knew the gospel of Jesus Christ (I didn't and didn't understand it). Their chief concern was whether I had sold everything and brought it to the convention grounds.
There you have it, my witness: the overseers care more about gathering money from new workers than they do about whether the gospel is preached. The overseers teach and practice: "Sell all and give it to me."
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