Gene Scarborough wrote:
Let me share a story from Haiti where a friend of mine visited the joint compound of Billy and Franklin which is shared. He observed the hate each outfit has for the other. It was replete with an expensive helocopter which could have bought how many trucks and how much food and clothes???? You figure.
I read Franklin's autobiography some years ago. It is the story of a son doing all kinds of evil to try and get his dad's attention since Billy was gone so much from home. He was hardly a righteous son of whom to be proud. Neither is his pay to his wife and children who run Samaritan's Purse near Boon, NC. It appears to be about money and fame and the two shall not be parted. So why would I be jealous of someone making big bucks conning people into support which has a large pay-out to those running it----something Billy NEVER HAD!
Another interesting aspect to my NC residence status is the opportunity to hear, first hand, of the activities and jealousy going on over Billy's Heritage Center in Charlotte. They can't seem to agree with what to do with daddy and whether to follow his simple wishes to be buried beside his beloved Ruth. This is the children who are split wide and far over how to carry on their father's legacy.
The little rhyme was interesting, but badly off in it's assessment of my outlook.At least you got it right that I live on the Pamlico River---and far from the mega church /evangelistic associations. I just talk with my neighbors about spiritual matters which concern them---and cut and doctor trees for a fair price. I'm happy and one never will be if he is jealous!
The auditor’s report, including particulars, of Samaritan’s Purse (not just an organization document) was submitted last year for the year 2009 and is available on the Internet. Total support and revenues - $320,578,664; Total expenses - $319,620,626. Ministry expense – 89%; Fundraising – 6%; General/Administrative – 5%. How many churches give 89% of their income to missions?
Franklin is head of both BGEA and SP, so your friend’s remarks about Haiti are suspect at best, a fabrication (probably through jealousy) at worst. Your caterwauling about the helicopter is silly since the best if not the only way to get around then was by air. He has at least one plane I would be afraid to fly in…looks like an old C-47 (before your time most likely).
Franklin’s youth and family resemble most others in some aspects – except yours, which is absolutely perfect, of course – so your snide judgment is as sounding brass. In any case, SP slogs ahead in spite of Franklin’s profound sins. You have none, of course…sins, that is.
Keep talking to your neighbors about spiritual matters…commendable. In the meantime, Franklin will keep using that 89% to match his talk (never failing to give the gospel message even to his tormentors on the talk-shows) with the walk. Talk is cheap, but walking the talk doesn’t happen easily. But, then, of course, you already know that – right?