Time for a new preacher!
A Missouri pastor was caught on camera berating his “broke” congregation for failing to buy him an expensive Movado watch — sparking criticism that he wants to make a profit, not be a prophet.
Pastor Carlton Funderburke of the Church at the Well in Kansas City was giving a fiery sermon about “honoring God’s shepherds” when he scolded his followers for being too poor to give him the pricey timepiece he’d requested, according to now-viral TikTok footage.
“See that’s how I know you still poor, broke, busted, and disgusted because of how you’ve been honoring me,” Funderburke said during the speech on Aug. 7.
“I’m not worth your McDonald’s money? I’m not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain’t worth your St. John’s knit? Y’all can’t afford it no-how,” he continues in the clip, as some church-goers amazingly respond with encouragement.
“I ain’t worth your Louis Vuitton? I ain’t worth your Prada? I’m not worth your Gucci?”
Funderburke, who founded the church with his wife, then tears into his flock for failing to understand what “God is saying” about how to treat those who deliver his message.
‘”Ooh, you can buy a Movado [watch] at Sam’s [Club] and you know I asked for one last year. And here it is all the way in August and I still ain’t got it,” he says of the watch, which ranges in price from roughly $300 to $3,000.
“Let me kick down the door and talk to my cheap sons and daughters.”
Observers called him a “false prophet” and said he’s spinning the word of God for his own material gain.
“It’s the pastor going off on his congregation and calling them broke for not buying him a watch !!! Y’all better beware of these false prophets !!” one woman wrote on Twitter.
Another critic teased, “Does anyone know which part of the gospels mentions Movado watches at Sam’s Club? Asking for a friend.”
Funderburke later apologized, saying the “video clip does not reflect my heart or my sentiment toward God’s people.”
“Though there is context behind the content of the clip, no context will suffice to explain the hurt and anguish caused by my words,” Funderburke says in a video posted to the church’s YouTube page.
“I have also privately apologized to our church, who has extended their love and support to me.”