It seems to Adolf that all is not what it seems or should be in the temple at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church in Ponsonby.
This is the church which is fronting the current campaign for a so-called living wage. The parish minister, who is a leftist political activist, appears to be the spokesman for the campaign which was launched from his church..
David Farrar has exposed the lies and deceit put out to the media, first, with the details of the Samoan family 'struggling' to get by on their wages plus assorted social welfare hand outs altogether which bring into the unfortunate household some $136,000 per year gross income- if they had been told about them.. The Reverend spokesman failed to disclose the family has monthly finance company installments of $500 but even those should be a snip when you are on $136k.
David followed up with some useful information on their next poster child of poverty. She is a single Mum, working as a cleaner and studying for a degree. Not initially disclosed was the fact she is still 'negotiating' with the father of the children for support payments and worse, she had not been informed of the substantial financial assistance available to her from WINZ.
Let me introduce you to the Rev Obed Unasa, self styled 'Community Organiser.' (Can you believe it?)
The first question a formal Presbytery commission of inquiry into the antics of this minister should ask is:-
"Why did you not exercise your duty of pastoral care to you flock by making sure they were receiving all the benefits available to them courtesy of NZ tax payers?"
The second question should be:-
"How much of your time has been and is being spent on political activities which have little to do with your parish whose members pay substantial amounts each year to fund your stipend in return for which they expect and deserve the services of a full time devoted pastor and minister?"
The third question should be:-
"Has it occurred to you that your political activities might bring the Church into disrepute when you are seen to be indulging in the use of misinformation for partisan political purposes? Can you point us to some scriptural justification for withholding material information which, were it known, would make a mockery of your campaign?"
And the final question should be:-
"Do you know how many Christians who support the centre right political parties have left the church because of your overt political activity?"
Members of the commission should examine the parish roll and, in particular, look for the names of people who have ceased to be members or associates. Such examination will be instructive. All the centre right supporters will have scarpered. Funny thing is, they tend to give more to their churches than do the lefties who are remarkable mean. That's why the membership is up but the offerings are down..
Such is the way God's servants bring about the decline of His church.
Here for readers is some background information on St Stephen's parish. Such information is readily available from the Church's national website.
2011.............37......Adults Attending............36....Annual Offerings..$52k....Av per Adult..$1,440
Membership figures do not indicate the saving of many souls at St Stephens during this past five years. Too busy working for Labour, it seems.
Financial figures indicate a level of individual 'giving' which far outstrips the national average. The average adult offerings for the Northern region in 2011 was $915 and there are some very wealthy Presbyterians who contribute generously to their parishes. It looks to me as though a group of largely PI low income families are being squeezed dry to support the political activities of a leftist huckster. He couldn't even be bothered taking them down to WINZ for an interview.