Harsh headline right?
But it's true.
My family attended this church for many years. We paid money into it, we followed Michael Haynes blindly. My father busted his ass to perform back breaking work just to pay for us to attend their private school lessons. But as time went by and I grew to understand and see things. I noticed that this church became more about financial gain, than preaching the lords word.
They had ""give it all sunday's"" where you empty your pockets and the preacher will give you an A-Men. Subliminal hints using verses where a boy in the bible gave everything he had, even if it were just a small amount to Jesus. Soon I was there in a cross spanish/American night where they began toting wheel barrels around the church that were being filled with money. This went on for an hour. Collecting money. Collecting money, screaming to give more.
It felt like I was involved in a cult. I had just turned 18 and I began to look at things differently. Without money, you weren't socially acceptable for this church. Give a big offering and you can have dinner with Dr. Haynes at the front of the table at Ryan's family buffet.
Homophobic slurs, mind controlling hate speeches controlling what you say and do. Women can't wear jeans, no skirts above the knee.
Then it happened.
My father, after 20 years of service, after 20 years of back breaking work. After I began to create them a professional grade website (which has since been removed by me) needed money.
We were being evicted and had no place to go. My father found a trailer we were able to afford. I remember the nights he cried because he couldn't support his family. He asked Dr. Haynes for a loan of 500 dollars just until his social security check came the next week and he'd pay him back .
Haynes told us to come back later.
We did, and when we came back, his answer for my father was to pray. He didn't have a check, he didn't have any real answers. He told us to pray real hard and god would listen to us. We did pray, and we came to a man of god FOR the answer but he was too busy skimming off the top of the collection plate to pay the construction cost to his daughter's new home. Driving around in a factory new Avalanche fully stocked.
My father listened. he went home and prayed. 2 weeks later, we found ourselves begging family to let us live with them.
Because of this man, this church. I began to question my entire belief structure in the first place until I arrived where I am now. A non believer.
I would like to thank Dr. Michael Haynes for being such a bad person.
If you truly believe in hell, than my friend... I'll see you there.
Gluttony is a sin.