Funny how this post still continues to generate comments. And, there appears to be an unusual amount of search activity originating from the same area in Florida. Almost as though some people there do not want any discussion of this item to be taking place on the web.
I had raised the question as to whether Christian leaders should be living excessive lifestyles. For more details on Clint Brown’s lifestyle look here.
Is Brown an entertainer or a pastor? As a pastor, should he be held to account for a lavish lifestyle and a failed marriage? According to the correspondence that I have received from his followers: no. The man, apparently, is above accountability. The reason? Brown is doing God’s work and God alone will judge Brown.
From the same article:
Some wonder why an entertainer such as Brown shouldn’t be able to live like a rock star just because his other job is pastor.
“Christian music stars live very, very well,” said Charisma’s Grady. “If they become a pastor, does that mean that they need to live in a duplex?”
The Browns’ 4,455-square-foot home in Alaqua Lakes in Seminole County is furnished with a $50,000 home entertainment center and a $5,000 pool table. Among their assets: $300,000 in jewelry, according to the divorce file.
“In his world, it may not be out of line,” said Martin Glickstein, a Maitland CPA who prepares clergy tax returns. “This guy is obviously very public, a performer. In his lifestyle this is probably normal.”
Regardless of the source of income, Brown’s lifestyle is unseemly, said Steve Harper; vice president and professor of spiritual formation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando.
“The Bible teaches that spiritual leaders are held to a higher standard, by the very public nature of our ministry,” Harper said. “We have to be careful about our image. . . . We simply cannot live without accountability as spiritual leaders.”
Harper is obviously a wise man.