A Black-American pastor has publicly apologized for berating his church members because they didn’t buy him the Movado watch he requested for.
Few days ago, a video of the Kansas City Pastor, Carlton Funderburke, calling his congregants demeaning names and broke-shaming them went viral on the internet.
He was preaching a sermon titled “taking care of God’s shepherd”, when he flipped on his members and called them “poor, broke, busted, and disgusted” because they haven’t bought him the expensive wrist watch he asked for last year.
In the trending clip, he said,
“I’m not worth your McDonald’s money? I’m not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain’t worth your St. John Knits – y’all can’t afford it no how.”
“I ain’t worth your Louis Vuitton? I ain’t worth your Prada? I’m not worth your Gucci?”
“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.
“Let me kick down the door and talk to my cheap sons and daughters.”
The video sparked outrage on social media as netizens lambasted him for talking down on his members.
Following the heavy criticisms he received, the pastor of the Church at the Well, has now released a video apologizing to everyone offended by his outburst.
He explained that his statement had a context but admitted that no context is an excuse for the degrading words he said.
“Therefore, I offer this sincere apology to you today,” the pastor said as he read from a script.
“No context could erase the words I used. I apologize to all the people that have been hurt or angered or anyway damaged by my words.”
Watch the apology video below.