BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Despite being a member for more than 50 years, a 92-year-old woman is no longer welcome in her church.
Family members say 92-year-old Josephine King was shocked when she received a letter from the church, saying she was no longer a member.
“Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia,” Gerald Simmons, King’s nephew, read from a letter she received from the church.
The letter, which was signed by the pastor, said that King “has shown non-support” toward the church by not providing “constant and consistent financial and physical participation.”
He says King was sick for several months and was not physically able to attend services. Also, he says she has tithed in the past when she was able.
“You shouldn’t chase the individuals down,” he said. “You shouldn’t do that. If that’s the case, you’re money hungry.”
Simmons says others in the church have received a similar letter for not tithing.
“You have to have money to make these churches run, but it’s not about money. It’s about God. You have to put God first,” he said.
The church never responded to WALB’s request for comment.