New Era Detroit stages a protest that turned into a brawl, caught on camera.
This is the same church that recently hosted Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. But this protest is about more than politics.
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Era Detroit is calling it church accountability – taking congregations
to task for not serving the community as churches should. They say
something doesn’t add up when a pastor makes a lot of money, drives a
luxury car and the people who live near the church are in poverty.
scuffle inside the sanctuary after New Era Detroit protests during a
worship service. Zeek the leader of group, offered no apologies for the
dustup at Great Faith Ministries Saturday — only the reasoning behind
“The situation is bigger than just Wayne T. Jackson,” Zeek said. “This is about black churches and black pastors who live a lavish life on behalf of the people and they are not giving back to their community.”
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He’s referring to Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the wealthy
pastor that welcomed Donald Trump, drives a Rolls Royce and lives in a
Zeek was there for the offering Saturday.
started the offering at a thousand dollars,” he said. “And then they
said if you don’t have $1,000 then do $300. If you don’t have cash, then
we got ATM machines.
“I don’t understand that logic. I don’t understand that way of thinking and I don’t understand that, to be what religion is.”
New Era Detroit says the neighborhood surrounding great faith ministries is by and large impoverished.
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guy has networks, churches, fancy cars, million dollar houses,” Zeek
said. “And there’s babies in this community that doesn’t have food at
night. Somebody has to be frustrated about this enough to do something
that will get people’s attention and that’s what New Era Detroit did.”
the thing, pick up the phone, call, I want to talk to you,” said Bishop
Keith Farmer, Great Faith Ministries. “The apostle is a very fair man,
he would meet with you and talk to you. What’s your issue. But to do it
that way, that is so disrespectful.”
Members of Great Faith Ministries say New Era Detroit has their church and their pastor all wrong.
“Our bishop give away homes, cars,” said Pastor Brent of Great Faith Ministries.
They say he’s an astute businessman.
Juanita Kinney says he’s one with a heart of gold
he found out I didn’t have anywhere to live, within an hour he was
calling me and telling me to go look at an apartment,” said Kinney. “And
because of that, and the love of him and his wife, I now have my own
“He should talk to people that he hired, ex-cons people
that been in prison,” said another church member. “He has done so much
for this community. There are homes he has bought and given to people.
But Zeek doesn’t know that.”
Many feel New Era Detroit crossed the
line and violated a sacred space. They even drew comparisons to Dylan
Roof – the man who walked into a church service and gunned down nine
people in Charleston, South Carolina.
“They can’t come in here and
think they’re going to take over our service, we have our women and
children, mothers up in here terrified,” said Pastor Brent. “And they
say they’re out there protecting the community, this is a community up
FOX 2: “Would you do it all over again?”
Zeek said. “We would definitely do it all over again. Would we tweak
something? Absolutely. Going back, we would definitely go back again and
they better get they act together because we just might be back.”
The leader of New Era Detroit says he is open to having a sit down with Bishop Jackson and the pastors of other churches that his organization has protested.