Report: #25211

Complaint Review: First Baptist Church - Sevierville Tennessee

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  • First Baptist Church
    317 Parkway Sevierville Tn 37862
    Sevierville, Tennessee

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In the Summer of 1997, I had visited this particular religious-political group. Made a few friends at the time. Later, was tired of the phone call to meetings, visits, or just for my money. Affiliated groups, like...Little Cove Missionary Baptist, Sevierville; Antioch Baptist, 615/625 Whites School Road, Sevierville, 37862; Valley View Baptist, Sevierville, all have one thing in common. They are a bunch of snakes after your money.

Retaliate with people within their group stealing and blaming you for it and sending fraudulent mail to the victim whom whiches not to support any of their crooked groups. Also, to note they sexually harass victims as my self with prank calls, calling and asking for someone at my phone number and somehow got my new one? Tennessee Code Annotated 48-101-513, prohibits unfair acts and practices affecting the conduct of solicitations for contributions.

These groups violate every law known to man in the book. Guess because their more political than scriptural. Even local police support this frivolous, yet dangerous groups. Don't waste your time visiting here. Unless, you can afford to lose everything you have. These members have nerve to condemn you and harass me at the workplace, telling others I'm gay, insane, or a cult member. Their the cults, gang and trashballs all in one.

Sevierville, Tennessee

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#1 General Comment

In the know

AUTHOR: camper - (USA)

The church is mostly all white people. There is a lot of inconsistentcy there. They allow only the wealthy to be treated highly with respect and those poor or middle class treated like crap many times.  A wealthy man of the church outside the city recently broke up with his lawyer of a wife. She was cute. He owns the wine store near Collier Road in Sevierville. Another member has a sister out in Wears Valley that does a solo gig as a massage specialist. These  folks get so angst when they see people having a swell causual time up town but don't get on their own.

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#2 General Comment

Another reason


 Avoid this group because Hillary Clinton is supposedly a member of this denomination. It is a performance based lipstick on the d*** entertainment that anyone should make fun of. Why because they laugh behind your back. It is all political and all about looks and favors. Feel bad for the kids how messed up they will turn out and warped into more heavey baptist brainwashing.

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#3 General Comment

A Positive Suggestion

AUTHOR: Budweiser - (USA)

 With all the homeless living  to this area. It would be a really great blessing if this big church and similar groups did what Jesus actually taught about the rich to "sell all their goods -including church buildings and property, land and give it all to the poor". The poor in spirit will inherit the earth not the wealthy , materialistic people. Just think of the hundreds of people that flock to this church and walk away poor for building such a big idol. God doesn't live in buildings or temples made by men's hands. Ask the fundamentalists. They will knock this and similar churches flat on their asses. Many living in this area are becoming poor due to all the wealthy Baptists that aren't living holy and disregard the scriptures. Even most of the JWs, Mormons and false beliefs out there show more appreciation for the sick and dying.

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#4 General Comment

someone said...

AUTHOR: Jack - (USA)

People have been saying a lot about these fakes like... "Baptists are not Christians". Another said "They are inbred and scum". Women there are taught not to talk or associate with men as men are "beasts" or have satan in them. I think this church promotes lesbianism or covers those that practice this sin. Sad too. Another thing is this church has changed pastors like every month or year. That is a bad sign. These types of bible cults push Romans 13 down a person's throat. Unlimited obedience to government is not biblical. It is insanity. It is Dominion Theology. Lots of people are abused by these types of churches. The Bible calls satan the "god" of this world. So many pastors from non-Baptist churches have warned that many churches are a doorway to hell! A member here often yells when he talks-you know who you are jerk. A previous pastor of this church said this once: "As long as you pay your tithes and give to this church you will be protected". This cult carries a lot of blood on their hands and deceives if not hundreds of converts weekly. Just being helpful not hateful here. Beware a man named Glen goes here. His whole family has been in and out of jail. A bunch of troublemakers. That is the type of people this church attracts. Troublemakers! Beware!

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#5 General Comment

unhappy lives

AUTHOR: Revblack - (USA)

 Some of the folks here have a imbalanced view or inconsistent view of God. It is hard to really get to know anyone here as the staff is very favoring. The son of the pastor once wore a shirt with a red dragon on it. If you are a heavy smoker,drinker and sleazy you'll fit in just fine here. Anthony's pastor is insecure, have a unhappy life, marriage.

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#6 General Comment

Church Addiction is a illness

AUTHOR: Karen - (USA)

Nothing wrong with wanting to meet new people and make new friends if you're a kid. As adults reality shows we don't make friends so easily. There is many different factors to consider. So many are obsessed with being a member of a church simply because their lodge wants them to join a church to make themselves look good. Half the folks there met are mostly illeterate, and don't think for themselves.These uneducated mostly persons like to sit down in the pews for hours listening to story after story by pastors. Not all the pastors are awful or bad so to speak. It seems folks idolize this group as a golden calf for a thrill to the psyche or just have no life outside the church-sphere. Jesus never begged for money or instructed anyone to attend or worship inside a "church" building for fellowship. In fact Jesus never owned a church or even owned a house. If you don't give money to their church or agree with every little thing they do -they will scold and harass the person till that person is driven out of that town. If you park at this or similar groups in the community that are Southern Baptists they will push your veichle mirrors inwards-as a way to tell you to get the hell off their property. Just how silly and childish are some of these church members? Very childish! They drive with their windows down flipping cigarettes at you while they drive by you.

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#7 General Comment

Tinker & Deacons are Nosey & Stinkers!!!

AUTHOR: Rhonda - (USA)

 First off many in the community have seen how odd and shady most of the members are. When you say hi they frown and shake their heads at you. Beware! Those met here act inhuman. David Tinker and Tino are goofy, act prideful and are angst. Tinker's wife is ordained. Tinker is nosey, snitches on ya if he doesnt like ya. He tell almost every church you may visit that you are not a Christian even if you read your bible and pray. A lot of fake preachers in the community just ask cults like Jehovah Witnesses or Mormons. This bible baptist cult is fit for the very wealthy and snobs. Almost every baptist group in this county look down on the poor and those not borh there. They treat many like outcasts. Traci is wrong youre not missing anything here. You can learn more by studying the bible yourself and visiting decent internet Christian sites that are not affiliated with any church denomination. Many southern baptists preachers are freemasons. They call anyone they meet a brother. These Illuminati morons control local and federal officials and all 501c3 churches. They control the courts, education system and promote the brotherhood of man taught by Albert Puke Pike.

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#8 General Comment

Stupid jerks!

AUTHOR: countycrower - (USA)

 They honor God with their lips but their hearts and behaviors of most of the members I met favor the wealthy. They preah and teach their idea of Jesus not the Jesus of the Bible. Their Jesus is based on their Southern Baptist indoctrination and hour long courses and classes based on man's interpretation of the Bible. Read Galatians 4 and you will know how fake this and similar churches are in the county that act rude up town. Act like snobs and often rude and miscievious. Very odd and backwards folks are members of this church. Just visit forums about this county on topix and learn what others have said about the baptists in East Tennessee. It will make your head spin and maybe even make you vomit and run and stay clear of such all talk, control freak cults that control everything in this county.

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#9 General Comment

Pharisees in baptist pride churches

AUTHOR: Mrdick - (USA)

 Anyone not fitting into their mold are treated like crap. If you are disabled or fat you are an outcast. They wealthy rule the roost at this particular church. Traci is a twisted b***h. She has two spoiled kids that are troublemakers. Judges, lawyers and businesses must be accepted by this church or rather cult to be accepted by the community of souther baptists. Beware of david tinker and david tino. This church promotes like many catholics have found out that many in this church cult beg for money and if you dont give money to this church or sleep with many married women and are single and disabled you will suffer mistreatment, segregation and ongoing harassment by rocks being thrown at you or being made fun of by the deputies that befriend this cult. Rev 21:22 James 1:7-8

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#10 Consumer Comment

I Believe You Matt

AUTHOR: Linda - (U.S.A.)

I live here, too and that church is menacing to many others, even the devoutly religious. It is a money hungry operation that swallows up acre after acre of land to complete their control of the city. Nearly every local cop and politician is a part of this church and if you don't join, you may as well kiss your career goodbye. The locals that attend put massive pressure on those that don't and their chase of the money is notorious. I have heard about heavy handed recruitment tactics as Matt described and when a member of my family told his employer he wouldn't come with him there because he was agnostic, that was the beginning of the end. A co worker went there the following week and announced that a friend of his didn't believe and that he also feared this family member of mine was a satan worshipper. Huh? If you don't go to their church and buy their propaganda, you are a satan worshipper? He started getting inquiries from others after this was done, questioning why he was a satan worshipper. How dare they? No politician here can hold any significant office unless it goes through them and they certainly make sure they have the vote. They make this a scary town. Wish I knew you Matt. There have to be alot more like us.
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#11 UPDATE Employee

Matt it looks like you dont like anything about Sevierville

AUTHOR: Doug - (U.S.A.)

If you search the this site using Sevierville as the keyword you will find that Matt has made several post. All appear to be bull.
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#12 UPDATE Employee

Matt it looks like you dont like anything about Sevierville

AUTHOR: Doug - (U.S.A.)

If you search the this site using Sevierville as the keyword you will find that Matt has made several post. All appear to be bull.
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#13 Consumer Comment

Spirituality and Religion, there is a difference

AUTHOR: gregory - (U.S.A.)

It does sound like Matt is upset. Maybe he has good reason to be.

The charities your church provides are only done through the contributions of its members.

How do we know his allegations are unfounded?

There have been heads rolling in the Catholic church for past misdeeds.

Maybe its time some of the corruption that runs rampant in many churchs be brought out.

Religion is "Organized faith and worship".

Spirituality is "A personal giving of faith to the sacred matters of the life-giving force I refer to as God".

Organized religion has a way of mixing one with the other.

They are not the same.

Castigating another does not make you a superior, better or 'saved' individual. let's the truth out and sometimes it isn't pretty. Thank you Ed Magedson
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#14 Consumer Comment

Unsubstantiated Allegations against First Baptist Church of Sevierville, Tennessee

AUTHOR: Traci - (U.S.A.)

I was shocked and dismayed to read the report from Matt entitled "First Baptist Church ripoff political corruption Sevierville Tennessee." I have been a member of this fellowship for over 24 years and have never witnessed any of the claims alleged by Matt. Our church is dedicated to serving the Lord and to reaching out to those in need within our community and the world. Never have I felt unwelcome, uneasy, or unwanted at this church. Never have I felt that the church was "a bunch of snakes after (my) money."

I find it astounding that this report was published by your organization. Matt offered nothing but vague and confusing allegations with no concern for providing demonstrable facts. He accused the church of being "more political than scriptural" and of sexually harrassing "victims (such) as myself with prank calls". Yet he does not substantiate these claims with evidence or detailed accounts of the alleged misconduct. In fact, nowhere in the complaint does Matt offer any proof of his harsh allegations. If Matt can produce verified facts, then he should do so immediately. Otherwise his comments carry no credibility whatsoever.

The bad business bureas's new rules for rebuttal state that they do not accept "trivial and meaningless comments" or reports that use "insulting language against others". Yet this report by Matt seems to be nothing more than malicious rumours and slanderous comments. Indeed, the entire report contains examples of "foul and insulting languague" expressly forbidden by the rebuttal rules (such as Matt calling the church members "snakes" and "trashballs"). In addition, the bad business bureau should never have printed any report that lacked information to back up its claims. By doing so, the bureau has demonstrated a remarkably unprofessional and unethical treatment of a very serious topic.

Obviously, Matt harbours a lot of hostility towards First Baptist Church. He is certainly entitiled to his opinion, and he has the right to express his feelings. Yet Matt has not painted a clear or accurate picture of the church. First Baptist continually demonstrates its desire to reach out to the community by its numerous ministries. The church operates a 24 hour prayer line where people can call to request prayer and talk to a sympathetic and caring counselor. The church performs many services to the community (the Christmas Store, outreach and visitations to area hospitals and nursing homes, Helping Hands, etc.) and supports local and foreign missions. First Baptist Church genuinly cares for people and is devoted to spreading the truth of God's love for all humanity.

It is my sincere hope and prayer that Matt will find a church home where he feels accepted and can experience the wonders of God's love. To anyone else considering visiting First Baptist Church of Sevierville, I would like to assure you of a warm and genuine welcome in Christ.

Thank you for the chance to refute Matt's disturbing claims. You are welcome to contact me should any questions arise.

Yours in Christ,
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