For those who keep up with Financial news or even just American current events you probably have heard of the fiasco of the Wells Fargo bank. Let me give you a little bit of background of what happened and then I’ll explain why I am bringing this up.
Wells Fargo had the highest market valuation among any bank in America, worth over $250 billion. But in recent weeks it was revealed by Federal regulators that Wells Fargo employees SECRETLY CREATED 1.5 million unauthorized bank and credit card accounts. Employees created phony PIN numbers and fake email addresses to enroll customers in online banking services without the real customers’ knowledge. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said that this practice was “widespread”.
- Customers incurred over $400,000 in fees, including annual fees, interest charges and overdraft-protection fees.
- 5,300 employees were fired for their misconduct.
- Wells Fargo is hit with $185 million in fines, along with $5 million to refund customers.
Why would so many employees throughout the company do this? Why would so many of them nationwide create dummy accounts? Answer, “to hit sales targets and receive bonuses,” according to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
But why would so many employees be willing to open dummy accounts even when they knew this was a fraudulent act? Because they were pressured to produce. This is why some former employees filed a suit against Wells Fargo because the organisation “fired or demoted employees who failed to meet unrealistic quotas while at the same time providing promotions to employees who met these quotas by opening fraudulent accounts”.
According to one lawsuit, “Employees with a CONSCIENCE who tried to meet quotas without engaging in fraud were the biggest victims, losing wages, benefits and suffering anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment”
Why am I bringing this up even though this is already tackled by so many news agencies? You could just go to CNN, Reuters or Fox news or some other website and you can find more details about it. Plus, in reality we know these things happen to different organisations all over the world. And let’s just use Wells Fargo (WF) Syndrome for lack of a better term for now.
Now here is the point of all this; Picture now if you will, a “religious organisation” that has the same mentality and method.
What happens when a “Church” employs the same tactics as Wells Fargo?
What would be the result if all ministers in their respective District and Congregation had to bear souls with the same kind of pressure from its leaders?
What if the leaders want to show that the present Administration is “successful” and “truly blessed by God“? By showing Truly Amazing results?
What happens when the Church leadership wants unrealistic results and pressures the ministers to produce?
Would it not be exactly the same? There are those who would be tempted to “create” dummy accounts; some would make up a list of names of “bible students” even though those people who may have attended an event once, were not really interested in joining the Church or having bible study lessons.
Is this not what is happening now inside the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo)? Oh, I’m sure some will object and protest saying I am “making things up again” or I am “lying” about Ministers. But let’s all be truthful and open-minded shall we? Let us examine symptoms of the WF Syndrome:
- Unrealistic goals are set
- Ministers are pressured to produce results.
- The Warning: FAIL the standard and you and your family will have a one way ticket to the jungles of the Philippines
- The Incentive: SUCCEED and you can get out of the Philippines and go to America and/or Europe to live the glamorous life with Coach handbags for your spouse and all the Gucci shoes your feet can put on.
THE PRESSURE IS ON!
There are Ministers who are still striving to be virtuous and honest, but because of the unrealistic expectations, they are unable to meet the standards set by the Church leadership. But if the virtuous are not able to succeed and are then shipped out to some province, who do you think the “Incentive” will attract? The unscrupulous and the dishonest.
These are those who are willing to make up things — write names of people whom they just met once – as Bible Students; list people who may have just nonchalantly nodded their heads as “interested” in joining the Church; prey on those who just want a sack of rice to feed their family and thus would be willing to say “sure, give me a pen – where do I sign?” Or with new technology, they do Bible studies with people in different continents just to have a name on their report, better known as “Viber Students”. The underhanded techniques are endless.
Come on, you know these are true. Why do you think those newly assigned Ministers who barely speak English proudly declare that they were sent to your congregation because they were the “Top-Notchers” or “Number 1 in bearing Fruit”. Yet what do they find out when they get to America or Europe? They fail miserably in bearing souls, especially when they have to do it in an honest manner. And (God forbid) in English! Gasp!!
There are plenty of evidence all around, if you are willing to look. Below is (no, your vision is not failing) a blurred Form listed with bunch of people. The names are blurred to protect the innocent. But let me explain first. The list on the left are names of the so-called “bible students”. The list on the right should be where their signatures are IF they attend worship service.
What can you notice? The right mostly says ABSENT. And this remains unchanged week in and week out. What does this indicate? That these people (assuming they exist) are NOT really joining the Church. But it looks good to have a large number on paper does it not?
Isn’t this the symptoms of the WF Syndrome? Pressured to produce, these people will create fake lists to survive.
Given an incentive, the dishonest and ambitious will be creative. And sad to say for the virtuous, they get pushed out.
LOOK AROUND! OPEN YOUR EYES! It is in YOUR CONGREGATION.
But let’s not end on a discouraging note. God is just. He knows and sees. If we can see, how much more with God? So this is what Scripture says:
“Food gained dishonestly tastes sweet to a person, but afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravel.” Proverbs 20:17
I love that, GRAVEL. HA! I’m picturing that with a particular arrogant minister. He will have his day. And speaking of days, it gets worse on Judgment day:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all LIARS—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
So I say to all those cheats, liars, the dishonest, deceivers and pretentious– you will have your day. We will not allow you to deceive us. Brethren feel the emptiness of your insincere prayers. The Church is not yours to abuse forever. The virtuous will rise and YOU. WILL. FALL