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‘I have bills to pay’: Charles Stanley’s grandson criticised for selling his grandfather’s possessions

by Kelly Valencia

Charles Stanley's grandson has sparked outrage by attempting to sell some of his grandfather's personal possessions on eBay.

The renowned pastor passed away earlier this month at the age of 90, following a successful 50-year ministry that saw him author several books and preach on television and radio.

In a YouTube video, Matt Brodersen explains that he is auctioning a signed portrait of Pastor Stanley, as well as a pocket watch with engravings on it.

Acknowledging that going through his grandfather's items was "a little weird," Brodersen explains that he took them after the funeral, when the family was allowed to claim anything from Pastor Stanley's personal belongings.

"The family, friends, and some of his employees all got to go through his stuff and find things that we would keep. I found a few things that I thought were really awesome. I got a bunch of his clothes and knick-knacks, and I got some other things that I thought were really special," Brodersen said.

Among the items he took was Pastor Stanley's "cherished" passport, the details of which he blurs in the video, and other items that he plans to "hold on to forever."

He then says, "But there are also a couple of things that I got from his home office out his desk that I wanted to share with you guys because I'm going to put them on eBay and there's going to be a bid and you can auction for it if you want it."

Brodersen's decision to "share" his grandfather's possessions has sparked widespread criticism, with some calling it "disrespectful" and a "disgrace."

One YouTube user commented on the video, "Very disturbing! I saw your grandfather as an anointed man of God who surrendered his life to God to do his will."

Addressing the criticism, Brodersen said, "I went to my grandad's funeral and I grieved greatly. I'm a human being who has bills to pay, and you know how the economy, no, I don't really have shame in selling some of his stuff.

“I'm actually really happy that two of his fans are going to get to have a collection of some of his very personal items that were found in his office and in his desk when he passed away. I think that's really special or sweet. And whoever wins it's going to help me pay my bills, which I desperately need right now. I'm not afraid to admit that."

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