Christianity is not a business.

Have you seen what is happening in our Churches lately?

Most Churches have become money making, run according to business standards. They are focussed on generating profit and financial growth like a secular business. The focus of Church growth has moved from caring for the sheep to capital gain.

The word of God and the Gospel has become second to revenue. From Bibles for sale, to Christian growth courses; from visiting preachers, to tours to Israel, are been promoted. Even the Sunday music and preaches are been copied and sold on CD - DVD and don’t forget all the books that these preachers have written, sold on specials to the sheep.

It appears that if you do not have money to buy or to participate in these costly programs, you are not eligible for equal spiritual growth, and you become an outsider, separated by class of can and cannots.

These mega churches have colleges to teach the rich sheep only. Those that do not have money; well, their faith was not sufficient to pay for Godly knowledge. If by grace you pay your due and make the course, you still have to pay for the reception and your diploma yourself, if not your diploma will be posted. After you have become one of the educated elite, you may discover that these diplomas is only accepted by the mega church and are not internationally accepted

Mega Church.

Do you see your mega church as:

  • Run as a business!
  • The House of God!
  • Both!
  • Don't know!
  • It is a mystery?
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Money Talks?

Money, money, money and more money, even if you are called by God, they do not seem to care. No money, no Ministry!

So what do these mega Churches’ think they are going to do with all the revenue they generate?’ 1 Timothy 6:7: For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1 Timothy 6:5,11and 12: And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw. But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christ like), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart. Fight the good fight of the faith.

If you are poor and choose to attend any of these particular mega Churches in an older car, you find everyone classifying you into a group for that class. If you do not have money or a smart car, you may find yourself on the outside.

If you give up your name for corrective service ministry because you want to serve in the body of Christ, you have to find your own way to and from the prison. This is not always possible if you do not have the funds. These Churches that are finance focussed are seeking high end earners to bring in better tithes. A new trend amongst these Churches is to compete for the biggest and best, with the best programs and the most to offer members or “partners”.

Feed my sheep?

Jesus said “Feed my sheep”. The general consensus seems to be stripping more and more from the sheep.

Now my question is: Who are these mercenary preaches trying to impress? Is God the Father impressed? Is this what He wants from His Children to run businesses at the cost of the Gospel? If you go to the House of God, you must have money for this and money for that. Yes we know that all these things costs money but what happens to the tithing that come into these mega churches and what has God instructed us towards the sheep? Are we only to look after the over fat shepherds, making them ultra rich?

The Lord says clearly that the shepherds are to be looked after, and I do not have a problem with that. In 1 Timothy 6:5,11and 12: this section is about people trying to "trade" in the anointing, or misusing Christianity by trying to manipulate other Christians into buying from their "Christian" business claiming it to be more "godly" to trade with them than others, to those I say, freely you have received, freely give.

This is the Lords command about the anointing and the teaching of the word.

Warning?

What a serious warning the Lord gives here, 1 Timothy 6:5 And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood].

From such withdraw, we need to study and take heed of the Word of God, not run after manmade ideas, for the Word of God, The Bible is the ultimate authority.

1 Timothy 6:11-12 “But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christ like), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart. Fight the good fight of the faith”.

Now a new question arises: If we are in a mega Church, must we leave?

What is the focus of your place of worship?

Is there segregation between perceived class structures?

Are you being fed, guided, led and supported in every way that the Word instructs?

Is your church a business?

Let's talk!

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Seven 21 months ago

That kind of thnnikig shows you're on top of your game


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Some may be interested in the Roman Catholic reading for this Sunday.

Mark 12:38-44

It is interesting to note the scenario is outside a temple of those who would crucify Christ -- yet he centers not on the receiver of the donation but rather on the giver. Perhaps the focus should be not so much on the Church but on the hearts of those who give. -- Just interesting I thought, especially since most of us knows what comes next -- Money Changers!


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louisxfourie 4 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa Author

Yes Andreyo4: In Church here's nothing out of the ordinary and all we do is simply go through the motions! We have to change that!


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

Very thought-provoking hub! Prophets-for-profits have always been with us, and always will be, unfortunately. Since when did "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain" turn into charging for admission?

I understand that there are costs involved with locations and products (and even websites), but still...nowhere do we see Jesus or Paul charging anyone to hear what they have to say. I can understand covering costs for special events or products, but a person's lack of finances should never prevent them from participating in ministry training or opportunities to serve.

Voted interesting and useful. Aloha!


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louisxfourie 4 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa Author

whichwitchwriter, thank you for your input. True Christianity is not a religion, nor do all Churches run for profit. Having been in the ministry, I am aware of many Churches, places run by Christians and Godly Missions that give freely, asking nothing. The Bible says you cannot serve God and Mammon (money)? It also states that in the last days, man will be lovers of self..... I believe that anyone using God to profit and not to serve as Jesus taught, fall into that category. There is no balancing act, only obedience to God's word.


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louisxfourie 4 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa Author

Thank you all for your response. Please note that when mentioning a Mega Church I stated "selected Churches". There are some larger Churches who are still fighting to focus on word based Christianity. It is the responsibility of the shepherd to teach tithe & offering. To bring growth to the people through the spiritual law of "give and you shall receive."

When a Church becomes too large to know the needs of its sheep, it is time to start a new congregation in the neighboring community. This way we will have communities caring for one another through the word instead of focusing on a congregation so large that your Pastor does not even know your name. How do you feel about such a suggestion?


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Bible Studies 4 years ago from PA

I believe everything you said is correct. I have seen smaller churches take what little they had, reach out, and actually help people with food and finances. Then I have seen larger churches either down out right refuse to help people, or make those in need fill out forms worse than what the government makes someone fill out.

Their excuse is that the people asking for assistance are scamming them, or are always going to repeatedly ask. They will drain their funds. Of course they always are in need of funds, and they make it sound like they are worse off than the smaller churches going out of their way to help people.

One small church I'm still in contact with, somehow finds a way to do what they are doing.

I don't know about mega churches, except that they always ask for funds. They talk about helping everyone overseas. They don't talk about helping people in their church, or how they do. Every once in awhile, you hear one of them talk about how they helped this homeless person, or that person. They act like it is a special occasion when they do.

Only one time have I seen one mega church give out one a book for free. Yes, it was something you could hold in your hands.

The thing is the gospel message is to be free. The Bible says to give, and it will be given unto you. They very well could give out their books online for free with a pdf download, or have it so people can read it on their site for those who have to use a library computer.

If God is blessing and providing them, then why do they always sound like they need money, and do a ton of fundraisers. The Bible says give and it shall be given unto you pressed down, shaken together, and over flowing. What are they doing with the overflow?

They talk about if you are struggling financially, here buy my book. Do they ever say, if your struggling financially our church can help you get out of debt, and stay debt free?

There is only one church I know of that ever stepped up to the plate like that. They put their money where their faith is, and are truly helping others in all aspects.

It is on ABC Good Morning America titled "Mellody's Math: Delivered from debt about Mount Carmel Baptist church in Norfolk, Va. One family at a time, they help to get them debt free. The family has to take a course that gives them the tools to stay debt free.

How many other churches can claim that? How many other churchs just want to feed their congregation the spiritual side, and say the financial and other needs are just too much and too impossible?

Can God supply or not? Is God greater than the situation, or not?

The church does not make a good role model when all the congregation sees is that God will supply your need after begging and pleading to a large mass of people. If the church is always hurting financially, then why would God supply my need or always keep me hurting financially. Where do I find a large mass of people to plead to to get my miracle?


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I believe that your piece is accurate. I worry about the situation. But when I settle down in church that is more traditional, I see less people. I can pass no judgment, but if it is a way to reach more folk, then that can hardly be bad. I often attend a mega church. Kind of like a carnival. Maybe if those folks actually buy the stuff that is sold, just maybe they might then feel obligated to read or listen to it.


SusieQ42 4 years ago

I've experienced these things, really. After over 30 years of knowing the Lord He has given me the gift of discernment and it isn't long and I can tell what the real motive is! I know only one thing, sooner or later the Lord Himself will bring down the walls if their intentions aren't right with Him. God bless, Susieq42


SparrowMinistries 4 years ago

Louis, I try to stay positive and look for the good, but I must admit you are speaking the truth. I attended a small, rural church were the pastor studied the mega churches like Saddleback Church in Southern California (nothing against that church mind you) and tried to emulate its growth practices. It was clear he was using corporate strategies as well to try to grow the church and definitely, even in that tiny community, focused on drawing the most wealthy and the most educated and prominant people. He spoke an inspirational message that would not offend an unbeliever or challenge a believer. He refused to support ministries to the poor, where I feel is my calling.

I am in a new city now and a new church, which does reach out to the poor, but the requirement to have money to participate is still there. In my life I have had times of prosperity and times of dire need. If I had money I could participate in the retreats, fellowship meals, and growth classes. Other times, like now, I slip out the back door after the service, embarrassed that I cannot afford the "family dinner" they provide.

While it is true that many times there are scholarships available for many events, it is not widely known and it would require the poor person to presumtuously ask for a "free" admission. I think most people, like me, will look at the cost of something, and if they cannot afford it, just accept that it is out of reach at the moment. Just as you wouldn't go to the owner of a grocery store and say, "I don't have money, can I have my groceries for free today?" Most people are not going to got to the line at the church dinner, or to the coordinator of the retreat or seminar, and ask for a free ride.

The church could make it easier on poor people by asking for a donation instead of a set cost. that way everyone could be included. I have found that people are very generous when asked for a donation, as I am, when I have money.

So while I understand that the church doesn't run without money, I think you have a valid point. I also would contend that if God calls a person to a ministry He will make a way and provide financially. However, again, I think you have a very valid point, and that is a sad truth.

Praise God. He is good and His plans will not fail.

Thanks for telling it like it is.


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Andrey04 4 years ago from Florence, Alabama

Great hub! I really appreciate someone pointing this out! As well, have you realized the church has also become very contradicting. How most pastors proclaim against religion. But in reality you can come into a church service knowing what to expect ; sing a few songs, have a greeting, and then listen to a message. There's nothing out of the ordinary and all we do is simply go through the motions!


whichwitchwriter 4 years ago

Althought I do not belong to any structured place of worship I did attend church services many years ago. I currently practice buddhism. I think that as long as there is an opportunity to make money from something resourceful people will profit no religion or spiritual practice is exempt from this. There are public figures in the spiritual communities who are heavily promoting religion as a business but it is not for me to judge. If you take a look around everyone in every religion is profitting in some way shape or form. How do you feel about donations that are collected at these institutions for church repairs, or orphans in Uganda? Do these acts of kindness balance out profiting from bake sales, or Christianity courses?

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