The Business of "Church"
The modern denominational corporate entity called “church” is a business. It would be a futile endeavor to prove to the contrary once you follow the paper trail. You can even find this same entity in the pages of Scripture, but the builder of the ekklesia does NOT have good things to say about anyone who belong to this corporate religious system.
The Business Plan
Today, many are blinded to the fact that the Gospel has NEVER been a business plan, yet their members promote their particular brand names through various advertising channels and marketing techniques. The strategies are endless as strategic business concepts are implemented to bait people to buy into their religious wares.
Unlike so many, we do not PEDDLE THE WORD OF GOD FOR PROFIT. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. – 2 Corinthians 2:17
To be a successful businessman aka “pastor,” certain protocols and principles must be implemented to get people to buy into what they are selling. Before the products can be sold and distributed on large scale, the person(s) behind the product must build a certain amount of credentials (clout) before the “big launch.” Usually, going to a seminary and receiving some credentials and certifications is helpful to the cause.
For we did not follow CLEVERLY DEVISED STORIES when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. – 2 Peter 1:16
The Road to CEO
The aspiring “pastor” will hold meetings with family and friends to do some “vision” casting. Upon a consensus of approval, the implementation of the essentials (start-up-kit) is set into motion.
Starting with the best foot forward is to continue working at a regular job while running the business (“church”) on the side until the spiritual vocation matches the salary/wage of the normal job. This is a start to getting things rolling and a stable launching pad to reaping the benefits of a attaining the elite title of CEO (“lead pastor”) of a new religious organization.
And through COVETOUSNESS shall they with feigned words MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. – 2 Peter 2:3
One of the keys to a good upstart is “diversification.” You can go to school and work a regular job at the same time to support yourself and your family. Upon graduation, networking with business partners (other lead “pastors”) that merchandise the same spiritual vocations is key. This is a way to understanding how doors into the system work by receiving support and mentoring from fellow entrepreneurs who have a vested interest in helping create your own mission field (business venture). The “I scratch your back, you scratch my back” is set into play and can be leveraged in the future.
DID I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU through any of those whom I sent to you? I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. DID TITUS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps? – 2 Corinthians 12:17-18
The key to every successful business is to have financial backing (tithers). Once this hurdle is out of the way, you are well on your way to growth as people are baited with propaganda that is hard for them to resist. One of the most important principles of success is to cater to the carnal needs of the people until “sainthood” (CEO) status is achieved.
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By SMOOTH TALK AND FLATTERY they deceive the minds of NAIVE PEOPLE. – Romans 16:18
Growth brings many different dynamics; therefore, it is good to have people around that share in the same “vision” of success. Confidentiality agreements are integral to the operation running smoothly. Additionally, success is following the one who is achieving success!
Those who are “divisive” to “success” can be easily “taken care of.”
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they SEDUCE THE UNSTABLE; they are EXPERTS IN GREED--an accursed brood! – 2 Peter 2:14
The numbers don’t lie as time (indoctrination) and investment (tithes) into the “pastor’s vision" starts to pay off. Internal employees as well as outside financial strategists help to launder the tithes of the pew-warmers through various channels so that everything comes out squeaky clean. This called “bearing fruit” (assets).
And constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and WHO THINK THAT GODLINESS IS A MEANS TO FINANCIAL GAIN. – 1 Timothy 6:5
The clergy must submit to board driven agenda and stand by the “name” (business) at all costs. After all, their livelihood and status is dependent upon the system.
Having professionals in your corner is a must. Secretaries, managers, "ministers," strategists, assistants, etc, are responsible for looking after the economics (sheeple) of the “ministry.” When the bottom line is in jeopardy, the CEO decides who is to be “let go.” It is the owner of the business who is sole dictate of those who are not committed enough to the enterprise, and is easily replaced with someone else if need be. The confidentiality agreements coupled with tithing covenants are the safeguards against any "dissenter."
Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves FOR THE SAKE OF GAIN… - Jude 1:11
“Church” and worldly business models are identical twins. The only difference is the type of mask they put on.
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on A MASK TO COVER UP GREED--God is our witness. – 1 Thessalonians 2:5
To try to derive any principles from the Kingdom of God attested by Yahshua Messiah and the Apostles in the “church” system is a preposterous notion, but they do.
Thus making VOID the word of God by YOUR TRADITION that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” – Mark 7:13
Brand Name Loyalty
Indoctrination and loyalty to a certain brand name is hard to break free from. Paid staff, the steeple and sheeple are the result of the sophistry of slick and savvy entrepreneurs. The pulpit is a good platform to able to woo the masses. The end result are sheeple who willingly pay the expenses and dues of a man-driven top down structure where the ones at top have a life of ease by burdening their consumers to buy more and more of their wares.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having ITCHING EARS they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions – 2 Timothy 4:3
The Bottom Line
The buyers (members) are told that they are part of “God’s plan.” The CEO’s (“pastor’s”) vision (business plan) has been given to him by “God;” it is a “divine” recipe. Anyone who opposes is deemed “divisive” to “God’s plan” (the bottom line); therefore, opposing Yahweh Himself. “Just look at the numbers, they don’t lie” they say, “souls are being won!” Who could not deny the one who has been learned and trained in the religious seminaries of men to be “chosen by God” to implement “God’s vision” (business concept) to the masses? “Do not touch God’s anointed!” they say.
Many Scriptural parallels are used to back the business (“church”) plan, but they are mere distortions to fit their template of commerce.
Satan uses the techniques of this world to veer the masses upon the wide road to glorify religious name brands.
Yahshua Messiah uses Kingdom principles to build his ekklesia as they walk along the narrow path glorifying his name.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is WIDE AND THE WAY IS EASY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is NARROW AND THE WAY IS HARD THAT LEADS TO LIFE, and THOSE WHO FIND IT ARE FEW. – Matthew 7:13-14
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