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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
Do you see your mega church as:
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.
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?
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What is your view on this, please feel free to leave your view or comment