- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
The Business of 'Church'
The modern denominational corporate entity called church is a business. It would be a futile endeavour to prove to the contrary once you follow the paper trail. You can even find this same entity in the pages of Scripture; however the builder of the ekklesia does not have good things to say about anyone who belongs to a religious system that sells the Gospel.
The Business Plan
Today, many are blinded to the fact that the Gospel has never been about a business plan, yet church members promote their particular denominational brand names through various advertising techniques and marketing channels. The strategies are endless as strategic business concepts are implemented to bait and lure people into buying 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 a large scale, the person(s) behind the product must build rapport and tout their credentials before the big launch. Usually, going to a seminary, receiving some credentials and certifications coupled with a title 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, or 'business 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 of church on the side until the spiritual vocation matches the salary-wage of the normal job. This is just start to getting things rolling and a stable launching pad to reaping the benefits of the goal of attaining the elite title of CEO, or Senior Pastor of the 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 and ask people to support you in your upstart ministry because you are doing ‘God’s work.’ Upon graduation and being debt free from taking money from those who who believe in the cause, the next step is to network with other religious business partners that support spiritual vocations off the backs of the people. Receiving support and mentoring from fellow entrepreneurs is key in partnering with others who have a vested interest in expanding the 'mission field' or 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 religious business is to have financial backing of people called ‘tithing members.’ Once this hurdle is out of the way, you are well on your way to growth as people can be baited with programs with hype and entertainment to keep the clientele coming back for more. One of the most important principles of success is to cater to the carnal desires of the people.
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 your same vision of success. Confidentiality agreements are integral to muzzling any divisiveness and helps keeps the operation running smoothly. It is important to exude success because following someone who is achieving success is highly contagious. Many celebrities use these same techniques.
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 will start to pay off. Internal employees as well as outside financial strategists can help to launder (whitewash) the monetary that comes from the pew-warmers. When everything is done 'in the name of Jesus' (it is really the god of mammon), it is called 'bearing fruit' (increasing 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 hired staff must submit to board driven agenda and stand by their business (denominational) agenda at all costs. The livelihood of the shareholders depends on the system for their success.
Having professionals in your corner is a must. Secretaries, managers, ministers, strategists, assistants, accountants, etc. are responsible for looking after the economy of the ministry. When the bottom line is questioned, the CEO (Senior Pastor) decides who is to be 'let go.' The one at the top of the hierarchical ladder is sole dictate of ousting those who are not committed enough to the cause (enterprise). The confidentiality agreements coupled with tithing covenants are the safeguards against the 'dissenter.’
Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain - Jude 1:11
The worldly business model and the church system are identical twins. The only difference is that they wear different masks. One serves mammon, and the other, both God and mammon.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. - Matthew 6:24
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 Christ and the apostles in the church system is really a preposterous notion.
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 people who are seared in indoctrination who willingly pay the expenses and their dues to a man-driven top down structure. 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 (church members) are told that they are part of 'God’s plan.' The CEO Pastor will say that his vision (business plan) has been given to him by God. Anyone who opposes his vision (business) over the people are deemed 'divisive' to the Gospel (the bottom line). Opposing the business plan (gospel) means opposing God Himself.
'Just look at the numbers,' he says. 'Souls (new tithing members) are being won!'
Who could not deny the one who has been trained in the religious seminaries of men to be 'God's chosen one' to implement 'God’s vision' (business) to the masses?
'Do not touch God’s anointed,' he says.
Many Scriptural parallels are used to back the business (church) plan, but they are mere distortions to fit their template of commerce called the gospel.
Satan uses the techniques of this world to veer the masses upon the wide road to glorify man's religious name brands.
Christ our Saviour uses Kingdom principles to build his ekklesia as they walk along the narrow path glorifying the Father in his name. Partaking of a system that makes the gospel a product of commerce is a wide road that will lead to destruction.
“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
Do you buy into the business of church as a means of selling the Gospel?
Check it Out!!! Mountains of Money!!!
- The Vision in the Church System is a Changeable Commodity, but God's Isn't
When the vision of the ekklesia is looked at more closely, it reveals that it is not a dynamic thing that must constantly change to appeal to cultural norms, but is fixed, given once and for all.
- The Senior Pastor has been Disqualified
Many salaried-to-serve professional clergymen refuse to believe that they are working in vain. Stop putting your confidence in these men and trust in the Lord in what He has to say to His people.
- Those Who Submit to the Corrupt Church System
Church members are solely dependent upon their ordained ministers to hear from God for them. They sit, listen and nod their heads being spoon fed doctrine that fits to their denominational mould.
© 2016 PlanksandNails