Hi Die,I have to agree with this way of thinking. While going to a so-called " mega- church" I noticed that the people made a big deal out of putting all their hundreds in the envelope and making sure people saw them when they tithed but I had just been saved, was struggling to get on my feet and literally spent my last money for the bus to get there and they made me feel ashamed when I would just pass the bowl with their looks or they would look me up and down and snicker and it was humiliating. To me I was just grateful to be there and felt I had come a long way from where I had started. When I found myself needing some help I went to them and they said they only helped refugees from other countries. I told them I had been coming there for almost a year and had no other options at my disposal. They then wanted my proof of how much I had tithed but I had given cash, when I had it and had no " proof". Since I hadn't written any checks that they would've put in the computer they turned me away. I felt like this wasn't what Jesus intended because this church had a congregation of at least 3,000 people every Sunday. The bill I needed help with was $160. I wasn't asking for cash. Needless to say my utilities got shut off in the middle of winter and my daughter had to go live with her dad and I quit going to that "church." Later I looked up the pastor's home online and was floored at where he lived and found out he made over $100,000 per year.
I hope you don't mind me quoting your post in your Babylon thread?
It made really toe curling reading. Last week I posted about the need for believers to meet together in church to worship God together and share and minister to each other saying that no church is perfect, just because you're critical of some aspects, that's no reason for a lie in on a Sunday. Then I read Die's posts shook my head. If the man Jesus attended that church He'd have launched the offering bowl from one end to the other Matthew 21:12. In fact I don't think it qualifies to call itself a church, rather it's an income generator. That is the raison d'être of the organisation, God is simply a brand used to convince the duped to part with their hard earned. Those without sufficient are discarded. Those in need are patronisingly blessed and asked to move on. Passages like:
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? James 2:15-16 NKJV apply to other churches, not them.
This is what we see on Christian TV. A church the size of concert venue but instead of a headlining chart topping pop star, there's a guy in a suit strutting around the stage, screeching down the microphone, trying to wind the audience up like a game show host on coke. Others are more circumspect, a very silky smooth presentation, more akin to a life coach than a preacher, he tells the congregation to think positive, believe and everything will be wonderful. Then there follows the call to action, unlike the Old Billy Graham there's no come to the front, confess your sins, repent and believe. No, instead there's a, menu of means of making a substantial donation, they take MasterCard and visa. You can pay by PayPal via the website. I heard one guy a couple of years ago imploring viewers to donate a $1,000, advising, if you haven't got it in your account, take it out of your savings and if you don't have any savings, put it on your credit card.
Are there churches that really are not worth going to?