Don't you just love how all these protestant churches jump on the bandwagon "Give us your money and God will return it to you ten fold." How about, I'll give my money where it is needed, Education, Catholic Charities, St Jude Children's Hospital? And you damn bible thumping Baptists can kiss my big white A$$!
that's the hottest preacher i've ever seen. I'd tap that.
Apparently the new way to get rich in America is to become a motivational speaker and start a church. What happened to the good old days when your preacher was a car salesman or insurance salesman?
More typical Christian bashing on this website. There's nothing wrong with God prospering people. The church I go to has some wealthy people in it, and they have the purest hearts I've ever seen! Yes, there may be some who abuse the belief about money, but don't paint all churches with such a broad paint brush. Our church, for example, does a WHOLE lot not only for our community, but for several mission projects around the world. God wants all Christians to have a heart for people!When it comes to giving, God looks at the heart. If you're giving out of a pure heart, then GOD WILL BLESS YOU! If you're just looking to get rich, then God will deal with that, too. God has performed financial mircles in my life, and has also delievered me from gambling and other demons that were in my life. But it's all contingent on me giving my heart to HIM.
Uh, she's not mainstream protestantism or baptist--she's part of that disturbing trend we call--The Health, Wealth, & Prosperity Gospel--which overemphasizes portions of the bible to their advantage.
what happened to the good old days when everone just hated lawyers. if it pisses you off dont go, and btw 7:38, didos
9:01 - You may see the "rich" people as pure in heart but could it be because they "funded" some of your recovery? Particularly in Decatur for those that have tremendous wealth -- they ultimately buy a church for themselves so they can further feed their own egos. They feed their egos by stooping to help someone such you or I. In doing so they stand back and say to themselves "what a great Christian and Humanitarian I am". It may seem cynical but it is true. Think about it -- look at the big prosperous nondenominational church buildings that have sprung up in Decatur in the last 5 years. Without exception they are bankrolled by a multimillionaire Decatur family all for the satisfaction of the ego and control of that multimillionaire family.If their heart was in the right place they could have quietly donated to a county charity, the hospital, a park ?? They pursue those things of a public nature so they can have their egos stroked.
All I can say is if you are stupid enough to hand it out,there's someone smart enough to take it.
Wow, 10:27 you make really good comments. If all these churches got together and worshipped in a modest building and used their wealth to help people, what a difference it would make.But it will never happen. Could some of this greed be a stench in the nostrils of God?
Huh. "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." --Matthew 19:24eh wot?
God does want us to be rich & prosperous but not in the $$$ way. You can have big bucks but be very poor.
11:37Well then...I should slip through like a greased pig jumpin' off the top of the Radisson Hotel!!!Wait...that doesn't make sense.
Re: 10:27 pmWow. A little bit cynical, eh? It's great that there's a multimillionaire family who believes in God. Tithes from a millionaire is going to create some big bucks. If he/she is worth $5 million (just a guess), then that's $50,000 annually from one person. It's not that he/she is controlling anything. It's just that they are giving in a quantity that will make a big change in a church of any size. What about the millionaires who feel that there's no obligation to tithe? That is the true crime. By the way, that family HAS quietly donated in many areas. p.s. I do not personally know the family and do not attend that church.
I think 10:27 makes some great comments. In a world where everyone claims to be a Christian and claims to abide in the love of God, why do we have to have so many churches?I think it because there are so many who simply do not abide in God's love but rather they bounce from church to church as they find fault in the people. Ultimately many people simply give up on a church life and many times become hardened toward God.Ultimately the wealthy people determine that "GOD" has called them to build their own church because they have the money to do so. In this way they are guaranteed to find hapiness because all members and GOD have to do what they say because they own the place. They then surround themselves with people who worship them because they have such pure hearts.Believe me, I wish I were wrong.
Cheryl - if you do not know the family personally (I don't know who we are talking about), how do you know they have quietly donated to other county charitable organizations????? Maybe because you saw the full sized picture in the WC Messenger announcing the donation?
There are so many churches because the rich keep disagreeing and building their own churches. It happens time and time again. One huge fight equals two new churches. They multiply like rabbits. Remember the statement, "ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME." It is very true. From the first split of the Catholic Church when Martin Luther presented his Thesis - THUS THE BIRTH OF PROTESTANTISM. And the downfall of society.
I will donate 10% of my earnings every month to any church who can prove to me in writing, with a contract from God, that I am guaranteed to go to heaven by doing so! (Don't use the bible for argument sake, I want the written contract addressed specifically to me from God and I want him to get it notarized)On any business transaction in my life I always get a written signed contract, I am not going to cut God any slack either, especially if he wants a 10% cut.
cheryl - Just because someone is "worth" 50 million certainly doesn't mean they tithe 10% of it. As I understand it, the tithe is based on "income" not worth. It could still be a big number but your logic is wrong so your conclusion is gravely threatened. BTW how much of that tithe actually gets to needy people after the administration takes their (big) cut?
Whatever happened to "walking by faith, not by sight?" Bible-thumper here. Another Cheryl.
Re: 3:26 pm, 4:56 pm, & 4:59 pmYou people are funny. I do not attend any church. I was raised in an agnostic home. Do I believe that there is a God? Yes. Is he/she Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Hara Krishna? I have no idea. I work with a non-profit entity and have seen a specific family anonymously donation to this cause. This is what I am referencing. I have no idea what ad is in the WCM. Is it a new issue or an old one? If a multimillionaire's cause is penguins, then he/she will create Penguin hospitals, sanctuaries, and shrines. The money is donated towards whatever he/she believes is important. I admire someone who puts his/her money towards his/her beliefs. The #$%* with the jealous people.
I admire people who give to causes that are meaningful to them. Certainly it doesn't have to be given to a church. In many ways, organized religion has done more harm than good - sometimes going more inward than outward.Maybe those who share their wealth with a worthy organization are doing the work of Christ more than us pew sitters in the church.Just speaking for myself.
4:30---God does not need your lousy 10%. Everything is his already.Regarding your contract with God, He tells us several times in scripture that he does not want our "sacrifices" but our love. Loving him with all your heart, mind and soul will get you to Heaven---guaranteed!
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