‘a house made of straw and sticks’

God wants me to be rich….. Wallet Pop.com

 

Running a Megachurch

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston has an average weekend attendance of 45,000 and an annual budget of $72.6 million.

Wonder when the fire of persecution comes to America, if this bunch will still be standing?

It appears that they have built their faith upon a foundation of prosperity, which shall crumble underneath them when the call to commitment in face of adversity comes.

There was always a strain of American Puritanism that pointed to Scripture as justification for asserting that wealth is somehow godly. But ever since evangelical Christianity separated from the mainline faiths in the early 20th ­century, some preachers have gone further and linked their focus on personal piety to financial success. The big-tent revivals of the 1930s promised the dust-bowl destitute the possibility of finding Jesus and their next meal just by listening to a fire-and-brimstone message. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, televangelists like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart made prosperity gospel big business, capitalizing on that era’s economic uncertainties to win over a new generation of acolytes, before those ministries were brought down by scandal.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Cor. 3:11-15

If it does not stand the first fire, it shall never endure the later…..

malachi

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