The Consumer Church
We were considering joining a very large church about ten years ago, and at the end of the ‘new members dinner’ the pastor said, “Come on now, and sign up, because MEMBERSHIP COMES WITH BENEFITS”.
About five years later, after we had joined another church, and a member of this church, upon discovering that the church leadership had decided to discard or donate many of the church chairs (we use chairs instead of pews) and begin a building project, stood in the sanctuary and angrily shouted, “I PAID FOR THESE CHAIRS, AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO GET RID OF THEM WITHOUT CONSULTING US!”
Frances Chan, in a Verge Network video, says that consumerism in the church is “pastoral malpractice and they are actually ruining people by making them consumers”. (click on the video link at the end of this page”we are church” for the answer on “what we should do about it”)
One million nine hundred ten thousand hits
on a GOOGLE search
for “mega church scandals”.
So, why do we, the Christian Church community, keep allowing this?
It’s like the illegal drug trade: As long as we are ‘Buying’ they will keep on “Selling” it
I. The Houston Chronicle
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms
Multimedia by Jon Shapley
Evangelical Church Child Abuse Cases
Many Southern Baptists have dismissed sexual abuse as a problem caused by “corrupt Hollywood” or “liberal theology,” but that’s just untrue and a reckoning has arrived.
Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of widespread child abuse in evangelical churches, Southern Baptist churches, and so-called Mega Churches. Nearly 400 Southern Baptist leaders, from youth pastors to top ministers, have pleaded guilty or been convicted of sex crimes against more than 700 victims since 1998, according to a recent investigation by The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express-News. Superstar pastors like Bill Hybels and Andy Savage have been forced to resign over allegations of misconduct. The New York Times also published a recent expose on the “sexual abuse crisis” at Evangelical churches.
II. Database of Publicly Accused Roman Catholic Priests, Nuns, Brothers, Deacons, and Seminarians in the United States totals 6,549 http://origin.bishop-accountability.org/member/
Found on Google search: mega church scandals About 1,910,000 results (0.79 seconds)
III. The first 10 Google Web search results
Aug 2, 2019 – A Hudson Megachurch, a Beloved Pastor and the International Sex Abuse Scandal They’ve Tried To Hide … the PGA Senior Tour, where he served for several years as chaplain, and megachurch congregations nationwide.
Jun 10, 2019 – It was a Sunday in February, and her popular evangelical pastor, Matt Chandler, was preaching on the evil of leaders who sexually abuse those they are called to protect. … Bragg and her husband, Matt, reported to the Village that their daughter, at about age 11, had been sexually …
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megachurch. … Megachurch Pastor Abruptly Retires After Allegations Of Improper Conduct Go Public. The Rev. Bill Hybels admitted he had been “naive” at …
Jun 11, 2019 – (RNS) — Matt Chandler, pastor of a Texas megachurch whose … addressed the scandal before a group of Southern Baptists and said his …
Nov 1, 2019 – A Naples church gets an eviction notice following leadership changes and a scandal at the Chicago megachurch that planted it.
Apr 19, 2019 – John Lee Bishop had established himself as one of the most successful pastors in America. His mega-church, Living Hope, was one of the …
When a megachurch pastor resigns because he’s burned out, or because he’s ….. There is no excuse for cheating on ones spouse and causing scandal which …
Dec 14, 2018 – GREENVILLE, S.C. (USA Today Network) — The new pastor of a South Carolina megachurch gave his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV for …
Aug 9, 2018 – The leaders at one of the biggest megachurches in the US have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already claimed its founder.
Take a closer look at some of the leaders of various Mega Christian Churches. Pastors such as Ted Haggart, Eddie Long, Jack Schaap… vocal and outspoken …
IV. So, why do we, the Christian Church community, keep allowing this? It’s like the illegal drug trade and the resultant addictions, death and carnage: As long as we are ‘Buying’ they will keep on selling it.
We, “The Church” have to just stop it. Just STOP IT! And, get back to our foundation!
Click here and watch the video,
then, click on the invitation below.
Your Brother and Friend,