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This is another sad example of how the church is whoring itself out in the name of relevance. Apparently the Gospel is no longer enough to convict sinners of sin, therefore we need to offer them earthly prizes in order to turn their eyes toward Heaven.

The church no longer needs to help people in need and help the homeless! In today’s economy, 4 million dollars would go a long way in helping families and to help fund homeless shelters. This money could have been used to show the world the true love of Christ vs. showing them a form of apostate Christianity only interested in selfish greed.

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Man builds his glorious temples...

I found this at http://www.crosstalkblog.com/2009/11/130-million-church-building-campaign/. It’s really disgusting for them to announce this sinful waste of money when this money could be used to spread the Gospel and help the poor like Jesus commanded. When the lost looks at these glorious expensive temples which Jesus do they see? Do they see the Jesus of the Bible or the Jesus of mankind? I can see the reproach this wasteful spending brings upon the Lord because it only shows the lost a God who is all about riches, luxury, and personal comfort. Our great God Jesus Christ was dirt poor when He became man to die for our sins https://davidjosephhorn.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/the-work-of-the-church-and-helping-the-poor/. So go ahead and pass that collection plate around and remember your pledge…to hell with the suffering people of the community who are in need of a home,  food, rent money, power bills, diapers, and cloths…we need a $130 million dollar worship center to please God!

Here is a video I did about the church, waste, and the poor The Church, Jesus, and the poor.


First Baptist Church of Dallas today announced a $130 million capital campaign to build a 3,000-seat worship center, a religious education building and parking garage, a glass concourse, and a sky bridge.

The project promises to transform a stretch of downtown’s St. Paul Street, near the attention-grabbing Arts District.

“The finest facility in this area should be one that glorifies almighty God,” said the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas.

Five older buildings on the church campus will come down, but the 1890 sanctuary – where the congregation has long worshipped – will remain for weddings, funerals and other special events.

Jeffress said an independent church fundraising consultant, Doug Turner, had determined that this is the largest church building program in modern history.

The congregation stood in affirmation of the deacons’ unanimous call for a capital campaign, beginning in the spring.

But a formal vote by members is expected in a couple of weeks, after question-and-answer sessions.

Jeffress told worshippers that more than $62 million has been pledged or given already.

Dallas Tom Leppert led the congregation in prayer at one morning service and afterwards called the building project “a very important investment in downtown Dallas.”(source)

When I came across this blog How to know if your church isn’t spending enough on missions from Defending Contending it proved yet again how the seeker-sensitive slogan of “excellence and relevance” is a like a whore. This ideology will literally take Christ’s commandment to help the poor and turn it upside down. Instead of using money to help people, fund missionaries (in the case of these so-called churches this is a good thing), and showing the love of Christ, this ideology creates an idol of worship called the church building .

In July, I wrote a blog called The work of the Church and helping the poor that deals with this issue. What I fear is that many traditional churches will look upon these apostate self-help centers for the carnal nature of mankind, and want to mimic their programs instead of simply preaching the Gospel. I fear our churches might start flirting with these twin whores! If we look upon the fruits of “relevance and excellence” we will see great wealth, great numbers of members, and a very successful business plan. If we are not careful we might become charmed by the lure of these two harlots.

The best thing we can do is have nothing to do with these types of self-help centers called churches. It is my prayer that we stay true to the Word of God by helping the poor, funding missionaries, helping each other, and not wasting money on “fluff” while our communities suffer. It’s really shameful when the church will spend millions upon millions of dollars per year to keep the programs running( light shows, high tech services, etc…) while people in the community are going hungry!

See http://defendingcontending.com/2009/09/01/how-to-know-if-your-church-isn%E2%80%99t-spending-enough-on-missions/ for some pictures of these shameful churches that bring reproach upon the name of Christ. I’m sure the CEO’s of these non-profit organizations are not in need of anything unlike so many people in America.

I just found out a friend lost her job, which is not uncommon considering the current direction of our government and economy.

From pondering this, I began to think about the purpose of the work of the church outside of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My thoughts drifting to how we, as a church, worry too much about things that do not matter in the light of eternity. It’s a shameful testimony for any church to spend money on things the 1st century church would have never dreamed of having while ignoring the homeless, poor, and people hurting in our community. These 1st century followers of Christ were called Christian by people observing their sacrifice, good works, and helping the poor. I want to go over some of my thoughts and I sincerely hope that it shames some people into dropping all the “fluff” from the church and truly look at what Jesus wanted us to do.

Luke 3:10-14 (NASB)
3:10 And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?”
11 And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”
12 And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.”
14 Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”

I am by no means a Pharisee or legalist, I just want to start off by making this statement. I was not raised in church and what I see is disturbing. I see churches spending millions on childrens’ buildings, spending millions on new buildings, spending tens of thousands of dollars every Sunday on excellent music and fancy light shows, worrying about the new stain glass windows, debating the new carpet, spending money to print nice service guides, preaching on wearing Sunday’s best, taking up funds for a new gym, pastors making hundreds of thousands of dollars, etc…,but what about the outreach to help the poor? I’m not talking about token outreach programs like filling food banks a few times a year, etc… I’m talking about taking a serious step to show the community the love of Jesus in deed. I know what some may be thinking about me, but that’s alright because you may be the person who needs to hear what I am saying. It’s shameful that we sat in nice air conditioned buildings every week, spending the donations to the church to make us comfortable, and getting all bent out of shape if the AC breaks Sunday morning when it’s going to be 102 in SC, BUT we never stop to think about the family about to be evicted and hungry. We never think about the mother on the street pondering sinful acts to feed her child. So many times, we set up our religion, as a token of care by saying ,”but we have list to show these people where they can get help, we work with charity groups, etc…” I SAY SHAME ON YOU! SHAME! Instead of depending on private groups outside of the church to provide this help, why do we not pick up the pace? Are we really following Jesus when He said that if we have two coats to give our brother one? Did Jesus say anything about this person in need being a member of our church? Did Jesus say to petition the government for help? Did Jesus say to depend on other charities for help? No, Jesus told US to GIVE!

I know not all churches are guilty of what I have written. I personally have received and witnessed many blessings from Christians and their churches to those in need even when they never knew the people in need personally. This is the work of the church, and being on the other side of need has taught me the truth behind Jesus’s words and actions. So please, if you are one of these people who strive to help the poor this blog was not for you. This blog is for the churches that worry about excellence, expensive services and turning a blind-eye to the greater things they could be doing with their wealth instead of blowing it on junk that does not breath a single breath of life. What about spending that money on people instead of the light show?

Back to my friend, it really pained me to see her suffer and knowing there is very little I can do for her. It pains me even more to know the church she attends could easily help her and many others “IF” they would stop worrying about the needy twin whores of excellence and relevance instead of following Jesus’ example to truly do the work of the church and help the poor. These twins bring shame upon the name of the Lord because they lead the church to a place where Jesus never wanted it to go.

May God have mercy on America where we neglect his people all because we are too worried about the service, the AC, the music, the light show, the carpet, our dress standards, our nice big expensive buildings, our gyms, our printed hymn books, our in church coffee shops, etc… while the poor suffer! May God convict us all. In America, we do not know what it means to suffer as a church and I pray that God wakes us all up before He says,”enough is enough” and we all feel how displeased God is with us for our selfish actions.

James 2:14-21 (NASB)
2:14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?