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Have the merchants taken over the Church??

Some would say that the merchants have always run the Church; consider the passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 2 , verses 13 to 22:

Jn 2:13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, j  Jesus went up to Jerusalem. k   

Jn 2:14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, l  and others sitting at tables exchanging money. m   

Jn 2:15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 

Jn 2:16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house n  into a market!”

Jn 2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 15 o  

Jn 2:18 Then the Jews p  demanded of him, “What miraculous sign q  can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” r  

Jn 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” s  

Jn 2:20 The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 

Jn 2:21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. t   

Jn 2:22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. u  Then they believed the Scripture v  and the words that Jesus had spoken.

There were a number of good little money earners, going on here. You had to offer sacrifices, but could not bring your own, you had to buy an "approved" sacrifice and you could only buy an “ approved” sacrifice with temple money, for which you had to part with real money, at a rate that made the seller of temple money very rich indeed!

Do we have any modern examples of Merchants running churches? Let  us look at a modern day example, “THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY DOLLAR”, details of which are set out below, starting with their motto:

"Money is evil; we are specialists in evil; let us deal with your money".

We offer an incredible range of activities and opportunities; not only do we run The Spartacus School of Forensic Theology and the Saint Septicaemia Theological College, but we also offer:

  • The Reward for Greed Fun park
  • The Sinners Playground
  • The Ride to Glory Train
  • The Heavenly Express

Our two Directors, the Reverend Ominous Dominus and Sister Duplicitous are looking forward to relieving you of your money and putting it to much better use in their Church of the Holy Dollar.

Jesus said no man can serve two masters; either you serve money or you serve God. Jesus also made it plain that where your treasure is, there will your heart be.

Jesus practiced Servant Leadership, which is a model which leads to the everyone being recognised and appreciated, because everyone is seen as valuable and significant. Greed is ultimately destructive for those who for a time, enjoy their gains, as the following story indicates

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table.

In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, "I don't understand."

It is simple," said the Lord. "It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.”

Jesus did not come to establish an Institution, but a body of believers, who show through the way they live their lives and the way they treat others that too practice servant leadership as modelled by their Lord, Jesus Christ.

Merchants can be members of this body, but they cannot rule this body; the only head of this body is Jesus Christ.

AMEN !! 

 

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