[anzac] The CHURCH & MONEY

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 15:14:09 -0600
NOTE:  Doug Perry is a Christian businessman with one of the
fastest-growing businesses in Kansas City. Yet God has led
him to continually give as much as possible away to Missions
and the poor. He has some VERY strong things to say to the
church in regard to MONEY.

From:           "Doug Perry" <doug@...>

[Excerpted from 'Christian Family Journal']  
-by Doug Perry.
If you want to put your finger on what's wrong with the church in 
America today, just follow the money. Always follow the money. 

See ... God gave a businessman a successful business and much 
money. God gave the man savvy and shrewdness and management 
skills. God taught him how to be a good steward and build something 
strong. God placed him in a church where he could contribute his 
talents and skills. 

Then ... the businessman checked his brain at the door and handed 
over all his treasure to those least educated and trained in the 
management of money. They have no experience with it and it's 
potential dangers. But they got a seminary degree. So before you 
know it, they offer to let the businessman put his name on the new 
wing, they spend his money like crazy on any fool program that 
looks like fun and their other pastor buddies are doing, and if they're 
really lucky and play by the rules, they get offered a chance to go do 
the same stuff at a church with twice as many businessmen. 

Who is God going to hold most responsible? Clearly the pastor is 
guilty for not leading the sheep correctly and maybe even for 
harming them and being prideful. But to some degree he's just doing 
what he was trained and learned in seminary. 

But the businessman was given many gifts and he didn't ask ANY 
of the questions he had been trained to ask of a business venture 
looking to spend his capital. He didn't ask about Return On 
Investment or look to cut back or contain costs like he would in his 
own business. Particularly if you're trying to be Christ-like. The 
largest waste of useable space in this country is all the big buildings 
being used a few hours a day, twice a week!  

Businessmen didn't go to seminary, but they can interpret the model 
of Christ and his hope for us same as anyone else. Businessmen 
should be able to prioritize and meet urgent needs and problem-solve 
and be entrepreneurial - or at least think about risk-management.  
But they haven't been, even though they're Chairman of the Deacons 
and head of the Finance Committee (all worldly structures, by the 
way). Mostly they've just been checking their brains at the door for years. 

I think consciously or subconsciously the reason American 
Christians only tithe 2% is because they know that if they were 
obedient and gave FIVE times as much there would be gold plated 
mega churches on every corner and every pastor would have his 
own TV show.  There'd be Jesus theme parks in every big town. 
Everything EXCEPT raw, effective evangelism and care for those in 
most need. 

I can't begin to tell you how badly we've managed the money. It's 
awful, AWFUL!  Horrifyingly bad.  I'm still just trying to get my head 
around how bad it is. It's no wonder the secular world hates us. 
We're all hypocrites of the highest order. More than any other part 
of the church anywhere ever! The Catholic Church during the 
Inquisition wasn't as bad! For what we could have been with our 
blessings, we've let hundreds of millions of souls go to hell and 
millions of Brothers and Sisters starve to death. So that we could 
have padded pews and new carpet.  

I know of one Evangelical church that believes in the imminent 
return of Christ with a chandelier that cost $1,000,000!! The pastor 
didn't pay for it out of HIS pocket! It was the folks with the big money 
that played along. They're going to have to account for the decisions 
they made as stewards of God's blessings. When they "stand" 
before Jesus to account they're going to be wishing they could get 
UNDER the ground. 

I'm telling you flat out, the folks that did the worst damage need to 
be crushed - and then they need to go see to it that the church 
changes it's ways. Look at it the other way - if you DON'T get the 
businessman to repent, he'll see to it that they find another pastor 
before he'll give up the shiny buildings he donated. 

Until they are a great crushing weight pressing against the souls of 
the guilty, the massive piles of money in this country will not be 
liberated to go be a blessing to the unreached, the widows, and the 
orphans as we're commanded.  We'll never live according the the 
model of Jesus and we'll always be hypocrites.  There's going to be 
some serious heart-crying when this message finally sinks in.  We 
have a lot to atone for. 

Clear enough? 
-Doug Perry. [Visit his website at-  http://whathavewedone.org/ ]