Sunday, September 10, 2006:
It occurs to us that one of the reasons the mainline denominations are dying is because they don't sell, literally. They don't use the old salesman's approaches. Jesus didn't use them either.
This speaks about those who focus upon their use in spreading their so-called ministries. There is nothing wrong with anything of righteous means. What is wrong is when the whole thing is a cloak for ulterior motives, selfish motives.
Selfishness is what is going on with the branded-entertainment, commercial church industry in America duping the young adults who don't see through or don't want to see through the contrivance for the sake of growth.
Where's the stimulation (lust appeal), hidden or overt, compared with the competition for bodies to fill the seats and more importantly the collection plates or buckets for the sake of the fake ministers.
All the growing competing denominations, ideologies, religions, movements are physically rewarding. They give a treat after the trick.
It is true that we are to cast our bread upon the waters in the faith that righteousness will be returned to us even after very long suffering. However, even without personal reward waiting at the end of some good deed, the good deed is right in and of itself. It is right for the right that is done toward who the deed is aimed. That one is rewarded. Then one's reward for doing that deed is already partly there in that knowledge.
So, there is selling the message of Jesus and then there is selling the message of Jesus. One is unselfish. The other is selfish. These are the connotations of selling and buying—the motive, the heart.