Mega-Churches: Real, or just looting grounds for thieves?

The church building of City Harvest Church, Si...

The church building of City Harvest Church, Singapore, photographed from Block 837, Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 640837. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee, has really made world headline news now. Sources claim he will be charged on Wednesday with  ‘conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust.’ What’s all that mean? …just what it seems to always mean; “Caught with his hand in the cookie jar!” …to the tune of about 18 million U.S. dollars!

Dr. Jim West of Zwinglius Redivivus, says of this, “23,000 deceived sheep fleeced by another wolf in shepherd’s clothing.  How long is it going to take real Christians to realize that these mega-churches are breeding grounds for deceptive lying false prophets who lap up the mob’s adoration and laugh at the foolish flock all the way to the bank?”

While Dr. Jim rarely pulls punches (does he ever?), we must remember that Jesus first warned us of these wolves in sheep’s clothing and gave us ample means of identifying them… “you’ll know them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:15).

Ask yourself this: Would funding a spouse’s music career with congregational offerings meant to further the gospel be considered a good fruit or a bad fruit?

Dr. Jim, in a following post, quotes Zwingli, “Behold the grandeur of the Christian shepherd! He feeds the flock with painstaking watchfulness; does not use constraint except so far as the word itself constrains; looks not at profit, but does all things of a ready mind, i.e., with faith and love of God; claims no lordship for himself, but aims at this one thing, to be a blameless example to the flock.”

A simple concluding question might be to ask, “Why are you attending the church you now attend?” Is it because of the programs offered… or because your fellow members love Jesus? Are you serving faithfully with a body of believers who hate nothing but sin, and love the Lord their God with their everything (Wesley)? If not… watch your wallet. You may be funding the next contestant on a reality show.

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7 Responses to Mega-Churches: Real, or just looting grounds for thieves?

  1. Thanks for your courage in revealing this wolf in sheep’s clothing. I learned about this kind of fraud at a smaller church when they only preached about money. They said the 10% was just the beginning. Oh Yeah!

  2. Wayne Augden says:

    I would much rather be with a group of 3 than 3,000. Much more accountability.

  3. I go to a small (as in around 100 members) country church that was established back in the 1800s. The building is in the middle of acres of farm land, and is the original, although a large fellowship hall has been added. I have gone to this church since I was little, but would find somewhere else if it were not filled with members that loved the Lord above everything else and that taught straight foreward Biblical truth regardless of people’s ‘feelings’. I thank God for this little church on a hill – it has nurtured, admonished and taught the saving knowledge of Christ for as long as I can remember.

  4. There are no mega Churches where I live, but in the course of my national work in children’s ministry, I have had an occasional taste of a couple . . . and I have not been impressed. Impressed by the huge numbers and the organisation, yes; but certainly not by signs of spirituality or dedication to the Lord.

    On a smaller scale, loud music and ‘happy’ worship(?) seem to be the main emphasis in the larger Churches where I live. I prefer the smaller Church, where there is a genuine love for the Lord and His work, a sound Biblical teaching and an outreach to the community.

  5. Susan Michaels says:

    By their fruits they are known…Jesus had no where to lay his head. If the leaders are living in glass castles, and jetting around the world, I have my serious doubts about their reflection of the Lord or walking in His steps. Excellent article!

  6. isaiah43123 says:

    Wow! Just the other day, another blogger and I were discussing the courage of some who tackle controversial issues. I think you just nailed one. In answer to your question, I attend the church that I do because my Pastor teaches and preaches Biblical truth, challenging us to know what we believe and why.
    Keep the Faith, my friend!

  7. ccragamuffin says:

    “who hate nothing but sin”…love, love, love that phrase!!! Now to live, live, live that phrase!!! I will am going to go add it to my quote collection. Blessings.

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