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One of the most remarkable things about the teachings of Jesus is if we follow them faithfully, there is no way we are going to be popular, develop a mass following, or receive support from rich people. In other words there is no way we can make money from preaching such a message. But that is precisely the way God wants it. He's not interested in attracting followers whose interest is in material things. The development of spiritual and moral character requires that people know how to resist such motives.

Rich people are highly unlikely to give money regularly to people whose message is to sell everything they have and give it to the poor.

Jesus forbids Christians to advertise when they do good works for the poor. But worldly logic dictates that one must advertise to potential donors in order to raise more money for the charitable cause, and to boost their reputation and respectability in society.

People are not going to show up in churches to hear the message we preach, and they won't put money in an offering plate week after week either.

Once people realise how high the standards of the gospel are the temptation to water it down, ignore some commands here and there, etc becomes important if one wants to fit in and be accepted by a society based on personal wealth and possessions.

And so we have the proliferation of denominations today each offering a cut price deal on how little one needs to do in order to inherit eternal life. If a pastor wants to build up a churchy following, pay for a church building and enough for a comfortable salary, he/she has to preach things that does little to challenge the congregation. This is why there is so much emphasis on "WORSHIP" and almost no TEACHING. Worship has the potential to offend very few.

In order to maximise the bums on seats health and prosperity and other perks are offered to church goers, until the message leads them all the way to worshipping at the feet of the Anti-Christ.

Over the past 20 years I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times we have been invited to even speak at a church meeting.

Such is the state of the church today, and sadly there are few who are able to resist the temptation to compromise.

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