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The Merchandising of Christianity

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Ministry Brand Names Selling Gospel

No matter where we turn, we are bombarded with advertisements through the many various media conduits. In the Christian world, there are endless ‘ministries’ wanting to introduce their wares and materials to you. What many fail to realize is that they are they are actually trying to sell something to you. The sad fact is that most Christians are religious retail customers of a ministry brand name that sells their gospel. They do not even follow the words in their bible.

"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon. - Matthew 6:24

The popular gospel message that is preached today from the pulpits is a money grab where religious men can increase their means all the way to the bank.

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Selling Jesus

He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3:30

Today, this passage in the Christian bible has been inverted to mean that religious ministers must increase their various religious profit centres. Their gospel is an economy unto itself where Jesus is stuck on just about anything and sold as a commodity.

They do not even take heed to their own doctrines to disseminate their gospel freely. Preachers demand monies and make a lavish living from the message they are selling. Their ministry materials are sold and religious programs are created around their latest best-selling books. Many religious internet sites charge fees for subscriptions to receive their supposed revelations of ‘wisdom’ and ‘knowledge’ that they claim that God has revealed exclusively to them. This is just common practice among those who push a money driven agenda.

The plain fact is their gospel is an affront where people are charged upon their ‘conversion.’ The ‘conversion rate’ is the price for buying into their man-made doctrines.

Again, Christians do not even adhere to words of Jesus who they claim to follow.

As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts. - Matthew 10:7-9

Christianity is based on a worldly business model.

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Purchasing 'Gifts' From God

Many seminaries and Bible schools offer many courses in the ‘gifts' of the ministry. Once the money is paid and the courses are finished, their students receive a diploma or certificate based on their ‘gifting’ that they have purchased. Because of the money, time, and effort they have put in obtaining their ‘gifting,’ they need to make a vocation from it to see a return on their investment. These people are deceived believing that they can purchase 'gifts' from God.

Christianity is full of false preachers that merchandise Jesus for personal gain that turns people into products.

The modern church system today is all about transitionary activities that evolves around the monetary. If you desire what they call ‘anointing,’ you must buy it through the religious business economy of the church system. Religious empowerment must be bought through ‘sowing a seed’ to obtain things from God. The modern vocation of Pastor is something that has been bought from a seminary.

In the Tanach (Old Testament), there is a story where Elisha had ministered to Naaman and his leprosy was healed after dipping himself in the Jordan seven times. Because Naaman was healed, he wanted to offer gifts to him, but Elisha refused. One of Elisha’s servants, Gehazi saw this as an opportunity and ran after Naaman. He asked him for pieces of silver for being healed even though Elisha had rejected compensation. The consequence of Gehaz’s covetous was that he became cursed with the leprosy that Naaman was healed of (2 Kings 5:14-27).

The merchandising in Christianity is lucrative business that caters to the spirit of covetousness supposedly trying to sell the things of God.

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It should be obvious that through the thousands of social media and internet sites that Christianity sells everything from books, pictures, music, clothing, crosses, trinkets, oils, etc. However, many don’t realize is that all these things are selling religious junk-ware.

People crave idolatry because it gives them prestige, power, accolades and entitlement. It is sad that most have wandered away from the ways of the one true God for the ways of the world.

There is even 'V.I.P' seating.

There is even 'V.I.P' seating.

Paid to Preach

What about the many religious conferences with special guest speakers?

Some have admission fees and others do not. Slick salesman can easily bilk people of their money even though something is supposedly ‘free.’ Many are enamoured with the latest celebrity ‘prophets.’ Spiritual fraud and financial dishonesty are mutually inclusive because you cannot have one without the other. People love to pay them to dispense their craft of selling the 'gift.’

The Christian culture is a merchandising paradigm with rabid consumerism where money is exchanged for religious goods and services. The people demand a result or a return on what they have put down. It is no different than buying the services of fortune tellers, psychics, tarot card readers and soothsayers. They practice the same art, but they are just given different religious titles to cater to the indoctrinated masses. People are given what they want to hear instead of heeding the ways of God.

Preachers are always asking or demanding money for their own self-enrichment. The gospel they preach is about building their own religious empires. Churches are their advertisement centres. Entertainment, prayers, prophecies and supposed miracles are sold upon their stages.

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God Is Not a Business

Are you selling God?

Are you making money for yourself from your brand of gospel?

To think they you can buy and sell something supposedly from God is heresy.

It’s time to wake up.

God is not a business.

Woe to those who in their greed merchandise the supposed ways of God to their own advantage.

Today, many deceivers are exploiting the naïve with their doctrines that have been craftily created to financially enslave their minions to finance their retirements.

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Both Come to Poverty

Many don’t know this following verse exists:

'He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich - both come to poverty.' - Proverbs 22:16

Notice the second half of the verse states, ‘and he who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.' If you give gifts to the wealthy you will come to poverty. Nowhere in Scripture does it encourage giving to those who have no need, yet if you look at the what they are doing in the religious institutions, it is the opposite as all the money goes towards the ‘ministries’ of ecclesiastical men. All those who finance and support their endeavours will become spiritually bankrupt.

These are some harsh words to those who have turned the God into lucre. It is a shame to buy and sell the things of God. What is of God cannot be bought or sold. If you are involved in this type of corrupt religious business practice, it is time to repent and flee from the scandalous shame of human vanity and greed wrapped up in supporting religious charlatans and spiritual imposters.

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Comments Appreciated

Michael-Milec on March 05, 2018:

The headline and Your choicest Scripture got my attention and curiosity how large would be influx of reader's commenting.

Definitely it is pathetic what's going on in popular traditional "christianity" as the worldly system is dominating in church services, "preaching" and or singing entertainment. It is a sad scenery for living followers of Christ I mean the children of the Heavenly Father. And falls churchianity is on increase, while the hunger for God and His righteousness continues. Mostly on individual basis in situation where the sinners in desperation call for certain escape of their helplessness "God if you exist, please help me." Then they become "witnesses" not in churches as in everyday life. They might never read HP articles or any other electronic media. They just put in life little they know, increasingly knowing God and loving Jesus Christ.

Personally, I would not be spending time and effort on "presenting" decomposing organization or its paid employees, I gave up on them long time ago. My only aim is obediently to shine . A darkness is everywhere, where I work, walk, shop and live. Occasionally some individuals ask me what "religion" am I since they see my proprietary behavior. Then I have privilege to tell them of my knowing God and loving my Jesus..

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on March 04, 2018:

Great exposure excellent work as usual my brother.