For many years I have watched in shock as the church has replaced the truth of God for a lie. The church has replaced the love of God for the lie of comfort. It has replaced the mission of God for the lie of power and replaced the work of God for the lie of convenience. As we have seen the first two decades of the 21st century come and go, I have watched the church gently remove from its head the mantle of truth and slowly replace it with a mantle of lies. These lies have now become the doctrine of the modern American Church. And this doctrine of lies is becoming stronger and stronger, because more and more western Christians are bankrolling this behavior with their tithes and offering.
Where Your Money Is, So There is Your Heart
In the capitalist society we live in, nothing proclaims our support more for something than where we invest our money.
And that money, in the church is overwhelmingly going toward bankrolling an Apathetic Theology and a Religion of Convenience in the United States. The funds we send churches go more toward salaries and material things to make the church have the “look of success.” And we have failed as a church precisely for this reason: we equate the success of a church to the look of the church. This is the lie that has replaced the truth in the American Church. Our drive to “look the part” has replaced our drive to “go into all nations”.
For example, there are at least eight pastors in the United States who are worth more than 5 million dollars. They are some of the most popular pastors on TV and “look the part” of successful and blessed people. But that is exactly the lie replacing the truth, the look of success in the eye of Jesus is exactly the opposite of what our culture deems successful. Money has driven us as cultural movement away from the teachings of Christ and towards the comfort of capitalism. For this reason, among many others, it is time to defund the church.
Wealth Does Not Equal Favor
Kenneth Copeland is the wealthiest “pastor” in America and his net worth is around 780 million dollars. The problem is not that Copeland is wealthy. The problem is being rich is considered a proof of salvation by many. And prosperity preachers do nothing to stop this lie from being perpetuated. This problem expands when we begin to ask what is the money being used for? None of the top paid Pastors in America has offered any financial, or logistical assistance to assist this nation through its current crisis. They have stayed largely quiet on the social issues that have divided the country and in many cases they have supported abusive policies in their churches which have allowed them to fleece their flocks, live in comfort and accrue wealth.
This is allowed because the American Church allows it through funding these pastors. The time to defund the church is now. It is time to fund the sick, hurting, broken, and the poor. The age of capitalist Christianity must give way to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is time to replace the lies of comfort and profit with the truth of the love the Father has for all peoples, great and small.