The following is a brief synopsis about the largest church in America.
Its values – its teachings – its beliefs. This was church started in the 1920s and had a small following. By the late 30s, it had grown. It was around this time that it began to broadcast it first sermons on the television.
As this church gained national attention in the late 50’s and early 60’s, it became more powerful. With all of the media exposure it was getting, its beliefs became more well known both to professing Christians and to non-Christians as well. A majority of Christians have accepted these beliefs – not only as valid, but preferable. An interesting juxtaposition during the growth of the church at this time is the fact that just as many of people agreeing with the doctrines of this church are actually non-Christians and have accepted these beliefs as both valid and preferable themselves.
The following are a small example of some of these beliefs:
- Alcohol is promoted and even sold in the church
- Some staff women in the church are required to dress in scantily clad attire
- Exalting the individual is encouraged.
- They prefer non-Christian worship bands. Each week, they play worship songs such as Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train, AC/DC’s Back in Black and the Party Song.
- Prosperity is required to be a campus ministry of the church.
- Money decides the doctrines – it influences all of the essential decisions
- Idol worship is not wrong, it is encouraged.
- Worship of all Gods is allowed within the church: Allah, Buddha and even Adonai.
- Behind closed doors, all things are permissible unless illegal or unless they could give the church a bad name: public opinion is a definite factor.
- This church is NOT non-profit even though it has a 501c. Profit is one of its main doctrines.
- This church has the highest staff salaries of any church in the world. Many receiving salaries in the millions of dollars a year.
Many of the beliefs of this church may seem un-biblical to some and trivial to many others . To most, they seem to be preferable. After all, most pastor’s promote this church and its beliefs from their pulpits each Sunday and defend its doctrines zealously in their sermons, in their blogs, in their tweets and in their actions by the fact that they promote it in the first palce. They do this is spite of the fact that these beliefs and the promotion of these beliefs are in direct contradiction to the biblical word of God.
Without a doubt, the promotion of this church’s value system by Christians and non-Christians and pastors from their pulpits, has affected Christianity in a negative way. It has introduced a “worldly is OK” or “Worldly is a matter of conscience” mindset in Christians everywhere. It has affected families within the Christianity as well. Idolatry is rampant as a result and rampant with cult-like devotion – this church becomes God.
There is a history of sins within this church that have been accepted or tolerated by Christians, non-Christians and the pastors by their very promotion of this church on a weekly basis across America from their pulpits even though there are numerous examples within the church that are direct contradictions to the world of God. Here are a couple such as:
The list is long. This church has even went so far as to play commercials before and during its services to increase revenues to the church. Beer commercials, sex commercials, movie commercials and sitcom commercials are openly promoted to church goers on a weekly basis. One of it’s sister churches openly promoted a lesbian marriage proposal during one of its services.
Who is this Mega-church, the largest and most powerful church in America? A church that it is obvious from scripture is the very definition of worldly? Simple. It is the NFL.
Titus 2:11-12 (CJB) 11 For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. 12 It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age;