Seems like when churches grow big and get much wealth and influence, it's leadership becomes corrupted by the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life.

Spiritless dogma starts, values change as the motivation of disciples to rise in the ranks change, politics begins
You can trace the institutionalisation of horrible bevahiours and politics in the early Universal Christian church to a few decades after Constantine made Christianity a licit religion and began to support it.

It was after that point in history that all the horrible things you-
-have heard about the Catholic Church actually began.

Before then it was all martyrs and passionate debates about doctrine and especially about the nature of the Trinity.

After the 3rd decade of the fourth century, the church became really rich and powerful being supported by-
-No less than the empire itself.

I personally see the hand of God in how Constantine helped to settle the heresy of Arianism once and for all. It was such a dispute that took a massive structure from outside the church to settle it.

But after that point, some nonsense started.
Why am I saying all these at 4am while in contemplation.

There's this idea that is strongly associated with "kingdom takeover" type teachings that the church getting money is a good end in itself.

It's not.

That trend with the early Universal church has replicated 1000 times.
It's happening to local church's in all denominations today.

Money and influence are not an end in themselves. They are means and tools to an end.

People pay lip service to this and say, "yes we agree."

But the passion with which you emphasise material things betrays what you-
-truly agree with with.

If it is true that they're just tools and not a means to an end, if you truly believe the words of the Lord that a man's life's definition completely excludes how much money he has, then your emphasis will never be money.

Sebi it's just a tool?
If the end is Christ and His purpose for man and money and wealth are just tools.

Then why is it still your emphasis?

Why is it hard for you to appreciate that the end, God's purpose, stands and the "tools" may not be relebant at times?


Take heed to yourself. Take heed.

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