There is a mega church in Texas that is being shamed a little bit. See, their pastor has a helicopter, and the helicopter needed new blades. (Helicopters need blades to fly, I’ve heard.) The upgrade would cost some money, so the pastor sent out a letter to the congregation:
“My Aviation manager stated that while repairing our helicopter they discovered that if we upgrade our blades today, it will save thousands in the days to come… As I pondered and looked at the situation, I heard that still small voice of the Holy Spirit say tell your special partners who have special transportation needs and their obedience will release favor for their needs and desires.”
Yeah, I’m sure the Holy Spirit cares about the helicopter. Hasn’t he heard of a bus? You have to wonder where these churches get their ideas of Christianity. Just read this:
“Dr. Mark Barclay of Mark Barclay Ministries sent out a letter dated May 2013, asking for $79,000 to repaint the Citation III 650 purchased by his organization in 2012 because the paint had started to chip… In making his request for help to pay for the paint job, Barclay tried to incite his followers to give by quoting Matthew 6:19-21 about not laying up treasures for themselves. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” Barclay quoted as biblical support for his jet paint fundraiser.”
They must be reading a different version of the Bible.
Someone once told me that a “megachurch” is not a church but a weekly concert. I tend to agree even more now after reading all these stories about these preachers getting a ton of tax-exempt money through the people who attend their churches and how they put that money to questionable use (at the least). Jesus rode a donkey, and His message is spread far and wide around the world. Do these preachers really think that those fancy suits, cars and aircraft will help them reach more people? Will help them save the world?
Don’t answer that. I think we all know the answer is “yes, yes they do.”
René F. Najera, DrPH
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