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Do you think a church should represent God's views on morality, or is it merely a feel-good social arena?

It's not as silly a question as you might think. If one is taught to think like God and if he exists, it is logical to assume he'd be pleased at your endeavor to learn his ways.

But you might automatically think, as the older movies and TV shows used to suggest, that a minister would never do otherwise than to reflect God's viewpoint.

Guess again. Most of them do not. They "change with the times." By this, we're not talking about using modern technology, but changing social times. And those times feature a loosening of morals.

And, like politicians, religious leaders often "play for your vote," by telling you what they think you want to hear. It's called, in fact, tickling the ear , and it is done to achieve church attendance.

Why would they do such a thing? Because they seek your "contributions." Contributions, not just on Sundays (or whatever other day they choose to meet), but also for burials, weddings, and every other occasion in which you choose to use their "services."

If you check out the Bible -- if you actually study it, perhaps with the aid of a qualified Bible instructor -- you may be surprised to see what it says about such individuals posing as religious advisors.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on November 23, 2015, 12:02 PM

Personally, I feel like Preachers need to preach straight from the Bible. They need to preach God's views on morality. They need to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ which includes preaching about hell fire and damnation. They should not sugar coat it. They need to go back and preach " that old time religion". I may sound like a prude and old fashioned, but that is truly how I feel.

VinceSummers wrote on November 23, 2015, 1:02 PM

I hear you! Well, with the exception of hell fire. The concept of "damnation" is misunderstood by the majority.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 23, 2015, 3:15 PM

The moment I finished listening to a T.V. evangelist preach I was not happy when he insisted on getting donations for his church. He worked harder at raising money for his church than he did praising the Lord. I changed the channel and stopped watching when they started up with the fund raising stuff. I would gladly give to a church I attended but the T.V. evangelistic ministers seem to be more about your money than anything else.

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2015, 12:56 AM

I've read those passages you refer to, and agree that too many pastors are letting themselves be conformed to the world rather than being transformed by the Word of God. Oddly enough, this usually seems to start in the seminaries and at the top of the church hierarchy.

VinceSummers wrote on November 24, 2015, 7:28 AM

You're spot on. One of the major features in seminary teachings (I have been told by those attending) is "how to run" a church. That is, how to operate it as a business. Not that much time is spent on the Bible itself.

FourWalls wrote on November 25, 2015, 12:22 AM

I saw an article that said church attendance is down everywhere in the U.S. -- except at the "mega churches." That seems to indicate that people don't want to hear the word of God, they want to be entertained. That's sad. I truly think that's the reason this country is in the sad shape it's in morally: God's word means nothing. People are going to church with the mentality along the lines of what Nirvana said in "Smells Like Teen Spirit": "here we are now, entertain us."

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2015, 4:02 AM

Exactly. They are taught to be administrators. One church I know of has a different approach. It ordains people who have demonstrated they have a ministry and then send them to school for more Bible knowledge.

hanvanmeegerin wrote on December 2, 2015, 12:38 PM

#VinceSummers do you think the man whose picture that you used to enhance your post would be happy to know he is being used this way?

VinceSummers wrote on December 2, 2015, 1:31 PM

You mean the "Rev" Willie Nelson?

hanvanmeegerin wrote on December 2, 2015, 3:10 PM

VinceSummers is that a picture of Willy Nelson? Also, when I clicked your pixabay link, oddly it made a viglink before redirecting back to the pixabay link. Now the link is broken. You should check your other image links and see if anything similar happens.

I see that the mention of "viglink" in my comment created a hyperlink to the viglink site.

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VinceSummers wrote on December 2, 2015, 3:43 PM

Pixabay has had issues today. I suspect it is only today. We'll see.

hanvanmeegerin wrote on December 2, 2015, 5:23 PM

Yes, but PersonaPaper must be using Viglink affiliate ads here. Is any of that revenue, if there is any, part of the revenue sharing program here? I wonder if CoralLevang knows.