Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another question regarding recession-driven worship

"Bad times are good for evangelical churches.
“It’s a wonderful time, a great evangelistic opportunity for us,” said the Rev. A. R. Bernard, founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York’s largest evangelical congregation, where regulars are arriving earlier to get a seat. “When people are shaken to the core, it can open doors.”"

Shaken to the core? Which core? The one where you beg for mercy to the spirit in the sky? Why do we rush to church when our portfolios hit the skids? What would your parents say to you if you rushed home everytime your finances disappeared in a puff of smoke?
The little-noticed study began receiving attention from some preachers in September, when the stock market began its free fall. With the swelling attendance they were seeing, and a sense that worldwide calamities come along only once in an evangelist’s lifetime, the study has encouraged some to think big.
“I found it very exciting, and I called up that fellow to tell him so,” said the Rev. Don MacKintosh, a Seventh Day Adventist televangelist in California who contacted Dr. Beckworth a few weeks ago after hearing word of his paper from another preacher. “We need to leverage this moment, because every Christian revival in this country’s history has come off a period of rampant greed and fear. That’s what we’re in today — the time of fear and greed.”

Well, the Copper Bottomed Bitches are against fear and greed. It leaves you open to exploitation by any Big Daddy that comes along with a comforting message. Is that what Evangelicals provide? Comfort, companionship, maybe some good practical advice--straight from God.
And why don't the old-line Protestant and Catholic Churches grow during periods of recession? It could be that they don't fill the fearful with the comforts they require (the article cited in yesterday's post bears this out. See here.) Neither do the nonbelievers (provide comfort, that is). We'll just hand you a copy of "Your Money or Your Life" by Robin,Dominguez & Tilford and tell you to get started.
Maggie, help me here.

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