“God is imaginary”? Really? Part 20: Notice your church

If the point of proof number twenty from the website “God is imaginary” is to make someone actually think about what their church is spending its member’s money on, I’m right there with him or her.

This “proof” quotes from several articles where churches have displayed a lack of focus in their mission by setting themselves up as more like community centers than hospitals, even calling them “typical“.
I am personally critical of many of the overly ridiculous expressions of absolute nonsense that some churches have put on, seeming to grow bigger rather than better. Now, there are some churches who have established schools and daycares to help members and communities with those desperate needs. Those are well within the Christian scope, and there are some features that are required in order to fulfill those duties that they have taken upon themselves. But as a general rule, after the initial building, many of those efforts are self-supporting.
And I’ve got to give the writer some credit, there is a point:
“No where in Jesus’ teachings is it suggested that Christians should buy land and build church buildings with indoor basketball courts.”
That’s absolutely correct. But there is also no command against it. However there are commands about being good stewards with the blessings that God has bestowed upon His people.
“Church congregations regularly and willfully ignore Jesus’ teachings because they know that Jesus is imaginary.”
Sorry, that conclusion simply doesn’t follow. The reason why many church congregations “regularly and willfully ignore Jesus’ teachings” is often because they have not been taught. It is because they have drawn false conclusions about what it takes to draw people to Christ, listening to big marketing firms rather than Scripture. Aside from the straw man representation of lumping Roman Catholicism in with Protestant evangelicalism, this argument is one that I have regularly used to question how my own church has spent its money.

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