Thursday, 15 December 2016

The Mammonisation of the modern Australian Church

The modern Church in Australia has at least as many problems as the modern Church in America as Pastor Paul Washer refers to in this classical sermon called Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church in America:

It is full of the fear of man and the love of mammon, all without realising it. It is trying to serve not only God and mammon, but also God and man. This manifests in all kinds of ways, in that irritating, man-fearing, man-pleasing way in which it evagelises to the lost. To make things worse, it is so keen to impose its man-fearing and man-pleasing methods of evangelism on those who are truly seeking to reach the lost, causing them to fall. 

It also is so influenced by the world's ways of handing finances. There is even a 'christian' company called 'Christian Super'. Really? You've got to be kidding. But, no it is true. Instead of obeying Jesus when he said:

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

they store up money for themselves, which is what superannuation is.  

In my next series of articles, I will examine specifically the mammonisation of the modern Church in Australia, not out of love of criticising her, but out of love for the righteousness of Christ which cannot let such unrighteousness go by.