|The church in business|
In the ongoing trial of the City Harvest leadership, it appears that they were running the church as a business with the funds for their own use as they wish.
Some quotes from the on-going trial:
“I mean, our pastors are business minded as well”,
said: When I told Sun of your e-mail. The first thing she said was “We
must HELP Wayhu immediately!” … this led to an email from former Xtron
finance manager Serina Wee telling Mr Wahyu that about $1.5 million was
on its way to him”
Mat 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
It is said that the CHC trial is heartbreaking because the leadership of City Harvest are about “people who went about doing good and with good intentions.”
This goes to the root of the issue, they may have done some good and with some good intentions but as Wahyu Hanafi said “I mean, our pastors are business minded as well”.
Their intention was also business and ultimately, business is about making money. The Cross Over was not only to Evangelism but to the Marketplace for business.
Pastor Kong had called himself not only a Pastor but a businessman. Jesus said that the church could become a den of thieves where we rob from well-meaning congregation if the church leaders made it a business which leveraged upon hence abusing the sincere faith and worship of the congregation.
In a way, some mega churches are also mega businesses, making use of the name of God and the sincere faith of many to give and to honour God of the congregation, to make money by the Senior Pastors.
The sacred space of worship unto Jesus, of prayer and supplication, the space between God and Man, should not be intruded or manipulated by the Pastors as a demand for money and tithes as an act of faith and worship.