The growing numbers of mega-churches are consistently ran and operated as businesses by affluent ministers who are treated more like celebrities rather than servants of Christ. They consider their church as their business and they attend to them as Corporate CEO's, leading unsuspecting would-be followers of Christ down an eternal road to spiritual destruction.
This book, while destined to be controversial, promises to expose the very things celebrity-like ministers are hiding from thier unsuspecting congregation of followers. It exposes the materialism and greed that has crept its way into the church's pulpit, causing corruption so devastating that God himself has vowed not to dwell therein. It is packed full of truths and exposes an organized institution of unsound principles an immoral values that are being taught in order to keep you addicted to their incognito crack houses that are passing themselves off as churches in the name of Christ.
This book should free you from the bondage of modern day church slavery and the witchcraft that many are following and practicing while being totally oblivious to what they are doing. Could it possibly be you? Are you still paying tithes and sewing seeds to get blessings from God? If your answer is yes, you need this truth!
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free - but only if you are able to fully digest the truth that lies within the pages of this book.
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How Much Does GOD Co$t?
By Kay Quinn
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2009 Kay Quinn
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Chapter OneLet's Start With The Bible
As my thirst for spiritual truths and knowledge began to increase, my quest uncovered some very interesting and thought provoking facts regarding the bible, who many Christians refer to as 'The Word of God'. I will address that reference in later chapters.
One of the very first things I discovered in my research is that the bible is chronologically inaccurate. There is no wonder why confusion persists and why there are so many variations of belief systems within Christianity, which by its design should not be divided at all. The bible is not arranged in or according to the order of the time the events occurred. Why does this have a demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand? Because things have a way of gradual procession, by which, over a period of time, can become different and/or evolve. Just as in the case of the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father. Such is life!
Could you really grasp onto a plot and get a full uninterrupted understanding of a good book by reading the chapters out of order? I don't think so. To really understand what is taking place in any good book, it would be wise for the reader to read that book in chronological order from the very first chapter to the very last one. Wouldn't you agree?
Once you have read the book and have afull and complete understanding of the occurring events, then it is foreseeable to thumb back through it from time to time and pick up bits and pieces here and there. At least, from that point of view, you would have a better understanding of what was said and/or why it was said, because you would be fully aware of the previous events that established it.
Many of today's Christians are very familiar with the current King James and other versions of the Holy Bible. In addition, they are very familiar with the 27 books of the New Testament. If those New Testament books were accurately numbered chronologically, counting using today's numbering system from 1-27, the current bible reads in this order:
1, 3, 11, 4, 17, 10, 8, 9, 7, 12, 13, 14, 5, 6, 18, 26, 19, 15, 16, 2, 23, 24, 20, 21, 22, 25, and 27.
Somehow, the powers that be, have managed to keep the first book and the last book in its proper order. Every other New Testament book is out of order, according to the actual timeframe in which they were reported to have been written. How could this be? This is, of course, asides from the fact that many books didn't even make the cut and are missing altogether.
Twelve of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are totally out of order. And for those that are "in order" so to speak, according to the time they were reportedly written, they are out of place.
In other words, while books five and six are indeed in chronological order, they would come well before books eight and nine. And while books fifteen and sixteen are indeed in chronological order, they would also come well before books eighteen, twenty-six and nineteen. I think you get the point I am making. Books twenty-one and twenty-two are in chronological order, but should appear before books twenty-three and twenty-four. To that end, it is very safe to say that of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, only the first book (Matthew) and the last book (Revelation) are in their correct chronological order.
For those of you who enjoy reading a good book, try picking one up and reading their chapters in the order of today's Holy Bible [as listed above] and see how much you actually comprehend, if anything at all. You will undoubtedly miss some changes in the story line and become lost with what is exactly taking place. Again, gradual processions over a period of time can bring about changes. In many instances, the changes were not good. As a matter of fact, some of the changes that Jesus made and taught while he was alive were reverted back to the former ways of the Scribes and Pharisees after his death, burial and resurrection.
For example, in Matthew 9:10-13, you will find Jesus eating with sinners and responding to those who criticized him for doing so.
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners?
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus just came straight out with it! Speaking to the Pharisees, he told them to go and figure it out because He wasn't there for the righteous. Don't you just love it?
But in 2Thessalonians 3:6, which was reportedly written in 51AD (21 years after Jesus' death) we read the writings of the self proclaimed Apostle Paul, saying the following:
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Wow, that sure doesn't sound like the teachings of Jesus Christ to me! Before Christ died, he spent a lot of time dismantling the traditions of men. Jesus understood that holding onto traditions suffocates the commandments of God! But here Paul is commanding the people, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; mind you, to withdraw themselves from every brother that is not walking like them or following after their traditions. That sounds just like the "church folks" of today, does it not?
Understand! The Apostle Paul never even met Jesus. He never spent one day with him nor did he sit under his tutelage for any period of time and therefore, never had an opportunity to hear him teach anything. As a matter of fact, I don't recall Paul even sitting under the tutelage of any of Jesus' disciples for any significant length of time. I am certain Matthew or Mark could have informed Paul regarding their own personal relationship with Jesus and how Jesus made reference to the traditions of men being what makes the word of God of none effect. The traditions of men, Paul, can be found under the list of things that defile in the writings of both Matthew and Mark.
1 Then came to Jesus Scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother and He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, it is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightiest be profited by me;
6 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding tradition of the elders. 4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and Scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the traditions of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
6 He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Well had Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines of the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, it is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightiest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother;
13 making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
If all things are to be done decently and in order, as according to 1Corinthians 14:40, then why on earth is the "Word of God" delivered to us so scrambled and out of order?
Would a perfect God be the author of such confusion? Could this scrambled bible be just another tool used by the enemy of God to keep his children lost and confused or in a state of infancy? I submit that it very well could be! Especially when professing Christians would rather accept blindly the doctrine of men or other self proclaimed pastors and apostles like Paul instead of spending some quality time alone with the Holy Spirit and studying the bible for themselves.
Christians today are yet holding on to their traditions and have not yet uncovered or learned what Jesus meant when he told the Pharisees to go figure it out! Jesus said He will have mercy, and not sacrifice for He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Paul said "withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us." Jesus said HE will "have mercy and not sacrifice." Do you hear the distinct differences in their teachings? Therefore I must ask very valid questions: Who are you following? Are you following the teachings of Jesus or Paul?
How many Christians do you know personally that actually dig deep enough and study the bible in the presence of the Holy Spirit? Bear in mind that I am not referring to some mere pre-scripted scheduled Wednesday night traditional bible study where a preacher stands on his sacred soap-box and tell you what he wants you to hear and afterwards, collect an offering. No, that is not the bible study I have in mind. I am talking about real study that requires intimate time spent alone with God, the Father.
According to my research, eighty-seven percent of those professing to be devout Christians and/or practicing Christianity admittedly don't have time to actually study the bible or bible scriptures outside of their church attendance. Did you hear what you just read? Eighty-seven percent! Can you truthfully say that you are not within that eighty-seven percent?
How is it possible that such a large percentage of professing Christians are oblivious to the actual character of Jesus Christ, of whom they are supposed to be following and molding their very existence after, all the while, their thoughts, actions and deeds all resemble that of the teachings of the self proclaimed Apostle Paul. Is it possible that those who think they are following Jesus are actually following Paul and the "traditions" that were "received of him"?
There is no wonder why Jesus proclaimed that so many would come to him saying Lord, Lord and he would have to tell them to depart from him because He never knew them. Wouldn't it be a terrible, terrible thing to think for all of this time that you were a Christian and following after Christ, only to discover in the end that you were in actuality a Paulian and following after Paul?
By the way, it is worth noting here that Matthew was reportedly written only five years after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, while James was reportedly written five to six years after Matthew. Mark and John were reportedly written one year after James. Matthew, James, Mark and John were all written in close proximity to the death of Christ and as such, are considered likely most accurate. For as we all know; or should know, as time passes, memories tend to fade and, as a result, stories can change.
Look for my upcoming study guide for a Chronologically Correct Version of the New Testament Books and be prepared to study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Chapter TwoAddicted To Church
As with any addiction, the addict must allow his mind and perhaps, even his body to develop a physical dependence on whatever it is they have become addicted to. We should know "addiction" can be used to describe obsessions or compulsions. For example, caffeine, sex, drugs and gambling have been associated with the term "addiction".
But what is it called when a person has allowed themselves to become physically dependent to a building, in the name of the Lord? As it was pointed out in the previous chapter, it isn't uncommon for us to hear or see the phrase "in the name of The Lord" tacked on to anything these days.
Remember how Paul was commanding people to withdraw themselves from anyone who didn't follow after their traditions ... in the name of the Lord? Men will use that phrase today, not because the Lord is pleased with it, but in order to add a false credence to whatever it is they are saying or asking for. I've even heard people proclaim that they would get a job, in the name of the Lord, or they will pass some test, in the name of the Lord and so forth and so on. Well what if, per adventure, that wasn't the job God wanted you to have? Or what if it is God's will for you to fail the test for whatever reason? But because you tacked on the cute little popular catch phrase, is God now supposed to change his mind?
Sounds like it could be just another popular catchy phrase that people love to use or perhaps even another addiction. What? Do you think people cannot become addicted to words? I can remember listening to a young woman who was so addicted to the word 'amen' it became hilarious! It went somewhat like this as she was sharing a testimony:
"We went to the park, amen, and I was just sitting there thinking, amen, and amen, this man walked up to me, amen, and I didn't know who he was, amen. But, amen, I wasn't afraid, amen, because God didn't give me the spirit of fear, amen ..."
Oh you get what I'm saying. Every other word that proceeded out of her mouth was "amen" and it was indeed funny to me! I can remember wondering if she spoke that way on her job or while she was out shopping at the malls or when she attended PTA's or parents and teacher's conferences. Or, was this just her learned traditional testimonial form of speaking that had been passed down as acceptable holy communication?
Sadly, having an addiction to the church is very real. It evolves from a physical dependant mindset. This type of addiction occurs, as with most addictions, when the addict permits themselves to be deceived by a feeling of grandeur. Of course it feels great to be close to God. And what better place is there besides church to be close to God? However, it is delusional to believe that God dwells inside of the church building. Yes, I said delusional so take a deep breath, get your bibles ready and let's walk through it together, shall we? After all, this is only the second chapter and we have only just begun ... if you can stand it.
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Table of Contents
ContentsIntroduction: Do You Prefer One Lump or Two?....................xiii
Chapter 1: Let's Start With The Bible....................1
Chapter 2: Addicted To Church....................9
Chapter 3: The Spirit of Greed....................26
Chapter 4: Wolves and the Pulpit....................34
Chapter 5: A Daddy's Love....................48
Chapter 6: Do You Feed Yourself?....................56
Chapter 7: The Spiritually Retarded....................64
Chapter 8: Amazing Disgrace....................72
Chapter 9: What Is Truth?....................83
Chapter 10: Perpetual Pursuit Of Perfection....................91