@Red CorvetteNo, it is not.
@Luke Nelson,Yes. It most definitely is.
Pastors need people to come to church so they can get money from them. Many (if
not all) churches are thinly veiled businesses.
"Thinly veiled businesses."? Not in my town they're not! I
can't speak for the rest of the country but in my small town on the east
coast the pastors/priest/fathers of the town's nine churches are some of
the hardest working people in town. They pool their church's resources to
grow food for the poor and are jointly funding/staffing a youth center where 50
to 60 kids flock to each night for a hot meal and a gospel lesson. One pastor
in town sponsors a free community breakfast every month and hands over all the
donations left by the community to the local volunteer fire company. I know
many of these fine men personally and would be honored to attend anyone of their
I know that there is good and evil. I'm sure every one does. We need to
support the good.
It's worth pointing out that the LDS Church has already been following the
advice that these pastors and preachers are just now picking up on for years.
And unsurprisingly, it's also one of the few churches that is growing
rather than shrinking. But the strategy won't work for Protestants in the
same way as it does for Mormons, because of the rampant priestcrafts that are
present in those churches. Young people are smart and see the majority of
organized religions for what they really are: money-making, profit-seeking
business enterprises, selling the name of Christ for profit, attached to a
shallow and hollow doctrinal foundation that changes to fit whatever will sell
best in accordance with the public's whims. If these churches want to get
back their lost members, the first thing they need to do is ditch paid clergy
and start preaching from the Scriptures—to whatever extent they have them.
Obviously that won't happen though, so they will continue to fizzle out
while God's revealed truth continues marching forward.
Mixing science and religion is a formula for failure. Self proclaimed
"scientists" who use the tools of our craft to make judgments on faith
are as likely to embarrass themselves as the religionists who try to make
george of the jungle wrote:"I know that there is good and evil.
I'm sure every one does. We need to support the good."Of
course there is GOOD and EVIL; there just isn't any god or D-evil.