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Market Driven or Manna Fed?

Open BibleIs it more than a coincidence that the early 21st century’s economic bust also marked an exponential rise in market driven methodology within the church? As donations began to dry up throughout the non-profit world, market driven philosophies were primed to take center stage. Most ministries took a huge financial hit during that time, perhaps motivating many to openly embrace pragmatic and psychological methodologies exclusively designed for the business world, not the body of Christ.

Pragmatically speaking, these marketplace methodologies actually do produce results, bringing people in and gaining their resources. Unfortunately their practices also prevent the saints from sincerely seeking the Lord for their daily manna, developing a whole generation dependent on the ways of the world instead of the Word of God.

Jesus said, “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from Heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:49-51

Preach the Word!

Fish NetsHowever you catch a fish is how you’ll have to keep it. If you employ the world’s methods, means, and message to bring in lost souls (and weak believers), then those are the same avenues you’ll be forced to travel in order to keep them coming.

The only difference will be once they’re in, you’ll have to magnify the message in order to keep fed the well-trained, fleshly appetite of your worldly catch. There will be no room for the truth that is in Jesus Christ alone. All your time will be consumed gathering and distributing earthly manna to a crowd hungering and thirsting for entertainment and worldly wisdom.

Sadly this road will lead to much anemia and deception, making the people easy prey for the enemy of our souls. Those preaching and teaching utilizing these devices are many times nothing more than hirelings.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

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