From GroupSects, RW Burke said the following:
“… It’s interesting that Catholics don’t have this problem, because their Priest Fathers don’t build empires for their own children, since if they have behaved they don’t have any! (ha) Anyway, here’s my point. For all the so-called enlightenment our pastors do, seldom do they point out self-condemming things: Like any business is self-interested. The barber will almost always tell you, you need a haircut. Thus, the preacher will say, you need to attend church…( and donate!) Thus is self-interest.
Western Enlightenment always taught this: That man is sinful and needs systems of verification and checking. Thus the pastor teaching enlightenment would tell his flock that even he might recommend his own church to… someone who might not need it! He, the pastor, might …. need to fire his relatives! He, the pastor, might be wrong in thinking his… granddaughters sing well and need the organization to pimp a CD of their music. (As done by a certain big TX televangelist!)
So, the crazy thing is that pastors teach so much…. blindness… and not self-examination! You get that from a class on Western Enlightenment… and critical thought.”
I thought his comment was well worth exploring. Are pastor/evangelists selfish getting people to attend their church? With the pastor/evangelist saying “you need to attend church“, does this undermine their own work? Interesting…