I want to shed some light on the AoG’s ‘Pentecostalism’. It’s a thriving New Age business, particularly in Australia – and a New Age business it is, make no mistake. Big, big, business.
It bears no relation to a ‘god’ (unless you bring Sauron into the picture), piety, or the Jesus they once painted very differently. It’s entertainment, it’s showbiz, it’s LOA snazzed up, putting The Secret to shame, and undoubtedly stretching even Peter Jackson’s imagination.
It’s the New Age Law Of Attraction they’ve taken for their own, twisting their scripture to force it into compliance with the popular system of thinking, repackaged and re-marketed as ‘doing Church in the 21st Century’.
And that’s ok, if that’s what puts a tilt in your kilt; I have absolutely no objection to LOA teachings whatsoever, but for fek sake, just be bloody honest and call it what it is; don’t steal the concept from another school of thought and try to disguise it as something else for the sake of tax avoidance. That’s called deception. And tax avoidance is illegal, no matter how well planned the deception.
If the real Jesus ever stood up and saw the crap being peddled and prostituted in his name, he’d vomit. I certainly would.
As I think back to the days when I was a ‘religious church-goer’ ( many, many, moons ago), I can’t recall reading about Jesus doing deals with Caesar to secure a tax-free status for himself and his mates, can you? I recall reading about him teaching obedience to the government of the day and paying taxes – even if he did materialize said taxes from the mouth of a fish (if it wasn’t just a metaphor for something else).
I can’t recall reading about him influencing, interfering, or meddling in the politics of the day, either, can you? I rather got the impression he minded his own business and stuck to his own business.
So how does this Fellowship of Greed manage to slip through the radar that defines what constitutes a religion and what constitutes a business? I think the radar needs updated software; it’s clearly still using version 1.0.0.
Do you want The Fellowship of Greed at the helm, influencing the decisions and direction of your country for their own financial gain and political agendas? Left unchecked, that’s exactly what will keep happening.
Religion has no business in politics.
Are you content to keep paying taxes to aid the spread of this financial cancer, supporting ‘fat cat’ lifestyles with government handouts, when they already earn enough in their own right to buy a small country? Left unchecked, it can only continue – and get worse.
Governments owe religion nothing.
And if they’re allowed a tax free existence, why aren’t all Law of Attraction teachers given the same tax free status and handouts? Their prosperity teachings aren’t so different to those of The Fellowship of Greed (who’ve stolen them from LOA teachings anyway), save for a few names dropped here and there, and, of course, the symbolic, cannibalistic rituals of flesh eating and blood drinking.
Remember, these are the people whose idea of ‘emergency charity’ is handing out small boxes of tinned food that are no less than 2 years out of date and entirely unsuitable for hungry infants and toddlers, as was the case of the young single father with 3 children under the age of 6, the youngest having just turned 1 at the time, which I mentioned briefly here.
I know what they do behind the face of their so-called ‘charity’, having once donated one night a week of my time (briefly, before giving up in disgust), going to a local chain-store bakery to collect the days’ unsold loaves of bread. The business was happy to donate them to this church, solely because the church claimed they would see to it they’d be given to those in need. That isn’t how it worked, though.
Upon returning to the church with the loaves of bread, where did they go? Well, let’s see; after well-fed (obese), Gucci-perfumed, bejewelled church staff stuffed several loaves into bags to take home for themselves, the handful (if that) that remained, were dumped into a small freezer. If they ever went to anyone in need, I never witnessed it.
But back to the matter at hand. There’s an article I want to share with you here. Although dated 2005, I think it bears being brought to public attention once again. It’s rather aptly entitled, ‘God’s Millionaires’.
Be warned: the figures in the article may make your blood boil, your stomach heave, and your political loyalties change forever.
I feel it’s important. I also feel it’s time for madness to be slammed against the wall of reason and shattered into the non-existence it deserves. It’s an illusion of ‘saviour by wealth’, this Fellowship of Greed. It cost taxpayers millions in financial support, whether taxpayers like it or not, and whether taxpayers are religious or not. Such waste on the frivolous and illusory!
Time for The Fellowship of Greed to be correctly classified for what they are – a business – to pay taxes like every other business, and lose their publicly funded perks.
Time for certain governments to grow some balls and give obnoxious leaches the flick. They’re a ridiculous burden taxpayers don’t need.