Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Prince goes to church

A Machiavellian Primer on Church Growth

  • The greatest moral good is the preservation of the church (denomination).
  • Any actions to preserve the church (denomination), no matter how cruel, are always justified.
  • The only real concern of the pastor (denominational leader) is the acquisition and maintenance of power.
  • The pastor (denominational leader) must do whatever is necessary to keep his power.
  • The pastor (denominational leader) should seek to be feared and loved, but it is more important to be feared than to be loved.
  • During a siege a pastor (denominational leader) will "keep the morale of his subjects high while removing all dissenters."
  • The authority of the organization must be supported by a show of power that makes obedience inevitable.
  • While the pastor (denominational leader) comes to power by his own initiative, skill and talent, it is useful to convince others that he is under divine appointment.
  • Most followers do not want freedom. They want security. The few who want freedom can be bought off with honors or eliminated.
  • A pastor (denominational leader) must contrive to earn for himself the reputation of a great leader.

It may seem to some that these principles are extreme. But let me reassure you that they are practiced in many places within the western church. While they are never stated so explicitly, these principles are currently being taught in leadership books and seminars.

Just as sports fans are ultimately responsible for the absurdly high salaries of star athletes, consumer Christians are complicit in maintaining this situation. They flock to the church or denomination that has the most visible trappings of success. They ignore the machinations of the leaders because "they are doing so much good."

God have mercy on us.

Pastor Rod

"Helping You Become the Person God Created You to Be"

1 comment:

Bendz said...

Hi,

Simply great. It's not only church. It happened in all religions.

:-)
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