Televangelists, Dallas megachurch that hosted Pence approved for millions in pandemic aid
A Dallas megachurch whose pastor has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump was approved for a forgivable loan worth $2 million to $5 million, according to long-awaited government data released on Monday.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a rally last month at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, whose pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been on Trump's evangelical advisory board.
It was among the tens of thousands of religious organizations that received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration....
I disagree with the idea that FBD is a mega church, so my first question is- what is the definition of a mega church to the author? Having gone to a career enhancement class that FBD offered, I know first hand that this church offers valuable services and am convinced the church will use the $ fruitfully and The Lord will be glorified. There are several other churches in the DFW area whose attendance and membership exceeds 10,000 normally who would waste this $ on their own bureaucracy.
"We profit from the Word when we are taught thereby the true NATURE of good works. This is something concerning which the unregenerate are in entire ignorance. Judging merely from the external, estimating things only by human standardsâ€”they are quite incompetent to determine what works are good in God's esteem, and what are not. Supposing that what men regard as good works, that God will approve of alsoâ€”they remain in the darkness of their sin-blinded understandings. Nor can any convince them of their error, until the Holy Spirit quickens them into newness of life, bringing them out of darkness into God's marvelous light. Then it will appear that only those are good works, which are done:
1. in obedience to the revealed will of God (Romans 6:16),
2. from a principle of love to Him (Hebrews 10:24),
3. in the name of Christ (Colossians 3:17), and
4. to the glory of God by Him (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The true nature of "good works" Was perfectly exemplified by the Lord Jesus." (A.W.Pink) (Profiting from the Word)
The evangelical church in America has run after Baal- I simply do not see any of this ending well. It appears that salami slicing is not just for the Chinese communists. Incremental steps to take away liberty for a price is alarming. My church accepted Covid salary protect. The federal government offered Covid salary protection in a very brief window. Meaning, churches had 72 hours to respond to a request and completion in a brief moment, We werenâ€™t behind in bills, we had money to pay staff for over a year, budget was met and yet the financial committee felt if offered we needed to take the money less Covid start peeling away members.
11. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindlerâ€”not even to eat with such a one. 12. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13. God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you. ---ESV