I don't know what it is, but something about AG (Assemblies of God) creeps me out. I think it might have something to do with how monstrous they are. So, when it comes time to tithe, I balk at the idea of giving them any money. I mean, why should I tithe to an over-sized religious organization with massive buildings, saturated with lots of administrative positions, and loosely related companies like AG Credit Union? The same goes for any big religious organization for that matter. I would much rather tithe to a charity, or an organization that actually serves the needs of people in need, ie. Amnesty International, etc. Somebody out there, like perhaps a Juarez factory worker, who's been raped and buried alive on their way home from work, when she prays for help, I doubt some fat cat AG higher-up is going to come to her rescue. More than likely, if anyone's gonna help her, it's Amnesty International.
It seems to me, a church should probably never get confused with a business. And yet, that's what it seems like. Not just a big church but a big business. I remember having to sit through many a service where the preacher reported on General Council meetings and whatnot. The whole time I was thinking, what am I doing here? Is this church or what? Then there was the time they were offering to help all the elderly congregation members get their wills in order, for free! I thought that was nice. Then I found out they were only doing it so people would leave AG some money. Then there's the voting fiasco. When it comes time for public elections, members are given a "cheat sheet" of all the candidates AG endorses and who they think you should vote for. This all seems very shady. And now, recently, AG's been letting all these people go at their headquarters, here in Springfield, MO, with no warning and no thought for their retirement. Now, does this sound like big church or big business? Just to show that nobody is bigger than AG, even retired pastors, who have worked for AG for thirty plus years, relying on AG for their welfare, living in
parsonages and whatnot, when they retire, are left to fend for themselves with no means for income to speak of.
I don't know about you, but some of this behavior, how AG being a religious organization is somewhat above the law, seems a bit more like a different sort of organization. Something a bit more sinister. For a small fee, 10% of your earnings, as well as additional offerings, AG will protect you and your eternal soul. How is AG not like other big religions from the past, which protestantism broke away from? How is AG not like the shady business side of Scientology? How is AG not like the mafia?
If He were here, I'm not sure what Jesus would do. I mean after He turned over all the money-changers' tables of course. Would He be comfortable sitting through a service where the preacher goes on and on about General Council meetings and whatnot? Would He approve of the way AG conducts business. Or would He even waste his time? Something tells me He'd quit all this AG bullshit and go save the factory worker, buried alive in Juarez, Mexico?