the heresy of cross&culture
I am going to write in the language I communicate best:
Culture: (Oxford Dictionary)
The distinctive ideas, customs, social behavior, products, or way of life of a particular society, people, or period. Hence: a society or group characterized by such customs, etc.
God has made me a sentinel for His chosen people. For the rest of life, I think.
And I see that some people from the Chinese House Church, adulterated among American wild grass, have begun to get “marinated” by all the ungodly thoughts that are peculiar to America.
Perhaps there are ungodly thoughts peculiar to every place, but I grew up my mid-teenage to adulthood here, so I am only aware of ungodly thoughts that are peculiar to America.
The “cross-cultural” danger.
The dangerous and heretical quotes:
-“Any church established anywhere in the world needs to be a viable entity within that culture in order to prosper”
– “culture” is the place where the church … exist
Dear Christian soul who has gone after other gods:
– “culture” is merely sin, nearly all of it.
– the American apostate church of “customer service”
– this forced broadcast is evil
——————– “culture” is merely sin, nearly all of it.—————————
Beware lest any man corrupt you through … vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of this world, and not after Christ.
In Christ is hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, this [LORD God] says, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. (Colossians 2:4)
What are the traditions of men, but “culture”? (see definition of “culture”, earlier mentioned)
In fact, culture is merely the collection of all the traditions/habits of a region.
Essentially, the Americans consider their way of doing things, to be more superior to the Gospel. The Americans want to live their self-centered lifestyle, their covetous way of thinking, their immoral and sinful way of behaving, and that’s their culture, and they don’t want to have Jesus Christ lifestyle, way of thinking or behaving, which is all centered on doing what is godly/righteous, rather than doing what the crowds are doing.
It is the whore of Babylon, its spirit, getting into the Chinese Church (first of all, getting into the head of a man who has probably lost his spiritual eyes, no longer able to see according to the Gospel). The whore of Babylon is what the Church worldwide will be like in … less than 100 years? Its source of authority will not be based upon Christ, but it will be based upon association with the sinful lifestyles and thought-styles of this world!
… a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy … the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stone and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. Revelations 17:3
The woman is the church, all who are of the perverted church.
The golden cup (I think) are Christian leaders who outwardly are refined, or who once were refined, having good quality/talent as good as gold, but then become corrupted and their thoughts have turned to perversion, and their quality/talents have been mis-used.
It’s a perverted counterpart to the good Church, with seven stars in her hands.
And the good Church is not an organization, it’s merely the total of all those who (inwardly) live godly in Christ.
The nearer to the end of the world, the worse the falling away from Christ (II Thessalonians 2:3) . So the perverted church will have more prestige and power-structure than the good church.
As is the case, with how the churches in America have far more funding and power-structure, even forming councils and labeling themselves “World…”, and the House Church in China (inside China) has very little funding and is rather despised by the American churches.
I don’t despise Chinese House Church. I loath people who lie. I also loath people who are inhumane towards me, and encourage evildoing. That is not a problem with the House Church inside China, it is a problem with that part that lives in America!
Back to the main topic: the perverse church will not be based on the truth of Christ, but it will be based on associating itself, familiarizing itself, with the patterns of living of this world, and associating itself with worldly powers (depending on social status among men, rather than trusting in godliness in Christ, which is despised by men).
So I am very concerned by this article, about how culture is of the first importance, that person even writes it as some Maoist “fish in the water”, putting the church as the fish, with its existence depending on its conformity to culture.
What is culture? Isn’t it mostly the pattern of unregenerate thoughts/actions?
If I may ask,
- what was the culture in Sodom?
- What was the culture in (ancient) Egypt?
After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do. Leviticus 18:3
Envy not the oppressor, imitate none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31
- What was the culture in Canaan?
Sexual perversion as described in Leviticus 18:6-23
- What was the culture among the People of God before the time of kings?
Sexual perversion as described in Judges 19:22-24 (even the “good” man is sexually perverted, he is merely less evil than the “evil” ones.)
- What was the “religious-culture” in the time when Eli was high priest?
dishonest services, corrupt priests pretending to serve God but actually serving their own lusts 1 Samuel 2:16-17, 1 Samuel 2:22
- What was the “religious-culture” among the People of God in the time of Solomon, late in his life?
1 Kings 11:7-8 (this is example done by Solomon, causing other people to do abomination)
- What was the “religious-culture” among the People of God in the time of Jeroboam?
social status competition, loving self-prestige instead of loving God, causes perversion of doctrine:
1 Kings 12:26-30
- What was the “religious-culture” among the People of God in the time of Rehoboam?
sodomy was tolerated, other gods (unholy ideas) were worshiped
1 Kings 14:22-24
- What was the “religious-culture” among the People of God in the time of Yehu (Jehu)?
partial restoration of purity, but there was still abomination not removed:
2 Kings 10:26-31
- By the way, these people went to hell: Solomon, Rehoboam, Jeroboam, Ahab, Manasseh, Zachariah, Yehu (even though he was named with the name of God. This teaches to not trust in names, but look to personal character), and anyone else about whom the Bible didn’t say “he walked in front of God with a perfect heart” or “he did that which was right according to the eyes of the LORD” (different from “right” according to the eyes of politics). Solomon did well most of his life, but did not remain with God till the end.
- What is the culture in industrialized urban life of Europe and America?
Their entertainment TV/movies/magazines, their artists, and also their common people, extol the same culture as denounced by God in all of the above: sodomy, oppression of the poor, enslaving people for profit, sexual perversion, false gods, image-making.
Furthermore, Apostle Paul (there are only 12 apostles! Revelations 21:14 . Also add Jesus Christ, the 13th Apostle. Hebrews 3:1)
Apostle Paul prophesied about the culture of the human race, in the era before the world’s ending:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of treasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the [God] thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Seeing that this is the culture … in industrialized societies of America and Europe, and in industrialized cities elsewhere (whoever watches TV and movies, or listen to commercial music, become that way), why should Christianity adapt to culture?
Also, seeing that religious culture (or the bad quality of most of the religious people) is inevitably bad and corrupted, whether under Moses, under the Judges, under the Kings from David to Zedekiah, and then after the return from Babylon, it went bad again under the Pharisees … and after Jesus Christ gave the Holy Spirit, the religious culture still became corrupted/perverted!
Other than Romans, nearly the entire New Testament consists of complaints about ungodliness in the religious culture (that is, among the People of God), and how people should live sincerely towards God.
So the religious culture nearly always falls short of God, because throughout the Bible, the People of God (whether Hebrews-only in the Old Testament, or Christians of all races in the New Testament) so easily perverts themselves and follow after evil things and evil ideas, so that at any one time in history, the majority of the People of God are usually doing something wrong, and God would send people to remind them of godliness.
And “common” culture, outside of God-related activities, is inevitably always perverted.
Thus, whoever mentions “Christian culture” is a deceived person, or a deliberately evil person.
The “Christian culture” in America is not godly, it’s perverted.
Nor can be it any other way, for “culture” itself means “following the example of everyone around you”, rather than “following Christ”.
Or put it another way, “culture” means “walk by sight” rather than “walk by faith”.
Since not even Christian culture is godly (and it can never be godly!), how much more is unbelieving culture anywhere?
For culture anywhere, merely “culture”, is mostly sin and evil ways of living.|
And it’s very disturbing to get statements like:
-“Any church established anywhere in the world needs to be a viable entity within that culture in order to prosper”
– “culture” is the place where the church … exist
That’s the American apostasy:
to walk by sight, not walk by faith.
to obey/follow the examples of men, not obey/follow examples of God.
to seek to be highly admired in the eyes of men, rather than seek to be highly esteemed in the eyes of God
to please the flesh, not please God
to be made into a resemblance of this world’s lusts and prides, rather than into a resemblance of God’s holiness.
What is the Word of God?
The Word of God is a mirror. When you look at the Word of God (the description of godliness), that is what you are meant to become, that is the likeness that you are meant to resemble.
There is a shadow of a preview of this concept, in Genesis:
Jacob took him branches of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree, and peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the branches. And he sets the branches, which he has peeled, in front of the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived in front of the branches, and brought forth cattle ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted.
In other words, when the flock of cattle looked at a certain pattern while drinking water, then they will produce offsprings of similar patterns.
We Christians are meant to behold the example of godliness and holiness in the Word of God, while drinking in the correct doctrine of Christ, so that we would produce the same godly patterns in our lives (in words, actions, or in interacting with other people).
But you be doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror, for he beholds himself and goes his way and immediately forgets what manner of man he was.
But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Jacobus (James) 1:22-25
We are meant to look at the godly patterns in the Word of God, and live lives, produce words/actions/inner-attitude that are constantly venerating God and appropriate for godliness.
In all things show yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine, uncorruptness, solemnness, sincerity. Titus 2:7
God also commands to not please the culture, to not try to link the Word of God with the sins of men, so as to make it more pleasing to the ears:
Even after we had suffered … [and were raped], we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile; but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak, not for pleasing men, but God, who tries our hearts. For neither at any time we used flattering words, as you know, nor a cloke of covetousness, God is witness; Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor of others …
I Thessalonians 2:2-6
————————the American apostate church of “customer service”—————————–
Contrary towards, and heedless of, the Word of God, the apostate churches of America try to imitate the evil culture of America, hoping that if they imitate enough of the perversion, then people would more easily come to church, because inside the church it’s not so different from the perversion outside of it. In other words, the apostate churches of America are NOT trying to gain Christian-soldiers. They are trying to gain customers! Customers! What are customers? Customers go to a place to have their flesh satisfied: to get entertainment-food-and-drink, to get some laugh, to have their perversions unchallenged, to get flattered as “good enough already”, to get flattered as the center of attention, so that the entire environment is all made to cater to that person arriving! That’s what happens in American with hotels, restaurants, and entertainment places. It’s meant to cater to the flesh of the customer. So if the customer’s fleshly desires or arrogance of self is well-catered to, then the customer is more likely to come back, because the place is comfortable in not challenging all the sin that is within him, but rather encourage them, especially encourage the spoil idea (commonly present among Americans) that the whole world exist with their person as the center, and the other people exist only as servants to cater to their flesh!
This is the consequence of much “customer service” businesses, who all use this pampering-the-customer strategy in order to gain more customers, so as to make more profit.
This happens because of Capitalism (which is a complex word, but in simple form it is merely “greed” 1 Timothy 6:9-10).
And, the apostate churches of America, they have forsaken LORD Jesus Christ as the basis of their activities. Their goal is no longer to please God by having godly inner life!
That is the way to please God
(be ye holy, for God is holy Leviticus 11:44 the grace of God … teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Titus 2:12)
But the goal of the apostate American churches is not to please God by living/thinking/believing/behaving (inner) godly!
What is God’s great commission?
It is NOT to get a lot of people (and then gloat about it).
It is to raise people to have good inner character after Christ.
he who [remembers] [God’s] commandments and [follows the instructions], [then that person] does love Jesus.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations … teaching them to [FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS in the Bible!] And Jesus Christ is with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen
But what is the goal of the apostate churches in America?
It’s not to teach people into righteousness. It’s to have a “career” where they can show off with an impressive title, and also show-off with the QUANTITY of people (but Paul and Jesus Christ only push for QUALITY of people, they do not seek quantity).
For good godly quality would result in excellent Christ-soldiers (that is, skilled in thinking of God, and bold in speaking the truth), and such people would automatically bring other people to Christ.
But those who seek after quantity first, they necessarily have to discard the gospel, discard the teaching-unto-godliness (which IS the great commission), in favor of something that appeals to the flesh of people, either sex, or some other type of comfort (like self-importance, also called “customer service”).
For this reason, American “pastors” have been only baptizing people, declaring them saved, but not teaching them into godliness, because that requires people to not be a customer but a laborer, and goes against the laziness that is common in America, if not laziness of body, then laziness in seeking godliness rather than self-centered importance.
Yeah, American “pastors” glory in quantity, though most of them are worthless in front of God, because Americans go to church expecting to be customers, expecting to hear jokes and get entertained, with their flesh flattered with self-importance, and not at all loving Christ … too busy loving their own self-importance.
What is this phenomenon?
This is called “seeker-sensitive” or “seeker-friendly” or “church growth strategy”.
God would call it “lover of pleasure more than lover of God” and “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world” and
Of course, there are peculiarities to each people. For instance, Arabs considers the left-hand to be unclean and only do the important things with the right hand. Also, Arabs think men with no beards are homosexuals. But people elsewhere wouldn’t care. This type of peculiarities of conscience, which is not relevant to evildoing (or going against godliness), this should be learned.
However, when there is a widespread phenomenon that is EVILDOING, then there is no excuse for Christians to seek to do the same thing (sin of committing ungodly action), or for Christians to avoid condemning the evil (sin of omitting godly action).
Thou shall not hate thy brother in thine heart. Thou shall in any way rebuke thy neighbor, and [not allow him to sin,] (in verbal opposition).
Therefore, it is a great evil for Christians to assume that “culture” is correct. Culture is merely something done by a lot of people. Usually, that is sin. Thus, “culture” is mostly sin, and it is the duty of Christians to rebuke and denounce it, not to go along with it.
In case there are some who think Leviticus/Numbers/Deuteronomy have been abolished, they aren’t. Only the sacrificial laws have been upgraded to offering words/thoughts/heart-attitudes (and actions) constantly to God, rather than offering lambs/veal a few moments per year. So that is much more demanding, than under the Old Covenant. It is not less demanding, it is more demanding, in godliness. God gives us His own Son, but He also expects us to make use of what we have been given, to result in godliness. Since we have been given more, God also expects more godliness out of Christians, than out of people in Old Testament.
Also, some physical expressions of holiness have been moved to spiritual expression (circumcision of heart, instead of the body).
Also, any putting to death is to be done by God at the end of the world.
Nonetheless, I will quote one more from the New Testament:
Them who sin, rebuke in front of all, so that others may also fear [God].
1 Timothy 5:20
I command thee before God, and the LORD Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you [follow] these things without preferring one person above another, doing nothing by partiality.
1 Timothy 5:21
…be not partakers of other people’s sins, keep yourself pure.
1 Timothy 5:22
And that is Leviticus 19:17 repeated.
If any part of Old Testament is valid in teaching inner-quality godliness, then it is to be taken as the same as any word in the New Testament.
Only assignments of clean/unclean unto food, animals, moments in time, physical objects, and geographical location, those are to be taken metaphorically, and nearly all of that are the ceremonial laws in Leviticus. But Leviticus 19:17 has to do with inner godliness, thus, along with much of Moses’ books, it is to be taken literally, as any word out of a New Testament book.
Also, when reading the Old Testament, if you want to get the historical meaning of then, then read it as it is.
If you want to get the eternal meaning, or its fulfilled meaning in Jesus Christ, replace “Israel” with “Church”, and “Israelite” with “Christian”, and “warfare” with “speaking the truth”, and “eating food” with “absorbing ideas”, and replace all the other pagan nations of people with ungodly ideas/principles that you must not mingle the Word of God with, and that is the way to read the Old Testament.
Remove not the old landmarks (God-determined boundaries!)
Enter not into the fields of the fatherless.
For their Redeemer is mighty, He shall plead their cause with thee.
They [ignore] the deeds of the wicked, they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper, but the rights of the needy do they not judge
And I add, when I plead for the poor and needy, they call me a Marxist or a Communist.
What does this mean? This means that the Christians in the West are so treacherous against the poor, that the atheist Marxist/Communists are only common notion of someone pleading for the needy. That Christians obey God and plead for the needy is an unknown concept in America, or in the West.
Thus by this you also know that Christianity is extinct in the West. They turn their ears away from following God’s instructions, but instead they follow the instructions of “church-growth” capitalism, after the perversions of this world, and the traditions of men.
God commanded to not violate the personal property of the fatherless.
Then how much more their body!
And my parents disowned me, by the way, in 2003.
———————————This forced broadcast is evil ————————————
Everyday people violate my body.
But the Americans are so perverted in coveting “being at the center of the spectacle”, that they each try to violate themselves into my eyes/ears, and gain joy from violating me, and they ignore my sufferings! Because their life is very comfortable in violating me.
And it is not me at the center of the spectacle, it’s the machinery, the poisonous machinery punched into me, into my body. And all the Americans (but Chinese as well! And people of other ethnicity who love not the truth, but love covetousness) want to violently punch themselves into me, into my eyes and ears, so that they squeeze themselves into the machinery that is in my body, and thus increase their self-arrogance.
Of course, I am between them and the machinery (which is the center of the spectacle). And they totally ignore my existence. They want to be seen by the camera. They want their voice to be registered by the recorder and transcriber. And they also love to hear my reaction, when I get violated.
They are worse than fascists.
They love to hear my reaction, when I get violated.
I have tried to push them away everyday, but they enter into my brain like dogs, and they like to ask for my reaction, upon violating me. That is any word spoken, with the intent of plundering my subsequent thoughts. Usually it’s even disguised as friendly words!
And there are supposed-Christians who want to oppress the fatherless, and continually oppress the fatherless, and they think this spreads the Gospel?!
What is the Gospel?!
The Gospel means: to follow the instructions in the Bible!
(of course, there is baptizing people, but that’s only the beginning, then follow the instructions!)
The Gospel, is to not oppress the fatherless!
The Gospel, is to not use the enslavement of people to make money! (Amos 4:1) Or to love money!
The Gospel, is to speak each man the truth to his neighbor! (Zechariah 8:16, Colossians 3:9)
How is the Gospel spread, by oppressing the fatherless?
By encouraging lying? By sexual violation?
These are all visual examples to NOT follow the instructions in the Bible!
This entire broadcast, forced broadcast of me, has been a continuous instruction on NOT following the instructions in the Bible! The very action of punching your spectacle THROUGH me, that is violence against me every day!
And all have been doing me violence, by trying to punch themselves (their voice/image) into whatever machinery forced into me, or their body into my body, and ignoring my pleas for help!
Except some of my friends.
(Nearly) all Chinese since 2007 have been using their Chinese ethnicity as an excuse to self-glorify themselves, doing the same violence! So as to obtain the self-glory of: not only they punch their image/voice into me, but they are also of Chinese ethnicity, which somehow makes them more qualified to do so, and seeing that I am of Chinese ethnicity, they have more of an excuse to commit crime against me.
However, in any country, most of the crimes are committed by people of same ethnicity against same ethnicity. That has been since millenia. Thus, crime is mostly same ethnicity doing evil against same ethnicity. Isn’t it? There is no excuse that, if people are of the same ethnicity, then crimes are … allowed?! What the devil gave people that idea?
Because they wanted to self-glory using me as a footstool, and they love their self-glory so much, that they noticed neither their own evildoing (the evil of their doings) nor did they have mercy upon me as a person just as they are.
So, are there Christians who think that all this evildoing is “culture”, and thus should be imitated?
There are people who want me to go to church with this!
That is, they want to practice the same evil during church service!
Why would the LORD God accept such sacrifices? Why would such a church service (words and actions and inner-heart while speaking words and doing actions, these are the equivalent of Old Testament sacrifices) be acceptable to the LORD?
What would people be doing? Is it not to gloat in being seen by men? Wouldn’t the entire church service become a theatrical event meant to please men? Wouldn’t the congregation be trying to please other men’s opinions, rather than pleasing God’s opinions?
But our LORD has spoken well, that those who show-off their good works in front of men, to gain glory from being seen, they already have their reward. Matthew 6:1-5
Their reward is to be seen by a crowd, their treasure is upon the earth, the crowd-vanity. To conform to sinful patterns and to be well-thought of by men.
The true treasure of the Christians is in heaven! To conform to holiness and to be well-thought of by God Himself.
And I end this letter by quoting Apostle Yohanan (John), who was the most advanced in holiness out of all the 12:
[Fellow Christians], stay away from idols, Amen. 1 John 5:21
Idol also includes any images.
So surf the Internet using Firefox, and the addon of “Image show hide”.
And do not watch TV. Or movies if you can.
Also, I am not Muslim. So whoever tries to say so, especially a supposed-Christian, is deliberately trying to false-accuse me and to keep me tortured, and is “speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with iron”, 1 Timothy 4:2.
One more word:
there are people who think their pleasing of God comes from how many people they “own”, or how famous they are among crowds.
The pleasing of God comes from having a pure heart in front of Him, having good inner character. All “good works” done without a pure heart, are invalidated by God (as offering from that person, even though God can use any good works to further His kingdom).
My ministry will be mostly writing.
There will be no competition, because I will be a presenter of ideas, I will not seek to be a “commander” over people, or over other “commanders”, many of whom do not derive their joy in life from Christ, but really their joy come from having a fiefdom where they can lord it over people in social status (and gain some type of hollow joy by daily comparing “superior social status” with other people, and other similarly-minded people).
Nearly all American “pastors” are that way, or tend to be that way. The richer (or the more famous), the worse.
I have no intention of entering such a vicious life where people supposedly vow that Christ is their priority, but really they are more concerned about comparing social status with other people.
Actually, every “lord of the Gentiles” have been like that.
In the worst cases, like Alexander, or Mao, they hate any person who may have talent or qualities, lest such a person also becomes “admired”, and display them from being “center-stage” in some self-centered spectacle, with many people giving attention to their admired-person, which is how they gain their joy. And Alexander looked for excuses to kill off talented people around him. So did Mao. This is to preserve themselves as the only “spectacle”. And they covet the idea of being at the center of a spectacle, , at the center of a mini-world, worshiped by all the world.
Such is the way of perdition.
Because this is how (and why) Lucifer fell from heaven.
Lucifer started as the most magnificent of the angels, and he then wanted to get worshiped, which is something that only God should have.
And surely I tell you, that you must give honor and power to Yehovah (1 Timothy 6:16) and not to yourself. Or surely you will perish and go to hell, regardless of how many “good works” you do. God can benefit from “good works” even when done with a perverse heart, God can still use the “good works” to advance His kingdom, but God will count it as sin upon the person of perverse heart!
So if someone sings a Christian song with a perverse heart (either to show-off, or even to camouflage some evildoing), God can even use it to get some other, unsuspecting, person saved. But God will count it as sin and evildoing, upon the singer!
Same with sermon preached, same with church activity, same with bible reading, same with praying aloud, same with calling on the name of God.
There are people animated by evil spirits, who would present Bible verses and actually want to refer to perverse things.
God could even use that to speak holy things unto someone who only sees the Bible verse, without being aware of the attempted evildoing.
But God will count it as sin and evildoing, upon the person who does anything out of a perverse heart!
For God indeed has different eyes than ours. We first see the outward actions. But God immediately sees if the heart is perverse or not. And as far as judging a person, God doesn’t care if the outward action is seemingly good or bad, if the heart is perverse, then all of it is bad.
The American Church is mostly dead. It has the corruption of Sardis (mingled with the spiritual-indolence of Laodikea). Sardis is the best description for the American Church (Revelations 3:1-6).
Outwardly, it boasts many numbers – 100 million Christians out of 300 million Americans? Maybe even 150 million out of 300?
Outwardly, it built many visible edifices.
In Europe, the Catholic Church built magnificent visible edifices of stone, colorfully decorated, while the souls rotted in corruption.
In America, the Protestant Church built magnificent visible edifices of websites, colorfully decorated, while the souls rotted in corruption.
In the Early Church, the only-12 apostles (and some prophets, I guess) built magnificent godliness in the souls of people, while there was no visible decorated edifices or websites (or, God-forbid, images of TV).
People only have limited attention to spend effort on.
Whenever the attention is to built outwardly visible/decorated things, then surely the inner godliness is neglected. So whenever a Church or a Christian-person turns away from building the inner-character, and turns to building visible things that can impress people visually, then the faith is rotten and/or being abandoned.
The people in the American Church love not Christ, they love the visible “decoration” of having much crowd (which they take
But Paul the Apostle, he did not find his joy in how many, but the inner-godliness and purity of worship towards God (1 Timothy 1:3-5,
So I will not compete with such people. My ministry will be different.