Is it more than a coincidence that the early 21st century’s economic bust also marked an exponential rise in market driven methodology within the church? As donations began to dry up throughout the non-profit world, market driven philosophies were primed to take center stage. Most ministries took a huge financial hit during that time, perhaps motivating many to openly embrace pragmatic and psychological methodologies exclusively designed for the business world, not the body of Christ.
Pragmatically speaking, these marketplace methodologies actually do produce results, bringing people in and gaining their resources. Unfortunately their practices also prevent the saints from sincerely seeking the Lord for their daily manna, developing a whole generation dependent on the ways of the world instead of the Word of God.
Jesus said, “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from Heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:49-51