“What about all the good that has been done”?
At that moment they bow the knee to the God of pragmatism.
The ideology of much of American corporate Christianity is not biblical…it is a reflection of the syncretism of American folk mythology and Christianity.
It is borrowed from the foundation of capitalism and the corporate canon, not the pages of Scripture.
The goal is not to just “make disciples”, but to be “successful” according to the creeds of the culture.
Success according to that standard is measured by numbers and dollars, not souls saved or sins repented of.
Thus, if you are truly “making disciples” but you are not doing so in a manner that results in volume and cash, you have failed.
Conversely, if you are not really “making disciples” but you have volume in numbers and cash, you are successful.
The “Gospel” is a product that is both sold and paid for by the consumer.
The bottom line is not spiritual, but carnal, and must be capable of being measured.
Blessed are the successful, for they will speak at our next conference.
This is faith of the god of the pragmatic.
Because the god of the pragmatic delights only in the bottom line, that line must be protected.
Those who might be harmed in the process are collateral damage, sacrifices made to an insatiable god.
People are measured by their worth to the goal, not because they have intrinsic value.
The end always justifies the means…the product must be sold and volume must increase through any means necessary.
The “successful” are always counted as good.
Nobody should ever listen to a failure.
The god of the pragmatic is not pleased with failures.
They hurt the brand.
The brand is god.
We worship many gods in this country…