. . . so don't Let Steve Munsey take you for a ride in 2013!
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"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears." Acts 20:28-31
Dr. Stephan K. Munsey is the pastor of Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana near Chicago. It is one of the 20th largest mega-churches in the United States. He has a television program called "Yes You Can." Hmmm, now where have I heard that before? Oh! I got it mixed up with another famous slogan "Yes We Can." Sorry, I digress.
Anyway, Steve Munsey is quite a busy man. Let's see, he's a pastor, author, televangelist (of course he is), missionary, inspirational speaker, director, producer, and church growth expert. I would personally add to this "entertainer extraordinaire." He is a regular guest on "This Is Your Day" with none other than Benny Hinn and Paula White's "Paula Today" talk show. He is also frequently seen on TBN and DayStar.
Pastor Munsey's wife Melodye is co-pastor and their son Kent along with his wife Alli are the (get this) Executive Pastors. Executive Pastors?!? Looks like this is another family corporation and yes, they have a branch "campus" in downtown Chicago. Gotta keep those offerings coming in. The buck always stops at the top of the pyramid. Somebody's gotta pay for those jets and mansions!
What's real cool about the church is that it has it's very own Starbucks café in the lobby of the entertainment complex, er, I mean church. Not only that, but Steve had big plans in 2012 for acquiring more property and building great things like a huge, huge entryway into his church that would make it look like a palace. He wanted a place that would be spectacular. Not only that, but he wanted to expand the church (entertainment complex) with food courts and even build an Adventureland. Adventureland would be a heavenly fun land with among other things -- roller coasters! Yes, you heard right. Roller coasters!!! I think this is what you would call "Word of Faith" on steroids.
Oh! But wait! It appears Steve didn't hear too clearly from the Lord. Looks like the Family Christian Center may be headed for foreclosure! http://m.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/munster/family-christian-center-threatened-with-foreclosure/article_711e3636-2219-5d8b-893b-4ebf92f387e9.html According to the article, they owe $750,000 in back payments on the worship center. The article dated August 12, 2012 states:
"Munsey on Wednesday said the church had paid $8 million in interest but had less than $200,000 equity in the building, a comment that elicited gasps from several congregants."
"Records on file at the Lake County recorder's office show Munsey and his wife, Melodye, took out a $2,305,000 mortgage on their home in the gated Briar Ridge subdivision in Schererville in July 2010. They have lived there for a number of years."Now, just pause for a moment and let that last paragraph sink in! If Munsey and his wife can afford to slash their salaries by 80 percent, they have been on the take for quite some time, don't you think? Do you personally know many (or any) people with a $2,305,000 mortgage on their home? Also, the fact that they won't sell the horses shows their greed. If Jesus ran the money changers out of the temple, just imagine how he would react to horses, food courts, or roller coasters in a place set apart (supposedly) for the purpose of worshipping Him?
"Munsey told congregants he and his wife had slashed their salaries by 80 percent as a cost-cutting measure. Despite the advice of creditors, he said the couple has refused to sell their horses, crowd-pleasing favorites at the church's events and programs. Other live animals also appear on stage in various productions, some which include many actors and musical productions."
"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." 2 Peter 2:3
This congregation of 30,000 deluded souls are not short on entertainment. According to Steve Munsey's website http://www.stevemunsey.org/index.php?p=storytime -- his strategy is "to reach into his creativity for anything and everything he could use to dazzle his young crowd." Watch the following video and you will see that he is serious about doing just that.
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Church "Du Soleil" by Bezel333
Where anything can happen and it probably will!
Where anything can happen and it probably will!
Will people ever learn? Most people probably won't because . . .
"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: . . ." Jeremiah 5:31
We can learn what the Word of God has to say about false prophets that were around in the days of Jeremiah:
"For they prophesy a lie unto you . . ." Jeremiah 27:10
"Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak . . . . For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name;" Jeremiah 27:14-15
If you find yourself caught up in this circus act, remember that you are not the first to be duped by these charlatans. Many of us have been duped! Just because someone claims they are a pastor and a Christian doesn't necessarily mean they are the real deal. Remember -- when you stand before God, you will stand alone, so take heed to the Word of God:
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:16-18