WEB Notes: You know, it occured to me, “what would Jesus do” in this circumstance?…
13 “And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,”
Passover, that is the high holy day and Jesus Christ went to Jerusalem.
14 “And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:”
Christ found people selling oxen, sheep, doves and the ol bankers right there in the temple conducting business.
As our Father’s Word says, there is nothing new under the sun, (Ecclesiasties 1:9).
15 “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;”
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior made a whip and beat the people with it until they left the temple, that would be a church in today’s language.
Christ beat them and flipped over their tables. He was angry!
16 “And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
Do not conduct business in the House of God. That is not what it is for.
And you wonder why the churches are drying up today?
They do not teach the Word of God and expect to be blessed.
This is what Jesus did, and what He would do again, (Hebrews 13:8).
Sunday looks very different from Monday at White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. During the week, a florist fills out orders next to an artist working on a project. Down the hall, students practice tai chi.
Declining attendance at America’s churches — a persistent trend in recent decades — has forced some to take a novel approach to keeping their doors open: renting out otherwise empty space during the usually quiet mid-week, CBS News’ Omar Villafranca reports.
Larry Duggins heads up the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a group that helps congregations become a place for commerce. “Churches close when they can’t get beyond that, unless they have some extraordinary other way to get people to come attend,” he said.
Senior pastor Mitchell Boone admits White Rock Methodist needed a miracle to stay open.
“We were spending way too much money to keep the doors open and the lights on and the staff paid and Sunday morning going, and so it was clearly a move out of desperation,” Boone said. “We were close to death.”