John Patterson says: Sorry mate, I cannot belong to a church where those that lead it do not sacrifice themselves to the utmost. You'd probably have a better argument when the Pope sells the Vatican and moves it into a ramshackle hut.
Leonard Alt says: John, you have the argument of Judas on your side. This oil could have been sold, and given to the Poor (Jn. 12:6). Judas said this when Mary anointed Jesus feet with costly perfume oil. He wanted the money for himself. Have you forgotten to notice the multimillion dollar mansions of some of your Evangelical Pastors? It appears that in your greed, you are jealous of the goods of others while ignoring your own backyard. It would be a good thing if people went beyond physical wealth and sought the spiritual wealth (in Jesus).
In my Church we have bad example. Peter denied Jesus three times; Judas sold Him for 30 pieces of silver and none of the Apostles except for John was there at his crucifixion. If bad example is a reason too not be a part of the Catholic Church founded by Jesus, then Jesus should not have died for the Church and yet He did.
John, you in your church, point to the perceived sins of others while ignoring your own sins; this is the example of the Pharisees who in their hypocrisy, opposed Jesus. They didn't like the company Jesus and the Apostles kept. Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and SINNERS (Lk. 5:3). In my Church we encourage the forgiveness of sins of our own members. Please repent of your own sins rather than, pointing to the perceived sins of others.
- I would love to hear from anyone who agrees with John Patterson. However, before you do, please show us a picture of your church before it was sold and a photograph of the ramshackle hut you have now. Thanks!
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