Only one thing comes up this week and that is the purchase of the new property in Connecticut. Wow! What a purchase huh? 62 acres of land in Johnsonville Connecticut
What can we say about it? After all, this is nothing like Scenic South Dakota which is basically a ghost town and far away from anything else. While this place is, uhh, uhhh… a ghost town…far away from anything. Oh. Ok. Another ghost town.
Why are we purchasing these towns? No one knows. Take Scenic for example; the INC run incmedia.org has even put out a video, also on YouTube, of the “NOBLE” reason why the church is in Scenic. It’s to “MISSIONIZE” people, like those impoverished Native Americans. Except there’s one problem with that explanation; the people live 30 MILES AWAY from Scenic!! If that was the intent all along, why not purchase a parcel of land next to the reservation? If the purpose is purely missionary work then why not go to the POPULATED places? Why there? Why purchase the entire EMPTY town? Why not tell the REAL reason? It was purchased it 2011. It is now 2017. The only thing the Church actually has in Scenic is the petrol station. Remember this?
And now, the General Auditor JS is leading the charge once again with another ghost town . I’m sure there are those who will answer with that verse again about Judas Iscariot pretending to care about the offerings when he saw that expensive oil for Jesus, whatever. All I can say is this, I probably wouldn’t mind if we purchased ghost towns all over the world IF EVERY congregation already had a chapel and EVERY chapel had no damages. But right now, there are still so many of us still worshipping in hotels, rented halls, and other churches with crucifixes. Those who have chapels, especially in America, how many have damages? Damaged walls? Parking lots with moon craters? Broken toilets? Broken AC/heaters? Sound familiar? Why so many? That is another mystery my friends. The local funds are dry despite the valiant efforts of some brethren, the funds just keep… disappearing. Like… a ghost.
You could say there many congregations with chapels now. True. Mostly Barangay chapels. What are those again?
Oh, that’s right, it says “TEMPORARY buildings” – NOT as a REPLACEMENT of Concrete Chapels. That’s why Administrator DOES NOT dedicate those. (Yet he proudly announces in worship services that we have BUILT hundreds of chapels.)
And how many were recently “DEDICATED” but were actually NOT FINISHED? (Cough-California–cough) do I mean like paint job? No, I mean as in after the dedication, the brethren still have to attend in their mother local.
Why would you dedicate a chapel to God when it’s not finished? That’s like serving a half cooked meal to your most important house guest. Isn’t God particular about what’s offered to Him?
“When anyone brings from the herd or flock a fellowship offering to the Lord to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without defect or blemish to be acceptable. Do not offer to the Lord the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord. You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow.” Leviticus 22:21-23 NIV
“If an animal has a defect,is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 15:21
Yup, he’s particular.
I wandered off topic again didn’t I? Anyway my point is, with all these chapels needing repairs and congregations needing chapels, why purchase a million dollar ghost town that no one wants? Let me guess, Administrator has a “grand plan” again. Just like the grand plan in Scenic ghost town.
And don’t think the EXPENSES for this ghost town stops there. Millions will be poured in just to clean up, repair and restore the buildings. My imagination? My ”jealousy”, as they like to say? Not even. There’s even an episode on National Geographic’s show Abandoned on the very town of Johnsonville Connecticut and they show a lot of the damages, rot and mould in that place. So guess where our offerings will go again?
That’s right, to another ghost town. Hope Mrs. General Auditor will find Patrick Swayze in this one. I can almost hear “Unchained Melody”. (Ghost reference. Get it? Don’t make me explain)
Oh, if the church is looking for another property, perhaps the Amityville house will be for sale again. Prepare those offerings brethren!