**Hustle (pronounced “Huss-l”) is defined as: 1. Working or doing anything that will generate income or provide resources to survive. 2.a disco dance from the 70’s.
My focus will be on the first definition.
Why is it that the vast majority of American Churches continue to veer away from clear instruction that Elohim clearly outlines in His Word? Why do they always bring in some “new thing”, “new mission”, or some form of “reform”?
Continued study of early Christians and church fathers will compel one to evaluate the traditions and practices of modern American religion today. Further research in the Holy Bible will not bring any form of scripture that would provide a pattern of this practice; nor do we find anything in the antiquities where a purpose or mission brought anyone to repentance.
This is because building missions is a business concept that has not been or every been part of the plan of salvation for God’s people. For it is written:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 ESV)
So why are religious organizations spending so much time and energy trying to “reform” a society?
Because it’s the new Hustle.
Regeneration of individual hearts must take place before any true “reform” can be done. This work is not a work done by man or a “mission-driven” purpose. It is a super-natual work of the Holy Spirit given by the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ:
“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47 ESV)
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending
you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,“Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it
is withheld.”(John 20)
What is reform?
Reform is defined as: to make better or improve by removal of faults, 2. to correct or improve one’s own character or habits, 3. improvement or correction of what is corrupt.
I’m addressing so-called churches that have chosen to exploit Reform Theology as a
means to forward a “purpose-driven” methodology.
The hustle is this. If your church has a “target audience”, the mission is to bring a focused demographic of “members”(say: middle class couples or singles that make a decent income) to your congregation, this will bring a “sustainable” income to your organization.
Let’s do the math…and this is a modest projection.
Let say an organization has 55 “covenant” families(members) that earn a projected yearly household income of $75k a year. Each family would earn an estimated disposable income of $6000.00 a month. If that family commits to giving with the 10% model in mind, this income will generate a funding stream to the “church” that totals a little under $600/month per family. Multiplied by 55 (the number of projected families) per 52 (weeks in a year), this church will ideally generate a yearly income of $1M. The numbers are much larger when you factor in the divorced or unmarried members that have no children. Assuming that they earn a yearly income of $35k-$80k yearly, They are quite useful and often are made to be “leaders” in the church. The poor are often seen as a burden. This is not the way of Christ.
See the hustle now?
The true Church should strive to emulate New Testament Christians. The Epistles, though they can be viewed as instruction, should be held and taught with complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
How should be behave or react if I’m attending a church like this?
Pray, wait for the Lords instruction, refer to scripture and apply it in the Power of the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 5 (please read the entire chapter for context) it states:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord…..Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Selah.