Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”
I don’t believe anything was wrong with providing sacrifices for people. However, the vendors had slowly edged closer to the Temple area and polluted the worshipful atmosphere.
You can imagine the noise and smell of the place.
Add to it a nice profit for the vendors taking advantage of those needing a sacrifice.
It became business and not worship.
It became profit and not praise.
The church should never become a business.
My personal belief is it is ok to use the church as a polling place.
It’s ok to rent out the fellowship hall to reunions or meeting places.
I don’t mind if a large church had some kind of bookstore inside.
However, church should never be about elections, reunions, or selling books.
The Laodicean church of Revelation chapter 3 faced harsh criticism from the Lord for being rich in everything but spiritual matters.
Therefore, the church should be about the Gospel, salvation, restoration, and revival.
It should be about helping others.
The church should be the Light of Christ in a dark world.
The church needs to be about that First Love!
There is no business but the Father’s business.