--- Take heed of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep's clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves.
--- Therefore, every one who doth hear of me these words, and doth do them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his church upon the rock...
--- Every one who is hearing of me these words, and is not doing them, shall be likened to a foolish man who built his church upon the sand...
When you begin with a false premise, you will end with false and disappointing results.
Consider the man who built his church on a solid, honest foundation of souls. The rain came and the floods came and the wind blew and beat upon that door. But that church stood the test because it was built on honesty, on integrity, on truth.
Consider the man who built his church based on false promises and false hopes. The rain came and the roof began to leak. The floods came and ruined the carpet. The wind blew and beat upon the door. And that church, because it was build on false hope and false promises, fell so hard that the sound was heard all over the county.
Jesus actually said it was "foolish men" who built that church. Jesus called them fools.
They weren't winning souls, they weren't discipling others. They just wanted a new building to brag about. They wanted new carpet, new pews. They didn't want new souls. They didn't want new disciples. So the church was built by fools and built on a weak, almost non-existent spiritual foundation. As a result, when troubles came along, the church crashed and left a hand-full of good folks holding a multimillion dollar debt.
Be a doer, not just a talker.
- Win the souls first,
- Take care of the property you have now.
- Worry later about the overflow crowd when you have it.
- Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
- Above all, do not build a church on false hopes and lies.