Some time ago our church brought on staff a Christian counselor as our recovery ministries began to develop. Good idea. His view was that part of counseling is making sure that counselees were physically healthy as they entered into the counseling process. Good idea. They needed to be taking vitamins and nutrition supplements and his wife just happened to be selling them. Bad idea.
I was stunned by the ease with which he mixed spiritual health and his wife’s profit. Duh!!!!!! They eventually left the church but she made sure she contacted all her “church friends” to remind them where to go to get their stuff. This in and of itself was good for a colon cleansing to me. I couldn’t believe it.
I was reminded of this when I saw this:
Concerned Women for America (CWA) is in the vitamin business. The organization has teamed with Vemma, a liquid nutritional supplement company. CWA members are encouraged by founder Beverly LaHaye to buy Vemma because a portion of the proceeds will go to CWA.
This kind of thing is rampant in the church. Jerry Falwell used to send out a “newspaper” and it was filled with supplement ads. It is prevalent among the home schooling crowd. Churches can be filled with networks of pyramid schemes of the Amway type ready to enlist visitors to the kingdom of God and riches on earth.
Anglicans aren’t as susceptible to this, and this alone could almost make me one of them.