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Merchandising Churches Biblical

Should churches have bookstores, coffee, fruit stands and other merchandise in their churches or is this unbiblical?

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 ---Alan on 3/19/10
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The True House of God, the place for worship, & is Not a market place.
It Is a Hospital for sin - sick souls.
---Lawrence on 6/29/10


Bookstores, yes, however coffee, fruit, bingo, etc - get it out of the church.
---Janet on 3/23/10

That's not even logical. Why bookstores? Selling commentaries and other reference material, etc. is still SELLING GOD'S WORD.

Jesus would allow NO MONEY EXCHANGE in the temple, so it is only common sense that those churches that have a bookstore at their church are MONEY CHANGERS.

Show me where in the Bible ANYTHING is allowed to be sold at a church. It isn't there. Don't try to justify what your own church does as being okay.
---Gary on 3/23/10


Bookstores, yes, however coffee, fruit, bingo, etc - get it out of the church.
---Janet on 3/23/10


I find it hypocritical for churches to condemn about the self yet the same churches would merchandise the word of god.
---jim on 3/19/10

You got it, Jim. Paul said those who preach have a "right" to be paid for their services, but he (Paul) refused that right and said he would rather die than sell the gospel.

Just like you and I have a right to keep our money or we can be generous givers, the pastor has a right to be paid, but can refuse that right.

Not only does the pastor insist on his right to be paid, but many also sell God's Word by selling the sermon on CD or DVD, books, etc.
---Gary on 3/22/10


Didn't Jesus overturn the tables of the money changers?

Of course it is NOT biblical to sell anything at a church.
---Gary on 3/22/10




\\what would He do to such evangelists who live in luxury off their earnings.
---Terry on 3/21/10\\

This is an entirely different issue from a Church having a bookstore.
---Cluny on 3/21/10


There is nothing wrong with having a bookstore or repository in church. What I object to is the proliferation of television evangelists who try to sell overpriced books and DVDs over the air.
It is shameful to make money out of religion. If Jesus overthrew the tables of the money-changers in the Temple owing to their greed, what would He do to such evangelists who live in luxury off their earnings.
---Terry on 3/21/10


There was a church in my former community that used to operate operated a separate Christian bookstore. It was extreme high quality and they did not limit the material to a single religious persuasion. They did carry the items you find in Christian Mall stores but in addition they had a separate room for meaty items: Multi volume Commentaries, Hebrew and Greek texts, lexicon, and dictionaries. Bible wall maps and Church school curriculum's for different grads and study guides on all books of the Bible. They had a separate room for 4 part choir music and Oratorio books and full liberators for orchestration. Regrettably the real estate became more valuable then the business and what was the book store is part of a parking lot of a Supper Walmart.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/19/10


I don't see anything wrong with having bookstores.

The books and other published materials that would interest most Eastern Christians are not available at the local Christian bookstores.

As for the rest, they are unnecessary.
---Cluny on 3/19/10


I find it hypocritical for churches to condemn about the self yet the same churches would merchandise the word of god.
---jim on 3/19/10




Alan, LOL I find your question funny. Shouldn't churches have Christians in them? Some do and some don't.

Shouldn't the Holy Spirit be present at every service? Sometimes He is, sometimes He's not.

Does God show up at church? Sometimes He does, sometimes He's quenched out.

I don't believe churches should have anything but people and a pastor, chairs, musicians, a worship leader and GOOD WORD.
---Donna on 3/19/10


An Irishman goes into the confessional box after years of being away from the Church.

Theres a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

Then the priest comes in. Father, forgive me, for its been a very long time since Ive been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be.

The priest replies: Get out. Youre in my side.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/19/10


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