Church Mafia – So, Uh…Where You Been?

As I’ve stated in previous articles, the concept of “church mafia” is very real – and very destructive to the Body of Christ. 

While it’s born out of the insecurity and ego-driven psyche of pastors who want to be pimps and mafia bosses, it debilitates the believer because it takes the focus off of our Sovereign God and places it on the mafia boss pastor and his (or her) lackeys.

One of the common tactics of the church mafia is to intimidate/guilt you into attending EVERY service that is held at the church…and I do mean EVERY service.

No matter if it’s Sunday worship, Bible Study, Sunday School, the Back 2 School Rally, Daily Prayer, and any number of other scheduled events – your commitment to God is gauged by your commitment to “His prophet” (as the pimp/mafia bosses pastors so lovingly ordain themselves).

Don’t get me wrong, I agree that believers should assemble together to worship God. The Bible reminds us to worship (Ephesians 5:19-20) and encourage each other in the faith (1 Thesselonians 5:11), but Hebrews 10:24-25 specifically addresses the assembling of the saints.

I don’t believe, however, that you should be called onto the carpet – or threatend with expulsion if the “boss” doesn’t see your “face in the place” everytime the lights are switched on. Most folks stay away because they’re tired of playing the money game – or they’re tired of trying to figure out what the pimp/mafia boss pastor is saying between his howls, grunts and downright off-base teaching.

Then, when you finally work up the nerve to come back, you’re usally pulled aside by someone in leadership who asks you “Hey brother, it’s good to see you! I haven’t seen you in a long time…so, uh…where you been?

Here’s an excerpt from an interesting article that I found on

 Question: “What are appropriate reasons for missing church?”

Answer: Many people have an improper and/or unbiblical understanding of church attendance. Some people feel that they must attend church legalistically, being at church virtually every time there is any kind of service or meeting. Some people experience a feeling of guilt whenever they miss a Sunday morning service. Sadly, some churches encourage this guilt by laying excessive pressure on people to attend regularly. When thinking about church attendance and when it is appropriate to miss church, the most crucial thing to understand is that the quality of a person’s relationship with God is not determined by how many church services are attended, nor are God’s love and acceptance for a Christian based on how many times he/she attends church. (click here to read the rest)

Check out this observation:

Attending church is not osmosis; merely being in the building does not accomplish anything.

That’s funny – the Word of Faith preachers always stress that you’ll be blessed because you’re sitting in the building while the pimp/mafia boss pastor is under “the anointing”. Oh, and because you “sow a seed”, but that’s another post for another day…

Anyway, the article surmised (correctly, in my opinion) that if you miss or skip a church service but you have a longing for it, then there isn’t a problem (per se) with your connection with God.

If you miss a service and you’re afraid of the impending confrontation by the pimp/mafia boss pastors “crew”, then…well…you already know the answer to that one.


2 Responses to “Church Mafia – So, Uh…Where You Been?”

  1. 1 dupednomore May 10, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    So true! Attendance equals tithes and offerings….So if you’re not there, then chances are, you’re not giving. The relationship between attendance and giving is paramont in most churches, never mind the fact that most are worshiping in vain; Matthew 15:9-11. I feel a real wave of strength coming over you IST…..Continue to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and what He is saying over your life.

  2. 2 Ingrid March 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    My family and I have been missing church science two years ago, we move to another city and we try to keep going to the same church after six months. It was a long drive of 50 minutes, and we were attending bible institute and working in a prayer ministry which made us go to church more than 3 times a week but we were so happy to serve the lord, and to serve those in need, Don’t take me wrong we still feel the same, but something unusual happened six years ago. Some guy came in the middle of the prayer service and broke the pulpit in to pieces he was looking for the Senior Pastor claiming that he wanted to kill him, then the cops arrived and put this guy in jail. Next week the church did hire a bunch of bodyguards and the Pastor said that they were going to be protecting the the members of the church, he said, they are not here to take care of me but you the congregation. Then I noticed that the bodyguards were there to take care for the pastor which I really understand he was in grate danger. But after one month the things changed, nobody was let to go to the altar to pray, every time somebody stands up to say hallelujah, all the bodyguards stand up, and when is time to ask for the offerings the bodyguards follow the ushers and they look all the sanctuary doors, nobody is allowed to leave or to enter the sanctuary, plus the increment of the request of the seeds or the offerings or they call it too acts of faith has been increased, And it was the time when we leave that church when the pastor was putting down those business owners because they where not giving what he requested. Now we don’t go and every time we see somebody from that church, they question our faith, and our relationship with Jesus, they even want to know if we have failed in our secular life because we are not going to that church. To tell you the truth we have being visiting some local churches around but we having find one in witch we see that is really bible based one. I will tell you something I feel so depressed some times, I even cry some times to see how the churches have become market places, I pray and continue with my regular life and I know that we made the right decision but I fear for those that are being used.

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