I Came to Magnify the Lord by Bishop Clarence E. McClendon and the Harvest Fire Mega Mass Choir

Here’s another YouTube gospel video by yours truly. This song is “I Came to Magnify the Lord” by Bishop Clarence Edmond McClendon and the Harvest Fire Mega Mass Choir of LA, California. The album is “Shout Hallelujah”, done back in 2000. The Decatur, Illinois native, now LA resident and senior pastor of Harvest International Ministries, made this album, which has a “Big Band Gospel” feel, as it encompasses many instruments and many singers in performing this wonderful song, which has been sung in many churches. I do not own this song, nor am I gaining, or attempting to gain any monetary support or publicity. This is just for those who would like to listen or learn the lyrics of the song. I hope you enjoy this. God bless. BTW, if there is a song you would like for me to upload, let me know. A side note, Bishop McClendon serves as the 3rd presiding bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.

Another View – African-American Mega Churches

What has caused the proliferation of mega churches in the African-American community? Why are people drawn to such large congregations? How do these churches affect the social and moral issues of the parishioners and the community at large? Join us for a lively discussion of mega churches and the African-American community with our guests, Bishop B. Courtney McBath, Dr. Kim Brown, Dr. Melvin Marriner and Dr. William Darryl Scott. Plus – African-American men of scholar – find out how 200+ Men honor young men who excel in school.
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Bishop Paul Morton Preaching at Mega Fest 2005

Mega Fest 2005 Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Church of God In Christ Bishop GE Patterson Bishop Paul Morton Bishop TD Jakes Bishop Charles Blake Bishop CH Mason Holy Ghost Praise COGIC FGBCF PAW UPCI Bibleway COTLG AME Toledo Ohio New Bethel praise break dance gospel shout convocation conference Apostolic Holiness Bible Jesus

Bishop Paul Morton Singing at Mega Fest 2005

Mega Fest 2005 Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Church of God In Christ Bishop GE Patterson Bishop Paul Morton Bishop TD Jakes Bishop Charles Blake Bishop CH Mason Holy Ghost Praise COGIC FGBCF PAW UPCI Bibleway COTLG AME Toledo Ohio New Bethel praise break dance gospel shout convocation conference Apostolic Holiness Bible Jesus Deliverance Joy
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How Great are the Big Mega Churches of God?

How Great are the Big Mega Churches of God?

How Great are the Big Mega Churches of God?

Written by Joseph Ho, 3rd July 2010

Have you not heard of this sentence, “Filling a church with people means nothing if lives are not transformed.”? God told us that many blind guides will come and lead the people astray even the elites will be fooled. The Kingdom of God is real very real and it affects whatever happens on earth and our daily life. When God was with Joseph, he had dreams sent by God to foretell future events that will happen to him. Joseph was really called and gone through God’s training to become the person whom God wants him to be. God’s training for a person is as real as anything inclusive of pain, misery, injustice, lies, accusation, frame ups, jealousy and the wickedness in peoples hearts are all real manifestations of Evil which makes up the training ingredients.

God promised to write his laws into our hearts and the way to do that is to bring that person into all these wickedness and yet teaching them how to trust him, by that I meant the real pit type experience. And believe me its not one year or two years, it could be more than 10 years. The longer the training, the greater the heights of achievement planned for that person. God is a real God so he will bring about your character formation to be a big wholesome man. We all have to let go and let God come into our lives to form our Godlike nature which he has preordained before the creation of this world. Every human being that has been born is a plan of God, and no one can be born without his permission. So everyone who is alive today is a creation of the Almighty God himself. Nothings can exists without the will of God, nothing.

Colossians 1:16-20 (New International Version)

16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Yet what the church symbolizes today is nothing more than filling the seats and filling their banks accounts. They preach what is important for Church growth and not real transformation. In real transformation, shepherds will need to do what Jesus has done for his disciples, the leader has to pastor and guide them by being with them all the time. Showing by examples and leading the life as preached. Imagine telling the people to sacrifice their priced personal belongings to seed to God while they themselves drive BMWs is certainly not a good example to set. Jesus did what he preached. But he told us to do what the Pharisees preached but not to follow what they do in reality.

“Telling people to give until it hurts while they themselves live in two condos and laughed all the way to the bank is not good theology.” Joseph Ho

Nowadays the Mega Churches preached what they don’t do. Jesus never built a single physical church during his life time, he never drove a BMW(although some creative preachers tried to explain that a donkey is a BMW at that time), he certainly did not have a huge Citi bank account, nor did he played the Yamaha guitar and sang with an Orix microphone. And Jesus never sang a single song in the bible. He moved from places to places and would eat whatever the people gave, he never asked for any type of food to be served to him. He did not even have a Condo or a Bungalow to live in, foxes have holes but the son of man does not have a place to rest his head. Yet he could raised the dead, heal the sick and cause the blind to see. What real power he manifested yet charging the people nothing for his miracles. What a mighty God we serve indeed?

Today, these preachers have to push people down to fake the slain and asked people to believe by blind faith for their healings which never took place, and to trust in God for their finances when the church is loaded with reserve cash. Yet their membership fees are 10% of your monthly salary, what a big difference from the way Jesus did his ministry indeed. We get more value for money when Jesus was around compared to these Christ wannabes, with all talk but no power. Try getting some help from these churches when you need some real money and see if they would only pray for you while they have the ability to help they would not help. They showed God needs your money but will not help you when you need money. That’s not like my God and Father who cares for the poor and the widows.

Jesus showed that God is real and would take care of what he needs and he would do the work of God without sending letters to potential donors to send help in the form of money. Jesus never had to conduct a multi-purpose fund raising campaign. God is Almighty and he do not need our help, if he wanted any help he could even influence Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to favor Daniel, or even King Cyrus to help rebuilt the temple of God. God can touch anyone and caused them to serve him willingly or not.

Proverbs 21:1
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in real transformation which in return begets a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). They that repented turned from their wicked ways and walked in obedience to the ways of the Lord.

Acts 26:20 (New International Version)

20First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

Wicked ways means ways that are not approved by God. Wicked ways does not mean breaking the laws of God alone, it refers to something which God did not agreed for us to do. Wickedness in the eyes of God means going against his will in our life. It also means going against God’s righteousness, not man made righteousness. So being self righteous would be wicked in the eyes of the Lord our God. Taking revenge because someone wronged us would be wicked in the eyes of the Lord our God, because it is ego driven by pride and our own sense of justice, this is also wickedness to our God. God’s righteousness is not man-made righteousness nor are the ways of man the same with the ways of the Almighty God. Even when someone did us wrong and God instructs us to forgive them but we do not, is also wicked in the eyes of God; because we disobeyed his direct will in this matter. In short, going against the wishes of God is wicked. Direct will refers to when God speaks into your life while indirect will means whatever the bible commands us to do.

Today, most Christians can not be differentiated from non Christians since they no longer need to follow any rules or regulation because their sins are all forgiven, past, future as claimed by certain sects of the Christian faith. All sins will result in consequences, and these consequences will lead to death, because these sects also preached that there is now no condemnation in Christ. There is no condemnation in Christ only when you walk in the Spirit and not the flesh. But the truth is not many so called Christians are Spirit filled, if they were truly Spirit filled, they would know that whatever is being preached in not true since the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Truth. But what they preached is only half truth, the complete statements in the bible are:

Romans 8 (King James Version)
Romans 8

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

In conclusion, if your life is not transformed by your future actions which came about because you have a the Spirit of Christ in you then what is the full point of being part of a Big Big Church, it means nothing. And if you are still living in your old ways then what has God done for you, nothing. Thus, it really really really means you are not Spirit-Filled at all. Jesus is the only one who can baptize and fill you with the Holy Spirit. And there is no condemnation only when you walk in the Spirit and not your own ways.

Being a Christian means you are to walk in the full ways commanded by God as written in the bible, you can not pick and choose and interpret what you think it should be or not. The Interpretation belongs to the ones who are filled with the Spirit of Christ, since they are the ones whom God has chosen to reveal himself. No one else can interpret a book written

Bishop Paul S. Morton’s Full Gospel Baptist Church Convention Seeks To Fill Mega Fest Void In Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 9, 2007

The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, Inc., (www.fullgospelatl.com) an international faith and family reformation of churches, will host its annual convention and exhibit – themed Embracing the Next Dimension, June 24 – 29, 2007 at The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees, 10,000 leaders of faith, a multitude of youth, and thousands of businesses and community organizations. “Atlanta is a wonderful destination, and one in need of a continuous economic investment that a large faith and family organization such as Full Gospel can provide,” notes Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship. “We hope to fill the void created by the MegaFest conference in Atlanta and bring millions of dollars into the local economy.”

With this goal, Bishop Morton is committed to forming partnerships with every sector of the Atlanta community. “As Presiding Bishop, I am developing initiatives that will create long term win-win relationships with the city’s corporate, community and political bodies,” adds Bishop Morton. The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship’s unique value proposition involves a network of churches, ministries and covenant partners throughout the U.S., North America and the world.

Headquartered in New Orleans, La., the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship has found a second home in Atlanta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One of the events scheduled in partnership with The Points of Light Foundation, www.pointsoflight.org, is the “We Are Family” victory concert which will commemorate the second anniversary of Katrina and celebrate the ways that faith, family, and community have come together to lift up those who were affected by the disaster.

“We have always used our annual conference as a welcome home for our families and friends, and we hope to continue that tradition,” said Bishop Morton, who added that a portion of the proceeds from the benefit concert would be donated to rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast.

Excitement for the convention is building and according to Bishop Morton, the goal of the event’s spiritual sessions, enrichment seminars, leadership and entrepreneurship forums and exhibits, is “to change a generation – one life, one family, one business, one community, and one nation at a time.”

For conference information visit: www.fullgospelatl.com, call 1-888-4 CHANGE or Text “FULLG” to 50555. For sponsorship, exhibition and partnership opportunities, contact Rodney[at]intellectualcurrency.com.

About the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, Inc. (www.fullgospelbaptist.org)

Founded in 1994, the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, Inc. is one of the fastest growing multi-cultural and multi-denominational reformations representing more than 10,000 leaders of faith, over 2,000 churches, and millions of constituents, partners, and associates in the U.S. and throughout the world. Along with its Founder and Presiding Bishop, Bishop Paul S. Morton, the fellowship is lead by its Executive Council, the membership of which is comprised of Bishop Darryl Brister, Executive Secretary; Bishop Neil Ellis, Second Presiding Bishop; Bishop Clarence MClendon; Third Presiding Bishop; Bishop JD Wiley, Executive Secretary; Bishop George Brooks, Administration; Bishop Gregory Davis, Field Operations; Bishop William Murphy, Jr. Intercession; Bishop Andy C. Lewter, Christian Education; Bishop Oscar Brown, First Assistant to Presiding Bishop; Bishop John Neal, Foreign Ministries; and Bishop Joseph Walker, Senior Pastors. Its key initiatives include church, people and community development, leadership and entrepreneurial growth, economic development, foreign missions, and growth for generations X, Y, and Z.


Should Mega Churches Run Their Business Like A Corporation?

Should Mega Churches Run Their Business Like A Corporation?

Recently my son, who is a minister with a master in divinity from the South Western Baptist Theological Seminary, in Dallas, Texas was fired from his job. He had put years of service into the biggest First Southern Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas as their Video Production Engineer.

He was highly praised and he was known by the nickname of ‘Wonder Boy’, all because he could run the television ministry with ease. He also directed, produced, managed a large staff, and even installed and wired expensive television equipment. Just months before he was fired, a new senior pastor was hired and part of his job is to trim the fat from the budget.

My son was only paid ,000.00 a year as the Video Production Engineer. Yet his salary which could never take care of a family of four was considered worth sacrificing for the all mighty dollar.

My son explained to me that a senior pastor was actually a CEO and that mega churches are run like a corporation. I of course am a proud mother of my very accomplished son. But my question is the same question that anyone would ask who has ever worked for a Mega church, ‘Should Churches Run Their Business Like a Corporation?’

We are all aware of how a big business is run. We know from the media how a newly hired CEO over a multi-million dollar corporation always begins by letting go of the highest paid employees. We may have even had a family member or friend who experienced such a horrendous blow. Just the same when we hear these stories almost everyone acknowledges that this is just plain wrong!

People should not be treated like they are just money. They should be respected for the years of service and any change up in a company should be about production quality or lack of services. Of course if an employee was known to be lazy, well, he or she should be fired, but never because of money.

Unfortuately today people are treated like a commodity instead of being respected for their achievement. Men and women who have worked for years in a company are fired just before retirement to save the company money. Experienced men and women of all ages are pushed aside for cheaper labor. They are a force of people who have been disrespected and humiliated and forced to look for a new job even though they had done their old job with excellence.

The truth is we live in a corrupt world. Greed abounds everywhere and people are being sacrificed for money. However, my question is, should multi-million dollar churches behave the same as the world? Should they run their churches like big businesses?

I was always taught that God was over the church and the pastor was a shepherd to the people teaching them God’s word through love. The pastor is to imitate Jesus Christ and be an example of ‘What would Jesus Do’ in all life situations, even in how he manages the affairs of a church.

Because we live in a corrupt and evil world we need good examples. We need the kind of role models that reflect the very characteristics of the Almighty God. This is the way we learn the principles that are taught in the Bible. This is how we show the world that we are different from them. This is how we justify our biggest call as Christians. We are supposed to go throughout the world and teach the message of the gospel of Christ.

John 15: 12-14, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you.”

This verse is the essence of what is required to show others you are a Christian. To imitate God we must be willing to love to the point of sacrificing our very lives. This is a message of hope that will bring people who don’t know God into the church. A message that they are so important, the church would die for them.

Unfortunately in today’s church too many pastors have become managers of money. They have responsibilities to keep the budgets down low so that money is allocated to the proper places such as giving to the poor and other charities. But is this what God wants a pastor to do?

When the first churches were established, the Holy Spirit inspired people to give up everything they had in order to further the ministry of Jesus Christ. People needed to make sacrifices so the entire world would have the ability to hear the good news about Jesus’ saving power.

Acts 4: 32-35, “The group of believers was one in mind and heart. No one said that any of his belongings was his own, but they shared with one another everything they had. With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all. There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale, and turn it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed to each one according to his need.”

This is how the first churches began their ministry. They needed money in order to build churches. They needed money to take care of the people who were giving to the church. Everyone was making sacrifices, but soon the apostles became frustrated and they realized that to allocate money was not what they were called to do.

Acts 6: 1-4, “Some time later, as the number of disciples kept growing, there was a quarrel between the Greek-speaking Jews and the native Jews. The Greek-speaking Jews claimed that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of funds. So the twelve apostles called the whole group of believers together and said, ‘It is not right for us to neglect the preaching of God’s word in order to handle finances. So then, brothers, choose seven men among you who are known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of this matter. We ourselves, then, will give our full time to prayer and the work of preaching.'”

This is a powerful story because it explains the truth about what is the most important call for a pastor in a church. A pastor is to give his full time to prayer and the work of preaching.

There is more to this story than a pastor’s call to ministry. It also talks about how churches need the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. A Spirit that inspires people to give. A Spirit that reflects God’s approval for how they are running their church according to His principles.

If God is left out of the church then churches will not be able to meet their budgets. In the time of the disciples when money was needed people went and sold their property. Today there are millionaires in mega churches. There are people who own several vacation homes. People who have so much money, they can never spend it all before they die. What would happen in today’s churches if when a budget couldn’t be met a millionaire goes out and sells one of his many homes?

Maybe the real problem isn’t about running a mega church like a corporation, but that the people aren’t being led by the Holy Spirit to give the money that the church needs in order to fill its budget. Maybe money problems show that the church has left God out? Maybe churches have turned out to be clubs instead of houses for teaching the word of God.

Churches have a responsibility to be an example of love. They are never to allow money to be the reason why a person is let go when they are doing a good job. They are to show a distinct difference between how they are run compared to how the world does things. No church should ever be run like an evil corporation whose only concern is about how to make more money.

Jesus proclaims in the parable of the ‘Good shepherd’ what a shepherd must do in order to show people who God really is. A Shepherd loves his sheep and wants to keep them safe from the influence of the world. He does this by being willing to die for his sheep.

John 10: 11, “I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep.”

John 10: 14&15, “I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them.”

What would happen if today’s church actually did what God commands? The story of the good shepherd shows the world that to be like God we must be willing to die for the sheep. What would happen if the Mega Churches started caring about the people who work for them like the good shepherd?

I am very proud of my son! He is a good man and a good father. He has given his life to the ministry of God. The people of the church know him and his family. They know that in a month, he and his wife will be welcoming a new baby boy into their family. His insurance will run out two weeks before the baby is suppose to be born. What does this say about churches? Should Mega Churches Run Their Business like A CORPORATION?

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