04 Nov Lighthouse Church of All Nations gives away $1000 in cash prizes fill pews every Sunday
“At each of the three Sunday services, the Rev. Dan Willis of the Lighthouse Church of All Nations, in Alsip, IL. Pulls a number of one seat from a bag and the worshiper in that seat wins a cash prize. Two of the churchgoers win $250 and the third gets $500. The church gives away $1,000 each Sunday, Willis said.
Willis concedes the cash prize is a gimmick to fill the pews.”
This is wrong in so many ways to me, the Spirit in me was grieved when I read this, but I guess when you run church as a for profit business, spending a $1000 on marketing, gaining you $10,000 in new income (tithes) that’s good business. I cannot help but think of the verse Matthew 21:13
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.
Pastor Willis claims he’s doing it to help people pay bills, but this is not the way to do it, he needs to read Acts chapter 2, the body, church should be taking care of the needs of the body, helping each other, taking care of the poor. That’s to say there’s God’s way, and the way of the gospel. But then there is the way of the flesh, a gimmick for profit, turning God’s house in to a circus act of gimmicks, and / or a for profit business which is what Jesus was attacking in Matt 21:13.
That’s my first impression anyway, could be wrong, but just don’t like the sound of it, it’s not the gospel of Christ.
Read the full story By Lolly Bowean Tribune reporter here.