Most pastor-driven churches in America have fundamental flaws.
From 1997 till 2000 we attended a Southern Baptist-leaning megachurch in Colorado Springs, Woodmen Valley Chapel (WVC). From 2001 till 2008 we attended a charismatic church in Olathe, KS, Church of the Harvest (COH).Whenever I remember these two churches, I have a sense of having been swindled. A racket.
Although they were quite apart in theology and denominations, here are lies we experienced; some in WVC, others in COH. I am certain that if you show this list to someone in the leadership, they will strenuously object. But although they may even teach the opposite, what they actually practice is the key.
Lies1) Trust us to interpret God's Word (the Bible) correctly. If you see anything we do or teach that contradicts what the Bible teaches, trust our explanation instead.
2) Submit to your church leaders and obey them even when what they command is different from what the Bible commands.
3) The senior pastor is "God's man on earth". The senior pastor is the head of the church.
4) Only some believers (like the pastor and leaders) are anointed.
5) If the pastor prays for you, you have a better chance for your prayers to be heard by God, and for your requests to be granted.
6) You must give at least 10% of your income to the church. When you give to the church, you are giving to God.
7) Trust us with the finances. Do not ask us for the details. They are burdensome for you. Auditors have seen the details and certified them.
8) summary: When you give to us, you are giving to God; when you obey us, you are submitting to God. When you serve us, you are serving God.