We have a sanctuary that sits 200 people. But the church grew to 300 and we needed a new building. We got a new building that sits 800 people but this building is not a sanctuary. It is a gymnasium with a banquet room that sits 400, a nursery and 12 rooms to teach students. People have criticized us for putting the community first instead of the Lord (in our building mission). We have to set up chairs every Sunday and take them down in the gym after service. It is a lot of work. During basketball tournaments, we pray before and give the audience a short sermon during half time. It is how we fish in the community. Our church has grown to 550 now. During an elder meeting the head elder suggested to go on faith and build a bigger sanctuary. Another elder said that we do not have enough people to pay for another building. The head elder stated that he did not need to consider anything else, that we were called to have faith in God and that he knew God will provide the people and because of that, we did not need to hear any dissenting opinion that shocked the faith of God’s people. I interrupted the conversation saying this:
Proverbs 18:13 states that we should not go north until we have given a chance (to talk) for everyone that believes we should go south or east or west. It states we should not say “Guilty” until we have finished hearing the defense. And because of that, I refuse to go and buy a new building until I have heard everyone that is against it first. Additionally, it is written, we should not commit to build a building until first we count the cost and make sure we have enough to make the payments. (Luke 14:28-30). After that, the head elder was not the same. It reminded me of a head counselor to David, Ahithophel.
2 Sam 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
After that event he started spreading rumors that our Pastor was a racist (our Pastor was white and he was black) and about 25 people left the church. On the last day before he left, the elders met to discuss the matter. The head elder explained the way he saw things (with two other elders with him, the two others were white). And all the elders voted. The two that came with him voted with the head elder. All the other elders voted one by one against the accusation that our Pastor was a racist (our Church is 80 % minorities). I was the last one to vote. When the Pastor asked me for my opinion, knowing that the head elder stated he was going to leave if the Pastor stayed, I turned my head toward the head elder and said:
“What you are about to do, do it quickly”. His facial expression let me know he got the point, he understood Jesus said the same thing to Judas when he was betrayed.
John 13:27 And after the supper Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
We never saw him again in our Church.
Let me expand on the betrayal of Jesus:
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
Jesus prophesied what was going to happen to the betrayer. He also stated that his ability to predict the future is a token of divinity (verse 19). See also Isa 41:23. But he is quoting from a Psalm of David:
Ps 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
The two close friends of David that betrayed him were his son Absalom and his Prime Minister Ahithophel and both died hanging from a tree. Jesus did not explain that in John 13, that information is for those that know his word.