|●On Sunday 21/Jan/2007 I took the opportunity to
attend a particular church recommended to me (as
biblical) and the following observations were
As I entered the main hall foyer area I was
superficially greeted by a man on the door. I was 30min
early yet while I was waiting for the service to start
not a single person spoke to me or greeted me in any
way, I guess I didn't look (cool) the part.
There was an ATM in the foyer area as well as a shop for
purchasing a wide/broad range of books and literature,
some which no doubt promoted their own cause for a price
On entering the main hall I was faced by 'five' large
screens which were pumping out rock music and commercial
adverts. I thought I entered a rock n' roll concert or
The service was initiated with about 30min of rock n'
roll with the people mumbling the words, things were
This was followed with a message by someone who was not
the pastor of the church. He was congratulating the
church for its recognition of musical achievements and
assorted activities by magazines and various organisations of the world, along with a host of other
irrelevant churched matters and happenings.
The pastor took the communion and his belief was that
communion was for the purpose of connecting with God
(sounds a little RC). While the pastor gave his preamble
I noticed a female in front of me irreverently dipping
her bread into the wine and nibbling on it......click.
The tithe was taken up at this stage, there was no
message yet. I think the idea here was to get the tithe
before people started to wander. Later on you could see
people trickling out of the door due to boredom I guess.
Joyce Meyer was referenced at this point as if she was
some sort of a god/goddess, the praises of her were
seemingly endless. She appears to be the pastoral
standard (God help us) for these type of churches, after all she is a multi-millionaire.
The pastor finally spoke and gave a message on
'fruitful christianity' while managing very
skillfully not to offend anyone at anytime during his
speech, especially with that bible word, hell. The word
'hell' must be a no - no in this church. While
the pastor spoke (supposedly under the anointing)
people were chatting away gladly with one another. The
overall message was out of text, distorted and
The pastor said of the parable of 'the man and his
talents', that the rich get richer and the poor get
poorer. What he meant by that is anyone's guess.
You can be assured money was at the root, with a Mrs.
Meyer (amplified bible) prosperity,
paraphrase, mixed in for good measure, all because
'God is Love'.
This pastor spoke also about degrees of salvation, such
as....if you lived a fruitful - christian - life you
will be received by God as a "good and faithful
servant". If you did not produce the fruits of
the spirit, you would still be saved but you would only
"just scrape in" i.e., your name was on the
bottom of the list in the Lambs Book of Life. The
whole message smelt of Joyce Meyer......click
And finally, the straw that broke the camel's back was,
when they had prayer time people were on walkabout and
heading for the door with not the slightest respect for
almighty God or that he was even there. I don't believe
he was, so this accounts for the walkabout event.....Revelation
This church was Citipointe Church/COC Mansfield. I didn't realise
this was a pentecostal church (as they call them)
but I am glad I went, because I have now experienced for
myself, first hand, the ways of this religion of men and
women. A true exercise in Laodecian Life.
I must say that this church is far away from the
teaching of 'the Jesus' of the holy bible. And
what Pastor Paul Sheehan has said about this type of
church over the years is accurate and truthful down to
the last detail....Ephesians 4:21.
● I saw it all with my own eyes (signs and
Brother Brennan Finighan
Luke 12:56, John 7:17
PS.. The first time I had ever heard of Pastor Paul
Sheehan/JTCM was when I was working on a computer (I
work in the 'IT' sphere), three floors up on a
Brisbane City Block and I heard him preaching on the
street below. So I went to the man after I had finished
my job, partook of his message and have been supporting
his ministry ever since......click.