There are several scriptures in the bible that make it pretty clear not to market the gospel like its business. The Orthodox Church in my opinion is the best example of not marketing. Although the orthodox along with the catholic church have other issues that are serious but not half as bad as trying to get rich from christs work. The 700 club is a perfect example of cashing in on christs death. Making a corporate image out of the church is very serious and the way they interpret the bible to make it seem like it is really Christs teachings they are rich. Most people have heard the t.v evangel asking for money on t.v.
The orthodox church teaches that no one is supposed to go around telling people the end is here it is the end of time. " Or " He is here " . . Evangels earn millions interpreting the book of revelations and writing their own books selling them on t.v. . There is a scriptural warning about interpreting the bible, also about going around saying "He is Here" or the "The end is Here". Marketing Gods Word is outrageously evil. I believe that is why the protistants changed the Bible Texts so much from the Greek and Roman church. The early Protistant Church or the King James original Version had the same canon as the Greek and Roman. It also included the infancy gospels in the back of the canon.
When christ went into the temple and started turning over the tables and destroying the market place they made in a temple. I often refer to this event when I think of our own body's being christs temple. So much of our life we are bombarded with messages from the markets. The carnality of the markets is a front line of the darkness and all that is against the church. The illusions of the markets tempt us daily.
Evangels have even marketed the bible and turned it into a corrupt doctrine for their profit. That is so wrong. To do this they had to disprove any authority so ofcourse the orthodox and catholic church is a huge target of their heresy. There are definately evils to all things mankind do. digging up all those evils is wicked in itself. We have to expose the truth. It is the Lords work to expose the truth. However not so we can take the Lords word from the traditional church and make a mass market for profit from the contents . That is so sacrilage and arrogant that I think it rubs off on most of protistant society. In fact it hands them over to the markets to make merchandise out of their hearts and minds and to the destrution of their flesh and the life of their flesh.
John 2:14-16 (New King James Version)
14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”
2 Corinthians 2:17 (King James Version)
17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
17 At least we do not adulterate the word of God, as so many do, but it is in all purity, as envoys of God and in God's presence, that we speak in Christ.
Proverbs 23:23 (King James Version)
23Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
vs 4 in this passage explains that our weapons are not carnal. We do not war after the flesh. The markets and media is a carnal weapon. Business people use the markets to war. My opinion is this scripture is one example of the gospels authority having nothing to do with using the markets such as evangels. This whole passage is on regards to the apostles authority if you read it closely .
2 Corinthians 10
1Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
2But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
8For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
14For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
15Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
16To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
17But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.