Before we come to Dundalk let us recap. Hassan Boyle was involved with Victory Church, then at Westland Row, Dublin 2 and was part of an organisation founded by Brendan Hade. Then we had the Sheridans in Tuam and Kevin Sanford in Galway with Abundant Life as part of a mini Association of Evangelicals. Each of these churches were based on a philosophy of greed which in strictly biblical terms would be called Satanic. Luciferean in that the philosophy of this worldview would be based on the self. Becoming rich and seeing the whole revelation of God directed towards wealth and living a lifestyle of success. Even though this whole project which until the collapse seemed as obvious as did the property speculation of Pre Crash Ireland. First it was Tuam and the collapse of this heavy tithing and fantastic lifestyle came crashing down.
Everywhere there were victims. Financial victims, marriage breakdown and a pattern of not including the unbelieving spouses in the scheme of things. A lot of the women in these groups had affairs with the Church. What is meant here is not literal adultery but the fact that married women acted as if single and totally neglected their spouses who were not members.
Then we had the flight of Kevin Sanford to San Diego and we asked the question which again we will ask here what is the teaching of Jesus on the subject of wealth?
Next we found out that Thomas Cooney knew that his brother in law Hassan Boyle was involved in major breaches of sexual ethics. What did he do? He set off for Galway and on each occasion he looked like a vulture capitalist picking up distressed assets and the souls of those fleeced for the sake of mammon.
When Sanford departed he along with Brendan Hade picked up Abundant Life. But then the whole empire in Firhouse came crashing down. In other words would you buy a second hand car from these guys? Finally the moral collapse of Hassan Boyle and the taps financing his rents were turned off. He has done a runner. Now Thomas Cooney returns to reinvent the wheel. Before you go to this meeting to the worship of maleness and money consider what Jesus wrote:
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Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[f]
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”
24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[g] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
May I suggest that focusing on wealth and trying to make a nest egg on earth means you have already lost your nest egg in heaven.
The good news is directed to the poor, it involves debt forgiveness and has an orientation towards a totally different direction than that being offered by those who think that the problem is not wealth but the manner Hade, Boyle and others went about it. Terry claims to have the true insight into this. Note the temptation to follow this. Not by male strength but by my spirit. Neither Male or Female.