The simple truth is that such accumulation of earthly power is ruinous because it takes the eyes of good Christians “off the prize”. Perhaps you wonder what gives me the right to say what is good or bad for Christianity when so many religious leaders would disagree. Because Christianity is the religious faith of another guy named Stephen who told the same thing to religious leaders overly concerned with their earthly privileges: Because Christianity is the faith of Jesus, who cleared out the temple of money-changers. Because Christianity is the faith where a voice said to Peter, “Do not call unclean what I have made clean”. Because Christianity is the faith where one man hammered 99 complaints on a door when the power of the church had lead it astray.
That’s my friend Steven Maloney over at Cows and Graveyards.