Here's a new one to hash over. Fundraisers! I have just begun serving as pastor of an SBC church. The youth group attempted to take orders from the congregation for donuts (from a very popular donut maker with the initials KK.) Before the service a older man (that had been a deacon at another church but is not a deacon in our church) was greeting people before they could even get to the front door by informing them that the youth director had violated scripture by turning the Lord's house into a house of merchandise. I have already dealt with the fact that the youth director had not gained permission to hold the particular fundraiser. I have already dealt with the elderly man for complaining and bad mouthing the church and the youth director to worshipers rather than speaking with the leadership of the church or with the youth director personally. The question is this: Is any form of fund raising (other than tithes and offerings) equal to the merchants and money changers that Jesus expelled from the temple in Jerusalem?