A Pastor’s Take on the LIFE Business
Dave Marriott, lead pastor at Lakewood Baptist Church in Wisconsin, has written an article entitled The Threat of Team and the Life Business: A Warning to Fellow-Shepherds on the conservative Christian website Religious Affections.
Marriott writes that a family in his congregation was involved with TEAM and the LIFE Business. Over the course of a year and a half, Marriott and the family identiﬁed what they believed “are the chief dangers that TEAM poses to Christians and their local churches.” The post covers five reasons why Christians should be wary of TEAM/LIFE, including:
- The Team is Not Christ-Centered in its Approach to Life.
- The Team Tends to “Peddle” the Gospel.
- Team Tends to Detract from the Local Church.
- Team Tends to Place Unbiblical Expectations upon Christian Families.
- Team Inadvertently functions through the lens of retribution theology.
Read Marriott’s lengthy post for more details.
This blog has deliberately steered away from actively discussing the role of religion in multi-level marketing businesses such as TEAM/LIFE. Religion is a polarizing topic for many, and discussions that devolve into religious wars (i.e. Christianity is great! No, Christianity is bad!) are unnecessary and unproductive.
For those of you who believe, I suggest you go to Marriott’s post and participate in a two-way dialogue with the Lakewood Baptist Church pastor. Those who are of a different religious or spiritual mindset are encouraged to stay here and discuss the many other reasons why TEAM/LIFE is a bad business opportunity.
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