"Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!" (John 2:16)

Here Jesus is speaking angrily to those who were selling goods within the boundary of the temple. Here is the text leading to his statement:
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (John 2:13-15)
He overturned tables and drove the animals outs. He was very upset. Why was Jesus so upset?

Consider how Jesus described the temple: "my Father's house".

There are three pertinent words here:

1) "my" is possessive. Why would Jesus be possessive concerning God? This is because Jesus enjoys a personal relationship with God. A loving relationship. Consider the use of "my" when someone says "my husband" or "my brother." The word "my" signifies a loving relationship that allows them to say "my." Otherwise, there is no ownership. Jesus does not own God any more than a wife does not own her husband or one brother owns another brother. But the use of "my" signifies a particular relationship: one of love.

2) "Father" signifies that God is an individual, separate from Jesus. "Father" also indicates a familial relationship, where one person (Father) created the other (Jesus). It also indicates dependency: A person looks to their father as a protector and guardian. This is how Jesus felt about God.

3) "House" indicates a dwelling place. A "house" is a place where someone lives. In other words, Jesus saw that God dwells in the temple. This does not mean that God only lives in the temple, because we know that Jesus and other prophets have described God as residing in heaven. So we know that God can expand Himself, and dwell within those places where He will accept worship. This does not depend upon a building. It depends upon devotion. God will dwell where ever He is worshipped with love and devotion. Once a loving servant of God asks God to come within a particular location to be worshipped, God will comply. This is because God enjoys exchanging loving relationships.

In other words, Jesus became so upset because they were abusing the house of God - with Whom Jesus had a loving relationship.

So we can see that Jesus was upset with people turning the location of loving worship to God into a market. Is this much different from what takes place at more ecclesiastical churches and temples around the world? We see so many bazaars and flea markets being hosted at churches. Churches have become the means of funding so many unrelated events today. Some sects of the ecclesiastical Christian world have billions of dollars of funding from so many events. To this we add the so many pleas by ecclesiastical evangelists who ask for money in so many tricky ways, to bring billions into their coffers. Why do they need so much money? Why is money such a central focus among these so-called religious leaders?

It is because they are all professional teachers. They are paid salaries for "teaching." This is offensive to God and Jesus. Jesus' example is clear. Teachers do not get paid. They do not earn salaries. If someone wants to donate to the teacher, that is their free choice. But there is never a salary set up. This taints the entire process with professionalism and greed. It has no part in the teachings of God and God's representative.

This does not mean that there are no expenses involved in distributing information. Yes, expenses have to be paid, and sometimes printing costs and building costs and microphone costs have to all be paid for. So donations and payments can be made for these things. This is not the same as profitability, however. Once a person takes a profit from passing down the teachings of Jesus and the prophets, those teachings are tainted, and have no value.

So how would a teacher of God be fed and have a roof over his or her head? Yes, donations can pay for this. A fund can be set up to house and feed the teacher, and pay his expenses related to teaching. This does not mean that the fund also pays for entertainment or other things unrelated to the activities of teaching. There is a line. What is the line? Anything used for the purposes of pleasing God can be paid for by donations. Anything used for the purposes of the personal enjoyment of the teacher or the teacher's family must be funded personally. It cannot come from donations from the teacher's students.

A relationship of loving service to God must maintain that position. In order to graduate from the self-centered people we are now to God's loving servants, we must be careful not to dishonor and disrespect the facilities that God has given us to advance spiritually by turning them into facilities for our personal enjoyment.


(The New International Version was used in the above Biblical quotes. Also consider the Gospels of Jesus for Jesus' statement above - from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)