The majority may not always be right. I believe that the writers of the United States constitution knew this fact. There are religions that believe that they represent the truth of God; and they point to the number of people in their religion to prove that God is on their side. They believe that might is right; and with God on their side, continue to harvest members.
Many religions struggle how to bring people in their churches. Many believe that God will bring people into their churches. Some force their religion on others. Examples include conquering of nations in the past, and converting these people by force. Their justification would be that they are helping people see the truth.
In the Heaven’s Truth Religion (Tenrikyo), the terms fertilize, and weeding are terms used when talking about increasing membership to a religion. These terms were familiar to the agricultural society where our religion was founded. As we know, fertilizer and weeding increases the harvest of a crop. The farmer must work hard in obtaining a good crop. This requires water in addition to weeding and fertilizer. This hard work is also required in obtaining church member. We must work diligently. We must weed and fertilize in order to bring people into the church. I will explain.
The term fertilizer is sometimes used in reference to our special prayer. This prayer is called the Joyous Service. We ask God to help eliminate evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from the minds of others with this prayer. God brings people into our lives with this prayer, thus indirectly increasing church membership. But the fertilizer (Joyous Service) does not work automatically. For the prayer to be effective, our minds must be pure of evil. That is why we must continually eliminate greed and arrogance from our mind. This is the weeding of our minds. We must have true sincerity before God accepts our special prayer.
For those churches that are having a difficult time increasing membership, weeding and fertilizing may be in order. Sweep evil from your hearts first, and then pray that God helps others to eliminate greed and arrogance. Weed and fertilize and a rich harvest will become eminent.