Firstly I would say that I made no such accusation. I said that I got the impression (rightly or wrongly) that helping the church was being used as justification fo wanting to 'build an empire'. Ok, so that impression may have been in error. It certainly was not an accusation. As for the private PM. Yes, I could have taken that route. Maybe I should have. On this we have to disagree. While God retains overall sovereignty as is his right as Creator, Satan is the god of this world. You quote many scriptures, but the fact remains that Jesus called the Devil the ruler of this world, Paul calls him the god of this world, and John says that the whole world is in his power. If God is the controller of this world then He too sees the suffering, death and disease of this world but chooses to do nothing about it, although He could stop it. Is He deaf to the cries of women and children in Gaza burned by the white phosphorous bombs? Is He blind to the millions of starving children? Does He not care about the wars, the disease, the starvation of millions of His creatures? Of course He cares, and will stop it, but at the moment Satan has the control of this earth by God's permission. To think otherwise one would be forced to accept that God is cruel beyond measure. Or that God takes sides in conflicts. Not the sort of God that I would want to worship.