“The marketing of brands has become so sophisticated that they can replace religious institutions by giving people a sense of community, identity and self-expression, says a consumer psychologist. This is a cautionary tale for Christian leaders seeking to grow the church.”

Could those Tory Burch sandals be undermining your faith in God? Although most believers would adamantly deny it, recent studies indicate that they could well be.

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