The Gospel of Greed
How long are we going to be deceived by this ‘gospel of greed’ that is running amuck in the Body of Christ? I read recently about a preacher that bought a $15,000.00 dog, a $38,000.00 ring for himself and he was bragging that he was moving out of his 8,000 sq. foot house into a much bigger house, that he said Solomon would be proud of. I saw another well known preacher hold up his Bible in front of the congregation and the cameras and say, “It’s about money; don’t talk to me about peace, love and joy. You can’t have peace, love or joy without money! Then he said, “I don’t need your money, I’m loaded! I flew here on my own airplane!” This seems to be the latest fashion for these deluded prosperity preachers, to have their very own airplanes. They’ll tell you that Jesus was rich and he would have had his own airplane if he lived today! WOW! Which Jesus are they talking about? It sounds like another Jesus, don’t ya think?
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:4-7, “You seem to believe whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach about a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. But I don’t think I am inferior to these “super-apostles”. I may not be a trained speaker, but I know what I am talking about. I think you realize this by now, for we have proved it again and again. Did I do wrong when I humbled myself and honoured you by preaching God’s Good News to you without expecting anything in return?” New Living Translation (NLT)
This does not seem to line up with what we see in the pulpits today. C’mon folks, we need to wake up and get our “discerners” going here! It’s time to stop being fleeced by these “professional fund-raisers”! The preacher above said to the people, “I don’t need your money!” That’s because the sheep have financed his latest spending spree and now he is “loaded” (as he put it). When will this doctrine of demons come to an end? When will the sheep wake up and call these charlatans to accountability!
My wife and I have been faithful tithers since coming to know the Lord as our personal Saviour. We take joy in this! We are not going to be robbing God of what is rightly His. It says in Malachi 3:8, “Should people cheat God? Yet you cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat You? You cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple.” We strongly believe in tithes and offerings. Oh yeh!! I don’t want any curse on my house or on my family, do you?
As true as the above Scripture is about cheating God, many have taken this to the utmost degree of mutation and misinterpretation. So many people in the pews are so Bible illiterate, and I believe this is the reason that there is so much deception going on today. I watched an ‘Anthony Robbins’ seminar advertisement the other day, and I could not believe how close it looked to the latest crusade from a variety of today’s popular preachers. Did they go to the same school to learn these techniques how to hype people up? It looked just the same. The people had their hands in the air and the preacher or motivational speaker was prancing around in the same way as these other “super apostles”. God told us to come out and be separate, but it looks like we have misinterpreted that Scripture also to mean, ‘use every proven technique of the world to amass huge fortunes all in the name of Jesus’. I read the other day about a couple of preachers in the US who have just filed for divorce who own a 2.3 million dollar house, another home worth $680,000, a BMW, a Mercedes, a 3.5 million dollar condo in Donald Trumps tower in New York City and to top it all off, of course, their own private airplane, along with multitudes of expensive clothing and other toys. Now they are getting divorced and they have no intention of stepping down from their individual pulpits, in repentance. What gives? People say, “Don’t judge them!” WOW, there is a gross deception on the land and in His Body! Who will blow the shofar against this abomination that is spreading and growing at an alarming rate! I can’t take it any more! How about you?
This is the epitome of covetness and yet not many people seem to care! Is it because the hearts of the people long for the same things? Is it because secretly, they want exactly the same thing as these preachers desire, and God has turned them over to a deluding influence? “God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. They will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.” 2 Thess. 2:11-12.NLT (For more detailed info on this delusion, please go to www.flashfloods.com and buy the book, “The Mystery of Lawlessness” by Scott Holtz.)
There is a fog upon the Body of Christ that it looks like God has brought on! How else would there be so many people being sucked into the vortex of this deluding doctrine? Wake up! It’s time to arise and blow the shofar that the eyes of the sheep may by opened and these hucksters will come off their kingly thrones and go back to the carnivals where they belong! They can preach from a soapbox beside the ‘ferris wheel!’
Stay awake Warriors! The time is short and the man of lawlessness has been unleashed in our midst, even though he may choose to come as an “Angel of Light”! Being “Lovers of the Truth” is our only hope! Read and become familiar with the ‘Word of God’ as if your life depends on it, because it does!!
Blessings, Rob and Jody