Good wrap-up to our posts on the Crusades.
I’ve been contemplating adding my little voice to the reactions concerning the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. After reading this sister’s eyewitness account from within the theater, I bow to her words. She has interpreted well.
Grace & Peace in Jesus,
July 22 – a note of explanation
I’ve tried to leave this post just as it was originally written because it was a heartfelt response after a very traumatic experience. But I’m sometimes clumsy with words and even when I think I am writing clearly, there is always the reader who doesn’t know my heart or doesn’t hear the words the way they were intended.
I feel as though a few people have taken what I said and twisted it. When I wrote my post on Friday, I had a grand total of eleven blog followers. Yes, eleven. I generally post on facebook and have had a loyal little group of readers that numbered thirty or so. That is who I generally write for. People who know me know that I dislike talking on the telephone. I’d pretty much rather clean a toilet than spend time on the phone. I…
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One of the most popular teachings (under the Christian banner) in the world right now is that God wants you to be rich and healthy.
Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer. You know them.
T.D. Jakes, Jesse Duplantis, Brian Houston of Hillsong. You’ve even liked them.
From Africa to Atlanta to Australia, there is no shortage of preachers willing to tell you that God wants you filthy rich – and to just give a “seed” offering to the ministry so that God can bless you with wealth.
I can hardly think of a more blasphemous, hypocritical teaching. Jesus was poor, His followers were despised and martyred, His people around the earth today are in desperate need every hour, but these snake-oil salesmen would have us believe that’s all just a lack of faith or an illusion we can overcome.
The idea is that God became flesh in order to fulfill all your dreams of personal accomplishment. We’re kingdom people, right?
Right. But what is the kingdom right now? Is it absolute victory over the effects of sin in the world? If you’re listening to voices like T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, or watching TBN, then you probably believe that God is interested in filling your bank account and self-esteem meter to the max.
But what does it mean to be a Christian? It means following Christ in good times and bad… and if you’re following Him faithfully, it’ll probably turn bad in this life.
Yet watch here as T.D. Jakes tells us that if we will just give him our money, that then God will fill our lives with everything we want (quid pro quo/buy your miracle):
Is that Christianity, or is it Christian hypocrisy?
I’d like T.D. Jakes to take Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn over to North Korea to tell the tens of thousands of Christ’s sheep and their families who are locked up in prison camps being starved to death for their faith in Christ that they just don’t have enough faith to be rich and healthy like them.
As a matter of fact, so much has been written on this subject that I feel no need to go much further in my analysis. In interpreting this cosmos, I see an horrific barrier to true faith in Christ and true spiritual health, and it is the pervasiveness of these lies which are rooted in the love of money… and we know about the love of money, right?
1 Timothy 6:6-10
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (NKJV)
How much clearer could it be? You may become rich in this life – but it is for God’s glory and the good of others before yourself… But in a nation built on the pursuit of happiness, is it any wonder these ear-ticklers have gained the platform and deceived the lustful people?
Here are some tremendous resources to learn about this love of money heresy which makes Christ look like a fool:
John Piper hits it out of the park as usual.
T.D. Jakes articles to clarify his spiritual pedigree.
C3 Church Watch which documents the doings of heretic Phil Pringle and his prosperity wealth message.
Apprising Ministries wants to keep you aware of the multitude of spiritual dangers out there.
Let Us Reason handles the truth about Pastor Creflo Dollar.
The Christian Post article about TBN’s recent financial scandals.
And we could go on and on… be content with what you have – Jesus promised two things to His people: eternal life in the forgiveness of sins, and trouble/suffering/persecution/sorrows in this life.
Think about it.
Thanks for reading,
A Clip from “A Call to Discernment” for your protection from this tremendously dangerous and pervasive teaching:
More to come soon…
If he is right, about 90% of Americans are enemies of their nation. Food for thought on this July 4th.
Some say she’s the best country in the world.
Some hate her with a passion.
Many have benefited from her.
Many have died for her freedoms and way of life.
The Founders envisioned great things for her.
The Pilgrims even greater things.
Many have lost track of those ideals.
Many have taken advantage of her.
Some love her enough to tell the truth about her future.
Some say she’s bound for a terrible downfall.
Through the lens of the Scriptures, I see her becoming a footnote of tragic human depravity and wasted blessings. Through the lens of the Scriptures, I call her in the Name of Jesus Christ to repent of her sins and return to the foundations of her liberties…
What better birthday wish could I offer to the greatest country on earth? Come back to your roots, to the Root of all blessings, to the Creator and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
I love you, United States of America. My prayers and best birthday wishes for you! Happy 236th!!!