Many people who have “fallen away” from the truth boast of their possessions, their cars, houses, etc. They say the apostles had money, lots of money. They use Paul himself to justify their extravagance, yet Paul says otherwise:
“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labour, working with out own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the off scouring of all things unto this day.” (1 Corinthians 4:9-13)
False teachers today try to demand God to jump and obey their every wish as a puppet on strings or a witch doctor's formula.
This shows quite a contrast between the teachings of some televangelists who claim to be apostles and prophets, and the real ones. Some of today’s fakes teach a man-centered theology instead of a God-centered one. They are boastful, haughty and proud of their ministry achievements, which are characteristics that should be absent from a true humble servant of the Lord. The following is a quote from a very famous televangelist when responding to people who were asking him to justify his interpretations of Scripture:
“To hell with you! Get out of my life! Get out of the way!.. I say get out of God’s way! Quit blocking God’s bridges, or God’s going to shoot you if I don’t… I don’t even want to talk to you or hear you! I don’t want to see your ugly face!” That is definitely not the attitude or spirit that real apostles would use.
False teachers today try to demand God to jump and obey their every wish as a puppet on strings or a witch doctor’s formula. The Bible’s teachings for a child of God are quite the opposite: “…if we ask anything according to His will, he heareth us (1 John 5:14).
The Bible tells us that God called Job “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” According to the Scriptures, Job had great faith, but heretics try to tear down Job’s attitude and faith, so they can justify their depravity. The Holy Scriptures tell us the righteous suffer for different reasons: some for a “test of faith,” some for the “chastening of the Lord,” others for “the glory of God,” but all according to the sovereignty of the Lord to develop us into His likeness. Paul and many others throughout the Scriptures suffered both persecution and sickness. God neither delivered them from imprisonment of infirmity. Yet, they continued to give God all the glory, recognizing Jesus was Lord. They submitted themselves to the sovereignty and will of the Father as their example, Jesus Christ, did.
2 Peter 2:13-22 gives an exact picture of the “Cultic Faith Preacher.” This group of vogue participants led by rogue individuals and spirits has completely redefined essential precious Christian doctrine.
“They will be paid back with the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed – an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam, Son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrong-doing by a donkey – a beast without speech - who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worst off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: ‘A dog returns to it vomit,’ ‘A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.’
James Bakker, a famous ex-televangelist prosperity teacher was arrested in 1989 and convicted of 24 counts of fraud. Now, he confesses that the prosperity gospel is a lie:
“I spent months reading every word Jesus spoke. I wrote them out over and over, and I read them over and over again. There is no way, if you take the whole counsel of God’s Word, that you can equate riches or material things as a sign of God’s blessing…I have asked God to forgive me…for preaching earthly prosperity…It’s time the call from the pulpit be changed from ‘Who wants a life of pleasure and good things, new homes, cars, material possessions, etc.”” to ‘Who will come forward to accept Jesus Christ and the fellowship of his suffering?’…We love to read about God’s honor roll of faith in Hebrews 11, the great faith chapter. But many stop reading at verse 35. Let me give you the last part of this great faith chapter from the Living Bible.
“But others trusted God and were beaten to death, preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free-trusting that they would rise to a better life afterwards. Some were laughed at and their backs cut open with whips, and others were chained in dungeons. Some died by stoning and some by being sawed in two; others were promised freedom if they would renounce their faith, then were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of sheep and goats, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in dens and caves; they were hungry and sick and ill-treated—too good for this world. And these men of faith, though they trusted God and won His approval, none of them received all that God has promised them; for God wanted them to wait and share the even better rewards that were prepared for us”
What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
If, by some miracle, I was transported back seven years to P.T.L…, I would plead with people to get, and keep their eyes off the physical and onto Jesus Christ and things eternal. It is time for sackcloth and ashes – it is time to do what God says…Let me leave you with the words of Jesus found in Mark 8:36-27: “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Keep your eyes on the prize!—on Heaven, on Christ, on things above. “For it has not entered the hearts of men, the things God has prepared for them that love Him.” We thank the Lord for James Bakker’s confession and hope others will find the truth and repent.
We are all living in a world that reeks under the effects of the original fall and man’s ever-increasing sins. It is not only preposterous but a total miscarriage of scriptural interpretation even to imply that the effects of Adam’s rebellion were recovered when Christ atoned for our sins through His taking our judgment, as long as we now follow God through the Holy Scriptures. The truth is not only intuitively existent but also theologically and doctrinally explicit. The only way one can accept this utter disfiguration and castration of Scripture that “Faith Prosperity Preachers” merchandise and hawk, is to serve the same god of materialism as they do. Then a spirit of deception will blind commonsense, and one can believe their fallacious fables.
The Bible teaches in Romans 8:21-25 that all of the human race is subject to disease and decay as we (believers) wait for the redemption of our bodies. (Paul continues in 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 54, to expound on our finite bodies that are subject to illness and death.) Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the “devices” and “wiles” (2 Corinthians 2:11 and Ephesians 6:11) Satan. He responded by rebuking the “tempter” in Matthew 4:7: “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
False teachers today are still trying the same “devices” and “wiles,” the same methods to dilute the meaning of Scripture so man can serve himself, thus being separated from God. The devil’s ways of trickery have never changed: “And the serpent said unto the woman, 'Ye shall not surely die' ” (Genesis 3:4). The master of deceit is always trying to create within each one of us a spirit of unbelief so we believe a lie, rebelling against the truth and eternal life. The enemy of our souls follows up his insidious attack by challenging God’s motives and sovereignty: “For God doth know that in the day ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Remember, hearing that line before: “We are all little gods”? Lucifer, always appearing angelic with a tongue of poison, continues to tempt one to become his own “little god” by twisting the Scriptures and appealing to one’s vanity.
Yes, we still live in an imperfect world with all its causes and effects, until Jesus returns and makes a “new heaven and a new earth.” We still have to work, weed the garden, mown the lawn, buy food, and bandage our cuts. We still have pain in child delivery, accidents, disease, property, and death. Yet through it all, God has promised us, He will sustain us. The righteous still suffer from the effects of sin and persecution. There is the blessed hope of the resurrection of the dead, glorified bodies, a new perfect world and eternal life. The promise of the Lord is that “He will never leave us nor forsake us,” and “if we ask never anything according to His will, it shall be done.” The Word of God strictly followed - not avoided - is the way to overcome the “roaring lion.” Jesus promised to meet our needs (not our greed). Therefore we need to submit and commit all of out petitions to the Father through Jesus according to His will and sovereignty.
Note: There are some genuine “men of God” who at times make, teach or preach a wrong view out of ignorance with a pure heart. This is totally different than the person preaching from a wrong heart, spirit and / or motive. But each type of person can lead one astray.
Saints be careful! False teachers abound with their erroneous doctrines, teaching people to follow the ‘lusts of this world’. *All Scriptures are quoted from the King James Version, unless other wise noted.
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