Have My people no spiritual discernment? Are my deceived saints content to be spiritual infants forever, sucking at the tainted teats of wolves in sheep’s clothing who fleece them and bleed them for all they’ve got?
Conditioned from birth to stare at a screen and be a spectator, people regard “church” as a ninety-minute SHOW put on by a clever speaker who beguiles them with “gold nuggets out of My Word”. But most of what I hear out of modern “prosperity pulpits” is just TRASH! Very little scripture is quoted, and even that is yanked out of context to twist and deceive. Only what fits in with the speaker’s pre-programmed “service” (these deceivers serve THEMSELVES, not Me) is excised from My Word to say what it really doesn’t say, so as to brainwash My elect and maximize profits for the preacher.
When some bold, courageous saint presents one of these “men of god” with the truth and the falsehood of what they’re preaching, preachers play the SUBMISSION CARD to silence critics and continue to rake in the cash. Needless guilt is dumped on Christians heads when preachers say: IF YOU LOVE JESUS YOU’LL SUBMIT TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE RULE OVER YOU AND DO IT ANYWAY! Well, what criteria do these deceivers use to persuade their listeners that they really ARE rulers in My house and worthy of UNCONDITIONAL honor and obedience? Is it their long string of degrees from some alleged Bible College? Is it the fancy suit they wear, or their tall, swaggering presence behind that wooden coffin they call a pulpit?
“You’re in REBELLION!” these fire-breathing dragons proclaim to true seeker of truth. “SHUT UP AND SUBMIT!” And to them, “submission” means obeying without question any zany, foolhardy, dangerous doctrine these preachers peddle from their pulpits for cash.
“LOSE YOURSELVES IN THE FLOW OF GOD’S LOVE!” these preachers command the audience bowing at their feet. These smiley-faced crooks KNOW they don’t have one iota of My love operating in their hearts or in their lives. When was the last time they proved their love to YOU with concrete action when you were faced with a desperate need? Form letters with a promise to “pray for you” are cheap, slick and easy. Has any one of these men (or women) EVER sent you one nickel to help out when you were faced with a big fat medical bill or an emergency you couldn’t meet with your own meager resources? And yet they’re forever letting you know their so-called “ministry” will sink like a stone if you don’t cough up the cash to bail THEM out!
“GIVE TILL IT HURTS OR YOU DON’T LOVE JESUS ENOUGH!” they inform some poor mother struggling to feed her hungry children who have no dad to provide for them. The dirtiest weapon in their arsenal is to question your love for Me if you don’t give them what they want.
“DON’T THINK, JUST DO IT!” the preacher yells, as trembling, hesitating hands reach down for countless wallets and purses. “FAITH IS A DOING WORD! FAITH TAKES RISKS! YOU CAN’T OUTGIVE GOD!” That’s right, just LEAP INTO THE ARMS OF GOD BY FAITH and Almighty God will bear you up on Eagles’ Wings to keep you from crashing on the rocks below!”
Sounds more like satan to Me, the way he tempted Christ in the Wilderness to persuade Him to do something stupid and jump off the top of the Temple. That’s just man’s attempt to be the puppetmaster pulling the strings. A Christian does something risky and dumb just to “prove God” and FORCE THE LORD to rush in to save him and MULTIPLY BACK the money he forked over to those ferocious sharks. Well, it doesn’t work that way. I can have compassion on the weak and the ignorant (Heb.5:2). Baby Christians sometimes do crazy things they regret afterward, even if the mistake was made out of love toward Me. But what I WILL NOT tolerate is WILLFULLY ignoring the truth and playing Russian Roulette with the rent money in the so-called house of god in the Holy Name of Jesus, just to get something out of Me! I am tired of being treated like a slot machine!
My people, how have I failed you, that you rush to these so-called “men of god” for help whenever some emergency strikes? The fact that you’re reading this now is proof enough that I have been faithful to sustain your life for many years. If you dropped dead tomorrow that preacher wouldn’t give you a second thought because there’s many millions more like you to replace you.
That faraway “evangelist” or “prophet” has no real relationship with you. In most cases, you’re just a coded entry in his computerized donor pool. He never even reads your letter or email, much less gives you a passing thought. His office slaves do this for him and record your gifts and “vows of faith”. By the way, My Son discouraged people from “making pledges”. Jesus said “Swear not at all” (Matt.5:34). The early apostles did NOT teach the making of “vows of faith”. Paul did make one vow, but it was to the Jewish Temple, and made at a stage in His life before he fully realized that he was free from the Old Law (Acts 20:22; 21:23-25).
Paul felt BOUND in the spirit, not liberated, as a result of making a vow which made him need to go to Jerusalem (Acts 20:22). Jerusalem was the focal point of the Jews’ religious activities, and continued to be so for Christian Jews who were still steeped in legalism. This, despite the fact Christ had told the Samaritan woman that the day would come when the PLACE you worshipped God would no longer matter (John 4: 21-23). My people are STILL rushing from place to place to hop on the bandwagon of the latest anointing craze, from coast to coast. And in the process, they’re losing sight of who they truly are in Christ.
Paul was pressured by LEGALISTIC JEWISH BRETHREN to continue to keep the Old Law (which included the making of vows). They did NOT teach Gentile converts to Christ to keep the old Jewish customs (Acts 21:25). Going through the vow ritual involved animal sacrifice and head-shaving. Paul was a Christian when he took a vow and shaved his head (Acts 18:18). The Jewish legalists urged Paul to take four men with him who also had a vow on them, and they also would shave their heads ((Acts 21:24). Through this they were to show others that they “walked orderly and kept the Law” like all good Jews should.
All this amounted to a COMPROMISE with the Jewish brethren. If they would allow Gentile believers to be free from the Law, Jewish converts would continue to keep it. All this took place before Paul received the full revelation of how Christ abolished the Old Covenant and was Himself the fulfillment of all the old rituals. The book of Hebrews, written decades after the events of the Book of Acts, warns Jewish converts to Christ not to get entangled back in the Law of Moses.
Hannah and her husband didn’t just take little Samuel back to the house of the Lord to fulfill her vow. They also took three bullocks to sacrifice, along with some flour and wine (I Sam.1:24).
So if any preacher tries to get you to “make a vow”, ask him where you’re supposed to burn your beasts and see the shock on his face!
Preachers yank Old Testament verses out of correct context to build a shaky case that vowing unto the Lord is a commandment to the Church.
Psalms 50:14: Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Deut.23:21: When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.
23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
This passages come from the OLD COVENANT, that period in Israel’s history BEFORE THE CROSS OF CHRIST ABOLISHED IT (2 Cor.3:13; Eph.2:15).
Failure to perform your vow is sin and carries the penalty of broken Law. Preachers ignore verse 22 which teaches that My people are NOT obligated to make a vow unto the Lord. Nor does this verse state that I won’t bless them unless they do so. Preachers use Psalms 50:14 to prove that they must PAY Me for My deliverance out of trouble. They remind their listeners that Hannah didn’t get Samuel till she FIRST vowed a vow unto the Lord (I Sam.1:11).
Preachers neglect to tell you there is a gigantic difference between your covenant and the Old Covenant. As precious as they were (and still are) to Me, Old Testament saints had not yet been spiritually born again because Christ had not yet come to redeem them from their sins and regenerate them to newness of life. They approached Me on a different basis than you do. They were not spiritually united to Christ. They couldn’t come boldly into My presence, but could only approach Me through a human mediator, the high priest of their day. Now you can come BOLDLY into My very own Holy Presence through your ONE AND ONLY eternally-living High Priest Jesus Christ (Heb.4:16), for He and I are one and the same. He who has seen the Son has also seen the Father (John 10:30; 14:9). Old Testament saints did not have this blessing: YOU ARE ONE SPIRIT WITH CHRIST THE LORD! (I Cor.6:17).
Because Christ has cleansed you from sin and made you one with Himself, I love you just as much as I love Jesus! What other “condition” do you need to fulfill in order to gain My approval and blessing, which you ALREADY have in Him? I have ALREADY BLESSED YOU with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. What’s more, as My dear children, I have ALREADY gifted you with ALL things which pertain to life and godliness, including having ALL your needs met in Him (Eph.1:3; 2 Pet.1:3; Phil.4:19). What more can you possibly want? What can these snake in the grass pulpit thieves and swindlers and money-hungry, conniving, word-twisting liars give you than I have already PROVIDED in your blessed Redeemer Christ Jesus?
So why all the frantic traveling to and fro, running after some alleged anointing the latest Christian magician of the day is trying to sell to deceived believers far and wide? Why are thousands lined up on podiums seeking one drop of tainted water from some money-hungry slick trick charlatan, while they have deep within them an untapped RIVER OF LIVING WATER (John 7:38)?
Christians have been WRONGLY taught, ever so subtly, that only “pulpit Christians” have the right to minister, and only the men up front “have the anointing”. So everybody else just sits in a pew and watches the show till the preacher runs out of words, and then the Lord can do His part during the five-minute “altar call”. HOGWASH!
John the Baptist said: Christ must increase but I must DECREASE! (John 3:30). Today’s preachers operate on this premise: I must build my own ministry and the Lord gets his time slot when I get done talking. But I, the LORD, have a long history of interrupting sermons to heal people and baptize them in My Holy Spirit. Yet SPONTANEOUS blessings from heaven are heavily discouraged today because it’s allegedly “out of order”.
Isa.65:24: And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Acts 2:2-4: And SUDDENLY (apparently this wasn’t on the program) there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 10:44: While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 11:15: And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Sometimes the birth happens way before the woman arrives at the hospital where it’s supposed to happen. I would birth great and mighty blessings in the earth if only My people would take My REAL Word seriously and take it at face value, and act on it with godly wisdom and discernment and stop letting preachers get in the way.
Grow up and go on with Christ.
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