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The Dangers of Not Being THANKFUL

10 Mar

When we were all little kids, (hopefully) our parents taught us to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you.’

It was taught to us as a part of being mannerable.  It’s just good social etiquette to say ‘Thank you’ after someone has done soemething for you or given something to you.

But being thankful doesn’t just stop there…at good manners.  Being thankful is a biblical principle that protects us from spiritual deceit, corruption and error.

Being thankful to God does…

I want you to read Romans 1.  Study it.  Read it again.  As I read it again this morning, the scriptures seemed to jump out from the page at me…

Romans 1:17

The Just shall live by FAITH….

If the just lives by faith, this means that they do NOT worry or fret over how their bills are going to get paid.  They do NOT covet after the riches of another.  They don’t work 8 jobs to keep up with the Joneses.  They may have a job, or they may not…but one thing IS for sure…they live BY FAITH.

If more people understood that biblical principle, then the error of the prosperity doctrine would spread no further.  Replete among the followers and purveyors of the prosperity message are people who simply LACK FAITH IN GOD.  They covet after the riches and possessions of another.  And they are NOT thankful FOR WHAT THEY HAVE!

They are greedy.  Never satisfied…and certainly not thankful.  Not to God…and probably not to their fellow man, either.

There is a danger in not being thankful.  It’s not just it offends God.  But being unthankful is breeding ground for covetousness and seducing spirits to come in and cause one to err ‘from the faith.’

When we begin to trust in the arm of flesh-ours or anyone else’s-to provide for our needs, instead trusting God implicitly, then we start placing debt, lack, poverty and our not having certain things (even if those things are necessities) on a pedestal, of sorts.  The debt, the lack, the poverty…they all become IDOLS in our lives…that replace the POWER and PROVISION OF GOD.  We place pre-eminence on our lack instead of faith in our God to provide EVERY NEED that we have…

Once this happens, a domino effect takes place.  What starts out as idolatry and lack of faith starts to grow into not SEEING GOD as God in our lives.

Romans 1:21-23

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were THANKFUL; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

When we place our lack, debt, poverty and the such above God in our lives, that thing has become an idol in our lives.  God is taken off the throne and our lack, debt, poverty takes its place.  And how do we worship the gods of lack, debt, and poverty?

By trusting in the arm of FLESH to provide.  By making up doctrines and teachings that will help us feel ‘empowered’ to prosper.  Admit it: there is a certain helplessness that comes with lack.  Most people HATE it.  And will do ANYTHING to avoid feeling helpless.

The downfall of many a man has been that the enemy KNOWS that it is in the innate nature of a man to provide for his family.  When this ability is hindered or taken away, this emasculates the man…and many men will do just about anything to provide for their families.

Many of the mega preachers that are so heavily-revered sold out to the god of mammon…they began ‘ministry’ in lack, debt, poverty. Listen to their testimonies of being in poverty.  Shaking roaches out of their clothes.  Living in houses with the utilities cut off.  Wearing the same clothes to church over and over again.  Being homeless.

And now they are flying in private jets and living in homes that most would only dream of!

But there was a price that was paid for that fortune, and it wasn’t merely the check they signed over to the realtor when they bought the homes.

The very gospel that they now preach and teach is tainted with error.  It makes gods out of temporary circumstances and gets people to trust in formulas and methods and NOT in God.

Look what happens when we do that:

Romans 1:24-25

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

When we start trusting in the arm of flesh and NOT in God, then we start worshipping just that….FLESH.

When you finish reading the first chapter of Romans, you will see that the rise in sexual (and spiritual) perversion has its roots in not recognizing God as God, and NOT BEING THANKFUL.

This is the chapter that goes into the rampant homosexuality and lesbianism that is promised in these times.

And to imagine—it all began with just not being thankful!

The old song used to go like this:

“Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what the Lord has done!  Count your blessings, name them one by one….Count your many blessings!  See what the Lord has done!”

There IS a danger in NOT being thankful.

The enemy knows in these uncertain (economic) times that many will be vulnerable to fall prey to error, particularly in this area.  Falling for the prosperity message keeps one in a constant state of covetousness, all in the guise of appearing to walk in faith for the things that you don’t have…all the while you are missing the blessing of enjoying what you DO have.

God has been really, really good to America.  We need not forget that….what does the Word say?

Psalm 9:17
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

The Ministerial Corporate Ladder

8 Mar

In my last article, I talked about the church rat race, how people either blindly or knowingly enter into the rat race…with disastrous results, most of the time.

Well, here I want to talk about the corporate ladder that DOES exist in the church.

I think we can all agree that the church HAS taken on the look, feel and persona of corporate America.

We hear more about business, incorporation and the whole nine more now than ever before in history.  I see MANY pastors who have adopted the titles of ‘Chief Executive Officer’ (CEO) of their ministries.  Why are they doing that?

Because-as Hezekiah Walker recites in one of his songs-‘gospel has become big business’ today!

The church’s favorite mega preachers are self-confessed business moguls, often holding conferences and going on international television-NOT to spread the good news of the gospel-but to promote doctrines and teachings that read more like these seminars that are held by famous multi-level marketing companies who periodically meet to ‘pump each other up’ as they continue to milk innocent people of their hard earned money.

I went to one of these ‘conferences’ for a very successful financial management multi level company a few years back in Destin, FL.  They put us up in a really nice hotel on the beach.  They fed us, they entertained us.  Then we went to the meetings where they literally pumped up the crowd (I say they even was preaching, since the meeting was held on a Sunday!)

I thought to myself “This is like church…” (this was while I was still in the church system).

As a matter of fact, the sponsor, my upline, was a preacher of a local church.

And many of us know that the higher up you go on the ministerial
ladder, the more likely you are to get PAID!

How many small ministries do you know of whole goal in ministry is to be like their favorite mega preachers’ ministry or church? That is why they ‘sow’ into their ministries…do you know that MANY smaller ministries actually tithe off their own tithes they collect in their church services and send their 10% to their favorite mega preacher, or should I say ‘coverings?’

They do this false practice because it is taught and believed that if they sow into the ministry of their favorite preacher-
a practice commonly known as ‘sow up-then their own ministries will start to prosper. And when I say ‘prosper,’ I mean they
will start to get million dollar book deals, recording contracts, have tens of thousands on their rolls and will be ‘living large.’

The church system is NOT the church Jesus Christ talks about in the Word, and it is not the Bride He so loves and is coming back for.  This church we see today is a caricature-or a distortion-of what it really is.

As long as this continues, there will be many climbing that ministerial corporate ladder.  Why?

Look at my picture above:  Notice how the $ sign gets bigger and BIGGER.

Many who start out innocently enough in ministry for the right reasons end up staying in it for the WRONG REASON (I intentionally left off the ‘S!’

And the reason why is because of the root of ALL evil……MONEY.

The money gets too good.  The temptation to no longer struggle, the power that having money wields, the status and prestige one gains the higher up they go up the ministerial ladder…and not to mention all of the fringe benefits afforded to those who ‘stay the course.’  These are the reasons WHY the higher up one climbs the ministerial ladder, the more corrupt they become.

I cover this process of how one becomes corrupt in ministry in detail in my book ‘The Makings of a False Prophet.”

Are you a minister that has recognized that you have fallen off the mark?

Have you found that you are becoming more and more money and prestige-hungry, instead of hungry for GOD?

Have you witnessed more corruption and deception within the ranks of ministry and grown weary and disgusted with the whole thing?

Have you actually left God due to the foolishness you have seen amongst your comrades in ministry?

There is healing and deliverance, restoration, FOR YOU!

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The Prosperity ‘Gospel’

7 Mar

1 Timothy 6:9-11

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

DON’T FALL FOR THE HYPE OF THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL!

But if you have, you’re not alone.  There IS restoration …only IN GOD!

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Freedom From the Prosperity Gospel

16 Dec

The Charismatic Movement Part 3: The Prosperity Gospel.

Mega Preachers in Pimps Clothing

The prosperity gospel is one of the leading false doctrines of the charismatic movement.  Quite frankly, this false doctrine is so distasteful to me that I have buried it along with my attachment to the organized church. However, since I am often questioned about the subject, I will reluctantly address it for the sake of inquiring and damaged sheep. I was sitting in one of Kenneth Copeland’s East Coast Conventions in 1983 as I watched him pull scripture out of their  natural context as he  lay the foundation for this damnable message, passed on to his disciples like  Creflo Dollar and countless other mega and unknown preachers. In fact, I was a partner to KCM for years, until he sent out a letter requesting that I help him buy oil wells! Once a follower and supporter of the charismatic movement, it was the prosperity gospel that drove me out of it.  It was just too sleezy for me to stomach and remain a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Since the love of money is the root of ALL evil, it is not surprising that the prosperity gospel is one of the top false doctrines proclaimed by religious demons in this particular hour of history. In a nut shell, it is an out of biblical context teaching that obligates God to bless the tither or the giver of offerings to the organized church in ALL ways, with an exaggerated focus on financial prosperity.

An added emphasis is that it is taught from the pulpits around the globe  that  a believer can actually BUY a spiritual blessing from God with their financial giving. The message has even been reduced to a quasi-mathematical formula–whatever you give will have a 100 fold return: 100 dollars for a one dollar offering, 1000 dollars for 10 dollars, 10,000 for 100 dollars, and so on.

It is truly an abomination to twist the Lord’s very words in bible RED serve as the foundation for this demonic, materialistic teaching. Jesus said  “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. He was not talking about finances. The word for life in this verse is “zoe”—-ETERNAL LIFE!!! Yet word of faith are defensive and belligerent in their ignorance. Some have even used the Lord’s very words to name their nefarious churches “Abundant Life,” a bold suggestion of their commitment to the prosperity false doctrine.

Consequently,WHEN THE PREACHERS SEND THE MESSAGE THAT MONEY AND WEALTH WILL FLOW FROM THE PULPITS TO THE PEWS TO THOSE WHO  BLESS “THE ANOINTED MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD AND THAT WHEN THEY TITHE, THEY ARE GIVING TO GOD—Well—-

THIS IS THE BIGGEST FLIM FLAM EVER IN THE HISTORY OF CON GAMES.

To the word of faith prosperity preacher, giving money to the church is “planting seed” is taken from the Lord’s parable about “the Sower.” If you have listened to Christian radio or watched preachers on TV, you have undoubtedly heard the expression, “good ground.” They have told you that their church or ministry is GOOD GROUND.” Therefore, if you sow your seed into it, you will reap a financial harvest.

It is amazing how many countless millions around the world  have fallen for this demonic lie in the last 20 years!

Absolutely incredulous. It reminds me of the old flim flam that was rampant  in the 20’s and 30’s in the inner cities called “bakin money.” Prior to the mark giving the con man his or her  life savings, the con man  put a small amount money into a heated oven and “baked”it. As bread spreads because of the yeast, when the money came out of the oven, it had increased 100 fold.

So by this “demonstration,” the mark was convinced by the trick of the eye. You see,  in the demonstration, the con man had sneakily  added the increase into the oven when the mark was not looking by the sleight of hand. Even though poor folk fell for the con,  at least they were shown some sort of demonstration.Today, pulpit pimps and prostitutes have raised the spiritual ante by teaching  THEIR marks that they must“walk by faith and not by sight!”

“WHAT A SET-UP!!!” If you don’t get the increase they promise God will send you for your tithes and offers, you are  yet tricked again to believe that perhaps YOUR faith is too weak to prosper!!!

Listen, people of God! Jesus explained the parable of the Sower Himself. Good ground is the soul or heart of one who hears the gospel, understands it, believes it and He saves them!!!!

                         The seed is the word of God, not MONEY!!!!

In conclusion, I repeat.  The prosperity gospel is  particularly abominable because it takes the words of the Lord, adds to them and detracts from them.

The prosperity preacher may have flim flammed you and gotten rich off of your hard-earned dollars, but he and she are cursed. Why? As Paul warned the Galatians, anyone who adds to or takes away from the word of God is CURSED!

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS BLASPHEMY, YOU HAVE PARTAKEN OF THAT VERY CURSE! REPENT AND DISAVOW IT, BELOVED!!!!

One last thing.About 5 years ago, the Lord showed  me that He has sent a spirit of poverty on all the sheep who have been duped by the prosperity gospel, —not as punishment but as a warning—a wake up call. He wants to let you know that the prosperity gospel is not working and therefore, you will use your commonsense and wake up to the fact that it is not of Him.  Be warned. He wants you to flee the prosperity gospel.  He will restore your finances once you “get His message” and repent.

Some who became deceived by this teaching will need religious demons cast from them.  Help is available.  Call 518-477-5759