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Wolves In Sheep's Clothing

Updated: Jan 17

This is a topic that may be a bit difficult for some look in to, but allowing ourselves to be molded by the truth is never an easy feeling. All too often, we would rather mold the truth into what we all ready believe because it is most comfortable for us. However, when we do this, the truth becomes distorted and is no longer the authentic purity of righteousness, it is no longer the path that leads to the straight and narrow.


I was once a believer and followed these wolves that I am going to mention to you. So if you are currently following them, I do not fault you. They are good at disguising themselves and great deceivers of the flock. But beloved, I want you to think about this, as did I about 7 years ago. If we are truly in the end times, where are all the false teachers and prophets that will deceive the world? Do you see them? There was a time that I didn't until I started reading God's word for myself and my eyes were opened. I noticed that there were a lot of inconsistencies in what I believed and the teachings of who I was following. I seek to expose those wolves who come among us in sheep's clothing teaching such heresies to their own worldly gain and to the spiritual demise of their followers and lead those who truly love Christ back to His feet and to the truth of the gospel.


THEY WALK AMONG US How many times have you turned on your television in hopes of getting to hear a good sermon that will renew your spirit? Can you count the times that you have heard these celebrity pastors speak about how God wants you to be wealthy, while they boast of their own riches? They preach about how you are children of the kingdom and God wants you over flowing with money. How God can only beget little gods and as little gods, you possess the power to speak things into existence, just as he did?


They are always asking you, the believer and the audience to sow money to them for more stuff, like bigger mansions or new jets. Surely you have seen them hugging and dancing in money that the audience was throwing on the stage, while praising "MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!" They speak about how it is a disgrace and harms the gospel if you preach in rags. By the time most believers wake up and see its all a scam, they have been drained financially and spiritually. These celebrity preachers will then turn around and criticize the faith of those who contributed all they had to their wealth. Beloved, I am going to show you scripture that proves these people are snakes, wolves in sheep's clothing. They are con artists who have not only come for all of your possessions but they have also come for your soul.


Each time you see them, they take to the pulpit as a stage and put on a performance of a lifetime. Telling stories of their life and what God had told them. You blindly accept that they are telling you the truth. But are they or are the stories just part of the performance? Jeremiah 23:21 says, "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied." Search the internet, you will find not dozens but hundreds of stories of those who were ill treated by these churches. We have even seen news stories where they have thrown the elderly, the widows, and fatherless out because they could not pay a “tithe” over paying their rent or buying food. These churches that had no intention of giving to these people but only taking.


Is this really the gospel of Yeshua? Is this the gospel that the apostles preached? Lets look at scripture and you be the judge. Remember, Satan deceived Eve with a slight twist of the truth.


IDENTIFYING FALSE TEACHERS 2 Peter 2:17-19: "These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wanting, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."


2 Timothy 3:1-5: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."


Matthew 7:15-17: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by\their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit."


Galatians 1:7-10: "But there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."


Romans 16:17-18: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Yeshua Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."


Jude 1:4: "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Yeshua Christ." NOTE: Lasciviousness mean lustful or lewd.

1 John 4:1: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."


2 Corinthians 11:13-15: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."


Some may read these scriptures and say that these prosperity teachers do not deny the power of God. I disagree. When they tell you that as a "little god" you can speak things into existence, they make you co-partners with God. This is the same lie that Satan told Eve in the garden, "You shall be like God". Remember, Satan did not deceive Eve with an outright lie, he deceived her subtly, meaning with a lie that was so close to the truth that it seemed right.


In John 15:20, Yeshua said, "The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also." In John 1:1; 14, we are told that Christ is the word made flesh. In John 14:13, we are told to ask the Father and Christ will do it. Here he gave us instructions on how to receive. By taking the power from God and giving it to you, they deny the power of God and deny Christ. Yes, Christ is our advocate and our savior. We pray in his name and in his name we do have authority over demonic entities, but we cannot speak things into existence.


As we see here, there is an order, as God is not a God of chaos. We ask God in the name of our advocate Yeshua, and Yeshua will then do it. But that creative power belongs to God alone, he does not share it with no man. John 15:5: "I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing". When one walks around speaking and proclaiming healing as though they are going to speak it into existence, you never will receive it, because it is not the order which God has ordained. Can you imagine the anarchy if every believer had the power to just speak things into existence? When you understand this, you will begin to comprehend the foolishness in this belief.


Think of the characteristics of these celebrity pastors as you take time to reread these verses. They boast about what they have and about what earthly riches God has given them. They speak great words of vanity and lure in the believer through the lusts of the flesh (worldly possessions). Some teach that you can buy a healing from God by showing an act of faith and giving them money, the more you give, the more apt you are to receive. Hence they promise you freedom and liberty from sickness and disease. They are madly in love with themselves, respecter of persons, they look down on those who don't have great possessions because they lack “faith” to be rich. All the while ignoring the fact that it was not God who made them wealthy but it was the people who follow and believe in their foolish erroneous cherry picked interpretations. They turn grace into lasciviousness (aka lust, the desires of the flesh).


They tell these elaborate stories of going to heaven or meeting Christ face to face. But if anyone bothered to read their Bible, they'd know that their stories are not scriptural. They lie to you with their high end story telling skills. They tell you that the voice of God told them that they need newer stuff and more of it, and that the best part of it is that you, the believer, are gonna pay for it.


GOD WANTS YOU RICH? Matthew 6:19-24: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." NOTE: Mammon is riches or wealth.


In Mark 10:17-20, we read how one came to Yeshua and kneeled to him, and called him "good master". He then asked Yeshua what he shall do to inherit eternal life. Yeshua then tells him that there is none good but God and then he proceeds to tell him that he should keep all the commandments and he starts listing them off. The man tells him that he has observed all this from his youth. Verse 21 says, "Then Yeshua beholding him, loved him and said unto him, one thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me." This story goes on to say that this young man went away very grieved for he had many possessions. Then Yeshua turned to his disciples and said, "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God."


In Matthew 13:18-23, Yeshua explains the parable of the sower to his disciples. He says that the seed spoken of is the word. He continues with the one who receives the seed by the way side, hears but does not understand. So the wicked one comes and catches away that which was sown. Then the one who receives the word in stony places, and the word does not take root. So when persecution arises, he is offended. "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." But he that received the seed in good ground is he that hears the word and understands it; which also bears fruit.


Luke 12:13-15, One in the crowd had requested that Yeshua speak to his brother that he rightfully divide the inheritance. Yeshua responded, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you? Take heed and beware of covetousness: For a man's life consist not in the abundance of the things that he possesses." Then in verses 16-21, he speaks a parable saying that the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentiful. So he built for himself bigger barns to bestow all his fruits and goods. He said to himself that he has laid up goods for years and can now take it easy and be merry. But God calls him a fool and says, "This night your soul shall be required of you, then whose shall those things be which you have provided?" Yeshua then stated that he who lays up treasure for himself is not rich towards God.


We just seen many scriptures that said we are not to get attached to the things of this world or to seek more than shelter, food, and clothes on our back. Neither did any verse ever say that the clothing had to be high end fancy stuff because we could not spread the gospel of Christ in rags. You will not find one instance where Christ said anything close to that!


We only need to look at what Yeshua said to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:17-18: "Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see."

Notice that Yeshua listed all the physical things that they had and said that they were poor; because though they had many earthly possessions, spiritually they had nothing. He was then saying to turn to him that they may possess spiritual wealth and be rich, and wear white raiment (a garment of righteousness).


DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD 1 Timothy 6:5-11: "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing let us be content. 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 you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."


1 John 2:15-17: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away and the lust thereof: But he that does the will of God abides forever."


THE GOOD LIFE IS PAVED WITH SUFFERINGS While I believe in supernatural immunity in some instances, such as when Paul was bitten by the viper, and I do believe in the super natural protection of prayer, such as is in the Psalms; I believe it is wrong to teach that a believer will never get sick, as they do. To me, this would be about as ridiculous as praying that you will never be tempted.


Truth is that we live in a fallen world and sickness is often part of that fallen state. Don't misunderstand me, I do believe in healings and miraculous speedy recoveries, (just read my study on faith), but taking up our cross and following Christ is not meant to be spiritually or physically pleasant. There are supposed to be trials that strengthens our spirit man, tests that mold us to be humble and more like Christ. Servants ready to be crowned in a kingdom under a righteousness king.


But too often the prosperity gospel lures believers in through the age old lie "You can be like God" because species can only beget species of their kind. Therefore “God can only beget those of the god kind. Thus, all believers are little gods”. Again, very subtle because yes, species can only beget species of their kind but do young children have the same authority as their parents? Do 2yr olds sign credit card statements and take out loans? No. Why? Because they do not have the same authority. So yes, while we were created in the image of God, we do not share in His authority. You cannot speak riches, relationships, healing, or any of the like into existence! You have zero creative power. Ask the Father in Yeshua's name, that is how you receive.


This is the problem with the prosperity gospel. It gets away from what is spiritual and makes it about the physical world. They do not teach the need for righteous praise (praising him because he is). They do not preach the gospel of Yeshua but they teach of another Christ. They fail to teach righteousness before riches and that your riches should be stored up in heaven. The prosperity gospel does more to teach people to stay in this world than it does in preparing people to move on to the next. Anyone who has ever had a deep meaningful relationship with God, knows that when you really draw near to God, you have a heart change and you want less of the things of this world. You start yearning for the next world.


Mark 8:34-38: "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For 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? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."


2 Corinthians 4:17-18: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."


Romans 5:3-5: "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."


Romans 8:35-36: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."


1 Peter 3:12-15: "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good? But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"


Matthew 10:37-39: "He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it."


John 16:33: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

1 Peter 4:12-13: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy."


THE POOR HAVE NO FAITH

The prosperity gospel teachers take 2 Corinthians 8:9 and preach that Yeshua became poor when he walked the earth, so that we could have earthly riches. This interpretation is contradictory to many other scriptures that say the opposite. It is how Satan and his people twist scripture to subtly deceive you. It is also known as cherry picking. What 2 Corinthians 8:9 is actually saying is that Christ left the kingdom of heaven where he was rich and came to earth to be poor, so that through him, we may not only have eternal life, but have it more abundantly in the kingdom of heaven. The same kingdom of heaven that Christ left, where we also store up our riches. This is understood through all the scriptures that pertain to a Christian being rich through Christ.


2 Corinthians 8:9: “For you know the grace of our Lord Yeshua Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.”

John 14:2-3: "In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.


According to the prosperity gospel, if Yeshua were on the earth today, he would be walking around wearing an Armani Suit and tie and donning a Rolex. Often times, those who teach the prosperity gospel will also treat those who are wealthy better than the poor. They do not want much to do with those who are poor because it is their belief that the poor lack faith and they should not have anything to do with unbelievers, aka infidels. Lets see what scripture says about the poor.


James 2:3-9: "And you have respect to him that wears the rich clothing, and say unto him, Sit you here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand you there, or sit here under my footstool: Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him? But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called? If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well: But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."


Luke 9:1-3: "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece."

Proverbs 14:31: "He that oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker: but he that honors him has mercy on the poor."

Luke 6:20: "And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God."


No where in these scriptures does it say that one who is poor, has nothing because he lacks faith. In fact, it says just the opposite. Scripture also says that it is a sin to treat the poor differently because by doing so, we do not love them as we do ourselves, which breaks the commandment. We also see that Yeshua sent his own disciples out with nothing but the clothes on their back.


BIBLICAL GIVING When you look at scripture where people gave excessive amounts to those who were ministers, apostles, teachers, preachers, etc. It was not so that the head of the group could take a huge salary, have the biggest houses, or best transportation of the day, it was so that they could have all things common. Meaning everyone among them were taken care of. Let me prove to you by scripture.


Starting in Acts 2:37, there were about three thousand souls added to the body of Christ. There were many signs and wonders done among them. Then we continue reading in Acts 2:44-47, "And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."


So every man sold their possessions, they gave equally to every man's need, they ate together, and no one had more than another. Hence, they had all things common. Beloved, this was after the crucifixion of Christ, so they cannot say that the death of Christ changed this. No, his death created this!! They seen themselves as one body, loved one another as themselves, and had few worldly possessions. How many of these name it and claim it mega pastors can you imagine doing this today? None. You know why? Because their heart is not the heart of God. They give bread crumbs of what they have but they are too high-minded and convinced of their blessed superiority to humble themselves enough to love the poorest in this world as themselves. Unless of course they are putting on an act or telling a story for the camera.


Some prosperity teachers will wrongfully teach on Acts 5:1-16, twisting the scriptures and teaching that unless their followers give an honest full account of what they possess and give a Levitical tenth or some will preach “give till it hurts”, they not only lack in faith but are coveting. This teaching is about Ananias and his wife Sapphira, who sold a possession and kept back a portion for themselves, and laid the rest at the apostles feet, lying that it was all they got. But lets back up to 4:32 for a better understanding of what was going on. "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."


We then read in Acts 4:34-35, "Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need." Just as in Acts 2, we see that they were selling off their possessions and bringing them to the feet of the apostles, so that the need of every believer could be met. The reason of the fate of this husband and wife have been slightly twisted to the benefit of these mega pastor's pockets. If you were paying attention to the scripture, the sin was not the only the lie, or covetousness, or greed, but it was also hypocrisy!! This act of giving was not mandatory but voluntary. And it definitely was not for a bigger church building, or a mega pastor's new jet, vacation, or overall increase of wealth but to ensure that no one among them went without food, clothing, or shelter.


These mega churches have never to my knowledge, met all the needs of everyone in their congregation, so that everyone had all things common. This is where they pervert the scripture. The true teaching on this should not be reasons why you should give to the boastful wealthy pastor or put your life savings in the offering plate, but it should be a message of why we ought not to send those away in need or in wanting when we have the substance to meet those needs and wants.

Would it surprise you if I were to tell you that no where in new testament did Yeshua teach to give all your money to a teacher, preacher, pastor, or apostle? In fact, In Luke 10:1-7, when Yeshua sent them out by twos, he told them "And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.". But he never told them to request a Levitical tithe nor did he tell them to ask for money. He said freely you have received, so freely give. Lets read what Christ did say about giving.


Matthew 25:41-46: "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was hungry, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."

Luke 14:13-14: "But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And you shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense you: for you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just."


As we have seen, the pure unadulterated church that Christ left did not care about their worldly possessions, but they cared about the well being of the body of Christ. I can imagine these people all living in a commune, each having their own little cabin or tent, maybe some live stock about them, sharing all things. Everyone's needs being met and no one being seen as being better than the other. Sharing all their food and drink with gladness. All going forth to minister to those in need. This is what should be taught from the pulpit. But the prosperity teachers/preachers want to be first in line to your paycheck. No matter how many big beautiful homes, expensive cars, name brand clothes and shoes, electronics that they have or vacations that they take, it is never enough. Like every other con man, they take and take without an ounce of remorse while there are people without food, without clothes, without shelter, without family, who are fatherless and widowed right in their very own audience and they could care less. They just keep taking and building their empire while boasting of their riches because their father is not Jehovah. They are the false teachers and prophets that Yeshua warned us about.


IS WEALTH A SIN? 1 Timothy 6:17-19: "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."

Matthew 19:23-24: "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."


2 Corinthians 9:6-8: "But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposed in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"


1 Timothy 6:8-9: "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."


James 5:1-6 speaks of the misuse of riches and the condemnation of it. We also read about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man had noticed Lazarus day after day begging by his gate to just be fed from the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. The rich man never gave to him. Both Lazarus and the rich man died. After death, Lazarus was comforted in paradise (Abraham's Bosom), while the rich man was tormented.


Yes, I can agree that some ministries require money, this is why we see In 1 Timothy that those who are rich should always be willing to step forward to meet the need of another. To use their riches to do good works. But often times, riches can be a snare to your heart and cause a spiritual downfall, I do not think that wealth itself will send you to hell but Christ did say that a rich man shall hardly enter the kingdom of heaven, but he did not say it was impossible.


IN CONCLUSION The prosperity gospel is soothing to itching ears and joyous to the flesh, but the fruit of it is like thorns to the soul. We are to be content with food, clothes, and shelter, and set our hearts on storing up riches in heaven by loving others as we love ourselves. We are not to be boastful or prideful of our worldly possessions.


When we look at all the times Christ told people to sell all they had, he did not tell them to give to the religious leaders, instead, he told them to give to the poor. ALL OF IT! People will reap more in heaven if they use their money to buy a poor person a hot meal, a jacket, or even a hot cup of coffee, than they would by putting it in the pockets of these prosperity gospel con men. For Christ said that as we do unto others, we do so unto him.


God wants you to take the opportunity that he has given you through his Son Yeshua to come to him and live righteous. Turn from your sins and sin no more. Love one another as Christ has loved you. Show that you love God by doing his will and keeping his commandments. This is the true gospel that should be preached from the pulpit.






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