Some Preachers on Christian TV are causing confusion
in the hearts and minds of God's children and they also bring
the Gospel into disrepute to those in the world. Especially when
it comes to money - they air their shame for all to see.
Friends,some preachers are unrepentant sinners, Jesus spoke of
before they ever preached a word and you need to be aware of these
things. Because they preach over a platform does not mean God
commissioned them. Please find out the difference.
Yes they unsettle the minds of many well meaning believers who watch them
in innocence and think "that must be right because they're preachers of the Gospel"
so to speak. What gospel? It is written that "God hates mixture".....and....."He is not
a God of confusion". My brother and sister in Christ, if their words are causing
confusion in your heart and unsettling your mind:
GOD DID NOT AUTHOR IT.
Now, sorry to say, the Jesus of the Bible had a name for this kind of preacher
(no matter who they are) He called them "Hirelings"......in other words, they do not
do God's bidding, they do the enemy's bidding because he comes to "kill your sensitivity to God's voice and your faith, to steal money from your purse and bank account, and destroy your health, joy and peace" (paraphrased) but "Jesus did come to shepherd us and give us life abundantly, that is more fully, so we're living in Joy, Health, Peace and Purpose" (paraphrased) so His Life is reflected in us and we are Light to those
around us - they need to see what He is really like. That's why the apostle Paul
said that "we are living letters".
Now how can others around us see Him clearly if we are confused and unsettled;
if our vision of Him is dim; if we are mistaken about the type of "abundant life" Jesus
came to give us? No, He does not want us to be burdened with the cares of this world;
in debt or lacking any good thing. But some preachers (televangelists in particular)
twist that and distort your impression of what it's all about.
They appeal to our innocence and they appeal to our greed (whatever disposition you have). Mind you, they can even change your innocence to greed if you listen to them long enough - you will think "this is right because look what God has done for them
and I'm tired of living in debt/lack, I will do this way. They know what they're talking about". And so they give you those shopping lists of what you will get from God
if you give Him X amount of Dollars! Yes unashamedly, they will tell you to give
a certain figure......say 100s.....even a 1,000 or more......if you want this, that and that
from God - they will tell you that the Spirit of God told them to tell you - and you feel compelled to give. Kind of like an investment where God's Hand will be moved
towards you because you did/paid this and this - because sometimes you are
moved (in your senses) to respond to more than one appeal.
Some Televangelists give multi-appeals to suit your pocket and desires like
"give this if you want this or that if you want that" and you try it like a lucky-dip to
see if it works for you......and......if it does'nt, you can end up disappointed with God
(because He did not perform, He did not back up their enticements). Sometimes you find yourself lacking more because you gave so much. Without shame, some of them will even say to give if you have debts to "get out of debt". The classic of all time is
GIVE YOUR BEST GIFT.
And it does not stop there. Some will tell you to "bring it to the altar".
You may have seen one of those programs where they are presenting Jewish Celebrations - certain Feast Days and that "The Lord is restoring them to His Church".
Some are quite genuine about this message like Larry Huch who will invite you,
without pressure, to make an offering of a modest amount and he also
sends you a lovely gift and set of DVDs explaining and describing the wonderful
blessings of Healing, Protection and Bounty God promised Israel each
Feast Day - and He always honored them.
It's really quite enlightening, when you see all the things specifically that He
promised Israel in His Covenant with them. You get a picture of how He wants us
to live in JESUS......Hebrews states that "they were types and shadows of what was coming" in our day.
YES, THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.
WE SHALL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!
New Testament says that "he who keeps certain days does so to The Lord and
he who believes all days are the same does so to The Lord".
Now, some Christians feel that they can appropriate God's Blessings better if they
keep those Feast Days: appropriating the blessings of The Lord.
But there is no law or instruction in scripture to do this. Read Heb ____
But the thing is that some Televangelists and Pastors will compel you to keep
these Feast Days......that "we must return to our Jewish Roots" that Jesus was
Jewish and that is true. Some of His sayings - especially in parables - make more sense in the light of Jewish customs (when He spoke them) and when we know those customs we understand the words of The Lord in a clearer way......they become more
meaningful. Sometimes it makes the content in scripture so much richer.
So in that sense, it is good to "return to our Jewish Roots" as they call it.
For those who decide to do this, be careful not to be bound to the Law.
New Testament Scripture is very clear on this. The writer of Hebrews says:
and do be careful as to what source of teaching you have on this - whose
ministry you are influenced by, because there is the pure-stream and the
polluted-stream of of reckless televangelists with endless appeals where your pain is their gain. If the Bible was written in this day and age they would be called charlatons!
Because they actually use God's name in Vain to fleece the sheep and build their
mansions etc however much they accumulate.
And scripture speaks clearly about this. It says:
Children ought not to lay up (provide for) their parents. A true shepherd in Christ would not encourage it. And it also distinctly says “not to lay up riches for yourselves on earth”
“If you are a friend of money, you are an enemy with God”. Make no mistake about it, there are a number of rebukes in His Word that ought to be heard about this kind of preachers. Jesus also called them wolves amongst the flock. Unfortunately it is necessary to tell you these things.
If someone is truly prophetic in their calling, they will be faithful to the heart of God and address those things that need to be addressed. They will also liberate His children from bondage – be it in words, healing or deliverance. Truly prophetic people (christian of-course) will be concerned about the state of a person, church, minister or situation with true discernment as to what is going on. They carry precious insights from Jesus concerning your life, gifts and callings or situation (only as He reveals to them, they do not know everything). If they are mature in their calling, they would have paid a price for that calling (not self-elected) they have been through a considerable amount of opposition from our unseen enemies and so forth. There are plenty of immature prophets around who know how to move in the Gifts of the Spirit ie Prophecy but they lack true discernment and certain insights that are so important for individuals and the Body of Christ. They will also have a good part of God’s character formed in them – if their words, actions of behavior is questionable, they are either not called of God or they have not matured yet, do be careful. Mature prophets show the “Fruit of the Spirit” (good temperance and wisdom) and have stood some test of time.
"Why are there so many televangelist scandals?"
An excerpt from GotQuestions.Org
Answer: The term “televangelist” has almost universally negative overtones. Typical responses from people who are asked what they think about televangelists include the following: dishonest, greedy, materialistic, wasteful, and scandalous. The sight of televangelists wearing overly expensive clothing and jewelry, living in ridiculously expensive homes, and driving the most luxurious of cars, has caused many people to turn away from faith in Christ. Even non-Christians can discern that the teachings and lifestyles of most televangelists are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The core cause of many televangelist scandals is the belief commonly known as the health-wealth gospel. Televangelists are the primary propagators of the idea that it is always God’s will for all Christians to be perfectly healthy and financially wealthy. The essential message of the health-wealth gospel is that if you give money, God is obligated to bless you with health and wealth. If you give money, but are not blessed with health and wealth, you either did not give enough money, or do not have enough faith to truly receive the blessing. In this, health-wealth televangelists encourage people to give large sums of money, while preemptively explaining why the people are not blessed with health and wealth as they were promised.
The Problem With Infomercials, Televangelists and Mechanics
“For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers…whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.” – Titus 1:10-11
“Just five minutes a day and you can have rock solid abs like this. All it takes is three easy payments of $29.99!” blared the infomercial, waking me from my late-night,
Maybe it worked for you. It did nothing for me except hurt my back.
We’ve all been taken or at least felt taken by someone. Like the mechanic who expertly claims the car repair will require a new Johnson rod. Or the televangelist who promises your $100 donation will go to feed orphan children in Romania (when in reality it pays his six-figure salary). And the aforementioned infomercial, promising instant results with so little effort.
Like what was happening to Titus, a leader in the early church. His mentor, the missionary Paul, warned him about people – within the church no less – who were teaching incorrect doctrine for their own personal gain. We might expect something like that from a crooked financial adviser. But can you believe that was actually happening in a spiritual setting?
There’s an old Russian proverb “Trust but Verify”. We need to start Testing.
Even though the words being spoken into our ear seem accurate and reliable, it remains our responsibility to verify their precision and trustworthiness. Failing in this regard leaves us vulnerable to deception, openly naïve and far too trusting.
The message today should be clear…be guarded (even and maybe especially with your money).
Just don’t give your complete trust away so easily.
Make others earn it through their consistent actions.
TELEVANGELISM: A POWERFUL ADDICTION:
Recovering from Abusive Religion
By Kenneth D. Johns
Consider some of the methods employed in recent years by some Televangelists to create Cash-Flow.
They say something like: “Two thousand years ago, God sowed a seed at Calvary that produced a Supernatural Harvest. Ever since, people have been Sowing Seeds with God for their own Supernatural Harvest. If you sow your seed today, your most generous seed, God will give you a supernatural harvest. Your harvest will be everything you have ever wanted: Salvation for loved ones, Financial success, Perfect health, miraculous success in business and career. Sow your very Best Seed today. Join God and you can have it all. God has a miracle for you now – a Supernatural Harvest!”
Kenneth has years of Pentecostal background and has seen the good and the not so good.
He was brought up with the fear of The Lord and has seen a lot of changes through the years. He shares his genuine concerns with us and shares words of wisdom.
I have given you mine. Please be advised, and test those who say they are prophets. There is much attraction to the prophetic. I love the Voice and Heart of God......when "prophets" don't carry them, it can
be a dangerous thing, spiritually and sometimes financially - they can have
ALL MANNER OF ENTICEMENTS
Sometimes you can find out their agendas when it is too late!
Some observations through the years
JESUS encourages us to give Generously
MINISTERS make us give Painfully
NEW TESTAMENT encourages Giving to the Poor
MINISTERS attempt to Make you Poor
PAUL counsels us to give wisely as we are able
MINISTERS empty your pockets, even if you have debts
PAUL said to decide in your heart how much to give
MINISTERS tell you how much you must give
PAUL says not to give grudgingly
MINISTERS enforce and encourage it
PAUL says not to give out of compulsion
TELEVANGELISTS have all manner of enticements
SCRIPTURE says not to give out of covetousness
MINISTERS do the very things they preach against
PAUL said as we have purposed in our hearts
MINISTERS tell you to pray first so your hearts are disturbed
and you give more!
Not all preachers are like the above.
THERE ARE MANY GENUINE MINISTERS WHO SINCERELY BELIEVE IN TITHES
AND OFFERINGS. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THESE, THINK AGAIN.
For the most part. Ministers apply Pressure
Paul did Not - Jesus did Not
They both give you a Choice!
I SAY TO YOU, TAKE CARE THAT YOU DON'T FIND YOURSELF AT CROSS PURPOSES
WITH THE COUNSEL OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE IF YOU PREACH TITHES.
AND TO THOSE TELEVANGELISTS WITH RICHES AND MANSIONS I SAY
"FORSAKE ALL THAT YOU HAVE AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR......
NOT NEGLECTING TO DO A DECENT DAY'S WORK" THIS WOULD BE
TRUE REPENTANCE. HOW DARE YOU MISREPRESENT GOD'S WISHES
AND BRING SHAME ON HIS NAME.....YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY
THE LORD DID IT ALL. YOUR RICHES PERISH WITH YOU.
Yes their Money is their God and they dare to lay guilt trips on you.
Jesus says they can't serve two Masters.....if the Love of Money has become their God,
Jesus is no more their Master (the One we set our affections on).
Don't follow after their example, it will lead you astray.
Money is not evil, it's when it gets out of hand that offends God.
Yes, they serve themselves and help themselves.
Such men do not serve Jesus. If they did, your heart
would be so full of Jesus after they preach.
You would not be catching them out with Limos and Rolex watches.
Keep to the pure-stream when you hear ministry.
"LET ME SEE JESUS"
Notice: I discovered yet again this week that a preacher who is noted for bringing God's
blessings and Freedom to many has placed money before his love for God and people.
Someone I had considerable respect for. Does it never end? I tell you, no.
Not this side of Heaven.
I feel it wise to tell you_ Never mind what the preachers say to you about money, what does JESUS say about all this? "You cannot serve God and Money" Time for you to choke on your words.....
time you practiced the Fear of The Lord....you hinder saints and sinners alike....and although you preach a thousand sermons a year, do many great works or move mountains in faith....Heaven's doors will open to repentant sinners but not unrepentant preachers. (10th Dec 2014)
In a sense of speaking, rich and wealthy preachers are in effect, keeping funds
from the poor, the desperate and needy (physically and spiritually). Yes, they are keeping
physical comforts and the Good News from those who are still waiting.
Think of the many thousands who can be blessed by those of us who see the
Truth about Giving.
Together with helping each other, like they do in house churches - when they pool together to meet a genuine need - this is the New Testament way, The Lord has clearly ordained.
Remember the words of the apostle Paul
"Beloved, I wish that you prosper and be in health even as your souls prosper"
Grace be with your spirit. God Loves YOU.
UPDATE: I am adding this PDF in Mid November 2015
because the words in Isaiah 5 are very much paralell to the
lifestyle and disposition of Rich Televangelists and impending
judgement should they not repent.
For sometime, I felt aware that Heaven's Doors will not be open
to unrepentant televangelists. Sometime later I heard an Audio of an
End-Time Vision where Jesus said they would not enter.
Now this is confirmed again in Scripture (prophetically speaking)
you are about to read. The Two Commandments Jesus gave us
and the true counsel of God in scripture has not changed.
A word of caution: do not wish this on anyone.
We are called to bless. This is just to let you know The Lord
is mindful of the situation.
Having lived with a prophetic calling since the 70s, I urge you to take note of the contents in this article. If you do, you can possibly save yourself from devastating influences and keep your Joy and Peace in JESUS.
The worst offenders in Televangelism to watch out for are as follows:
Maurice Cerullo - Mike Murdock – Steve Munsey
They are very persuasive. Please be careful.