There’s a deity (demon) that operates behind money and riches. Of course we know this to be true in the world, but it is also quite evident in today’s Church.
Compare these extreme quotes on money from our day’s most popular preachers to those of centuries past.
CARNAL PROSPERITY QUOTES
“The Bible says that He has left us an example that we should follow His steps. That’s the reason I drive a Rolls Royce. I’m following in Jesus’ steps.” — Anonymous
“Give $10 and receive $1000. Give $1000 and receive $100,000. Give one house and receive one hundred houses or a house worth one hundred times as much. Give one airplane and receive one hundred times the value of the airplane . . . in short, Mark 10:30 is a very good deal.” — Anonymous
“It is just as much God’s will for us to be rich (financially and materially) as it is for us to saved.” — Anonymous
“It is disrespectful to the work of redemption not to receive the financial wealth Jesus provided for us at the cross.” — Anonymous
A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE FROM ANOTHER ERA
“When people spend money on things they do not need, they begin to want more of what they do not need. Instead of satisfying their desires, they only increase them.” — John Wesley
“I continually find it necessary to guard against the natural love of wealth and grandeur which prompts us always, when we come to apply our general doctrine to our own case, to claim an exception.” — William Wilberforce
“Shun as you would the plague a cleric who from being poor has become wealthy, or who, from being nobody has become a celebrity.” — St. Jerome
“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” — Thomas Wolfe
“Gold is dust to the dead man” — Anonymous
WHAT JESUS SAID
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Lk. 16:13).
WHAT PAUL SAID
“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” (1 Tim. 6:9-11).
Notice the expression, “but they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare.”
Other translations read, “But those who crave to be rich” (AMPC).
“But people who are trying to get rich” (CEB).
“But they that are minded to be rich” (ASV).
“and those wishing to be rich” (YLT).
“But people who long to be rich” (NLT).
“But those who desire to be rich” (MEV).
A desire for riches is unscriptural. Can it be any clearer than those verses? The modern “prosperity theology,” if not mixed with these warnings that Paul gave Timothy, will lead the heart to desire money and earthly possessions until people begin to seek after them. After all, the flesh will not resist financial prosperity teachings that promise riches. The flesh enjoys feeding on that. This teaching is not cruciform but can feed the lusts of the flesh if not tempered with warnings of the many dangers that the desire for riches can bring.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things…” (1 Tim. 6:10-11).
“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Lk. 12:15).
A THOUGHT PROVOKING QUOTE
“What amazes me, and has for decades, are those carnal-prosperity preachers and teachers who try to transform Yeshua HaMashiach (The Anointed One Who Saves and Delivers) and His message from that of an itinerant rabbi, who warned His hearers against covetousness and spoke unceasingly of how the rich will have a very hard time making it to heaven — into a prosperous Potentate who wants every believer to get stinking rich.” — Dr. Anthony G. Payne
I dedicated 100 pages of my new book, Cleansing The Temple, to the dangers of the worship of mammon and how it is a great hindrance to restoring the glory of the Lord in this hour. I know many will reject this knowledge for it has become a sacred cow in a large segment of the body of Christ.
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