Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Christianity is not a denomination of dollars and cents.
Here we go again. Another national news story about a well-known pastor who is believing in God for him to have the most expensive private jet in the world and he needs 200,000 of his followers to give his ministry $300 (individual) so that his ministry can purchase this plane for $65 million dollars.
The story has been viewed, tweeted, commented and discussed on social and major media outlets over the past several days.
However, the public has yet to hear the response from the pastor who made this request. Especially, after the backlash that followed this unfortunate and misguided plead to some of his followers who probably can barely cough up enough money to cover their own basic living expenses.
But, there are some Christians who feel that this pastor’s Jesus Jet marketing appeal of spreading the Good News is not over the top. As a matter of fact, I have actually heard some believers state that “God wants His men and women of God, to prosper.”
As usual, you will have people throw up scripture verses that will seek to justify such behavior. Mind you, these folks are not generally concerned about taking in the entire Word of God, just parts and pieces to try to justify their position on this matter.
Christianity is in trouble and more so from those believers who quote two verses of scripture that is mishandled and misapplied. In my ignorance before coming under the instruction of God, I too, mishandled and misapplied these two scriptures.
The first scripture misinterpreted is found in the 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. John was writing this letter to Gaius and it was a personal greeting to him wishing him good will and health.
And the second scripture verse misapplied is Psalm 105:15. “…, touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm. ” This verse is God speaking to the wicked. God was telling those kings that He gave the land of Canaan to Abraham, Issac and Jacob who were His prophets and that the kings should do them no harm. (Same verse can be found in I Chronicles 16:22; ref Gen 20:7, Gen 26:11; Psalm 105:14)
One of the most ruinous parts of this story is that there will be people giving to this selfish demand.
I believe that Christians should be a blessing to their pastors as long as it adheres to the Word of God, because His Word will never deceive us.
Once again, I will reiterate. Christianity is not a denomination of dollars and cents. God has not called Christians to acquire wealth only in order to be kept separate from people, no more than divided from Him.
Finally, there is always hope through God’s grace and mercy to ask Him for forgiveness when we err in our walk. We simply only need to come to Him with a repenting heart.
We must always be mindful that the snare of the devil is real!
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