Go To The Phone – – –

December 13, 2014 by  
Filed under A Monday AM BLOG

I awoke lat night and had difficulty getting back to sleep (unusual for me). I turned on the TV and went to the ‘Church Channels’ on Cable TV. Ugh!!!

Channel after channel presented a wretched distortion of the Truth of the Gospel. There was a clear theme and purpose on every channel with only one exception. That theme was “sow your seed = $$ and get the anointing!” The claim was if you sow into ‘our ministry’ God will multiply your financial condition a 100 fold. The statement almost always was prefaced by ‘I believe’. What some huckster believes is of no importance, especially when that conviction is a total perversion of God’s Word.

For the sake of simplicity and brevity I list what I observed as characteristics of these charlatans.

1)  No biblical text – no honest and accurate exegesis of the text.

2)  Rabid emotionalism – loud, frenetic and consistently implied threats if you do not do as they ask.

3)  High Pressure Tactics – go to your phone NOW; God only acts in the ‘heat of that moment’.

4)  A false concept of God’s Anointing – it is so much more than $$ and for His glory not my riches.

5)  Distortion of God’s Word – they cite Luke 6:38; pressed down, shaken together, running over.The context of this verse is a command to avoid judging and condemning others. The overflow is God’s marvelous grace and kindness – NOT NOT NOT – $$ filthy lucre.

6)  A violation of 2Peter 1:20-21 – private interpretation of Scripture with wretched distortion.

7)  Grace Abused – Isa. 55:1-3 God’s gracious call to sinners; Free Grace!

 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. (Isaiah 55:1-3).

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