The only thing the prosperity preacher has on his mind is, you guessed it: MONEY!!! All his sermons are geared up for it, as he (mis)-uses scriptures to promise you financial blessings and wealth in return for giving tithes and sowing seeds into his ministry. All he thinks about is how he can make the most profit out of the sales of his books, DVD’s, CD’s, conferences, and seminars, and will even charge you a non-refundable fee for signing up. He often guilt-trips you by saying that your money is needed, because you as a Christian have the responsibility to keep his ministry afloat, that reaches out to millions of souls in the world.
This is a serious epidemic in the body of Christ! Black or white, whether they are called a prosperity preacher or not, they are all doing it!!!
We should never allow ourselves to be fooled by these slick, smooth talking, often neck jerking, false, greedy prosperity teachers, no matter how popular they are. Never allow yourself to be fooled by the fact that they so-called give to help the poor in third world countries.
There are so many gullible Christians who are quick to point out that by saying these things, you are judging these prosperity preachers who are doing such great work for the Lord. Really? The Bible clearly says that we have the responsibility to test everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit, whether it comes from God, and to judge those inside the church, which is the body of Christ.
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 1. John 4:1 NLT
…but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 1. Corinthians 5:12 NLT
Now, here is how you are supposed to test and judge these money hungry prosperity preachers who are bending and twisting the scriptures, and in doing so, deceiving and leading millions of people all around the world astray.
God seriously warns us not to add or subtract from what is written in His Word, the Bible, otherwise He will remove us from the tree of life!
And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. Revelation 22:18-19 NLT
Contrary to what the prosperity preachers teach you, Jesus did not die to make you financially wealthy, but to save you from your sins!
And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NLT
Nowhere in Bible does it say that Jesus will make you financially rich when you become his follower and are a faithful tither and giver!
Furthermore, a ministry of God should never be dependent on the giving and the grace of people, but on God who builds it, provides for it, and causes it to increase.
For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Hebrews 3:4 NLT
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 2. Corinthians 9:10 NLT
Wouldn’t you think that these millionaire prosperity preachers would care about your difficult financial circumstances when they say they follow Jesus Christ and love you?
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1. John 3:16-18 NLT
No, they are not there to help you or sow a seed in you! These prosperity preachers have one thing on their minds and that is your MONEY and how to figure out clever ways to get it from you! That’s why they keep emphasizing the Old Testament law of the must tithe of 10% of your income to them, and the sowing of all sorts of seeds in exchange for financial breakthroughs. They will put fear in you by saying that if you do not tithe, you will be robbing God and be in danger of being cursed, and locusts will eat everything you possess! They will always pressure you to give the specified dollar amount on the spot, “right now!” as they say, “while the anointing is present”, “do not delay, for God is about to bless your socks off”, “go to the telephone right now, your healing is just around the corner”, “God will bless your obedience”, “don’t do it tomorrow, because it won’t work later”, “you have one minute left”, “quick, put it on your credit card”, and so it goes on and on.
The Bible calls these prosperity preachers rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. (See Titus 1:10-11 NLT)
They are called false teachers who will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. (See 2. Peter 2:1-3 NLT)
Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion. When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. Jude 1:11-12 NLT
Here are some Biblical examples of how you should handle your money as a New Testament Christian believer, and none of them includes any obligation of tithing, nor the sowing of any financial seed in exchange for a miracle!
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”2. Corinthians 9:7-9 NLT
Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. 1. Corinthians 16:1-3 NLT
Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. 2. Corinthians 8:11-14 NLT
And finally, every true servant of God should follow the Christ-like example of the apostle Paul who testified, saying the following:
So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery. For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! 1. Thessalonians 2:3-5 NLT
This is in contrast to the prosperity preachers who have only one thing on their minds, and that is MONEY!!!