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THE LOVE OF MONEY IN THE CHURCH

By Edwin Christiaan | August 4, 2022 | www.instituteoflove.net

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10 NLT

This is why the Bible warns us about pastors and preachers, who in their greed will make up all sorts of clever lies (like the “you must tithe” to be blessed teachings), to get hold of your money (see 2. Peter 2:3)!

These are false shepherds, who are in the ministry to make money instead of genuinely caring for the flock (see 1. Peter 5:2)!

These church leaders love only themselves and their money. They boast about themselves and are prideful (see 2. Timothy 3:2).

 “They are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money.” Titus 1:11 NLT

“Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.” 1. Timothy 6:5 NLT

The Apostle Paul also said about these people that they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, a different kind [...]

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WARNING TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS: Don’t preach church reformation until you practice caring and sharing

By Sophia Christiaan | July 6, 2022 | Institute of Love Ministries

Contrary to popular belief, the First Church in the book of Acts did NOT spend their time doing a lot of evangelizing. What we do know is that Jesus commissioned His eleven DISCIPLES (later twelve) to go out and spread the Gospel, heal, baptize, and deliver people from demons (see Mark 16:15-20 and Matthew 28:19). These were the same men Jesus had trained for three years; equipping them with power to do the work.

Fast forward to “after the cross,” where instructions were given through Paul to the Church. In 1. Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul outlines the different gifts in the Body of Christ. They were gifts the believers could use to SERVE “within” the church to “help” one another.  

“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”1 Corinthians 12:7

“To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and [...]

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YOU ARE STUPID WHEN YOU TITHE

By Edwin Christiaan | July 5, 2022

The Bible calls those who keep the Old Testament Law of Moses, which includes the practice of tithing, ‘stupid’ or ‘fools.’

“How can you be so STUPID? Do you think that by yourself you can complete what God’s Spirit started in you? Have you gone through all of this for nothing? Is it all really for nothing? God gives you his Spirit and works miracles in you. But does he do this because you obey the Law of Moses or because you have heard about Christ and have faith in him?” Galatians 3:3-5 CEV

The apostle Paul said this: “I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.” – which included tithing 10% of his HERBS and SPICES (see Matthew 23:23)! That’s right, the Old Testament law of tithing was NEVER about money, even though the Pharisees were loaded with cash!!!

Furthermore, Paul said: “I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things [...]

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“THE GOSPEL COSTS MONEY” – LIE

By Edwin Christiaan | June 18, 2022

The Bible says the following about false teachers:

“In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money.” 2. Peter 2:3 NLT

One of the many lies corrupt preachers tell you is that the “gospel costs money” and therefore you must pay for the spreading of it. That is why they charge you high dollars for their training in their (stupid) evangelism and mission schools, academies, schools of the supernatural, and so on. They even sell you evangelist’s and pastor’s certificates and credentials online. This is the exact opposite of what Jesus Christ was teaching!

Prior to sending His disciples, whom He trained three years for free, out on the mission field, Jesus told them,

“Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! “Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins.” Matthew 10:7-9 NLT

The apostle Paul said this:

“I would rather die [...]

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SHOWING SKIN AT CHURCH

By Edwin Christiaan | June 4, 2022

The apostle Paul taught women in the church,

“…to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”1. Timothy 2:9-10 NLT

Why would churchgoing women dress in short skirts that crawl up, long skirts with revealing slits, bare midriffs, tight pants and stretchy leggings that show every bump and curve front and back, low-cut shirts revealing cleavage, or see-through clothing showing bare skin underneath?

Churchgoing women who dress seductively are often rebellious and dangerous. When confronted by the inappropriate way they are dressed, they get offended and act defensive. They want nothing to do with what you are telling them. They feel that no one has the right to say anything about what they wear!

These so-called Christian women dress up to draw men’s attention to their bodies. They lead their brothers in [...]

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TIME TO GET OUT OF THE FALSE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

April 29, 2022

The majority of the Christian Church is burning you with false doctrines and teachings, and that’s why the apostle Paul warns us,

“Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.”‭‭ Romans‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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THE CHURCH WILL NEVER PREACH THE TRUE GOSPEL

April 28, 2022

The church will never preach the true Gospel, because the Gospel is divisive in nature and will offend some. Romans 8, verse 9 says, “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)”

So, the summary of this scripture (including what is written in parenthesis) is:

1. If you have God’s Spirit living in you, you are controlled by the Spirit.

2. If you have God’s Spirit living in you, you are not controlled by sin.

3. If you don’t have the Spirit of Christ living in you, you don’t belong to Him. The true gospel is rarely spoken because those who speak it realize that it has the following affect on those hearing it: a) They feel excited, or b) they feel damned.

Those, who are chosen to belong to Christ will get excited that they are chosen, and those [...]

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THE CHURCH IS ASLEEP IN THE LIGHT

April 26, 2022

Keith Green sang, “The World is sleeping in the dark, that the church just can’t fight, because it’s asleep in the light.” How true are those words! Jesus said, “Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness.” (Luke 11:35).

If Christians have all the answers, how come they are not having an effective impact on society and the world? How come they need to resort to charlatanry, false prophesies, wrong doctrines, motivational messages, dreams, and illusions to make them feel better? If they are so on the right track, how come so many believers live in bondage, lack, mental torment, striving, guilt, greed, pain, ignorance, and depression? Where are the born-again believers who walk in great humility and strength of character?

As the church desperately seeks ways to get financial breakthroughs for themselves, the First Church (described in Acts chapters 2 and 4) took care of each other. They shared what they had, and “no one had lack.” True power is not in money, fame, and influence, but it is found in [...]

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HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE HEART SICK

April 25, 2022

Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Because of the toxic environment of what is called the Christian Church today, with its vast variety of false doctrines, people are promised a lot of good things. They are told how God wants to bless them, how they can speak out their desires, and even how to claim and demand good things to come into their lives. However, when these “breakthroughs” don’t happen, because they never do, people begin chasing every last little bit of encouragement they can get before their hope runs out and turns into bitterness.

If Edwin and I were to believe all the prophesies and promises we have heard in our many years of ministry in the church, we would be millionaires by now, used “mightily” for the Lord, leading major revivals, seeing nations completely changed, being used for God’s Kingdom in unimaginable ways, family restored, and so on.

Because we all like to hear how God has a plan and purpose for our lives, we entertain the possibility of these things actually happening. And we [...]

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THE CHURCH: NOT GOD’S HOUSE

April 21, 2022

So many people experience abuse at the hand of the church, yet they keep regarding it as God’s house. Because of mind control phrases such as “Don’t touch God’s anointed,” “Don’t forsake the assembly of the brethren,” and “You are robbing God if you fail to bring your tithes to the storehouse,” believers are left paralyzed to act. They can’t leave the church! There is literally no way out! And if you do leave the toxic environment of church, you will quickly be labeled as “backslidden,” “lukewarm,” “fallen from grace” or the like from your ex-fellow churchgoers.

The lack of care and love in the church is apparent. People get sexually and emotionally abused, and leaders are biased and accusations get swept under the rug to protect themselves. False assumptions are made, accusations are made, people are being judged, people are treated like second-hand citizens, priorities are made based on money, and the list goes on.

The church environment today is lightyears away from how the First Church in the Book of Acts lived together in a [...]

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