They zealously affect you, but not well; yea they would exclude you, that ye might affect themGalatians 4:17
Another aspect of false prophets and their making merchandise of the people and God’s word is that they do not care about spiritual growth in Christians. Their goal is to obtain a cushy position where they may syphon off the congregation’s money for the rest of their lives. For a Church to say that a member is expected to tithe, and for a “revivalist” to be paid for Christians to learn about scripture from him, these are examples of swindlers, of business men, con men, and dishonest men. As Diotrephes loved to have the preeminence (3 John) and Demas loved the present evil world (2 Timothy 4), so too do these false prophets love to get gain, and do not care at all that a Christian will never grow under these teachings, and will certainly lead lost souls to everlasting destruction in hell.
This is important to understand because Pastors should desire spiritual growth in a Christian, and not the physical girth of his own wallet. Yet, because the common unscriptural idea that a Pastor must be paid-in-full by the congregation, Pastors everywhere are weak and unlearned in the scriptures. They learn what they need to in order to keep the congregation in check. As long as a business can keep the customers coming back for more product their business is assured. The business is zealous for getting paid, so they affect the consumers excitedly so that they might be monetarily affected by the consumers. So, the modern pastors have Christians and unsaved church-goers in a cycle of perpetual consumerism by utilizing control, entertainment, guilt, and competition. They exercise control by teaching the following. A Christian must attend Church to hear the Pastor preach, a Christian must tithe in order to keep the Pastor going. Programs of entertainment, concerts, revivals, petting zoos, and mission conferences are by-and-large for the sole purpose of making money. Many Pastors make it known to their congregations that they must go “soul-winning” (An unscriptural act in itself. We are witnesses and ambassadors for Christ, for Christ does ALL the soul-winning), and many Churches these days hold the belief that as long as a member attends the Zoom broadcast of the service, and gives money online, that they have done their due diligence for the Savior that died a painful death on the cross for us all. But this is what the pastors want them to believe! Instead of teaching the congregations to obey God in all things, they teach for doctrine the commandments of sectarians. A work is good if done for the Lord, in the Lord, and by the Lord. If it is done on the whim of a greedy pastor, then it is pure wickedness.
Again, it is important to understand that these ideas are not new. These ideas have been the go-to false teaching in the Church since right after Jesus ascended. The word of God says instead:
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approachingHebrews 10:24-25
Also, when the body of Christ is together this is also when they should have Communion. The Bible says that the Pastors watch over the souls of the congregation, but they must not lord over them. The Church today has replaced personal exhortation for impersonal lording-over on the pastor’s part. The Church today has replaced meeting physically for meeting online and paying the Pastor for his services. And the Church today has replaced partaking in the Lord’s supper for partaking in the unholy false doctrines of the Pastor.
These replacements did not happen by mistake. It is by the design of satan, who’s false teachers reside en mass as pastors around the world, that ensures that Christians and lost people are seeped in stagnation instead of growth in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The modern pastors have one job: keep the Christians weak and the lost people unsaved, and get paid handsomely for it.
In all the history of Christianity, this day is the day we must be strongest in the Lord and are not. Ask yourselves if you truly see the destruction of society. Do your Pastors and teachers see it? If so, why do they need money to preach and teach? Why do Christians need to pay to go to “Christian” Universities in order to learn about spiritual warfare? When a man joins the U.S. Army in the United States they are furnished with training, combat gear, weaponry, and support from fellow soldiers. As a soldier, he is employed by the Federal Government. You will never find a soldier that pays the Government to be a soldier. This is not an advocation of payment for Christians, it is to present the folly of a soldier paying in order to fight a war. Christians must be furnished as well by the free teaching of God’s word. When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy he made his purpose clear, “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18). Paul did not demand, nor expect, payment for any of the Epistles he wrote and sent unto the Churches. Yet the modern “Pastors and Teachers” require these monies to be paid by students if the Christians want to war a good warfare! Paul said that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17). If the false prophets could change this scripture, no doubt they would say the scripture is “sold” and not given.
Paul understood that the Christians need to be strong. He understood that this can be accomplished through the teaching of the scripture. He understood that those that would be rich in this world fall into temptation, and that the love of money is the root of all evil, and that those that have coveted after the money have erred from the faith. How much more proof does a Christian need to show that those that get great gain from “preaching and teaching” are apostates? The Pastors who are pastors as a living do not live by faith, they live by the dollar.
Grace be with you all.
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