A disturbing comment I received from a preacher the other day:

"God is calling the church, not churches. I hear where you are coming from, believe me. But what I also hear is disention in the ranks of God’s chosen. Beloved, that is the work of the enemy. Even when rebuking your brother, it should be done out of love. If I am being honest, I don’t see it. In this day and age, we cannot be a factioned army. If we remain, the enemy will win. We must recognize that the world is watching. For them, we are the only Christ they will know. So we must reflect Him in all that we do. If we see our brothers slipping, pull them off to the side and let them know so based strictly on the Word of God. In reference to money, the Word (not me or TD Jakes or others) speaks of prosperity. God in His Word has shown how He blesses His children (including financial blessings). If this is the just of what a preacher preaches, then I have a problem with that becuase my God is so much bigger. But it is absolutely a Biblical construct. We are King’s children. Surely Father has promised and will bless us. I say this with the love my Jesus showed me. God bless you all."

My Response:

"Minister………your post is so replete with errata it’s hard to know where to start.

“God is calling the church, not churches”. Hmmmmmmm……..regardless of the heresy promulgated?? I think not. Some “churches” are not being called……they’re being judged.

“Dissention in the ranks”?? Thank God for it……Or should we all just join hands and sing “Kumbaya” with those who promote such rank heresy as “Christ suffered in hell to pay your sin debt, the cross was insufficient”, or “Man is a “little g” god”, or “All Christians should seek wealth”, or “Words are containers for faith”, or “Seed faith witchcraft”, etc etc.???

“We cannot be a factioned army”……We’re not. God’s remnant isn’t factioned a bit. They’re united by sound doctrine. Those who preach heresy aren’t part of the army.

“The enemy will win”. What an utterly ridiculous statement. Jesus said “The gates of hell shall NOT prevail”. You say……..”The devil may win unless we ignore apostasy and unite”.
No offense……….I’ll pick Jesus.

“If we see our brothers slipping, pull them off to the side and let them know so based strictly on the Word of God”.

How old are you??? These errant teachings and the money-grubbing ministers have been addressed ad infinitum over the years. They continue unabated, undeterred, and unrepentant. Besides, that is not the purposer of this site. It is to warn the believers, since the pimps have already refused correction from numerous sources for decades.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

As for this……..” God in His Word has shown how He blesses His children (including financial blessings).”

Please tell us why it doesn’t work in China……where they have faith enough to withstand torture, but apparently not enough to receive ca$h money. Or in Pakistan, where the faithful can apparently muster the faith to die as faithful martyrs, but apparently cannot generate enough faith to guarantee 3 square meals a day. Or in Iran, where daily believers have faith to face death and the confiscation of their money (rather than the accumulation of it), but not enough faith to get that new Land Rover.

An imbecilic assertion………….care to address the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11???

32 What more shall I say? For the time would fail me if I told of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets;

33 who, THROUGH FAITH subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee.

35 Women received their dead by resurrection. OTHERS WERE TORTURED (by faith), not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

36 Others were tried by MOCKING AND SCOURGING , yes, moreover by BONDS AND IMPRISONMENT.

37 They were STONED. They were SAWN APART . They were TEMPTED. They were SLAIN with the sword. They went around in sheep skins and in goat skins; being DESTITUTE, AFFLICTED, ILL TREATED

38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth.

39 These all, having had testimony given to them THROUGH THEIR FAITH, didn’t receive the promise,

40 God having provided some better thing concerning us (Christ, NOT MONEY, as the next line makes clear) so that apart from us they should not be made perfect (this proves the “better thing” is our perfection together with them in Christ, Old and New Testament saints alike. Our “better thing” is the indwelling Christ……….not the overflowing checkbook).

I wonder why these faithful men and women didn’t know about the guarantees of prosperity you allude to?? Sure would have saved them a lot of trouble and pain.

Of course, God says that they stood by faith, yet all that occurred to them, your theology (and I use that word loosely) would see as a lack of faith and a work of the devil (poverty, sickness, death, loss, etc).

Yet God considers them the faithful elect……once again, I’ll take God’s definition. You have an American Gospel, not a Biblical one.

Once again…….."

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