Friday, May 28, 2010

Did Yahshua teach material prosperity?

I often wonder why so many of our churches teach a material prosperity gospel and wonder where in the Word of YHWH they get it?

I asked a pastor once a time ago why he was teaching so much about money and not very much about the Kingdom of God and he replied to me that "Jesus talked more about money than anything else" and "perhaps you should find another church". Hmmm....

I have a rule in life to never argue with anyone dumber than myself so when he said that I understood that this rule fit and left that church immediately.

If churches have a bunch of poor people in them how will they be supported? How will these big mega churches survive without prosperous people in them to pay for the infrastructure of the church? Are the poor really welcome in these churches? I think not. Do they have a vested interest in having rich prosperous people in the seats?

Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with wealth. If YHWH in His wisdom has blessed someone with wealth then that is great. There is nothing inherently evil about money. Remember the Word says that the LOVE of money is evil, not the money itself.

I do, however, think that money is something that is easily turned into an idol - something we think about more than we think about YHWH.

So did Yahshua teach material prosperity? In everything that I have read in His Word I think not. I think He taught that money should be used wisely as any other tool or blessing that He has given to us. Whether the gift is money, or land or some other gift, it should be used for His purposes and to live our lives according to His Word.

So churches will say, well, be wealthy and give it to us - that is doing the will of God. Well, being a good steward of our money is a big responsibility. (Remember that everything we have comes from Him anyway). If we give that money to a church that is squandering it then we are held accountable. Is that ultra big screen TV really necessary when there are poor going hungry? What about the props for every weekly service? What about the immense sound and light systems?

We can't just tithe or donate and then say, well that's done. I did my part. No - our part comes before the donation. It comes from being wise in who we give it to. Wise in asking how the donation is being spent. Is it just to get more people in the seats to give more money to buy more stuff to accommodate more people? An endless cycle of people saying the sinners prayer (another sore subject) thinking they are "saved" and now just sit there week after week giving to the business of the church?

This is what I believe:

1. Yahshua taught more about being prepared for the Kingdom of YHWH than He did about any other thing including money. This is a good thing to be knowledgeable about wouldn't you think?

2. When He talked about money He talked about responsibility and it can get in the way of entering the Kingdom.

3. Be careful who you give your money to as you will be held responsible for the spending of it. If it is not spent wisely you will be judged accordingly.

4. Money is not inherently evil, but the misuse of it is. Putting it as more important than YHWH is definitely evil.

5. If YHWH has blessed you with wealth then you also have the responsibility to use it wisely and for His purposes, which include taking care of your family and those around you that He loves who are hurting.

6. When we look at donating money we look for these criteria: Israel, widows, orphans and the truly poor. We do not donate to churches.

Choose wisely how you spend your money. Choose wisely what you think about. Choose wisely which charities you donate to.

1 comment:

ElderChild said...

"Behold, these are the wicked, they prosper in the world, they increase in riches"!

"Woe unto you who are rich, for you have had your reward"!

"Harder for a rich man to enter The Kingdom of Heaven than for a rope to pass through the eye of a needle"!

"Them that would be rich fall into a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition"!

"You can not serve The ONE and Only True Living G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL, and money"!

"For the love of money is the root of all evil"!

"Those who are rich in that which is of this world, should not be not highminded, or trust in those uncertain riches, but in the Living GOD, HE WHO freely gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Charge them who are rich in that which is of this world to do good, so that they might be rich in good works, willing and ready to liberally distribute."

Thankfully an "alien and pilgrim while on this earth" and "poor and in need" am i.......

Father Help! and HE does.......

Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(greed) that is of this wicked world....... francis