The greatest heresies are those surrounding the Person of Jesus Christ and the essence of salvation. There are literally scores of such false teachings. There is a plethora of false guides and teachers today who sell books and Cds and rent out large auditoriums and sell all kinds of merchandise. They buy blocks of television and radio time and spread their heresies to the masses. John told us not to allow heretics into our homes neither bid them Godspeed and yet millions of professing believers invite them into their homes and their hearts. It is a phenomenon that has expanded by leaps and bounds and now permeates every corner of evangelicalism.
But I want to address another form of heresy and falsehood. Many decades ago certain preachers began what is now commonly called the “seed faith” teaching. This teaching suggests that if you give some money called a “seed” in faith that God will honor that and do something for you. God’s part is defined as anything from cars and homes and debt cancellation all the way to physical healing and the salvation of your loved ones. The promises attached to this seed are almost without parameters according to these prosperity teachers.
And if you watch the absolute circus when these television stations hold their seasonal fundraisers you will behold a spectacle beyond what your eyes can even believe. The lies and shallow emotion are shameless. The station managers call in certain celebrity preachers who specialize in being melodramatic and eliciting great sums of money through all kinds of lies and false promises and yes, even witchcraft. How can anyone who has even read the gospels be drawn into such blatant theatrics which are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus? It is demonic.
But throughout America there are preachers and pastors who oversee their own ecclesiastical plantations and now enslave the people with chains of hedonism and diabolical lying spirits. And many of these so called preachers are black and should honor the miracle of the emancipation but instead set themselves as modern masters over their people. And yes, the white prosperity hucksters are no better. This Bourgeoisie-Proletariat construct is an affront to the Spirit of God. But the thirst for money and power and pleasure is so strong that God’s truth must give way to fables and self serving snake oil salesmen. Jesus is presented as an American bell hop who operates on tips.
Let me share this story with you. David Livingston gave his life serving and being Jesus to lost Africans. Even after he was able to bring his wife to be with him she died not long after arriving. He was attacked and maimed by a lion and suffered many maladies. Still he remained faithful. Livingston became so disabled that he had to be carried to any village where he would minister. In fact some of his CONVERTS ministered to him and would help him walk and even get into bed. One night one of his helpers came to put him into bed but was told Livingston was praying so could he wait a while. After a long while the man crept in to find Livingston on his knees. When he gently tapped him on his shoulder Livingston slumped over. He had died on his knees.
What do you believe God thinks about these shameless hucksters of today?
What we have today is a sham and an affront to anything associated with Jesus. His name is being used and abused and instead of being the Lord of Glory He is presented as some caricature of a western superhero. This is not the faith once delivered unto the saints. This is a cartoon that uses the name of Jesus but has nothing of Him. People by the millions listen to golden throated warblers who speak enticing words of men’s wisdom designed to draw disciples after themselves as well as load up their personal coffers.
The Lord God sees the heart and He responds to faithful obedience, self denial, and worship which lifts up Jesus and not us. This is no game of barter. Imagine a group of sheep who hold a conference on how to get the shepherd to take care of them. Absurd and bizarre. The Great Shepherd has been taking care of us all along even when we have not completely followed Him. Yes, He operates in His own grace. But God will not respond to human ingenuity and greed. These dog and pony shows only bring God’s judgment not His presence and blessing. These hedonistic puppets claim that mammon can be leveraged to get our God to act not just on our behalf, but to fulfill our whims and lusts. Look at the bloody scene at Calvary and tell me that His sufferings were for cars and houses and bank accounts.
And now we are faced with a vast landscape of ecclesiastical plantation owners who buy and sell human beings with their hollow words and false promises. A mailing list is gold to these pied pipers as they lead sinners to perdition. These grandiose communicators have concocted all sorts of so called principles which are all centered upon our earthly success and their own financial advantage. They have desecrated the cross and made it of none effect. Their message is worthless and without any redemption. They are self righteous and puffed up and they live in luxury and claim it is God’s will.
These are the prophets of Baal and the voices of Balaam. Their consciences are seared with a hot iron and their tongues are guided by the serpent. And even while these clouds without water falsely prophecy rain, evangelical preachers by the thousands join hands with them. The patch quilt matrix of mutual support among preachers breaches all sorts of Biblical and doctrinal boundaries. The Word of Faith heretic shares the platform with men who reject such things. And if you bring in nationalism and patriotism there are no boundaries at all. Mormons and Word of Faith and Calvinist and orthodox and any and all doctrinal miscreants can pull up a seat together.
So here we are living not only in the midst of the kingdom of darkness, but also in darkness that calls itself “Christian” and “evangelical”. And the professing sheep love it.
Jer.5: 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
These verses lay out a prophetic blueprint for what is happened in the church. This is no game. This has drawn the attention of God Almighty and how can He cover His eyes? Not only do these liars teach falsehoods, but they use pictures of the downtrodden and starving children to raise their funds and support their hedonistic lifestyles. As if you could live in lavishness and throw a few morsels to the poor and that will please Jesus? And look at verse thirty-one. “…and my people love to have it so…”
Without drug users the drug dealer goes out of business. And without blind supporters these false teachers would have to get an honest job. But what continues to transpire is blasphemy at its core. Who would have thought that Christianity would be reduced to a financial scheme? What would the martyrs think? What would John the Baptist think? What would Wesley and Whitefield and Moody and Livingston and Huss think? And what does God think? He that spared not His only begotten Son but delivered Him up for us all now looks down and sees His Son presented as the golden goose. There must be a special wrath for those who promote such lies.
We are living in the end times when everything has been unraveling. Now is not the time to find something new. Now is the time to dig a well that reaches Christ and continue to quench your spiritual thirst from that Rock. He alone will one day claim His rightful throne upon this earth, and on that day those that embraced deception will howl and wail. Watch and pray. Endure to the end.