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In the ever growing pantheon of Christian celebrities and the self serving conferences here is one of which I was unfamiliar. Here is David Jeremiah who many consider a good teacher and orthodox but as you can read held a “celebration” of the publishing of his own “Jeremiah Study Bible”. It was quite a gala which included music and even an appearance by Donald Trump. And even though Jeremiah’s church and home is in California this event was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is obvious why this place was chosen.
A survey of his speaking schedule is filled with cruises, Holy Land tours, and many “nights with David Jeremiah” around the country. Almost anyone who pays for a Christian television spot can gain a following after a while. And Mr. Jeremiah also was a guest on TBN to help raise funds. He may be a Bible teacher but he is a compromiser and a wealthy American patriot.
But this kind of idolatry where you use God’s Word with your name attached as a drawing card is an abomination. How can people approach the Word with frivolity and irreverence and especially celebrating one man’s interpretation as if it were the tablets of stone come down from heaven? And if you will notice that some people received a free copy of Jeremiah’s Bible DEPENDING ON THE PRICE OF THEIR SEATS. The cheapest seats were $25 and the ones that were $50 received a copy of Jeremiah's Bible as if they were a door prize. Again, an abomination to be sure.
The church has sunk so low that now the Bible is a marketing tool and the scribbling between the words can be fashioned into a “study Bible” and sold to the masses. It is the zenith of spiritual treachery and resembled the money changers where Jesus scourged the Temple. Many well known preachers peddle their own version of the Bible complete with THEIR NAME RIGHT ON THE COVER. This kind of Joseph Smith-esque idolatry probably indicates the very soon coming of the Lord.
This is no small issue. Even men with orthodox pedigrees and statements of faith have become entrepreneurs who have marketing agents and plan events that include peddling their brand of Christian trinkets. This is no different than the Joel Osteen events or even any secular rock concert or stand up comedian tour. It rakes in the money and on Jeremiah’s website he promises to show the event because of course they filmed the entire thing so they can SELL BIBLES later on their wicked television golden goose.
The church is a disgrace to Christ and His Word, and when Donald Trump is your “special guest” you have become a stumbling block to the gospel and you are supremely interested in selling your special Bibles. It is spiritual treason of the highest order when you use the Bible for monetary gain and even place your own name on it as if you had Joseph Smith’s special glasses to interpret God’s Word. The church has created a ruling class of Biblical scholars and the ecclesiastical Bourgeoisie disseminate their knowledge to the proletariat from high atop Mt. Olympus. And the people love to have it so.
If this raises a lot of money watch for more preachers to put out their own Bibles. Today we have the Jimmy Swaggart Bible, the John MacArthur Bible, the Max Lucado Bible, the Schofield Bible, the Ryrie Bible, the Dake Bible, the Joyce Meyers Bible, the C. S. Lewis Bible, the Henry Morris Bible, and many, many more who added their name to God’s Word and profited by their sale.
God will not wink at such sins against His Holy Word.