Twice-Guilty Thieves #3

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

“For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face” (2 Corinthians 11:20 KJV).

Beloved, take today’s Scripture to heart, lest religion take your heart so they can take from you!

Many church leaders embrace prosperity theology (some to more degrees than others). Basically, this movement’s message is, “God wants you healthy and wealthy! Are you sick today? You have ‘unconfessed sin!’ Ask God for forgiveness. Claim your bodily healing in Jesus’ name! God says in Exodus 15:26, ‘I am the LORD that healeth thee.’ Give your ‘tithes’ to our church and God will rain down riches unfathomable as Malachi teaches.” Notice the Bible does say these things.

Malachi 3:10: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

James 5:15: “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

Read Deuteronomy chapter 28 for yourself. God does promise material blessings to those who obey Him (the verses “claimed” today)…. He also promises curses on the disobedient (the verses obviously ignored).

Indeed, these preachers are quoting Scripture, BUT they are handling the Bible “deceitfully” (2 Corinthians 4:2) in order to make a profit off of you (today’s Scripture). God never spoke Malachi 3:10 to us—Malachi 1:1 says Israel is Malachi’s audience. James wrote to “the twelve tribes [of Israel] which are scattered abroad” (1:1). Deuteronomy is God’s Word to Israel (1:1). We are not Israel. These verses do not apply to us. God tells us something different today through the Apostle Paul.

Again, the “name it and claim it” preachers simply “hijack the verse to acquire the purse!” (“The love of money is the root of all evil;” 1 Timothy 6:10.)