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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dispelling Prosperity Myths - "Was Christ Rich?"

There's a BIG difference between Christ and those who justify themselves getting rich from other folks money against Scripture to satisfy their own lusts. There's nothing wrong with having money or nice things, but how you get them is an issue. If you get it through dishonest means by manipulating people you're suppose to be ministering too then you're a lying thief who doesn't represent Christ, because Christ never did that. Let's dispel a few "prosperity pimp" false teachings.

1st THESSALONIANS 5:21 (KJV); "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."  #PROOF #ProveIt #TEST

FALSE TEACHING #1: "Jesus was rich because he had a treasurer."

Yeshua Messiah had a treasurer because he was organized, not because he was rich. Christ used his position to serve others, not to be served by others. Male lions rule as king and are served, but Christ didn't come as the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" because it was not time yet. He came as the "lamb of God" which is a sacrificial animal meant to represent the ultimate sacrifice and servitude. Christ showed us the perfect example of servitude by his example of washing his disciples' feet. This example goes far beyond foot washing; which we do as a ceremonial ritual but don't often practice in principle beyond that.

JOHN 13:14-15 (ESV); "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15) For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you."  #HUMILITY #SERVANT #SERVE

Unlike false prophets who live lavishly off their ungodly gain, Christ used his money to help others rather than store it up to make himself wealthy. Judas Iscariot kept the money bag as the treasurer, and he was stealing because he was greedy like so many preachers today. If he was able to steal enough money then he may not have betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver. A character study of Judas Iscariot will reveal that he was resentful of Christ not using his power to establish an earthly kingdom first from which he could materially profit.

JOHN 12:6 (ESV); "He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it."  #THIEF #THIEVERY #UngodlyGain

FALSE TEACHING #2: "Jesus was rich because women gave money to him for his ministry."

The women who gave to Christ didn't make him rich but did no more for him than church mothers and others have done for those in ministry by making sure they were fed, cleaned, refreshed and could get necessary things. What they gave to them for assistance wasn’t nearly enough to get Bentleys, Benzs, Jewelry, Houses, Lands, and other frivolous things that false messengers make excuses for to take advantage of folks who can't afford those things and then buy it for themselves with those folks money. 

LUKE 8:3 (ESV); "And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means."  #CHARITY #DONATIONS #GIVING

Some of those women were married and didn't do things like that without their husbands approval as godly women approved by Christ would have done, and not like the women manipulated by false messengers so they can profit from them even if it breaks up the homes of the married or financially enslaves the single. In stark contrast the scriptures speaks of false messengers and the gullible who chase after them because of their seductive words and charismatic personalities as such:

2nd TIMOTHY 3:5-7 (KJV); "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  #GODLINESS #SEDUCE #DECEPTION #DECEIVE

FALSE TEACHING #3: "Jesus was poor only by heaven's standards and not by earth's. He also owned a house."

Yeshua Messiah himself declared in LUKE 9:58 (ESV); "And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." That is poor by all standards unless you are a fox or a bird. He didn't own property, and he relied on the hospitality of others by staying at their homes. How much plainer can he state it before you believe it?

LUKE 19:5 (KJV); "And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house."  #HOSPITALITY #HOMELESS #POVERTY #POOR

FALSE TEACHING #4: "Jesus was rich because they cast lost for his robe which must have been expensive."

The Roman Soldiers who beat and crucified Christ divided his garments and gambled over his seamless robe as a mockery to him. In doing so they were showing it had no real value to them other than as a souvenir of their brutality. The robe itself has been over exaggerated as to its true value. Being that Christ was usually given things out of the kindness of others it stands to reason that he was more than likely given the robe as a gift and didn't go to the "Luis Vuitton" or "Gucci" of his day to buy it. 

JOHN 19:23-24 (ESV); "When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24)  so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, "They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." So the soldiers did these things."  #CRUCIFIXION #GAMBLING #MOCKERY 

FALSE TEACHING #5: “Jesus was rich during his earthly life because the wise men brought money and precious gifts to him at his birth.”

Joseph & Mary were poor and the gold, frankincense, and myrrh were brought as gifts of honor & respect from the wise men; not as enough money to invest and save up to become wealthy. It gave them the means to flee into Egypt from Herod’s persecution to protect the infant Christ, and survive there until it was safe to return back to their homeland.

MATTHEW 2:11-15 (ESV); "And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12) And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. 13) Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." 14) And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15) and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called my son."

The wise men gave them a windfall which was similar to a welfare recipient or other person getting a nice size income tax check to help out for their immediate needs. Furthermore, they lived in Nazareth which was considered a poor ghetto type town of Galilee in this time, and not a city of wealth or prosperity that was looked upon as a place of great reputation in the region. 

JOHN 1:46 (ESV); "Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Prosperity preachers often teach false doctrines such as "Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" being wealthy means we are to be also in order to justify their extravagant lifestyles which are largely built off donations from believers. They put your focus on money as it relates to godliness by lying and misconstruing Scripture. "Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" were wealthy for the purpose of financing the founding and establishment of a nation, and not some local church congregation or religious organization. 

1st TIMOTHY 6:9-10 (KJV); "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."  #RICH #WEALTH #MONEY #PROSPERITY

False ministers aren't starting anything on that level or even close. They're only building personal wealth by trying to intimidate, guilt, shame, lie to, and use fear tactics against folks to manipulate them out of their money. A true apostle, prophet, or messenger of the LORD must be sound in the Word of God as one who teaches the mysteries of God for practical living, and doesn't twists scriptures to what they want from what they actually mean. If they aren't sound in the Scriptures then they aren't sent by GOD. We don't believe in or preach a "poverty gospel", but we're not suppose to pimp people with the gospel either; we are to tell the truth.  ~ I.J. West 

2nd TIMOTHY 2:15 (KJV); "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  #STUDY #TRUTH

Please visit the following link for other helpful information: "A FEW CHURCH MONEY SCAMS TO BEWARE OF"  http://ijwest.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-few-church-scams-to-beware-of.html

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