Prosperity Theology

imagesProsperity theology is the belief that donations to the church will increase your material wealth. Really ?  Everytime I think I have nothing else to write about our Father brings something to mind.

I was watching the TV this morning an a well know pastor with a mega-church was giving a sermon. The message was on prosperity theology.  He quoted Deuteronomy 1:11, ” The Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!” Accordingly to this pastor your Father in heaven had something called a Sky Vault. That if you were faithfull the Father would open the doors and you would receive all kinds of financial  blessings.  The end result being you would gain material wealth . Really ? If that were true then somewhere between 1 billion or so christians would be rich world wide. Go down to South America  and Africa and other places whats the problem.  

The problem with this premise is that if one was to look at that verse and the verses above it and below. You would realize that what that verse is talking about refers to populating the land that the Lord had promised to to Moses and the children of Israel (Deut.1:3). To populate the land with their divine right because they were like minded in their belief in the Lord their God.

Proverbs 16: 16 ” How much better is to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver !”.  This verse is indicating that wisdom is worth more than gold or silver.  There are other verses in the Proverbs that states the same precept.  Once you take out the concept of the verse you might as well throw out the entire Bible as he did in Deut.1:11.

It is the responsibility of the individual to read the Bible , understand the precepts that are outlined and to raise your hand and ask questions.  To be chosen (Prov.16: 16) means that you are predestined which is another topic to be discussed if the Father moves my spirit.

These are things to think about over the weekend.  Spend time talking with your Father and ask Him questions raise your hand in the Throne room.  Father loves to talk to His children.  Have a great weekend. See ya,ll Monday. Happy New Year.

Footnote: I only read the Geneva Bible 1599 and the King James version of the Bible. If you read a watered down version of the Bible then you stand to get a different meaning of the Word which can be a half truth. In the pastors case above it was a lie what he was telling the folks.

DISILLUSION

Me and my lovely wife have walked the deserts looking for the Truth of the Word perhaps 30 yrs or more.  The deserts are a figurative expression of travel in our journey to find out who we are in Christ and our purpose in life.  The journey took us from church to church never finding the Truth.  Needless to say it was an objective failure. However I learned the Word on my own and it bore fruit after years of searching for the Father.

Along our journey I have come across numerous folks who are disillusioned with the church.  Does not matter what church you go to, they feed the congregation a watered down gospel.  Day after day and year after year,  the hurt and the emptiness in our heart does not go away.  This especially impacts the women because they are the weaker spirit and man destroyed them in their younger age.  The wounds are deep and their cries are not heard.

They want to rid themselves of the wounds and stripes that men have caused.  Adam in the Garden was told if he ate from the Tree of Good and Evil, he would die.  Man was supposed to protect the woman but he did not.  So, since the beginning of time women have been subjected to sexual immorality and other abuses.  What really bothers me is that they blame themselves and carry that guilt for a long time.  Sometimes the pain of guilt never heals and the wounds hidden in their hearts are never healed.  So they search for Christ and all they find is milk and more milk year after year.  They sit in the pews and are never taught who they are in Christ.

The Pastors do not teach that the woman is the church, nor do they teach the men who they are in the Word of God.  Do not be disillusioned, please spend time reading and studying the word on a daily basis and the hurting will disappear in time.  Be faithful and obey His word.  The church has no empathy, most just want money for their buildings and warm bodies in the pews.   Do not let them tell you that you don’t have enough faith.  I have been around people that have been in the church for 40 yrs, some do not even know what it means to be saved.  That is a tragedy.

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like.  You are welcome to tag along.

 

 

Prayer

      A Cry in the Wilderness

images Prayer is another doctrine that requires common sense. So our story begins with Abraham the father of all nations.  He had his wife Sarah that gave birth to a son by the name of Isaac.  His wife had a handmaiden by the name of Hagar, who bore a son by the name of Ishmael.  Hagar was also a slave, as the story goes she was kicked out of the abode of Abraham after a couple of years.  She was sent away.

She left with the child (Ishmael) and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.  When she ran out of water she put Ishmael under a shrub and walked away from him.  Hagar did not want to see her child die or to hear cries of sorrow, but she did not pray to God.  Instead God heard the cries of Ishmael (prayer) and sent an angel to “Hagar to open her eyes where she saw a well and replenished their water.  God said to “Hagar what aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is” (Gen 21. 16-19).  He heard the voice of the lads prayer not the cries of despair from Hagar.

Two trains of thought here, one Ishmael had faith and two he cried in the wilderness where no one could hear him even his mother, interesting thought.  Jesus went to pray he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (Lk.6:12.) In both cases prayers were done in solitude.  When I talk to our Father I go outside and sit, meditate on the things that concern me.  I look towards the east casting away problems and the noise of everyday life.  Perhaps your time to pray and talk to your Father is laying in bed, at the kitchen table or wherever you can be alone with the Word.  It is to be silent so that you can clear your mind and talk away.  Father will talk to you; that is a given.

  5: And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
   6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
   7: And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
   8: Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

This is a passage from Matthew 6: 5-8, where I highlighted certain areas for you to dwell on.  A synagogue is today’s version of the Church.  When you are told to stand or kneel in prayer you are only doing it because someone told you to.  We do not like to look bad, so perhaps we are hypocrites.

Me I will follow the Word of God and make my talks in solitude with the Father.  Listen to your inner chamber; which is your heart.  The Father already knows what you need but He likes to hear from His children.  Hope this helps you in your prayers to the Father. Do it with a willing heart, not because someone with a diploma told you to do it.  Well back on the path to Jerusalem.