I was watching TV the other night some program. When as usual it was time for advertisements to come on. There was one that caught my eye, the guys name was Mr. Popoff, he is what you would call a huckster.
He was selling holy water and if you took the bait he would also send you a little card with some scripture on it . The water was guaranteed to make you rich you would receive checks in the mail. Mr. Popoff was dressed in a nice blue suit with a clean haircut sitting in a high back chair. He never indicated he was affiliated with some kind of church or even if he was a minister . Then he had several people who could attest to the fact of instant wealth. That after receiving the holy water they had received checks in the mail that amounted to over thousands of dollars. It was a miracle that anyone would buy from a person named Mt. Popoff should have been Mr. Ripped Off.
Then I came across another article about one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the world located in Nigeria. Ministered by a man named Bishop David Oyedepo who estimated worth is 150 million dollars. It is reported that when he comes into a room he is treated like a star. When he holds service he passes around big baskets for offerings inside and outside his church. The thing that gets me is that he preaches a prosperity theology and has the people believing that the more they give, money, the more your wealth will increase. Jobs will appear out of thin air and your business that you might be in will suddenly increase in wealth.
He encourages the churchgoers to buy a $5 bottle filled with olive oil that is guaranteed to cure AIDS. This is in a country that has a minimum wage of $50 dollars a month.
Nowhere in this article does it state that this man teaches that you cannot serve money and God at the same time. He does however teach that Jesus was wealthy and wants you to wealthy also. American churches have done the same thing for years always selling something, snake oil, and people buy into the malarkey, it is total BS. Then you get an ordained minister that just got out of college and he gives a pass to another church that is not teaching you anything but third grade education. It is not for him to judge.
I have been told for years that you have to teach the individual milk before you can teach him the meat of the Word. It has been 40 yrs and it is the same restaurant menu over and over again. Then you have everybody in the pews yelling and screaming how great God is, slurring their speech, falling on the ground, speaking in a garbled voice and everyone thinks they are being slain in the spirit. If things do not work out right for you. You do not have strong enough faith and must give more of your money. What a joke. These are your satans not some angelic being, they slander the Word of God by trickery.
Christ rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, if he had money, He would have ridden his own donkey. So lets pray for the shepherds, I do not think so. The pagan cults just found a way to prey on the poor people of Nigeria no different then here in America or Canada or Mexico or wherever in the world. I hate to be the bearer of bad news there is no cure for AIDs except quit having multiple or same-sex intercourse.
Then you look at what it says in Titus 1;
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
To have your mind and conscience defiled simply means you lost your common sense the ability to think about what is good or evil. You mimic what you see and hear from the pews and the altars and think you are close to God. Your lying to yourself and to others with a false salvation. The umbrella organization the Pentecostal Church is not doing anything to stop this they are making too much money off the poor. They have a feel good religious ecstasy while they are in Church. Then go home to figure out how they are going to feed the children.
Isa.29:12; Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
You are being taught scriptures by a pagan religion, the precept of men, in the case by the Pentecostal religion and a self-proclaimed Evangelist all selling you false redemption. To feed your greed for money and some kind of religious ecstasy to the Lord.
To those that hear my words, I have always stated read the Word and let the Father through the Holy Spirit talk to you. Christ never ordained a church of any kind you cannot find that in scripture. Until you walk by yourself you will never see the face of the Father. Me and my wife found our redemption by reading the Word of God and not through the altars of man.
So do your religious ecstasy in the pews, buy your oils, and water give all your money to a pagan cult and hope you do not fall into a pit you cannot get out of. Convince yourself you are healed, lie to yourself, and others . If you are Evangelical in nature then don’t judge the shepherds, then remember the 800 thousand Rwandans that were killed on a twisted scripture by the Evangelical Church in 1994. Man is the serpent in the garden the one with the forked tongue.
Shalom from the floodplains of Sheol, a traveler in a foreign land, America.