Things Has Truly Fallen Apart In The Christian Community
Text: Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Man (the body) was formed from the dust of the ground and unto dust shall he return, but the borrowed life of God in man (spirit) will return back to God at your death. Genesis 2:7 "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
Job 33:4 "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."
Honestly, the vigour, energy, interest, rate and passion that most men of God these days uses in preaching, declaring, pronouncing, prophesying and praying prosperity prayers on their members and followers be used for teaching, preaching and ministering holiness, righteousness and truth, the body of Christ would have been far better than what it is these days.
Presently, I have started doubting the calling of some of our 'big time' pastors, especially those of them that have embraced the 'Social platforms' (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube) etc to reaching out their followers and admirers, as their status update from time to time that carries thousands of 'Amen' comments and some few likes are the messages centred on prosperity.
Brethren, it is true that the bible says money answers all things. Ecclesiastes 10:19 "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things."
It is very true also that God is the one that give power to make wealth. Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day."
It is also true that the real children of God are promised good things including being the head amongst other things and promises in the bible, but which are tied to our obedience of the word of God. Deuteronomy 28:13 "And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them."
In fact, the bible has it that all our needs shall be supplied by God through our LORD Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Friend, man is a tripartite entity, which consists of body, soul and spirit. Job 32:8 "But there is a SPIRIT in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the BODY, but are not able to kill the SOUL: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." 1 Thessalonians 5:23 "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Therefore, for our pastors to keep hammering on prosperity, prosperity and prosperity in their messages which only satisfy the body speaks of the separation that exists between them and the Almighty God, whom these men are claiming to be serving. The Almighty God is more interested in the salvation of our soul, not the possession of earthly goods. 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
After all, the bible asked "what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world (physically prosperous), and lose his own soul (find himself in hell fire)?" Mark 8:35 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
The preaching of prosperity messages by our pastors are only favouring the body, thereby living the spirit and the soul in perpetual hunger. This situation calls for spiritual surgical examination because, whether we like it or not the body will be destroyed in the grave as it is ordinary sand, but the spirit which is the real man that we are starving today is the one that has eternity with him, which God will be requiring from you at your death. Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
Remember the bible says 'man shall not live by bread alone.' Deuteronomy 8:3 "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live." How could you be so insensitive that you only care about your body which is made of ordinary sand, and deny your spirit which is the breath of God in you his food (the word of God)?
Meanwhile, Jesus said that the first thing we must do as Christians is to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other things will be added unto us, including taking care of our body. Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
However, our pastors with their half baked truth message are preaching the importance of the secondary against the primary requirement of making heaven. May the LORD God deliver us today from devouring wolves in Jesus name. Amen. Acts 20:29-31.
Dear brethren, do you know that this physical prosperity that our pastors so much preached about is the result of unfaithfulness among the Christians? Do you know that this money they keep on harping about is the root of all evil? Do you also know that the same evil and wicked spirit masterminding ritual killing for money among the unbelievers, is the same spirit masterminding forgery and lying among professing Christians?
Look, until you break yourself loosed from these prosperity preaching pastors, your soul will remain captured under their 'god' (devil) and it will ultimately be damned in hell fire, except you repent from their manipulations genuinely and ask Jesus to wash you clean with his blood.
Men and brethren, until you learn to be contented with what you have, you will always end up piecing yourself with many sorrow all in the name of making money. 1 Timothy 6:6 "But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 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. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."
The prosperity of the soul far outweighs the physical prosperity that our pastors are more interested in today. The bible says you can only prosper physically when your soul had already prospered spiritually. 3 John 2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."
Please, run away from physical prosperity preachers because they have left the assignment Jesus handed over to them and they are now serving tables. John 21:15 "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep."
Acts 6:2 "Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables."