Thursday, September 14, 2006

A DIFFERENT GOSPEL AS GIVEN BY GODS ENEMIES!

The cover of this week's Time magazine asks the question, "Does God want you to be Rich?". In the article they consider the ministries of people like TD Jakes, Creflo Dollar(never a good thing if your pastor's last name is Dollar!) and Joel Osteen. The common denominator among these men and many others is there heretical teaching, overt or implied, that God wants us to be rich. Some go so far to teach it is a promise from God for His people , therefore if that is not the case with you then it is a result of your lack of faith. Not surprisingly these heretics have huge followings, filling up stadiums, some like Osteen even charge admission! What is frightening is not necessarily the number of followers but the breadth from which they come. It is no longer a fringe Pentecostal phenomenon. Now the adherents to this heresy come from every stripe of Christianity.

The danger of these men and their teaching is that their focus is on earthly material things, and the acquiring of them. They treat Christianity as if it were some great self help movement, instead of a cross bearing following of Christ to glory. They speak of the Lord as if He is some heavenly butler waiting to wait on His people, instead of the King of heaven and earth who calls us to die to self daily if we are to be His. Ultimately these heretics are Gods enemies, who are of the spirit of Anti-Christ. That might seem strong to you, but if you think about it, they teach and preach the opposite, anti, what Jesus taught. Their teachings conflict often with the Word of God. So I stay with God who spoke this through the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:8;

"if I or an angel from heaven preach a gospel different than the one I preached to you let him be accursed."

Amen!

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pastor tom
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