Show Me The Money (Part 1)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you... And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (KJV)
For from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is greedy for gain,
And from the prophet even to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.
They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
Saying, 'Peace, peace,'
But there is no peace.
Jeremiah 6:13-14 (NAS)
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:24 (NAS)
False prophets are liars. False prophets are greedy. False prophets reap false profits. For years they stood as a barrier between me and Christ. Even as a child, I witnessed televangelists speak 'Great swelling words of emptiness' (2 Peter 2:18). I didn't believe them, but millions of others believed--and were misled.
Back then they had big hair and lots of makeup. They would shout, sing, shame and blame.
Today, the majority of televangelists have professional stylists. Now they joke, promise, plead and please. They pick favorite scriptures like cherries and attempt to re-shape the Tree of Righteousness into their own image.
How? First they put their Bible on a work bench and tie it down. Next they strip off God's bark. Then they cut it, crush it and reshape it into a paper cross. The last step is to dip it in glitter. Then they fly it through the airwaves of media and call it Jesus.
But He was never nailed where they point. He doesn't need any glitter, because the Truth shines.
Flying priests on magic carpets can't touch the Tree of Righteousness, because Jesus will not be crucified again. Instead, we're the ones they nail. At least those of us who trust them.
Others among us have real preachers we love, and we visit them most every Sunday. But we're still not sure about 'showing the money' to God. After all, we have bills to pay, and the church seems to have plenty. And what if they spend our money in a way we don't like?
Therefore, 96% of us scale down our investment and limit our risk.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Show Me The Money series.