Our world today is more materialistic than it has been for decades—maybe more than it has ever been. Today’s church is obsessed with greed and possessiveness. Men and women who profess to be Christians are more focused on commercialising the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are more interested in making a fortune out of the free gospel. They are packaging the word of God into a marketable product and selling it.
Church has become a business enterprise. Mankind today worships material things and places their acquisition as the first priority in life.
Christians have become more materialistic
Today’s preachers are obsessed with greed and possessiveness. Modern-day prophets and preachers worship material things and places their acquisition as the first priority in life.
Some of this “prosperity” obsession rubs off even on professing Christian congregates who unwittingly fall into the worship of mammon. The Apostle John wrote: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:15-16).
Can we honestly say that we do not love the world while we watch hour after hour of the so-called-celebrities and try to imitate their perverted lifestyles? Many church members watch more of these lascivious acts from some of those the world celebrates as idols and celebrities each week than most people would ever see in a lifetime in the real world—bad as it is! And the incessant “get, get, get” philosophy, which permeates television commercials and many of the shows themselves, certainly does rub off on us too. Is it any wonder that we have supposed prophets requesting nude photos from their own congregates and having sexual relationships with their pastors?
Paranoid leaders contently think they are under attack
We are not immune to Satan’s broadcasts! When you involve yourself with pornography you corrupt your mind and trap yourself into deep trouble. Abuse of power then rears its ugly head. You become defensive and see everything as an attack on yourself and your ministry. You become paranoid, you think everyone is attacking you and your church. When in actuality you have brought it up on yourself. I know of a certain charlatan prosperity preacher who constantly thinks he is under attack. He has so many skeletons hidden in his closet, and thus, any sound scares him. But I digress.
And what about the way in which many in the modern churches now “idolise” these so-called prophets? How many of us realize that the deep emotion, shouting and cheering that often welcomes a sexually licentious or even blasphemous prophet is a perversion of the fervent adoration and worship that belongs only to God?
False teachers promote materialism
Having followed and observed some of these so-called prophets for four years of my adult life. I have seen first-hand that those in the modern-day prophetic movement churches, more than most anywhere else in the Christian world, do tend to worship material things. Yes, worship! For vast numbers of people in these prophetic movement churches will do just about anything in order to own a house, a car, a computer—even a second, third or fourth television set. Men and women are willing to do anything for rank and positions in these churches. A woman will sleep with the prophet or leader, so they can be called a pastor. The husband will bury his head in the sand and pretend all is well, so he too can sit at the high table and front row in church.
Are you serving God or a ‘man of God’?
Seriously, serving a man of God does not involve sexually servicing his perverted ways. Standing with a man of God does not mean aiding and abating their unholy chaos, covering up their shenanigans.
The sad reality is that these so-called prophets are nothing but abusive and manipulative sexual perverts masquerading as prophets of God. Even while fully cognisant of the struggles of their congregates who strive to work long hours outside the home, sacrificing those precious hours that they could be spending with their growing children, on the pretext of “serving the man of God”—instead of teaching them, training them and building within them a deep and abiding sense of security and self-esteem. These charlatans milk them dry spiritually, emotionally and then top it all up by sexually manipulating them. All in the name of serving and standing with your man of God. (A response to the misnomer that is Christian Activism).
“But I just couldn’t make it if I didn’t stand by my man of God,” a typical congregate of these prophetic churches would exclaim. Make it? Make what? Would the God of heaven abandon you because you have left a charlatan or exposed his evil ways? Would you be unclothed or homeless because you have refused to be manipulated by a false prophet? In almost every case, the honest answer is: No!
The promise of wealth untold
You see, some of you in these prophetic/prosperity churches are so accustomed to absolute affluence promised by your preachers that even some of you readers may feel a little uncomfortable as you read this Personal. But I can assure you that thousands of mainstream Christians in Britain, Europe and America think it is both pitiful and amusing that many in the prophetic movement churches (particularly in Africa) feel that they “need” so many extravagant material comforts—comforts that were unheard of until the last generation or two. (Most of the membership in these churches see the wealth flaunted by their leaders/prophets and pastors as a standard of righteousness and God’s reward for being a faithful Christian).
Hence thousands in these prophetic/prosperity churches feel that they are figuratively “cursed” if they could not have their own material possessions comparable to that exhibited by their prophets.
People young and old will work themselves into a fanatic desire to possess material things. These things, then, and this desire, become a form of idolatry. If we are to be God’s people, we must recognize materialism for what it is, and repent of such a selfish and rotten approach to life.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God
We must stop allowing crass materialism to affect the quality of our spiritual lives, our families and our children. |It is important we must put God and His way of life first—ahead of any material things. We must learn to seek God and His ways above all other things.
After describing how God will take care of all our material needs, Jesus Christ said: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). To be true Christians, you and I must really do this.
The staff of Onward Christian magazine is striving to do this in every respect, and to restore the true values of Apostolic Christianity. We strive, however imperfectly, to put God first. That is why we publish these articles constantly—and never charge you our readers even a penny to receive the plain and precious truths that are right there in your Bible!
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Freely you have received, freely give
Notice this scripture: “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain” (2 Corinthians 6:1, KJV). In context, this verse clearly shows that all true Christians should be workers together with Christ in reaching the unconverted world with His message. And there certainly is a lot of work to do! Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). We cannot, therefore, put a price tag on the precious truth of God, and the warning message in the articles posted on this website, which must go to all the world, regardless of how the world responds.
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In our society, many profess Christianity, but practice Mammon-worship. Most professing Christians have “watered down” Jesus’ true teachings so that they scarcely resemble what He and His original followers taught. They want to practice a “buffet-type-Christianity”—taking what they want from Christ’s message, but living their own lives as they please—sometimes putting God first, but other times putting first their hunger for more and better material things.
We at Onward Christian Magazine in this Work of God strive to be different! We understand that God’s Word must be preached to the world as a witness, just before the end of this present age (Matthew 24:14). The world must be given the opportunity to hear that it has rejected God’s Way—the Way that would bring genuine peace, harmony, prosperity and untold blessings from the Creator of heaven and earth.
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We are striving to “buck the tide” of materialism and show by our example and by our words the \way of life\ that Jesus Himself taught. May you, too, take to heart Christ’s message and put Him first in your lives, in every way, instead of making an idol of material things. As Christians, we should be able to say, as did the Apostle Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV). May that be our goal!
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