The Church has been hijacked by the moneychangers
Millions of people in this province, state, country and the world over are being deluded by smooth talking television pastors who cleverly twist the Scripture. Their words are accepted because they are admired; their teachings are swallowed because they quote from the Bible, and their cheating/ extramarital affairs are ignored because they are not held accountable to the very scriptures they preach to people.
And their scripture twisting goes unchecked because many of their listeners do not know enough of the Bible to spot the errors and deceptions. What if the lead world changer is simply a money changer?
Are the television pastors of today feeding the sheep, fleecing the flock, merchandising the Gospel or doing them all at the same time? I lay no claim to being a Bible scholar, an apologist or a theologian, nor do I intend to flood this article with Bible verses in context and solid hermeneutics in order to prove the point and expose the moneychangers just as Christ did in Matthew 21:12.
Week after week hundreds of people visit the churches of the moneychangers, buy their books and tune in to their television broadcasts. Are you one of the deceived? Even the severely myopic can see that the mega-churches have no time for the poor, the fatherless, the widows and the homeless unless they can all find their way to the mega-church building. CDs or tapes and books are sold as they repackage the Gospel – ready for merchandising. Why is it that nobody ever thinks to boldly bring up how Christ and the Apostles never sold the repacked Word of God – not once? No not once! The excuse is that they have to pay all the church expenses. To that I say they should have used the blueprints that the same Christ which they preach used and left instead of using man’s own agenda. Both Christ and his apostles and the prophets did so much with so little because it was the power of God at its best. However, the mega-pastors of today would be lost without a jet plane, several fancy cars, CDs and videos for sale. Something has gone very wrong.
Pastors, profits and evangelists such as Benny Hinn, Paula White, Juanita Bynum, Creflo Dollar, and T.D. Jakes, to name a few, come boldly before a congregation or TV audience of people who need financial help, people who have lost their jobs, people with illnesses and people who need hope. Then what happens next? You can buy hope through their offering plate, their books, tapes, conferences, camp meetings or CDs. And ladies remember who the Son sets free is free indeed – you do not need a T.D. Jakes meeting to be free.
Right about now many are disagreeing with me, although the majority knows that what I say is the plain truth. Try going to your church when you have lost your job or you do not have enough money to pay a bill. And no it has never happened to me so I am not speaking as a bitter or rejected person. Quite the contrary, but I have been in the inner circles and seen the dark truth. Do I speak of all churches? No. Read my lips and search my heart, there are many good churches, dedicated pastors and helpful congregations, but then there are the wolves in sheep’s clothing who live in multi-million dollar mansions, drive fancy cars and fly around in private jets while the congregants struggle and hide their sorrows. Yet people keep on hoping, and giving and suffering and watching the crooked pastor (not all pastors) ride off into the sunset.
There are even pastors who blend Christianity with metaphysics and repackage the whole new deceptive mess for sale to the unsuspecting public. After all the quoting of John 10:10, especially the verse that “Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy”, would you be surprised to find out that verse is speaking of the thief as the false minister (and the wolf as Satan)? I encourage you to slowly read the entire chapter and see for yourself. Satan would be an amateur compared to some of these charlatans.
Take a look at some advertisements of a church and its pastor. Is there anything on it about Christ? You can easily see who is being promoted. But whose church is it supposed to be anyway?
Please allow me to make something clear about my stance on these matters. My position is the same unchanged position of the New Covenant. I am not saying the people of God should be poor – definitely not, unless you are in the wilderness for your season of correction. Again, I am not saying money is bad because it is in fact the love of money that is the root of all evil. I am not saying it is wrong to drive a new car or live in a big house. Then what am I saying? Beware of leaven and mammon pastors. And don’t try to escape accountability by saying I am judging people. God does the judging – those of us who believe in and stand for righteousness simply relay the message. And remember you do not have to be perfect to point out sin.
Materialism is absolutely wrong and sets a superficial example. Extravagant and wasteful spending to look like the world is not the way of Christ and clearly not the example, which he has set for His church. When your purpose is to teach others how to live righteously, you are expected to do it. Just as a real estate broker is expected to have a house and a mechanic is expected to have a car that runs.
Repackaging, merchandising and selling a Gospel you do not own is not godly at all. Mismanaging God’s money in order to further man’s personal agenda is not only wrong, but it also reflects a lack of understanding regarding the building of the Kingdom. In the Bible the streets of Heaven were paved with gold, but it was certainly not to show value. Quite the opposite!. In comparison to the spiritual riches of Heaven, gold was only fit to walk on.
Christ warned us of “another Gospel” and the apostles warned us to try the spirits to see if they are of God. In addition we were also told to reject those who bring other messages. But far too many of us are not doing any of the above. So I prayerfully appeal to your common sense reasoning. Think carefully and look again at the obvious. When the church looks thinks and functions just like the world it is supposed to impact, something is very wrong. When the church is O.K. with homosexuality even though God calls it an abomination (Romans 1:26…etc), there is something wrong. When the members obey the pastor instead of correcting him and holding him accountable for his teachings, something is wrong.
Far too many members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia stood by now deceased “Bishop” Eddie Long as he was accused of molesting several young boys through a church program set up for boys without fathers. All of the young male victims, who got paid in the settlement, are now homosexual. But where was the church to correct “its own”? The mega-churches were dead silent on correction or rebuke. A well-known televangelist defended the behavior of this serial pedophile as if such a crime is a simple indiscretion no more critical than the errors or mistakes all of us make.
Pray tell me—Does a rock have to fall on the heads of millions of people before they will wake up? Or will people choose to be willfully ignorant as long as they are inspired and motivated – even by doctrines of demons? I will say again, there are many good churches out there and no place of worship is perfect. I am not on a witch hunt, I am on a snake hunt – and many of them are on your TV and in the pulpit.
Be upset at me all you like but I cannot and will not be bought off by anything this world has to offer. Accountability must return to the church, if it is indeed the church Christ founded. In I 1Corinthians we are told we are all accountable one to another because we are affected by our brother’s actions. Therefore, just like the Prophets, Apostles, John the Baptist, Moses, Abraham, Christ and all those who stand for righteousness, I will speak up whether you like it or not. And I encourage you to do the same. I am probably even farther away from perfect than you are and I make plenty of mistakes. But I make no excuses, I look in the mirror and I try to correct my errors.
On a corrective note find a solid place of worship where you can ask questions. A place where you can grow and participate. A place where they request and require you to study for yourself. A place where they help you when you need it and the pastor sets the example by living a life of moderation and humility. A place where the members look after and out for each other. A place where you see the money going to help the homeless, the hungry, the widows and the fatherless. A place where you don’t have to buy the Word of God on CD. A place where the pastor can be corrected and where he is held accountable for what he teaches. A place where the message is more important than rattling podiums or shouting choirs. A place where you are loved, respected and corrected. These churches exist today. Look hard, seek and you shall find. And remember, everything is at stake, everything.
Aleuta— The struggle continues.