Our ideas about our life and God's ideas about it. Dec 16, 2021 12:30:38 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Dec 16, 2021 12:30:38 GMT -5
Like Cindy said, false teachers can read the Bible,
but they then pick and choose,
only certain parts of scripture,
to fit their deceptions.
Often the one who prospers financially,
for the most part, is the false teacher.
They will often tell their poor followers
to give to the church
as a 'seed offering'
( the poor are to give as much as possible of course)
which will then 'grow'
and will magically make them wealthy,
by having given.
OH and they need to keep on giving naturally.
What some false teachers draw on from scripture is to say:
Look at how God prospered David ( a man after his own heart),
and then they say...
So see, God wants to prosper His beloved...
But they neglect, the other parts of the Bible,
where many of His beloved prophets were poor
( and let's not forget Jesus)
Jesus said to him,
“The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head
Nor do they point out,
that the riches
(the few people of God's beloved,)
in scripture had.....
did not keep them from sorrows
or really help them be more godly.
They also focus on having your 'best life' now,
healed, as well as rich.
Yet the Bible warns to be cautious
about aiming to be wealthy because:
16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
And often even worse, they may add
techniques such as visualization ( just see your self as wealthy)
Anything to bolster the old get rich quick idea.
The idea is that being greedy becomes.... really 'spiritual'.
But what often happensit is the false teacher gets rich
while his greedy followers grow poorer
A stingy man hastens after wealth
and does not know that poverty will come upon him
This focus on money is extremely worldly
and not much is said about where will you spend eternity.
You are too focused on material gain, here, in this life.
How is this different from a secular non-believer?
Only the false teacher will say:
But God loves you so much He wants to 'best 'for you....
(which is to be like a spoiled child,
who is not taught compassion, pity, loyalty, holiness, obedience etc.)
Things like take up your cross:
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
be born again,
22 to put off your old self
which belongs to your former manner of life
and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
are not mentioned.
Rather, this type of false gospel
demands that God blesses me with wealth and health.
God is treated like a genii in a bottle.