Tithing- the Final Frontier

Tithing- The Final Frontier

“It has been said that the wallet is the ‘final frontier.’ It is often the final area to be conquered- the last thing that we surrender to God. Jesus spoke much about money. He said that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). ‘Mammon’ was the common Aramaic word for riches, which is related to a Hebrew word signifying ‘that which is to be trusted.’ In other words, we cannot trust both God and money. Either money is our source of joy, our great love, our sense of security, the supplier of our needs- or God is.

When you open your purse or wallet, give generously and regularly to your local Church. A guide to how much you should give can be found in the ‘tithe’ of the Old Testament: 10 percent of your income. Whatever amount you give, make sure you give something to the work of God (see Mal. 3:8- 11). Give because you want to, not because you have to. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6, 7), so learn to hold your money with a loose hand.”

Ray Comfort

Evidence Bible, page 1413

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comment about the prosperity gospel exposed

Comment about the Prosperity Gospel Exposed

I just wanted to speak for a minute about my last message on prosperity teachers. I want to make clear that my motive for adding pictures and names is not because I want to speak trash about others, but I am driven by love for you and all those who are wrongly influenced or abused by anyone who is deceiving you. I am moved with indignation when I see abuse in the name of Jesus, and when teachers are leading people astray, and I know the Lord has indignation too.

When Jesus was in the temple and He saw how the Pharisees had made God’s house into a den of thieves, He was moved with Godly anger; He flipped tables and drove people out with a whip. God’s house is to be a house of prayer, not a place to grow rich.

The words I wrote about false teachers were in general about anyone who is a false teacher, and I encourage you all to study the small book of Jude. It is a powerful chapter written by Jesus’ brother, warning us of the characteristics of false teachers who have crept in among us “unnoticed”. Jude says in verse 3, 4 that he was first going to write about our common salvation, but found it necessary instead to write to warn us of these deceitful teachers, dedicating the entire epistle to it.

So I encourage you each to examine closely any teacher who influences you, including myself, and if we do not fully line up with God’s word, do not listen to us. Please, take the time to study God’s word and examine those teaching you, for the Bible warns that there would be many false teachers and false prophets in the last days who would deceive many, and my job is to be a watchman on the wall, shouting the warning to whoever will listen. If I do not warn when I see danger, your blood is on my head. (Ezekiel 33:6)

Personally I have examined the teachings of many prosperity teachers, have gone to their conferences, read their teachings and I even used to listen to a handful of them. But as I examined more closely and studied the word, I realized the subtle destructive doctrines mixed in with the truth; doctrines which are able to send millions to hell. I desperately don’t want people to end up in hell, and that is why I’m so passionate about exposing truth. But yes, we must be very careful when spreading people’s names around like I have done, so please just examine each teacher yourself and guard who you listen to.  

I do admit that some of the teachings are good, and can help people, and I believe that even some people might hear the gospel preached and be saved through some of their teachings, but even Judas preached the gospel, yet was a thief.

Rat poison only has .005 percent poison, with the rest good stuff, but that .005 kills you. I can preach mostly good truths to draw you in, but then I slip in a heresy that gives you license to pursue greed and riches instead of God, and it sends you to hell because your serving a false god called money.

http://youtu.be/DuQIoZV2KRY   testimony of how the prosperity gospel almost ruined believers lives

The bible tells us to withdraw ourselves from such as teach that godliness is a means to gain (1Timothy 6:5). God will provide our needs as we serve Him, and made all things richly to enjoy, but we are to focus on furthering the kingdom of God, not our own kingdom. So please, please, please, for eternity’s sake, take heed to God’s warnings and test all things, holding fast what is good.

With much love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball

p.s. some teachers that I have grown from that you can find their teachings online:

Joe Shimmel (good fight ministries), Paul washer, Dominic Gaccetta (The Church of Born Again Delivered Disciples AZ), Ray Comfort, Leonard Ravenhill

The Prosperity Gospel Exposed

The Prosperity Gospel Exposed

Ezekiel 34:1- 4

“And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophecy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.’’”

Today we have many Televangelists who feed on the flock rather than care for their needs. They are false shepherds, false prophets and false teachers, and unless they repent their judgment will be so sever (James 3:1), for they cause the name of Jesus to be blasphemed among unbelievers. It grieves the Holy Spirit, and it grieves my heart to see.

Take a look at these pictures and decide for yourself what you think:

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This is where these preachers lay their head, and their transportation.

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 This is where Jesus laid His head and His transportation. See the difference?

Jesus told us not to lay up treasures for ourselves on this earth, but in the life to come (Matthew 6:19- 21). With all the millions these people spend on their own pleasures and comforts (tax free), they could be using to further the kingdom of God, they could be feeding and housing the poor, they could be supporting other ministries that are helping the persecuted Church around the world. Jesus said, “sell what you have and give to the poor, provide yourselves money bags that do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that will not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:33, 34)

 You can see where these peoples treasure is; it’s on the earth where their heart is. These false teachers have smooth speech by which they convince people, flattering them for their own advantage. They even deceive and confuse you by using some truths, so that you believe they are from God, yet their message is different than that of Christ’s. He tells us to go to the cross and die to this life; they, like satan, tell us not to die to this world, but rather they give us license to live for the world and its possessions (1 John 2:15- 17). Jesus said we cannot serve both God and mammon (worldly riches), for we will love one and hate the other (Luke 16:13). He even goes on to tell a parable of a rich man who dresses lavishly and fared sumptuously every day, while ignoring the poor beggar at his gate. The rich man ended up in hell.

Instead of preaching that people are free to pursue riches for themselves in Jesus name, they should be preaching the gospel; that people must repent and put their trust in Jesus to have eternal life. They should be encouraging a money loving country to die to themselves, pick up their cross and follow Jesus. But because the Spirit of God is not in them (Jude 1:19), they won’t. Instead they will persuade you to send them your money so they can “do God’s work”, while people hope that God will bless them for sending their money to these guys. There are stories of people sending these preachers much of their life savings, in hopes of being healed or becoming prosperous, yet dying without hope. That is so sad.

Never support a ministry that focuses so much on money; that continually asks for your support. Rather look to those ministries where their main focus is on God’s real work of reaching others. Ministries like “Voice of the Martyrs”, “Living waters”, “Hearts Cry”, Good Fight ministries or End Time Research Ministry whose focus is to help strengthen you to reach others, who even offer free books and magazines to strengthen your Christian faith. They love God and seek to do His will.

A minister is supposed to give to you. We are called to care about your life and your soul. We are supposed to lay down our lives for your sake, just as the Good Shepherd laid down His life for us (John 10:11). We are called to live humbly and modestly, not with fancy clothing and rich apparel, so that those who want to reproach us will have nothing to say (1 Peter 2:11, 12; 1 Peter 3:3)

To end this, read Paul’s words to Timothy: (1Timothy 6:5-11) “useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

(1 Timothy 6:17- 19) “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

There we have it. Material itself is not evil, but man’s heart is, and often riches turn people away from God; therefore Scripture strongly warns us about desiring them. But we must be thankful for all that God does give us, as all of His gifts are good. Above all we must be ready to use what we have for the glory of God, to give to others, and to focus on eternal things, not earthly wealth.

Love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball

(Ephesians 4:12)  Equipping the saints for the work of ministry; edifying the body of Christ.