Five Answers Christians Won't Get From A Pulpit
Don''t be kept in the dark
As a believer in Christ in this modern age, it is more important than ever to seek honest answers regarding what is taking place in many Christian congregations. It is unfortunate but there are some issues where the answers you need will not come from the pulpit. This is why you need the Holy Spirit to alert you to false doctrine. When you are being indoctrinated each week with the same false propaganda you may accept it as true. It helps to know that others have experienced the same thing and that you are not alone. You don't have to be in the dark because the Holy Spirit will lead you into the light of truth and bring confirmation.
1. Jesus and His views on prosperity
Prosperity preachers like to say that Jesus talked about money more than any other subject. Congregants wrongly assume this makes it OK to listen to messages every week about how you should be a millionaire. It is true that Jesus spoke about money in parables in order to make spiritual principles, but pay attention to what He said when directly addressing the rich.
Matthew 25:45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Jesus said to help the least of these. He never said to make rich preachers richer. He also said that a man's value is not in material possessions but you may be hearing from the pulpit that your pastor needs to own a specific type of vehicle, or that the church should help him get a home in a specific neighborhood.
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
You will hear from the pulpit that you need wealth to represent well but Christ said your value is not in material possession. If you are troubled because you are hearing more about money than saving souls, you should be.
2. A personal walk with Christ outside of the church building
Many pastors today care more about filling the seats than leading people to Christ. You will hear how you need to be in the building every time the door is opened and emphasis on the needs of the church rather than letting your light shine once you leave the service. If you find yourself feeling as if you are being guilted into service within the four walls, you probably are. Your personal walk with the Lord includes every day of the week and not just Sunday and midweek service, In Mark 16 and Matthew 28 Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples. He never said build a brick and mortar structure and fill the building with paying customers.
3. The truth about tithing
I suggest that everyone do their own comprehensive research into tithing because if you don't you may find yourself basing your relationship with Christ on a dime. The short version is that tithe were products and giving money was a choice. When Jesus discussed the widow's mite He said she gave all she had and the Pharisees gave a portion of their abundance. (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4), There is no Biblical precedent when it comes to giving money except II Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Your giving cannot be cheerful if you are being threatened with the curse of not tithing, Your pastor may know and understand that Malachi chapter 3 was written to unscrupulous priests and not addressing the children of Israel, but: He or she may be enforcing tithing as a way to keep the money flowing. If tithing is not pushed then the budget will not be met and the pastor's salary cannot be paid. The blessing and curse of Malachi chapter 3 are abused to maintain the finances.
4. Honesty related to church attendance
The thief on the cross received salvation because of his faith, period. He was a criminal and had not lived a righteous life, Christians in third world nations are experiencing churches being torn down, prayer bans, confiscation of Bibles and death. In American churches, Christians are told that showing up for church services is proof of their faith. People sitting in the building, giving tithes, working faithfully and pleasing the pastor does not indicate they have a strong personal relationship with Christ outside of the building. Your name on the church roll will not get you into heaven but your name can be in the Lambs book of life without setting foot in a church.
Be ware of pastors giving you teasers in sermons and saying if you want the rest you must dhow up for the midweek service or come back the next Sunday. This is a ploy to get you to come to an additional service and give in the offering. Please be advised that not every pastor has these motives and this is why you need discernment from the Holy Spirit.
5. Facts about financial sowing and reaping
From the pulpit, you will hear that what you sow you reap and what you make happen for your pastor, God will make happen for you. When those in the congregation have given for years without receiving the promised reward and ask questions here is what they are told.
1. You did not give your full tithe.
2. You must have missed a spiritual principle.
3. Your faith is not strong enough.
4. You have not sown enough seeds into your leader.
5. You have bitterness in your heart.
When you hear these things week after week, you begin to believe them. Here is the truth for anyone who really wants to know. When my family attended a prosperity preaching church, my oldest son as me a question one day. He asked why I, myself and other women were not receiving the promised financial reward and the first lady was. He said that the first lady did not attend noonday, prayer, intercessory prayer, leadership meetings or clean the church as was required of leaders. He said that I and other women did all that and so much more and we were all struggling financially.
I opened my mouth and here is what the Holy Spirit said; My family lived as we did because if my husband wanted $20,000 he had to go to work for an entire year and earn it, if the first lady's husband wants $20,000 he can have a preacher friend raise it for him in one service. If sowing and reaping worked as it is being taught there would be no need for fundraising services.
The bottom line is the pulpit can be used to manipulate and point you towards attending services, and giving to the pastor,. The Bible points you towards a relationship with Christ. This is why you won’t get honest answers from the pulpit regarding these matters,
Truth sets free
When leaders mislead His sheep it can cause internal turmoil. Church members will begin to feel guilty because they miss a service or are not able to give what is being asked for. When you are armed with the truth, you will be free to develop a relationship with Him that is not bound by manmade church rules.
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