Recently I was reading several articles on various televangelists. The authors called them false prophets and I tended to agree.
Not wanting to just take the authors’ word for this, I read several transcripts of messages and interviews, plus I watched videos given by these “teachers”. In other words, I turned over the rocks…I investigated.
I’m referring to those teachers that are involved in the Name it and Claim it and Prosperity Doctrines.
Their messages are soothing to one’s ears. Everything is great, nothing about repentance or the Blood of Christ. But a lot of give to me and God will give to you or name what you want and God will provide it.
NOW who wouldn’t like to conjure up a new car or house by just speaking and claiming it so. But God is not a vending machine. I do not believe we are to sit on our couch, send money to some TV personality and expect a new car in the garage.
I believe, we are to give but what we receive will not necessarily be a material item…rather a spiritual blessing. Yes, God does provide material blessings, but that is not the measure of one’s faith.
BE EVER SO CAREFUL IF YOU MEASURE A MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BY THEIR BANK ACCOUNT!!
Reading these articles gave me great pause. Have I misspoken or misinterpreted the Bible in the past? Of course I have! BUT Not intentionally!!
I want to go on record that I am only human and I am sure that I have made mistakes in sharing God’s Word.
Please, dear Reader, when I do, feel free to call me out. Challenge me, for I do not want to ever misrepresent His Word.
My main purpose of this blog is for me to recognize God in everyday situations and share them with you. Sometimes I might get it wrong, but I pray God sees my heart and my intentions. AND…that you too understand my heart.
The other day I was speaking about such a false teacher with a co-worker, who I will call Brad.
Several years ago Brad began to listen to one of these many prosperity evangelists on TV. He loved the messages.
Although this preacher’s doctrine is watered down so much so that you don’t see Christ, Brad was drawn to God.
Encouraging and uplifting words are the staples of this false prophet.
But God impressed on Brad’s heart that there was more to being a Christian and he began searching the Scriptures and there Brad found Christ.
Romans 8:28 (NIV) tells us….
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
That means good things, bad things, sound Biblical instruction and even false teaching.
God can and will make these things good, turn them around…but notice the end of that verse.
“of those who LOVE HIM, who have been called according to His purpose.”
LOVE HIM…For God’s Purpose!!
Brad loved (and still loves) God and heard God calling him. Brad desired to know God intimately and not some watered down version of Christianity.
Dear Reader, I know there are TV personalities and those in the pulpit that just say what we want to hear, soothing feel good sermons…Beware!
Are they sharing just God’s love and grace, and leaving out God’s redemption, God’s requirement of repentance, that we must be born again???
Don’t be fooled.
If you think you may have been fooled, prayerfully ask God to open your eyes. Ask God to lead you to one of the many godly men and women on the radio, TV, in print, and leading our churches and small groups.
I praise God for these Teachers of His Word who are leading many to Christ.
I challenge you to ask yourself about who you listen to, read, etc.
- Do they point to works and not to Christ as the way to salvation?
- Are they prideful?
- Do they live an extravagant lifestyle indicating a love for money?
- Are they so all inclusive that the message of repentance is lost?
- Is the message all about them and little about Christ?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, please take pause…and ask God for discernment…ASK – AM I following a false teacher?
Now, you may say yes regarding me for the last question…my blogs are a lot about me…BUT not ALL about me.
I hope that you see the majority of the time I am pointing you toward Christ at the conclusion of my entry.
Okay, not sure why I felt compelled to write this entry, but this has been on my heart for over a week. Someone out there must need to read this. Or maybe I just needed to hear it.
My prayer is that whoever needed this message, finds it.
Don’t just listen…Get into God’s Word…you just might be surprised by what you learn!
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4
And now, Dear Reader, I have a SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST ~ please pray for my friend’s son…he is struggling with a variety of challenges. Thanks.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.
To contact Susan to plan a retreat or seminar Click here.