Since my posting on the Sunday sermon on the 14th June, the issue weighs heavily on mind and heart. Since then, the word “contentment” infused and lingers in my mind. Evidently, there isn’t any passage in the NT which exhorts us to seek after prosperity (see my other postings “Health and Wealth – 3 John 2” (11/06/13) and “As your soul prospers” (11/06/13).
Yet, for three Sundays, the pulpit reached out to the congregation to pray for prosperity, drawing audible amens and agreement. The following scriptures negate the suggestion to pray for our prosperity. (see previous postings on “What the Bible Says About Money” (22/11/14)
“….be content with your wages.” (Jesus in Luke 3:14)
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, … (Phil 4:11,12)
…. imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Tim 6:5-10)
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb 13:5)
If the scriptures are so clear, why would the pulpit convince, commend and compel believers to seek prosperity from the Lord?
Satan used scriptures to tempt and to seduce – first to cast doubt on clear teachings, then to distort by alluding to secular human wisdom (James 3:13-16) and then to deceive with satanic values and doctrines (1 Tim 4:1)
When the Sower went out to sow (Mark 4:1-20), the birds (satan) came to take the seeds away. (see posting on “Birds of the Air” (25/06/13)
And where the seeds sprouted and grew, the birds return (Mark 4:31-32). While the pulpit is expected to teach and uphold sound doctrine, the birds, within the church, would seek to introduce doubt, distort and deceive, displacing and replacing spiritual truth with secular and satanic values – to tempt and turn legitimate needs into lust, inconsistent with the heart and mind of Christ, and to seduce the bride of Christ.
I am constrained to post this, and most of all to direct the reader to an excellent midrashic video teaching on Revelation 8:1,2 and Zechariah 5, – of how the birds with displace and misplace the scriptural truth with satanic doctrines.
Watch Jacob Prasch, a messianic Jew, gravely warning believers to be aware, ie beware of satanic seduction