Making Merchandise of Christians – Prosperity Gospel BlightWritten by Rev. Michael Bresciani
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In seminary an old professor once told his class that his church was praying for him that God would keep him humble while they would help by keeping him poor. This is one extreme and another is a new book offered by a TV evangelist entitled…How to be Rich and Have Everything You Ever Wanted. What is wrong is that something is missing. The missing element in pop Christian doctrine of abundant life is…balance. It would be hard to balance book just mentioned against well known saying of Christ derived from beatitudes…Blessed are poor Mt 5:3. Balance nevertheless is what this doctrine is calling for. That God has not always promised a blessing in kind is balance John 14:27. That much of promised blessings were not a material blessing at all is balance Romans 14:7. Carefully checking motive of our giving is also balance. Are we giving to get? You may as well keep it! God does care why you’re giving. He may notice figures scribbled on a check but He is still checking hearts and trying motives of believers.
America is a success worshipping society that thinks that being rich, powerful or famous is sign that one has made heights. That this notion is so pervasive is reflected in our preoccupation with those who have achieved these lofty goals. In India a Guru is a Gandhi like figure, in America they could be a Wall Street investor. Regardless of what they actually are is a matter of perception which is often given precedence over reality. What is clear is that we are continuously questioning, prodding a probing our success icons for information about keys to their success. From late night television to New York Times Bestsellers list line breaks forth replete with all memoirs, tips, secrets and how to manuals of rich and famous. Now Christianity has its own success gurus who seem ready to tell us their secrets as well. Unfortunately that secret usually comes in only one flavor. Send me, my ministry and my programs your money to get God to bless you. Many of these ministries are indeed doing wonderful things for poor and promotion of gospel so we can’t put them all in one big heap. What we can do is be a lot more prayerful about where we send our funds and why. While we are praying let us not forget that someone as close as next door may need our help right now.
Rev. Bresciani from New Orleans La is the author of...Hook Line and Sinker or What Has Your Church Been Teaching You, PublishAmerica 2005 and An American Prophet and His Message, Questions and Answers on the Second Coming of Christ, Xulon Press 2005 His website is, http://americanprophet.org
The Fatum BankWritten by Adeolu Oluade
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It is by faith in God and his word that one receives his grace. The subject of faith and its connection with destiny has been discussed in both 'Rhema Island' and 'The precious coin'. The issue of God's word is highlighted in 'Seedtime and harvest'. The treasures are also called 'the unsearchable riches of Christ': Eph.3:8(KJV) "Unto me, who am less than least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among Gentiles unsearchable riches of Christ;" These treasures are available only in Christ;and to anyone in Christ: 2 Cor.5:17(KJV) "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." In Christ are hidden riches of wisdom and knowledge: Col.2:3(KJV) "In whom are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Wisdom is essential in fulfillment of destiny: Prov.4:7(KJV) "Wisdom is principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." The subject of wisdom has been clearly analysed in 'Smartville'. It is closely linked with knowledge and understanding: Prov.2:6(KJV) "For LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." The treasures are also called 'the riches of his glory': Eph.3:16(KJV) "That he would grant you, according to riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in inner man;" God's glory is also connected to divine destiny as proclaimed in 'Gloryland'. Above all,the greatest treasure available to every customer in 'the Fatum Bank' is God himself: Genesis 15:1(KJV) "After these things word of LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." The benefit of God as one's shield against enemies of one's destiny has been discussed in 'The viral war'.
In conclusion,every reader is solemnly invited to join clientele of 'the Fatum Bank' today-without further delay!!!
1 Cor.3:21-23(KJV) "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;" "Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's;" "And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."
British-born Nigerian Christian writer living and working in London,UK with website:www.firstloveministries.org.uk