those who want to get rich

Read 1 Timothy 6:2b-10.

Warning! Warning! Strong sermon approaching!

What is hell like? I’ve never been there, but I’ve stood at its gates many times? How so? I was in the room when a TV got tuned to a virtually any “Christian” network on cable today. That is what hell is like.

Hell is a preacher standing up and proclaiming that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God wants to make Christians materially rich and a room full of people nodding and clapping approval.
Hell is a room full of people feeding their insatiable hunger for “just a little bit mo,” calling it “church” and then being so deceived by it all that they help beam that vision to the whole world to see so that more might be sucked into the black hole of greed committed in the name of God.

Hell is the howl of Satan’s demons squealing with glee as the the living God is prostituted to line the pockets of “evangelists” covered with gold jewelry, wearing expensive suits and strutting like a rooster daring to say they represent the One who was born in a born, lived a life in poverty with no place to lay his head and died without his only possessions being the clothes on his back.

Why, I’m about to have an apoplectic fit just thinking about it! I simply can’t abide it. Nor should any Christian, any member of any church anywhere.

God’s Spirit has warned us: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap …” God’s own Son has relayed to us: “… the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Our loving, protective and providing Father God has conveyed to us that being involved in such can cause his children to “wander from the faith.”

Do we believe them? Honestly – are we willing to live by their words? Or are we actually centering our life around “a fist full of dollars,” living it the sake of “a few dollars more” and making greed our god?

“… godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (6:6-8)

May the life of every Christian in every church powerfully proclaim that truth over the din of confusion that arises from a world full of lust for money and material things. May God’s people everywhere be given the wisdom and discernment to see the “health and wealth gospel,” and “the name it and claim it” way of “faith” for what it is in reality, heresy and blasphemy. May those who desire to be genuine disciples of Jesus become believers in the true Christ and not one made in their own image.

Amen.

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