MANY a televangelist in today’s world begs for $$$$$! And I’ve always wondered WHY! Churches are “tax-exempt”. So WHY then do they need people’s money? Is it REALLY necessary? What’s more, all of that donation money is TAX FREE!
Rather or not this guy in the video down below is an actual atheist or not is besides the point! He’s actually done an extremely good “expose” on some of today’s most prominent “prosperity preachers”.
WARNING: there might be a few bare hints of bleeped out cuss words here and there in his “broadcast”, but his overall message is solid! Today’s prosperity preachers are PREYING upon the weak and feeble-minded!
But then again, don’t nearly ALL modern-day “Christian churches” more or less do that? Ask for DONATIONS upon DONATIONS upon DONATIONS from the weak and feeble-minded?
Many of today’s preachers have the spirit of “Leviathan” on them……..asking for $$$$$$$ and donations for ANY reason or for NO reason, professing to “speak in tongues” (which is a bunch of demonic *mumbo-jumbo*), preaching the “prosperity gospel” that “if you send money, God will bless you”, etc.,etc.
And when even a so-called ATHEIST has to come out against these people, you KNOW they’re really, really bad and corrupt! For if they weren’t corrupt at all, the so-called atheists and non-believers wouldn’t have a leg to stand on!
I’m just so SICKENED of all the LIES and CORRUPTION I see in the modern-day “Church” today (as a whole!) People are just SO lost! “Churches” themselves and those that run them (as a whole) are just SO LOST! And Jesus Christ/Almighty Yeshua is ANGRY!
They (as a whole) have DENIED HIS ALMIGHTY NAME! They (in tune with 2 Timothy 3:5 in the New Testament) are described by Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ as “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away“. In other words, Jesus Christ tells us to TURN AWAY FROM SUCH PEOPLE!
Today’s “church” (as a whole), as I’ve stated time and time and time again, does NOT worship the TRUE Jesus Christ of the bible but instead, worships a false, profane PAGANIZED version of him! And it’s really no wonder since many of today’s preachers (as a whole) want your $$$, $$$$ and more $$$$$! Like I said, they have the spirit of “Leviathan” on them!
For we MUST remember that the gospel of Jesus Christ is FREE! So why then do they need to “charge” for it? (Jesus Christ & his disciples never charged a SINGLE PENNY!) So why then do THEY need YOUR hard-earned work money, more than a poor, homeless guy sitting on a street corner with nothing to eat, for example? ASK YOURSELVES THAT, FOLKS! REALLY TRULY THINK ABOUT THAT ONE FOR AWHILE!
Jesus Christ told us in the New Testament to give to those in need. Well folks, I’m sorry but today’s preachers (as as a whole) are filthy RICH! They are NOT “in need”. True, many of them profess to use that money to “help others overseas” and to “help orphaned children in Africa” or this or that or what have you.
And while these are all good things and we SHOULD help people in need all over the world, why does it forever seem like none of these “mega-pastors” EVER truly help anyone in need (especially homeless or starving children) here in AMERICA? ASK YOURSELVES THAT, FOLKS!
They want you to put money in their “coffers”, and yet, they completely IGNORE the fact that there’s thousands of starving/hungry children HERE IN AMERICA whose parents aren’t able to find or keep a job, or that has a job that pays WAY too little, etc.
And also: just where does all that money REALLY go, folks? Have you ever truly thought about that? Have you ever actually physically SEEN the “orphanage” that said preacher claims to want to raise money for? Have you ever actually SEEN images of the improved conditions of orphaned children in Africa, or even OF the individual “orphaned children” in Africa, for example? Have you ever actually SEEN a full, true, TRANSPARENT disclosure of a mega church’s “finances”? My guess is no.
On the other hand, have you ever noticed that most mega-pastors today have “high-tech expensive gadgets”, drive nice cars, live in NICE HOMES? Many unknowing people say, “they preach the Word of God all day, they DESERVE to live in a nice home and make lots of money”. REALLY? I wasn’t aware that Jesus Christ, according to THEM, was the God of Wealth & Money! However, we DO know that many “famous people” have sold their souls to THE DEVIL for money! So is SATAN the god of money, then? YOU be the judge!
On the other hand, look at all the hard-working ministries out there that NEVER ask for a SINGLE DIME from people (like, this one for instance!). If they never ask for a single dime from people, then by deductive reasoning, that must mean that they’re paying with their own money for any “materials” for their ministry.
In fact, I once had a person ask me if I accepted donations and I said in response “no, I don’t, for the gospel of Jesus Christ is FREE”. Therefore, I REALLY, truly hope that person took that statement of mine, applied it to their life, and FLEED from all “money-grabbing pastors” that only want their $$$$$$$ and nothing more!
Have you ever ONCE known a disciple of Jesus to say to one of the ancient Jewish or Gentile people, “Give me $2 and I’ll cure you?” OFCOURSE NOT!
Folks, here’s the brutal reality. What do “mega-ministries” need money for? Today’s “church” (as a whole) is run like a BUSINESS! Donations, church “budgets”, church “real estate”, pastor’s salaries, etc.
If I myself can carry out a daily job IN ADDITION to the work I do here at my “mini-ministry” here on WordPress, and I don’t charge a SINGLE PENNY, then why do many “televangelic ministries” out there have to charge a kazillion dollars (metaphorically speaking) through “donations”, just to get people closer to God? I don’t get it.
I never ask for donations because I don’t need them nor want them. If the Lord wants me to start a “major project”, the Lord will somehow provide for my financial needs and I don’t need other people’s hard-earned work money to do it!!!!!!
In fact, money is the LAST thing on my mind these days! I’m FAR more concerned about all the “lost souls” out there and getting them saved (TRULY “Saved”, that is) in the name of Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ, THE BIBLICAL JESUS CHRIST, NOT the Pagan one taught in the churches today! [But again, there are a couple of good ministries out there that ask for donations but do so for the all the right reasons……more about that later].
Nothing boils my blood to anger faster than seeing “spiritually corrupt” mega-pastors or big-time ministers asking for $$$$ all the time from the “church goers”. But see, folks? That’s the problem right then and there. Church is not a place you “go to”, for you MUST remember that the “true church”, the BIBLICAL CHURCH, is consisted of the body/assembly of believers THEMSELVES!
In other words, we don’t “go to church”, for we ourselves (each and every single one of us) ARE “the church”. Do you get what I’m saying, here?
Let me put this in a different way. Sally A “attends church every week”. But she forgets God the rest of the week. She sees “the church” as a BUILDING! She passes by NUMEROUS homeless people each day or poor people holding up signs asking for food.
But all she ever does is gawk at them as she passes by and says to herself, “What a bum! They should get a job” (as though a job was easily attainable for said person!) If a homeless person directly approaches her and kindly asks for money to buy food, she’ll retort, “Get a job! Then you won’t be homeless and hungry, anymore!” and walks off, without giving the homeless person a second thought, as she elegantly whisks her purse over her shoulder and thinks about her numerous other plans and errands for the day, etc.
But Daniel B does NOT see the church as a “building” but rather sees HIMSELF (the true believer in Christ) as “the church”. For example, he sees a homeless man on the street one day and goes into a nearby restaurant and buys the homeless man and himself a meal.
He then kindly walks up to the homeless man afterwards and says, “Hi, how are YOU today, sir? My name is Daniel and I’d like to sit down with you for awhile and also give you a free meal today, if that’s alright with you”.
And then, once the meal is given to the man, Daniel might possibly eat his own meal WITH the man and talk to him for awhile, and ask how he came to be homeless and try to figure out a solution to the man’s plight. AS he’s doing this, he’ll also at the same time preach to the man the gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ Almighty. THAT is true evangelism, folks! THAT is the TRUE, BIBLICAL “CHURCH MODEL”…….”being” the church, instead of “going to church”.
Many people, for example, will donate their food to a food pantry but they will NEVER stop to talk to a homeless person carrying a sign IN PERSON, etc. People will oftentimes BLAME the homeless individual for their own circumstances. But they need to THINK…….how would THEY feel if THEY were in that dire situation in life and nobody ever came to THEIR rescue and did nothing but look down on THEM and ridicule THEM? How would THEY feel?
Also, it is wrong to make assumptions about people. You don’t know that homeless person carrying a sign, personally. You have NO IDEA who they are, what they’ve been through, where they’ve been or where they’re going. You don’t even know just by looking at them if they’re to blame for their own circumstances or not. There’s plenty of homeless veterans out there, for example, that can’t find jobs for instance, because people are now looking down on the military, just like they did after the war in Vietnam! (Do your research, folks!)
Plus, I kid you not, there’s even people with PhD’s who are now homeless, due to no fault of their own! And these poor people can’t even find a job at a local McDonald’s, etc. since they are OVER-QUALIFIED! And my guess is that they probably don’t qualify for food stamps either since their level of education is much too high to “qualify” for them!
So these people are TRULY stuck! (And then, after awhile, when finding no job prospects, many of these people probably feel like giving up! But it’s “the true/biblical church’s” job (the believers in Jesus Christ, THEMSELVES), to make sure they DON’T give up, folks!)
True, some homeless people might be mean and violent. Some might try to mug or rob you. But you can’t let the fear of possible reactions keep you from doing God’s Work here on this Earth! Jesus Christ has given us all a divine commission while here on this Earth and that’s to do the Will of God. “What’s the will of God?”, some might ask. Answer: It is to do the Father’s Will. “What is the Heavenly Father’s Will?”, some might ask again. It is to read, follow and DIRECTLY APPLY the written word of God to our lives!
For example, don’t just READ about what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount of how we are to help those in need. Actively DO just that, in your own life! In other words, don’t just BELIEVE the gospel but actually DO the gospel!
Most of us see atleast ONE homeless person with a sign every few days. How many of those people have we stopped and helped? How many? [And believe me, this goes just as much for ME as for anyone else!] True, you can make as MANY excuses in the book as you want to, as to why you didn’t help said person(s). But know this: on the Day of Judgement, the Lord Jesus Christ is gonna judge us for EVERY thought, word, deed and action.
In fact, Matthew 25: 31-40 states:
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.
However, in Matthew 25: 41-46, Jesus states:
“Then shall he [Jesus Christ] say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal”.
Therefore, a BIG part of following the Heavenly Father’s will seems to be helping those who are less fortunate than us (namely, homeless and poor people, etc.) The people in category 1 (the Sally A category) will end up being placed among the “goats” on the Day of Judgement. But the category II people (the “Daniel B’s”) will end up being pleasantly surprised as they’re placed among the “sheep” on the Day of Judgement.
Jesus Christ also says in John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments” and in John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him”. However, Jesus Christ says in John 14:24 “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me”.
And Matthew 5:17-18 states: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”.
Which, in plain English, means that the 10 commandments and Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc.) and 7th day Sabbath (Saturday) STILL apply/are REQUIRED by ALL of the Lord’s people (Jew and Gentile, alike) and that everything won’t be fulfilled UNTIL the times of Revelation, chapter 21-22!
Therefore, I ask of you today. Are you a “Sally A” or a “Daniel B” type person? I pray that if you’re NOT a “Daniel B”, that you’ll learn to BECOME a “Daniel B” type of person……..and learn how to “BE” the church, instead of “going to church”.
But if you’ve been like a “Sally A” person most of your life, fret not! For there is still time for you to REPENT and learn to become more like a “Daniel B”! Whatever excuses you tried to use to justify your sin of not giving to homeless people in the past, or forgiving so and so for hurting you, etc., throw those excuses out the window and give them no merit, anymore! Ask the Lord Jesus to cleanse your mind, heart, body and spirit and to give you a new heart that’s after HIS own heart!
JESUS cared about the sick, the poor, the blind, the disabled, the lepers, etc. So don’t don’t WE, as a whole? JESUS cared about the homeless and those broken in spirit! So why don’t WE, as a whole?
How many of us have had a friend come to us in their emotional, financial, spiritual, etc,. time of need, and we thought in our hearts, “Blah blah blah, okay, enough already, stop talking, this is getting to be too emotionally draining for me, I can’t take it anymore!” as we sat or stood there and said over and over again, “uh huh, uh huh”, while only halfway listening to them, in response? [Ahem……Guilty, here. And the Lord convicted me of that so strongly….so let that serve as a warning to you all!]
Just like how many of us have passed a homeless person carrying a sign or signs on the street and thought to ourselves, “get a job, you bum!” Or have gone to church our while lives, thinking that “attending church” would be enough for us to be in “good standing” with God/Jesus Christ Almighty? Probably a heck of alot more of us than we would care to admit!
Matthew 7:13-14 talks about JUST HOW HARD IT IS to get into the “sheep” category of Jesus Christ’s Judgement, someday: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it“.
In other words, obeying the will of God in heaven is a NARROW WAY. Which means VERY FEW PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW IT! Think for example, of how many “Christians” support gay ‘marriage’ and gay adoptions, today! That is an example of Christians following the BROAD PATH, the one that leads to ETERNAL DESTRUCTION!
Here, I’ve attempted to make a Youtube video that illustrates the major differences between the BROAD WAY and the NARROW WAY. And there’s so much more I wanted to add in the video but I had to pick and choose the most important pics due to time constraints. But hopefully the video will give you a more “clearer” visual picture of the meaning of the Matthew 7:13-14 passage!
And here, Paul Washer gives a sermon on what the NARROW WAY is:
But I ask of you RIGHT NOW…….before you give another $1 to ANY ministry, ask yourself if that ministry:
- Preaches that we HAVE no sin since “Jesus already payed for our sins”
- Preaches that you must “sow seed” (GIVE MONEY) in order to RECEIVE MONEY or blessings
- Proclaims to “speak in tongues” (which is honestly nothing more than *demonic babble*)
- Proclaims to “immediately heal” “ailments” in the name of Jesus through the television or computer screen, without ever having seen said person with said “ailment” IN PERSON
- Is purposely non-transparent or “vague” about their finances and “budget”
- Preaches on SUNDAY (the FALSE Sabbath)
- Partakes of FALSE/PAGANIZED holidays such as Christmas, Easter, etc.
- Teaches that the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (Passover, Tabernacles, Pentecost) are “Jewish feasts, ONLY”
- Teaches that Jews don’t NEED to be saved in the name of Jesus Christ
- Teaches that the “Christian church” has replaced Israel
- Preaches that God WANTS you to be wealthy
If a ministry you’re “thinking” about donating to displays any of those 12 signs, don’t walk away from that ministry, FLEE!
However, if a ministry displays any of the following 12 signs, they might possibly be an “OK” ministry to donate to (provided you have the TRUE finances for it and provided the Lord and the ministry itself *humbly* LEADS you to do so):
- Preaches that we’re all sinners and that we need to REPENT of our sins!
- Preaches the “Jewishness” of Jesus
- Celebrates in and STRONGLY encourages people to celebrate in the TRUE, BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (such as Passover, Tabernacles, Trumpets, etc.)
- Worships on the true, BIBLICAL 7th-Day Sabbath (Saturday – Friday sundown to Saturday sundown: please remember that a Jewish “day” begins at sundown, the night before!)
- Does NOT preach that the modern day “church” has replaced Israel
- Does NOT preach that God wants you to be wealthy
- Preaches about the importance of actively DOING the Word of God, not just reading about it in the bible!
- Preaches that even JEWS themselves need to be saved in the name of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Almighty!
- Is totally upfront about their finances and their budget. As in, you can clearly see where all your money’s going. You can see actual physical body evidence of it being money well spent for the kingdom of God.
- Does NOT proclaim to speak in tongues, per say
- Does NOT preach that you must “send money” in order to be blessed by God!
- ****Talks about THE TRUTH about the times we’re living in as it pertains to bible prophecy, and THE TRUTH about the “abominable sins” of homosexuality and abortion, etc.****
- In other words, if you’re going to “donate” to a ministry AT ALL, atleast make sure to ONLY donate to a ministry that TELLS YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT THESE THINGS!
But a good general rule of thumb is not to “donate” to 97% of today’s “ministries”! Why? BECAUSE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST/YESHUA ALMIGHTY IS FREE, AND WILL **ALWAYS** BE FREE!
For Jesus Christ said in John 8:38 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. And guess what? Jesus Christ never charged a SINGLE PENNY for his gospel of Salvation! So why should WE? Think about that long and hard, folks!
One end-times ministry out there I enjoy listening to is the one called “Open Your Eyes People”, led by Anita & Ignacio Fuentes. They preach AGAINST homosexuality and “politically correct”, AGAINST abortion, tell you THE TRUTH about what the bible says on many topics, while also teaching the IMPORTANCE of bible prophecy and HOW it pertains to End Times events, while also preaching the IMPORTANCE of getting right with God/Jesus Christ and STAYING right with him!
They preach about sin, being born again, REPENTING of sin, READING **and** OBEYING the bible, the TRUTH about things in the News, etc. Basically, they preach THE TRUTH about things — as a whole — and don’t give you any watered-down messages like you get in the churches today! They’re RAW and HONEST! And YES — they DO ask for donations but the money is well spent! They hold bible prophecy conferences, they send out free bibles to those who need one, they send out welcome packages to new Christians or those who’ve returned to Christ after a long hiatus!
As for all the OTHER ministries out there that ask for money? Specifically ones like Joel Osteen, Benny Hin, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Mike Murdock, Robert Tillman, etc.? These people are wolves in sheep’s clothing! They DON’T give a care about your Salvation or your walk with God! Can you EVER imagine Jesus Christ saying to people, “the love of money is the root of ALL righteousness?” OFCOURSE NOT! And when I hear over the radio things like, “we’ll send out our full entire CD set for 50% off for a donation of any amount, etc.”, I’m always silently thinking to myself, “why can’t these people just send this stuff out for free if they REALLY, truly care about all the lost souls out there so much?”
But then again, maybe it’s just my own frustration talking, there. I myself have sacrificed my OWN hard-earned work money for my “witnessing projects”, so why can’t those mega-pastor folks who ask for money all the time do the same? It honestly reminds me of beggars in the street. Beggars NEED food and money though, since they HAVE NONE. What are mega-pastors’ excuse? Ya know? Jesus’s disciples never asked for money to preach the gospel. Am I missing something, here?
But in fact, it seems quite fitting when Jesus said in Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” and in 2 Timothy 3:4-5 “Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” and 2 Timothy 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
James 1:22 states: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.
Can it get ANY MORE CLEARER THAN THAT, PEOPLE? Ask yourselves that!