Monday, June 4, 2018

Hagin warned against today’s materialistic gospel


Recent bizarre donation schemes brought the prosperity gospel back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance.  Before he died in 2003 Kenneth Hagin summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence…

Article by:  J. Lee Grady

Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.

Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.

Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.

Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.

Here are a few of the points Hagin made in The Midas Touch

1. Financial prosperity is not a sign of God’s blessing. 
Hagin wrote: “If wealth alone were a sign of spirituality, then drug traffickers and crime bosses would be spiritual giants. Material wealth can be connected to the blessings of God or it can be totally disconnected from the blessings of God.”


If the man who pioneered the modern concept of biblical prosperity blew the whistle on his own movement, wouldn't it make sense for us to listen to his admonition?

2. People should never give in order to get.
Hagin was critical of those who “try to make the offering plate some kind of heavenly vending machine.” He denounced those who link giving to getting, especially those who give cars to get new cars or who give suits to get new suits. He wrote: “There is no spiritual formula to sow a Ford and reap a Mercedes.”

3. It is not biblical to “name your seed” in an offering.
Hagin was horrified by this practice, which was popularized in faith conferences during the 1980s. Faith preachers sometimes tell donors that when they give in an offering they should claim a specific benefit to get a blessing in return. Hagin rejected this idea and said that focusing on what you are going to receive “corrupts the very attitude of our giving nature.”

4. The “hundredfold return” is not a biblical concept.
 Hagin did the math and figured out that if this bizarre notion were true, “we would have Christians walking around with not billions or trillions of dollars, but quadrillions of dollars!” He rejected the popular teaching that a believer should claim a specific monetary payback rate.

5. Preachers who claim to have a “debt-breaking” anointing should not be trusted.
Hagin was perplexed by ministers who promise “supernatural debt cancellation” to those who give in certain offerings. He wrote in The Midas Touch: “There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved.”

(Many evangelists who appear on Christian television today use this bogus claim. Usually they insist that the miraculous debt cancellation will occur only if a person “gives right now,” as if the anointing for this miracle suddenly evaporates after the prime time viewing hour. This manipulative claim is more akin to witchcraft than Christian belief.)

He was especially incensed when a preacher told his radio listeners that he would take their prayer requests to Jesus' empty tomb in Jerusalem and pray over them there -- if donors included a special love gift.


Hagin condemned other hair-brained gimmicks designed to trick audiences into emptying their wallets. He was especially incensed when a preacher told his radio listeners that he would take their prayer requests to Jesus’ empty tomb in Jerusalem and pray over them there—if donors included a special love gift. “What that radio preacher really wanted was more people to send in offerings,” Hagin wrote.

Thanks to the recent resurgence in bizarre donation schemes promoted by American charismatics, the prosperity gospel is back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance.

Hagin told his followers: “Overemphasizing or adding to what the Bible actually teaches invariably does more harm than good.” If the man who pioneered the modern concept of biblical prosperity blew the whistle on his own movement, wouldn’t it make sense for us to listen to his admonition?

The Midas Touch is available through Kenneth Hagin Ministries  https://www.rhema.org/

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Fear he IS a liar


Recently, I was faced with some concerns that seemed overwhelming, and appeared as a tsunami of fear overtaking me, as it was cresting overhead, looming above me,  I gathered my wits and asked the Lord what I was to do.  Immediately He approached me FACE TO FACE with his hands cupped together, showing and telling me, "Sharon, you are in My hands."   Wow,  I told Him that I had indeed placed myself in His hands and was NOT going to do anything different, STAYING RIGHT THERE.  

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
I John 4:18 


LOVE came and swallowed up that fear.  That tsunami just went up in smoke.
 
There's a song that has been brought to my attention a few weeks ago, by a man named Zach Williams, entitled Fear Is A Liar. 
 
"Fear Is A Liar"

When he told you you're not good enough
When he told you you're not right
When he told you you're not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you're not worthy
When he told you you're not loved
When he told you you're not beautiful
That you'll never be enough

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
Cause fear he is a liar

When he told you were troubled
You'll forever be alone
When he told you you should run away
You'll never find a home
When he told you you were dirty
And you should be ashamed
When he told you you could be the one
That grace could never change

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
Cause fear he is a liar

Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
Cause fear he is a liar 
 
Look it up on you tube, you'll be blessed by it.  
 
satan is a master of disguise.  (and no,  that is NOT a typo, I don't dignify satan by even capitalizing his name, he's not deserving of it.)  There has been thousands of years that he has had to perfect his game, and knows human very well.  Knowing which buttons to push with each of us.  We DO, each of us, have a guardian angel, at least one, but minions of hell have been onlookers into our lives since birth also.  he's a low down son of a gun and operates without mercy.  After all, the Word describes him as a stealer, killer and destroyer, and has always lived up to his name.  (John 10:10
 
Proverbs 4:20-23 tells us: 
 My child, pay attention to My Words.
    Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them.
    Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them,
    and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.

God knew what we needed from long ago.

Philippians 4:8 says:  
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

We are to renew our mind to the God's Word.
Romans 12:1,2
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Father knows that satan will sucker punch us every opportunity he has, and his ultimate goal is is to knock us out for the count, with no hope of recovery, and our one and only weapon of mass destruction, is God's Word.  While we follow the instructions of His Word, to make it first place, guard our hearts, take care of what we are thinking and renew our minds we are in a safe place, safely kept.

So the next time that satan approaches you with fear of any kind, any deal that is too good to be true, setting up a trap for you, reach for your trusty SWORD, God's Word, USE IT, and set your gaze upon Jesus.......
  Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

 And they overcame him (satan) by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB and by the WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY, and they did not love their lives to the death. 
Revelation 12:11



 





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Meet Chris


This sheep had gone astray and lived in the wild for about seven years. Some of the locals, in Australia, knew that if he was left unattended for much longer, he would go blind and die. Only GOD knows how he stayed alive all those years, by himself.  They are not creatures that are equipped to protect themselves against predators. 

When Chris was caught and brought in, he was very frightened and did not want to be with or touched by anybody.  The shearers found it necessary to sedate him, in order to help him.  It took four men to do the job in about 45 minutes.  It was necessary for them to shear in two layers to do the job well.  The wool weighed in at about 80 lbs., and I believe it set a record.

This is Chris Before



 This is Chris After


Chris was weighed down, carrying the burden of that wool.
Donkeys are burden bearers, not sheep.  I've never seen a sheep or a heard of sheep loaded down to the hilt to carry things, anything, but I have seen donkeys and horses carrying loads on their backs.

If Chris had been with his shepherd, he would have been well taken care of, protected from the elements and predators AND sheared on a regular basis.

This brings to mind -
Psalm 119:176 - I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.

Isaiah 53:6  -  All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way

 Recently, at our fellowship, the Lord spoke with us and said:
You tell My people they need to be sheared.  They have got to get sheared or they cannot get cleaned up.

You know, every one of us think that we have a better idea than God.  That's why we take things on in our lives that we're ill equipped for, instead of giving them to Him.  Before we know it, because we have not been quick to defer to the Lord, or GIVE to Him what ONLY He can take care of, we will find ourselves burdened down, and we are not "burden carriers."

I would like you, to invite the Lord to shear you.  Just plain and simple.  Ask Him to HELP you because you need Him.  Then watch what He will do for you.  We are, after all, the sheep of His pasture.

 Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:3


The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.
Psalm 23 

THIS IS A PSALM FOR THE LIVING 

 



Monday, April 16, 2018

THE LOVE OF SEXUAL SIN IN THE HOUSE OF GOD


It doesn't matter if it's lesbian sex, gay sex, bi-sex, trans-sex, and heterosexual sex-if it's not being done in covenant as defined by God between a man and woman in a marriage covenant then it's SIN and must be repented of.

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I will not only NOT marry homosexuals, but I will also NOT marry heterosexuals who are having sex before marriage. I will also NOT marry anyone unless you come to 2 months worth of pre-marital counseling with me where we will dig up the past, present, and future. 

Why are so many of our “Christian” weddings an absolute joke these days? We want to have them in the house of God performed by a man or woman of God yet nothing of God is taking place between the couple getting married? This is absolute hypocrisy and a mockery of the things of God! What kind of “blessing” are ministers actually pronouncing over these “unions”? Not a godly one.
Sexual immorality is at the top of almost every list of sins in the New Testament and it is emphasized in the book of Revelation as one of Satan's primary weapons against the Church in the end times. (Revs 2:20; 9:21; 14:8; 17:1-4)

If a couple is continually and habitually engaging in sexual immorality and calling themselves born again believers, they have been deceived. (Romans 6)

Lifting our hands up on Sunday morning and pulling our pants down on Friday night is not okay. You cannot be a practicing gay and Christian just as much as you can't be a Christian and having habitual and continual intercourse with the opposite sex. Sin is sin! Let's repent and get right with God. We desperately need some preachers, some moms and dads, and some real born again believers who are going to take a stand for truth and stop fearing the opinions of men. Your silence is creating this deception.

Oh how we love the gospel in America until it deals with our sexual preferences and lifestyle. It’s time to shut down our hypocrisy in the Church and repent of our compromise. Every time we water down the gospel of Jesus Christ to keep everyone happy, we strip it of its true power to heal, deliver, and set free.

Committed to truth, holiness, and repentance,
--Jeremiah Johnson

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that NO FORNICATOR, UNCLEAN PERSON, NOR COVETOUS MAN, WHO IS AN IDOLATER, HAS ANY INHERITANCE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST AND GOD. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
Ephesians 5:1-7

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Mind Under the Blood Of Jesus




Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established. 
 Proverbs 16:11
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 
Romans 12:2


The mind has been likened to the room of a house where visitors are entertained. All visitors to one's three-fold being come in through the mind. They first enter the mind, then drop down into the spirit and get root, then possess the whole man.

Thoughts are bold and daring things, and strong and persistent. Like armed men they force themselves into the mind. They come enticingly. They come insinuatingly. They come threateningly. They come in a thousand ways. They come singly; they come in droves. Some wait at the door of the mind and push and crowd to get in while the room is full. They keep up a din and chatter and strain the nerves and chill the heart. Fear dashes into the mind and captures us and holds us fast. A thought knocked at the door of the mind. It is looked at a while, then possesses the whole being and and leads to sin and shame.

Anxiety and nervousness appear and drive off the rest and keep the sleepless all night for nothing.

Doubt, as full of death as hell itself, is let in and consulted with, and blows out every light and fills the room with darkness.

Trouble, many-faced, many-handed, big and squatty, will fill the mind and stay all day, and return in the morning by the time you open your eyes.

Cares, weighing a thousand pounds each, come to unload in the room.

Old Self, under God's judgment, and refusing to die, wants to stay on hand all the time with a ready sword of protection and having pitying attendants on hand with fans and camphor bottles in case it is hit or wounded or knocked down. It wants the best chair in the mind and the most attention; notwithstanding, it is the most unwholesome visitor on hand. It has been deposed of God and is under His everlasting curse, and yet wants to lurk around all the time. And friends and foes and husbands and wives and children, and tomorrow, and houses and lands, and the work on hand of whatever nature, and what was and what is and what is to be, and this and that and the other, real and imaginary, and demon impressions and suggestions, and the thoughts of friends and foes toward you, coming to you in dreams and while awake as swift messengers---all these things in the different shapes and sizes and sounds will harass and possess and occupy and claim all the attention of the mind possible, if allowed.

Thousands are in the grave and in institutions, and other thousands are in physical torments and sickness because of the mind thus occupied. And many honest souls are craving deliverance. How is it found? These visitors cannot be humanly driven off. They are too many and too strong and too smart for us. They have no shame nor feeling. Kick them out and they are right back. Throw them out and they get right up and come in again. Lock the door and they every one have a master key. But thank God there is a way of deliverance from these tormenting thoughts, spirits, things. And that way is through the precious BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD, once slain..

When my eyes opened from sleep these thoughts of past, present and future trouble were on hand to torment me. They had made an early start. They would come trooping in. I was helpless. I knew not what to do with them. Then the Lord showed me that door in Egypt with the blood sprinkled over and around it (Exodus 12:21-24), into which no evil, tormenting spirit could come and that I was just simply to be willing to commit my mind unto Him in helplessness and then to claim and believe and see the Blood of Christ over and around it, just like that door, that room in Egypt. It was a new and blessed thought to me. I did so. They came again and I said, "the Blood is over the door. The world is dead to me and I am dead to the world. You cannot enter under the Blood.", They backed off. Again and again they would come, but I simply pointed to the Blood over the door; the mind. I thought on the Blood whenever they came; and soon their power was gone and they eased their visitations; my torments ceased; my mind had rest, as I committed all to God and thought on the Blood. The spotless Lamb of God has shed it's most precious blood for you, to cleanse from sin and sickness, but in mind from torments and distractions as well. "The Blood is your one safety,

Not a death-dealing troubling, tormenting, fearful visitor could enter the room that night in Egypt where the blood was on the door. And dear, tormented soul, a thousand-fold more real and powerful than the blood of that little lamb is the precious Blood of the Lamb of God. See by faith His Blood sprinkled over the mind, the door to your being, and when these things appear and knock for attention, throw up your hands, helpless soul, and point them to the Blood on the door. By faith put death between them and you. Consent to your death in that Blood and take your place definitely and continually under its protection. Say to thoughts and all hindering visitors to the mind's distraction from God and peace, "I am dead to you and you are dead to me." Say it in faith; say it over and over; say it persistently, believe that the Blood is on the door of your mind and that it is protecting you as God said it would.


Copied from "Triumphs of Faith" and condensed.
Used by permission from Osterhus Pub. House. www.osterhuspub.com
 

And they overcame him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 
Revelation 12:11