Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A den of robbers

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
And as he taught them, he said, Is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers. - Mark 11:15-17
A den of robbers. That's what many churches today have been transformed into. Not a house of prayer, not a place of gathering and communion for the family of God to worship Him together. Every time I see someone selling stuff supposedly 'in the name of Jesus', I remember his words saying we should not do commerce in his house, we should not make a marketplace out of a holy place.

But that's not what prosperity teachers, theologians and preachers do today. On the contrary, they are reliving the medieval times when people used to 'buy' their own salvation, out of fear of hell or curse people would do anything, would give anything, even what they did not have. Today we see all sorts of 'enchanted' objects, like hammers, horns, salt and oil, almost anything can and eventually will be used to mislead those who are naive enough to fall for this scam.

What makes me so angry, besides all this, is that they are preaching that our God endorses this, that in order to get his favor we must buy the latest edition of their prosperity bibles that hold the seven keys to the riches of king Solomon. Blasphemy, that's what it is.

The Lord doesn't need our money. He wants our hearts. That's it. Every time we give our money, we give our hearts to such schemes, we say to the Lord "I'd rather buy your favor than receive it for free". It's impossible, and it dishonors his sacrifice in Jesus Christ.

My prayer today is that God gives us the understanding that He's already given us too much when He gave us his Son; we did not deserve Him. And that He comforts our hearts with the spirit that is unwilling to seek Him for the wrong reasons, those of false prosperity teachings. God bless.