This is an eye-opening film produced by Elliott Nesch of Holy Bible Prophecy Ministry. He exposes many of the false teachers that are in our churches, like Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and others, who use marketing and business practices to fill up church seats and develop mega-churches instead of focusing on preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will learn the startling fact that many of these mega-churches see their church members as nothing more but assets rather than actual people and how these pastors lead their church ministries like businesses.
The interesting thing about all of this is that the Bible points out to us that history repeats itself:
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
As such, it should be no surprise to us that the marketing and business practices in many churches today was happening in Jesus’ day with the money changers of the temple:
Matthew 21:12, 13
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
It is sad that the Church is filled with these unbiblical prosperity teachings when Jesus invites us to simply seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness (Matthew 6:33). God is after the souls of mankind above all else, He will grant our material needs after we are saved, according to His will:
1 Timothy 2:3, 4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Philippians 4:6, 7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Bible warns us that there will be a rise of greed and corruption within the world and His Church. Sound doctrines will be ignored and will be supplanted by a gospel of selfishness, hope and emphasis on oneself (2 Timothy 4:3). We must be watchful now more than ever and flee from such teachings and teachers! One needs to go no further than surfing through the host of Christian television programs to find several bible teachers preaching on hope, love, grace, health and wealth instead of focusing on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the saving of souls:
2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
True salvation comes from preaching the entire gospel, not bits and pieces of it, which some bible teachers tend to do. I used to listen to those preachers and was once a very complacent, lukewarm Christian, but do not be mistaken, many of these bible teachers have helpful things to say but it is all meaningless if one does not know God, does not understand His plan of salvation and His desire for us to live holy lives in obedience to Him. It was only when I dedicated myself to study the Word of God myself and to listen to preachers who taught the whole counsel of God: heaven, hell, the penalty and punishment for sin, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the importance of holiness and God’s plan of salvation, that I had a genuine appreciation for the gospel and became truly born again. I can truly testify that the gospel truth can set us free!:
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
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God bless you all!