Good day beautiful people,
Today’s post is a warning to us all to beware of individuals who hide behind the title of ‘prophet’ (a self proclaimed title) to extort people of their money. This has become a rampant phenomenon on social media platforms and I don’t want to see vulnerable people getting hurt or taken advantage of. I don’t intend to rant but I want us to look to God’s Word for advice and wisdom on this matter. Please get to know God for yourself.
Hosea 4:6 ~ “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.”
Firstly a good way in which you can utilise your finances well to make necessary provisions within your own household would be to STOP sending money to false prophets. Now what are some signs to look out for when it comes to identifying a false prophet….
Romans 16:17 ~ “And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them.”
^^^They teach messages contrary to the gospel
Matthew 7:15-20 ~ Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”
^^^By the fruits (their lifestyle)… They make it a habit to practice sin and promote ungodly living.
1 John 4:1-2 ~ “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.”
^^^They deny Jesus is God!!!
2 Peter 2:3 ~ “In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.”
1 Timothy 6:3-5 ~ “Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.”
^^^It’s all about the money for them.
Many a time I read comments that say ‘I want to be like you’ in reference to a false preacher. When in reality most times the reason why the false teacher is able to afford what they afford is because of the money their followers give them. Many individuals are helping false teachers fund lavish lifestyles at the expense of their own wellbeing’s without realising.
Now, just to clarify, I am not against a person giving tithes. What I am against is false prophets and the prosperity gospel movement. When I look at the New Testament I see that people gave far more than 10%. People shared their homes with others so that an environment was cultivated where people did not lack. People literally gave their all. So are we as Christians commanded to give 10%? Short answer is NO. What we are encouraged to do according to God’s Word is to give cheerfully according to what we have not out of what we don’t have. We shouldn’t be stingy in our giving and remember that when we lend to the poor we’re lending to God. And if we desire to please God we should desire to give to Him and towards His kingdom for this honours God.
2 Corinthians 9:7 ~ You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
Acts 2:44-47 ~ And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
The 10% tithing system was something established by God for the people of Israel, and this system ensured that the less privileged (orphans, widows etc) were looked after as well as the priests, because they had no allotment of land, so necessary measures had to be set in place to ensure that these groups of people were looked after.
Recently I was told about a post on Instagram that encouraged people to sow a seed into a ‘kingdom marriage’… a very expensive seed with followers having options to contribute over £500. Now to me this seems like a ploy to get people to finance a wedding that the couple can’t afford. It appears to me that they’re using the name of God as a guise to get people to give towards their wedding expenses. I could be wrong here I’m only assuming, but I don’t believe it’s right to specifically target vulnerable impressionable people and get them to give out of what they do not have to help you get what you want. I believe it’s important for one to never ever use their position of authority in the church to entice people to give towards their personal goals/dreams. Many of the apostles had jobs, even apostle Paul worked so that he was not a burden on the church.
Acts 20:34 ~ You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me.
1 Thessalonians 2:9-10 ~ “Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you. You yourselves are our witnesses and so is God that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers.”
[P.S. I just want to mention that in the eyes of God all humans are equal. There is no superior marriage in the kingdom of God. All Christian marriages as far as I’m concerned have the potential to bless those around them].
Stay prayed up and continue to read God’s Word.
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart 💜