Justin Peters Attacked for Exposing False Teachers and Naming Names

This is from the blog, “Real Christianity.”

If you have been a follower of my blog, one of the things that you know that I talk about is false teachers and I am not afraid to name names because I believe that it is biblical to do so. I am not talking about naming people for the sake of naming them but in the clear light of scripture and not with a malicious attitude.

Another person who calls out false teachers is Justin Peters who exposes them and the false teaching of the Word of Faith Movement. To see his video for a call for discernment, see my previous post here.

This week Justin Peters appeared on Revelation TV which is a christian television channel based here in the UK. On Justin’s facebook status he stated

….I was interviewed on Rev TV and was told beforehand by several I could name names. Well, I did and turns out that the manager was absolutely livid (they air Hinn etc.). She attacked me this morning on the program R Mornings….

Watch the video by clicking here.

If that link doesn’t work for you, hop over to Real Christianity and follow the link from there.

My take on this?  Do we expect any less from “Christian TV” networks?  Have you ever stopped to think of why networks like TBN, Daystar, and GodTV are so successful?  It’s not because they’re teaching sound doctrine!  Oh, you know… those horrifying things like humility, repentance, and self-denial.  Stations like these promote teachers whos messages are very unoffensive and non- judgmental.  Were it the Biblical truth they were promoting they would not have near the success because neither the world nor the church wants to hear the message of the gospel; they want to hear the real-good-feel-good health and wealth message.  Don’t dare tell them they’re sinners, tell them they’re special and deserve to be rich!

Justin Peters represents the gospel and exposes false teachers.  Revelation TV airs programs by none other than Benny Hinn, among others, so Justin’s message is hostile to the worldly and corrupt message of the Word of Faith ministers and their enablers.  I’m not surprised they would attack Justin Peters.  Are you?

But I will say this… keep your head up, Justin, and keep contending for the faith.  Praying for you!

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37 Responses to Justin Peters Attacked for Exposing False Teachers and Naming Names

  1. Bud Press says:

    First, Justin Peters is one of the nicest, most humble men I have ever known. He is considered by many as the resident expert on the Word of Faith movement.

    Second, imagine witnessing a major crime, knowing the name of the person who committed it, then telling the police, “I can’t name his name because I don’t want to offend anybody.”

    DUH! and double DUH! Nay, triple DUH!

    Third, take a look at Revelation TV’s “Links” page at http://www.revelationtv.com/links.php .

    Moriel Ministries and Way of the Master (Todd Friel, WotM Radio) are very outspoken against Benny Hinn and others, and they name names.

    Compromise is the name of the game, and the game where the players compromise can’t be financially maintained without popular wolves like Benny Hinn.

    Revelation TV, your compromising will return to haunt you.

    Justin Peters, God bless you, and keep up the good fight for the faith.

    Bud Press

  2. Mr. PSb says:

    Well, yet again we see the servant is not greater than His Master. May God grant grace to our Bro. Justin Peters.

  3. Mickey Merrie says:

    Stand tall Justin!
    Blessed are the “peace keepers,”……..No that Was Reagan”s miss-quote. Peace keepers attempt to keep peace by compromise. That “peace” is never kept.
    Rather blessed are the peace makers! They hold to God’s peace which divides Truth from error.
    Rats hate the light now don’t they!
    We ARE TO JUDGE, and we ARE TO NAME NAMES!!!! Too bad we lost the “stone the false prophets for profit” too.
    Just one more confirmation as to why I have no T.V. in my living room or kitchen or bedrooms. It’s in the corner of the basement collecting dust. No cable attached either.

  4. Mike A says:

    I fully support Justin Peters and his ministry. It is deplorable that he must deal with these issue, but truly it is not a surprise. Anyone contending for the faith, or living out their faith for that matter, will inevitably meet opposition. Join me in praying for him: he does a wonderful job and rightly divides the Scriptures quite well.

  5. Michael says:

    I often speak of false teachers in a Yahoo group that I moderate and I take flak from others who call themselves Christians because they view me as being legalistic by preaching against sin and preaching what the Scriptures say about false teachers. I let people know that my opinion doesn’t count and neither does theirs. All that matters is GOD’s opinion and what His Holy Word has to say about it. I also name names because what good is it in telling people about the liars and the lies if they don’t know the person or organization perpetrating it upon the church, which, in this day and age is terribly lacking in discernment!

    I say more power to Justin as he does what the Scripture has instructed concerning exposing the lies and heresies and to follow Paul’s example by naming names. People need to know who is bringing heresies into the body of Christ and they also need to be instructed to follow the charge of 2 Tim. 2.15 in studying to show themselves approved unto God, workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    In His service,

    Mike

  6. Aaron says:

    The Swaggarts are doing the same thing in naming names of false teachers. Jimmy Swaggart is hated among the Word of Faith people. Brother Swaggart and his son Donnie have done an excellent job of exposing the Word of Faith doctrine. The Swaggarts have never and will never compromise on the Word of God.

  7. CLS says:

    Amen, Bud. I work for Justin and his attitude even when speaking privately about the WoF is as humble, poised and biblical as in public. You’re both an encouragement and I will be sure to copy and forward this to Justin.

    Blessings,

    Caron Strong
    Ministry Assistant
    Justin Peters Ministries
    http://www.justinpeters.org

  8. anon says:

    I’ve just had a look at the program schedule on Revelation TV (and its sister channel Genesis TV), and it’s rather curious. There are definitely far less of the prosperity preachers that dominate US christian TV (maybe because it’s a UK network). But there are still a few names who are outside orthodox christian belief (as well as some I don’t recognise so can’t comment on).

    I suspect that Bud is right (as usual) – the network has to accept programs from WoF preachers in order to pay its bills. My feeling is that the damage that these heretics do is so great that, if a network needs to transmit their programs to survive, it would be better for it to close down.

  9. Eli says:

    Never met him in person, but I’ve been through his site, and he’s spot on! I, too, am from Vicksburg Mississippi,. Maybe one day I’ll run into him. Keep up the good fight Justin!

  10. Bud Press says:

    Caron Strong:

    Thank you. I appreciate your kindness. I wrote Justin yesterday and look forward to talking to him when he returns. In the meantime, let us all remember to pray for each other during these difficult, but exciting times, because Jesus is coming!

    God bless you,
    Bud

  11. Walter says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say that Justin is doing a tremendous work and I also pray that God would give him grace and strength through this season of opposition. I tried both links, the one on this site and the one on real chrisitianity, and none of them work. Does anyone know where I can view these video clips? Thanks and God bless.

  12. Bud Press says:

    anon:

    You made some good points. Most of the “Christian TV” stations I have researched carry the Benny Hinn’s and Kenneth Copeland’s because of their popularity with the “itching ears” crowd. As such, it is easier to showcase a heretic than to give reasons why they aren’t.

    Benny Hinn (and his crusades) is “good” for the economy–local and foreign–be it packed hotels, restaurants, etc., and the TV stations know this. TV stations make big bucks off of Hinn’s “This Is Your Day” program, not to mention the book and DVD sales, and financial donations. But overall, it’s a numbers game, where the financial bottom line is primary, and where solid, Bible-based teachings are nonessential.

    Unfortunately, HERESY SELLS, and there are plenty of gullible people who buy into it. Heretical teachings, which are overshadowed and fueled by Satan, are extremely dangerous to the spiritual welfare of the innocent and gullible, as well as the unsaved who search for the real Jesus Christ. Heretical teachings will lead a precious soul for whom Christ died for into eternal damnation.

    This is why we, as discerning Christians, must remain steadfast in the Lord, share His gospel in love and without compromise, and defend the faith.

    I know Justin Peters. He will be fine. He’s strong in the Lord and fearless. He will endure the persecution as a Badge of Honor for Jesus Christ.

    Let us all do the same…

    Bud Press

  13. anci says:

    I’ve been greatly edified by Justin Peters’ DVD and many of family and friends. Someone has to stand up and name people, otherwise everything just kind of stays on a general level and never hits people’s heart.

    Let’s pray for Mr. Peters that he would ever more encouraged to continue his ministry.

  14. Bud Press says:

    Walter:

    On the Real Christianity website, directly under the video, see the following in red print: NOTE: THE VIDEO HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE IT HERE

    Click on the word HERE, then follow the pop–up window’s instructions.
    :)

  15. Frank says:

    Justin Peters will be rewarded for standing for truth.

  16. CLS says:

    Thanks, Bud.

    I’ll copy all of this and send to Justin who is still in England. He is strong in the Lord, yes, but we can all use encouragement in knowing that the Body is working together, edifying each other and strengthening each other in very real and practical ways. Especially in prayer.

    Blessings to all!

    Caron

  17. Drew | Gold Coast | Australia says:

    Regarding Genesis/Revelation TV response at http://www.revelationtv.com/news.php?newsid=43b4f66c-6c38-102d-bde7-00219bfb

    I posted the following comment on their site but it remains to be seen whether it will actually appear online:

    Justin Peters has acted biblically in naming names, just as the apostles did in pointing out those that seek to deceive by spreading a false gospel.

    Justin’s research is sound, and the evidence of these wolves he has named is there for all to see. The problem is most people take on face value what these false teachers say, instead of testing what is said & comparing it to what the Bible actually says.

    Titus 1:9-16 says: “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”

    It’s a shame that Genesis/Revelation TV network would apologise for a sound teacher & defender of God’s Word, yet remains silent when a heretic speaks.

  18. Eric says:

    I’m sure Justin has been prepared for such a response since he started his endeavor to expose false teachers in the WoF movement. Naming names is vitally important when dealing with people like Copeland, Hinn, Duplantis, Dollar, etc.. And I’m sure Justin will definitely be smiled upon in heaven and greatly rewarded, but I’m sure that’s not the under girding reason for what he’s doing. I used to be a member of a Word of Faith church and since being exposed to Justin’s ministry I have learned quite a bit more than I already knew about it. I appreciate Justin’s ministry and will be praying for him and his future.

    <e<

  19. walter says:

    Bud Press,

    The link on real christianity didn’t work do you have any other ideas? thanks

  20. Martin says:

    Hi Chrystal / Hi Bud,

    Can I refer you to the Reachout Trust, who reaches out to people who have been involved in the occult. The director of this ministry is Doug Harris, who has written and posted articles on the deception and unbiblical teachings of Benny Hinn, Copeland and Bentley. There are also other articles speaking against the false wof theology.
    Refer to the following link: http://www.reachouttrust.org/articlesDeception.php

    This same Doug Harris presents different shows on Revelation & Genesis TV. The question I have is how can Doug be speaking out against these ministries on his own website, and yet be yoked with a network who apparently rebukes someone like Justin Peters for speaking out against the same ministries? Isn’t it somewhat contradictory?

    Note: If you can possibly post the video again that would be great because the previous link did not work, and before I contact Revelation tv or Reachout Trust directly I would like to see it.

    Blessings in Christ.
    Martin

  21. Bud Press says:

    Walter:

    Click on this link to view a video titled, “Revelation TV’s Lesley Condor Rebukes Justin Peters…”:

    http://www.archive.org/details/RevelationTvsLesleyCondorRebukesJustinPeters-11thFebruary2010

    Hope this helps,
    Bud Press

  22. Watchman says:

    In reply to Martin, look at this comment on the RealChristianity blog which quotes an email from Doug:

    http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/justin-peters-wrong-to-name-names-on-revelation-tv/#comment-3141

    I suppose if Doug wasn’t involved, there wouldn’t be anyone questioning the Word-Faithers.

  23. Watchman says:

    By the way, I reckon Doug was really grateful that Justin did what he did – a guest can say things that a regular presenter can’t. So even though Doug has followed the official line in his statement, I bet that inside he was rejoicing!

  24. Izzy says:

    @Martin – I watched the interview with Justin Peters and Doug Harris was the interviewer.

    What I saw during that interview is at odds with Lesley Condor’s account the following morning. Doug was interested in what Justin had to say and was encouraging him. At one point, about half way through, he gently suggested not naming anyone specifically and Justin agreed. He did NOT, as she puts it, “try to shut him up”.

    Her rant on the morning show was unacceptable; and her point about causing new Christians to stumble was nonsensical. Furthermore, her husband, Howard Condor, has been very outspoken in the past, “naming and shaming” God Tv.

    I had thought that Revelation were above this. Obviously not.

  25. Bud Press says:

    Martin:

    In 2006, I wrote an article that may help answer your concerns. Go to http://christianresearchservice.com/KenBlanchard8.htm and read down to the section that says, “Friendly or friends? A closer look at Ephesians 5:11.”

    There you will find a commentary on Ephesians 5:11 by Matthew Henry, which explains why Christians are to be extra careful with whom they fellowship.

    Hope this helps,
    Bud Press

  26. Peter Vandever says:

    I have messaged back and forth with the guy on FB. He is not clearly seeing the Word through the eyes of a student but through the lens of his upbringing. His Baptist idealogical values run deep!

    Equally, my classic Pentecostal (not Word of Faith) run deep!

  27. Keith UK says:

    Revelation and Genesis TV have for a long time had word of faith teachers on their channels and still have to this day, they say they don’t agree with word faith yet quote word faith teaching in many of their broadcasts. unforunately there isn’t one evangelistic christian tv channel in the uk that doesn’t preach word faith.
    So viewer beware and study the scriptures, don’t just listen to what man says, word of faith teaching has now wormed it’s poisonous doctrine into many of our churches, it’s a dangerous teaching and confuses many people.
    pray for the owners of the channel that they may eventually see the True Light. and follow the Lord and the Bible.

    Keith

  28. Jas says:

    Genesis Revelation tv channel are not responding to messages, e-mails, and coorespondence sent regarding their state of affairs with the renown Bible teacher called Justin Peters. It is as though the programme was not broadcasted live and Justin does not exist. Here below is someone who has taken on board on what to do next and how to do it with biblical instructions.This tv channel needs to be challenged if it says that it is christian. The word christian can mean anything in the 21st century. The WoF Movement has a host of false prophets and teachers amongst them. Many are using christianity as a business to make money. They have become greedy just like the bankers, and want more money as seen with their prosperity teaching.
    You decide after reading this…

    REBUKE PUBLICLY or PRIVATELY?
    -by Andrew Strom.

    Some Christians claim that any correction or questioning of ministries
    should always be done PRIVATELY – and only to the leaders
    concerned – never in public. (It is important to note that many such
    approaches have indeed been made to Prophetic/ Apostolic leaders
    over the years. They have basically been ignored). But either way,
    I am afraid I cannot agree that public deception is only to be
    opposed behind closed doors. It seems to me that false teaching
    would thrive in such an environment. In Scripture we see clearly
    that there are occasions when private correction is appropriate,
    and other occasions when a more public airing is necessary.
    There is the quiet “Matthew 18″ approach, and then there are
    others. After all, shouldn’t we have the love and care of the
    precious sheep uppermost in our minds? Are we just supposed
    to say nothing and let the “leaven” spread and spread?

    We must not forget that in the New Testament the elders were
    commanded to correct severely (Titus 1:13) and to rebuke for sin
    publicly (1 Tim 5:20), though in 2 Tim 2:24-26 they were instructed
    to correct with ‘meekness’. Remember, the apostle Paul rebuked
    Peter publicly in Galatians 2 for his hypocrisy, Jesus rebuked Peter
    openly in Matthew, and He even whipped the sellers out of the
    temple publicly in Mark (for making God’s house a ‘den of thieves’).
    In extreme cases the apostle Paul actually wrote to everyone that
    he was turning people over to Satan for correction (see 1 Cor 5
    and 1 Tim 1:20). The Bible is very clear that one of our major tasks
    is to “expose” the deeds of darkness (Eph 5:11). In 1 Cor 4:21
    Paul asks the people, “Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love?”
    The same apostle used ‘boldness’ in 2 Cor 10:1 and said that he
    would not spare anyone in 2 Cor 13:1-2.

    Many Christians insist on applying Matt 18:15-17 to every situation.
    But what about false teachers? The above passage in Matt 18
    says that if my brother “sins against me” then I should go to him
    privately about it – then with one or two witnesses – and then to the
    whole church if he does not repent. This is a very important process
    for resolving issues where a brother has sinned against me personally.
    But what about FALSE TEACHING of a serious nature? What if it is
    spreading or starting to infect entire sections of the body of Christ?
    Is it still just a “private matter”?

    My understanding is that in the New Testament we NEVER see
    Jesus or the apostles treating false teaching as a “Matt 18″ scenario.
    We see them publicly rebuking and correcting – trying to arrest the
    ‘cancer’ before it spreads any further. This is an act of LOVE towards
    the body. It is trying to stop the damage before too many precious
    sheep are harmed. False teaching and false prophets are never
    treated “nicely” or “sweetly” in the New Testament! (By the way, I
    am not advocating today’s “heresy hunters”, whom I believe often
    go about things with entirely the wrong spirit. But I am just laying
    down a few biblical guidelines here).

    This is certainly an important issue in these Last Days, when we
    are told that false prophets and false teachers will ‘abound’, and
    that the deception will become so great that “if possible it would
    deceive the very elect”. It is vital that we get a grasp of what is at
    stake here. The false teachers and false prophets in Acts were
    rebuked very bluntly, and Paul even “named names” in some of
    his letters to the churches. So surely we cannot continue to claim
    that this is all a “Matt 18″ situation? Surely it is more serious than
    that – and requires a more drastic response?

    Of course, we must always be “speaking the truth in love” – and
    have the protection of Christ’s precious sheep uppermost. But
    surely we must speak out if we see real danger to the Body?

    Comments, anyone?

    God bless you all!

    Andrew Strom.


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  29. Peter Liever says:

    This is Lesley Condor of Revelation TV channel rebuking Justin Peters for exposing those false teachers and prophets involved in the Word of Faith Movement.
    Just click onto this web site.

    http://www.archive.org/details/RevelationTvsLesleyCondorRebukesJustinPeters-11thFebruary2010

    I can confirm that they are not responding to correspodence over him being blacked out. As far as they are concerned their statement of explanation remains.

    From this this tv channel has joined the ranks of the God Channel, Inspiration TV, Daystar TV, where money takes priority in sponsorship and the Prosperity Doctrine is given precedence as seen with their programmes.

    Anything now goes in the sight of God. No wonder there is judgement in the House of God. Next stop will be the False Church emerging. But then, who will be discerning that, and will it be recognised!

  30. Jas says:

    Andrew Strom makes sense in his recent article. I would suggest that believers take this on board with Revelation TV regarding what they did to Justin Peters. For this tv channel is playing ignorance and remains silent on the biblical issues concerned.

    REBUKE PUBLICLY or PRIVATELY?
    -by Andrew Strom.

    Some Christians claim that any correction or questioning of ministries
    should always be done PRIVATELY – and only to the leaders
    concerned – never in public. (It is important to note that many such
    approaches have indeed been made to Prophetic/ Apostolic leaders
    over the years. They have basically been ignored). But either way,
    I am afraid I cannot agree that public deception is only to be
    opposed behind closed doors. It seems to me that false teaching
    would thrive in such an environment. In Scripture we see clearly
    that there are occasions when private correction is appropriate,
    and other occasions when a more public airing is necessary.
    There is the quiet “Matthew 18″ approach, and then there are
    others. After all, shouldn’t we have the love and care of the
    precious sheep uppermost in our minds? Are we just supposed
    to say nothing and let the “leaven” spread and spread?

    We must not forget that in the New Testament the elders were
    commanded to correct severely (Titus 1:13) and to rebuke for sin
    publicly (1 Tim 5:20), though in 2 Tim 2:24-26 they were instructed
    to correct with ‘meekness’. Remember, the apostle Paul rebuked
    Peter publicly in Galatians 2 for his hypocrisy, Jesus rebuked Peter
    openly in Matthew, and He even whipped the sellers out of the
    temple publicly in Mark (for making God’s house a ‘den of thieves’).
    In extreme cases the apostle Paul actually wrote to everyone that
    he was turning people over to Satan for correction (see 1 Cor 5
    and 1 Tim 1:20). The Bible is very clear that one of our major tasks
    is to “expose” the deeds of darkness (Eph 5:11). In 1 Cor 4:21
    Paul asks the people, “Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love?”
    The same apostle used ‘boldness’ in 2 Cor 10:1 and said that he
    would not spare anyone in 2 Cor 13:1-2.

    Many Christians insist on applying Matt 18:15-17 to every situation.
    But what about false teachers? The above passage in Matt 18
    says that if my brother “sins against me” then I should go to him
    privately about it – then with one or two witnesses – and then to the
    whole church if he does not repent. This is a very important process
    for resolving issues where a brother has sinned against me personally.
    But what about FALSE TEACHING of a serious nature? What if it is
    spreading or starting to infect entire sections of the body of Christ?
    Is it still just a “private matter”?

    My understanding is that in the New Testament we NEVER see
    Jesus or the apostles treating false teaching as a “Matt 18″ scenario.
    We see them publicly rebuking and correcting – trying to arrest the
    ‘cancer’ before it spreads any further. This is an act of LOVE towards
    the body. It is trying to stop the damage before too many precious
    sheep are harmed. False teaching and false prophets are never
    treated “nicely” or “sweetly” in the New Testament! (By the way, I
    am not advocating today’s “heresy hunters”, whom I believe often
    go about things with entirely the wrong spirit. But I am just laying
    down a few biblical guidelines here).

    This is certainly an important issue in these Last Days, when we
    are told that false prophets and false teachers will ‘abound’, and
    that the deception will become so great that “if possible it would
    deceive the very elect”. It is vital that we get a grasp of what is at
    stake here. The false teachers and false prophets in Acts were
    rebuked very bluntly, and Paul even “named names” in some of
    his letters to the churches. So surely we cannot continue to claim
    that this is all a “Matt 18″ situation? Surely it is more serious than
    that – and requires a more drastic response?

    Of course, we must always be “speaking the truth in love” – and
    have the protection of Christ’s precious sheep uppermost. But
    surely we must speak out if we see real danger to the Body?

    Comments, anyone?

    God bless you all!

    Andrew Strom.


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  31. Keith UK says:

    When I sent these two emails (below) all i got back was abuse, and sarcasm. I wont waste my time with revelation tv and genesis tv in the future..but I will always defend the faith.

    Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about false teachers:

    “I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me.
    Would you have me eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware?
    It makes me indignant when I hear another gospel put before the people with enticing words by man who would fair make merchandise of souls; and I marvel at those who have soft words for such deceivers. “That is your bigotry,” says one. Call it so if you like; but it is the BIGOTRY OF THE LOVING JOHN, who wrotein 2 John chapter 1 verses 10 and 11.
    “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed; for he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.” I would to God we all had more of such decision, for the lack of it is depriving our religious life of its backbone and substituting for honest manliness
    a mass of tremulous jelly of mutual flattery.
    HE WHO DOES NOT HATE THE FALSE DOES NOT LOVE THE TRUE; and he to whom it is all the same, whether it be God’s word or man’s, is himself unrenewed at heart. Oh, if some of you were like your fathers, you would not have tolerated in this age, the wagon loads of trash under which the gospel has been of late buried by ministers of your own choosing. The apostle spake by inspiration when he said, “If we or an angel from heaven preach to you any other gospel than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
    “According to modern effeminacy he ought to have said, “Let him be kindly spoken with in private, but pray make no stir. No doubt the good brother has his own original modes of thought and we must not question his liberty. Doubtless he believes the same as we do, only there is some little difference as to terms.” This is treason to Christ and treachery to truth and cruelty to souls.
    IF WE LOVE OUR LORD, WE SHALL KEEP HIS WORDS AND STAND FAST IN THE FAITH, coming out from among the false teachers.
    Nor is this inconsistent with charity; for the truest love to those who err is not to fraternize with them in their error, but to be faithful to Jesus Christ in all things.”

    J. Gresham Machen had some insightful thoughts on these leaders that tell us to just love everybody regardless of what they teach:
    “That disaster is a figure of what will come of optimism in the churches of today. Superficially our ecclesiastical life seems to be progressing as it always did: the cabins are full of comfortable passengers; the orchestra is playing a lively air; the rows of lighted windows shine cheerfully out into the night. But all the time death is lurking beneath.
    In this time of deadly peril there are leaders who say that all is well; there are leaders who decry controversy and urge peace, declaring that the church is all perfectly loyal and true. God forgive them,
    brethren! I say it with all my heart: may God forgive them for the evil that they are doing to Christ’s little ones, May the Holy Spirit open their eyes while yet there is time! Meanwhile, in the case of many of the churches, the great ship rushes onward to the risk, at least, of doom.”

    Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about taking a stand:
    “We admire a man who was firm in the faith, say four hundred years ago…but such a man today is a nuisance, and must be put down…Yet imagine in those ages past, Luther, Zwingle, Calvin, and their compeers had said, ‘The world is out of order; but if we try to set it right we shall only make a great row, and get ourselves into disgrace. Let us go to our chambers, put on our night-caps, and sleep over the bad times, and perhaps when we wake up things will have grown better.’
    Such conduct on their part would have entailed upon us a heritage of error.
    Age after age would have gone down into the infernal deeps, and the pestiferous bogs of error would have swallowed all. These men loved the faith and the name of Jesus too well to see them trampled on.
    It is today as it was in the Reformers days. Decision is needed.
    Here is the day for the man, where is the man for the day?
    We who have had the gospel passed to us by martyr hands dare not trifle with it,
    nor sit by and hear it denied by traitors, who pretend to love it, but inwardly abhor every line of it…
    Look you sirs, there are ages yet to come. If the Lord does not speedily appear,
    there will come another generation, and another, and all these generations will be tainted and injured if we are not faithful to God and to His truth today.
    We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way;
    but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.”
    —————–
    A Desperate Need for correction.

    Correction is one of the most conspicuously absent yet essential ministries in the church today.
    There are those who seek to avoid correction by hiding behind a misapplication of Christ’s words,
    “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Mt 7:1).

    A Scriptural Example

    Paul considered it necessary and proper to name publicly Hymenaeus and Philetus because of their publicly taught false doctrine which had “overthrown the faith of some” (2 Tim 2:17-18). How much more essential would public correction be if a modem Hymenaeus or Philetus as a bestselling author or popular Christian television personality were leading millions astray! Instead of giving priority to protecting the reputations of those whose teachings may be publicly questioned, should we not rather be concerned for the thousands and perhaps millions of people whom they influence? Such an attitude should surely characterize every leader who is truly a man or woman of God.

    The Problem Today
    Those in control of most Christian television programming generally refuse to allow on their stations or networks Christian leaders who would question their views. Moreover, instead of judging within their own ranks, as Scripture says must be done, they decry correction as “divisive” and instead preach “unity” based not upon truth but upon the agreement not to disagree with one another. There is much talk of love, as though it somehow rules out correction. Yet the Bible teaches that love speaks the truth (Eph 4:15), which may very well be “negative.”
    Real love corrects those who are loved: “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” (Heb 12:6). Jesus himself declared, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten” (Rv 3:19).
    No wonder Solomon said, “Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee” (Prv 9:8)! A wise man desires and welcomes correction and loves the one who corrects, considering rebuke not an “attack” but a kindness. Inspired of the Holy Spirit,
    Solomon declared, Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way, and he that hateth reproof shall die.
    Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding…but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prv 15:10;9:8,10;1:7).
    The Biblical Pattern

    From Genesis to Revelation, a major theme of the Bible is correction. This is because God loves us and desires to lead us from death and judgment into the eternal and abundant life available in Christ. Referring to the Old Testament narrative accounts of the history of Israel, Paul declared, “They are written for our admonition” (1 Cor 10:11). John the Baptist preached repentance and correction, and so did Christ. Much of what our Lord said was in the nature of reproof aimed directly at the religious leaders, but indicting also the typical Jew of His day. It is dishonest to focus only upon what one considers to be the positive aspects of Christ’s ministry and to fail to take to heart and apply in our lives and churches the correction He brought.

    Christ did not hesitate to call the religious leaders “hypocrites” and “whited sepulchres” and “blind leaders of the blind,” and His own disciples “fools and slow of heart.” He had obviously never taken a course in “How to Win Friends and Influence People,”

    The pastors, evangelists, radio and television preachers who fail to press upon themselves and their audiences the corrective teaching of Christ because they don’t want to be negative are not only ignoring the example Jesus set, but are repeating the very sin for which He rebuked the religious leaders of His day.

    Much of the New Testament was written to correct error that had already crept into the church in the first century. The epistles of Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude embody the major corrective doctrines of the church, which of course are still valid today. Leaders in the early church were expected to be involved in an ongoing corrective ministry. Unfortunately, many of today’s most popular church leaders seem astonishingly unwilling either to judge the teaching of other leading Christians or to accept any correction themselves.

    Division or Correction?

    It is claimed by some that openly questioning or correcting the doctrinal teachings of church leaders is divisive, as though all division were bad and to be avoided.
    Yet Christ declared that He came to bring division (Lk 12:51), and it followed His ministry wherever He went (Jn 7:43; 9:16; 10:19; etc.).
    The division He brought was essential: it separated between truth and error, and between light and darkness.

    Romans 16:17, a favourite proof text for those who cry “division” in order to avoid correction, is usually quoted only in part:
    “Mark them which cause divisions”—as though “division” were the problem that is being dealt with.
    However, the verse actually says, “Mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned,”
    making it clear that the issue is sound doctrine.
    It is those who refuse to have their false doctrines judged who are causing the wrong kind of division, not those who “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3), as we are admonished to do. Nor dare we compromise truth for the sake of avoiding controversy.
    ——————–

  32. Alan says:

    The Devil has opened his wallet…and Revelation TV have been caught by him! Shame on them! I only pray, as we all should that they will repent and turn their back on the serpent race.
    Justin Peters “A Call To Discernment” is a must see DVD for every Christian and thinker of religious matters; it is the last word on the Word of Faith Movement. I know it is saving souls from deception! May God continue to bless Justin and his ministry.

  33. paula evmez says:

    keep speaking the truth
    love tou brother in Jesus christ the lord,

  34. John S, journalist and a christian. says:

    Changes are underway from April 2010 whereby there will be just one tv channel operating as Revelation TV as Genesis TV is being merged with that channel name.
    I have spoken to Doug Harris about these major changes which include more live programmes. The situation concerning the WoF movement will be debated at a later stage. Tony Pearce of Light For The Last Days is willing to speak about the WoF Movement and its leaders. Tony has written an article about this movement which is below for people to see.
    I have given this tv channel a few more months to sort itself out. As for what Justin Peters did, I support his bibical stance, for the likes of Benny Hinn are false teachers and prophets who are using christianity as a tool for business in making money by fleecing the flock.

    Faith in God or the Faith Movement?

    Recently I received an email from Andrew Strom entitled WORLDWIDE CRISIS in THE CHURCH. What he wrote confirmed what others are saying about the exporting from the West, mainly America, of the prosperity gospel via ‘Christian’ TV and evangelists like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar.

    Andrew wrote: ‘I only began to truly understand the magnitude of this crisis on my recent trip to Uganda. I have ministered in Nigeria many times, but I had always thought Nigeria was a special case – that the awful poison I saw there had not spread so far in other places. Uganda opened my eyes. The whole of Africa is being infected. And I mean on an epidemic scale. An utter destruction of truth, a complete undermining of the words of Jesus, a total loss of the pure milk of the word. Greed and corruption and ‘prosperity’ lies are laying waste to it all on a vast scale.’

    ‘It is so difficult to put into words the horror of what is happening in the Third World. These are Revival countries – where God has been moving in great power. They are nations full of the simple and the poor – who often make the most devoted followers of Jesus. And now I feel like we are seeing the ‘rape’ of these precious Third World Christians by a vast army of corrupted charlatans who call themselves ‘God’s preachers’. Leaders by the thousand have been utterly ruined by the greed-inducing lies of Western Christian media. And now they are ravaging God’s precious sheep.’

    ‘This is not a small problem – it is enormous. Right across the continents of Africa and Asia and South America – where God has been moving the most – we find this gospel of greed beginning to utterly dominate the church – particularly in the big cities. In many places it is difficult to find pastors or leaders who are not gorging themselves with it. We are talking about corruption and sickness on such a scale that I do not believe the like of it has been seen since the days of Constantine. This is a crisis unlike almost any other that the church has known.’

    At the root of this problem is a total distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, known as the ‘Faith and Prosperity Gospel’ or ‘Health and Wealth.’ Put briefly this is what this Gospel offers. God wants you to be rich and healthy. Since there are very few people on earth who prefer poverty to wealth and sickness to health, it is obviously an attractive offer. One text used for this is 3 John 2: ‘Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.’ This is said then to be a general statement that God wills prosperity and health to all Christians. In the context however we note that this is a personal letter to a man called Gaius. John is simply saying to his friend that he prays and hopes that things go well for him and he is in good health. It would be a bit odd if he sent a letter to a friend saying I pray that robbers have come and taken all your possessions and killed your wife and children and that you are sick and dying.

    According to the Faith and Prosperity teachers you receive this blessing of health and wealth by confessing your faith. ‘I possess what I confess.’ A scripture which is used for this is Mark 11.24 ‘Whatever things you ask for when you pray believe that you receive them and you will have them.’ A website supporting this view had these words on it. ‘Therefore if I confess that with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 5) I possess healing. If I confess that my God shall supply all of my needs (Philippians 4:19); I will lack for nothing since I possess God’s abundantly supply.’ What you must never do is make a negative confession – ‘I don’t feel very well.’ ‘I am worried about whether I will keep my job.’ If this sounds a little bit like the Christian Science concept of mind over matter, it is. You can trace the origins of the teaching of the faith movement to the same root as the Christian Science teaching of Mary Baker Eddy.

    According to the Faith teachers a believer in Jesus becomes as a little god and ‘When we use the spiritual laws that God has set up, God must obey what we request.’ (Kenneth Copeland Praise the Lord, TBN, 2/5/86) Creflo Dollar agrees with Copeland: ‘He is only obligated to do what you say with your mouth, and if you don’t say it he’s not obligated to do it. But if you say it then the apostle and the high priest of our profession is obligated to carry out what you said.’ (10/5/99). In effect this means that God must obey our will, a total reversal of the teaching of scripture. This puts man on a higher level than God. It is also similar to the New Age / witchcraft idea that you can create your own reality by the words you speak out.

    Isaiah 53.5 / 1 Peter 2.24 ‘By his stripes we are healed’ is used to justify blanket coverage for the physical healing of every Christian who has enough faith. ‘…it is the plan of our Father God in His great love and His great mercy that no believer should ever be sick, that every believer should live his life full span down here on earth and that every believer should finally just fall asleep in Jesus’ (Hagin, Seven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing, p. 21). Hagin also denies having a headache for forty-five years, labeling such as ‘simply symptoms rather than any indication of a headache’ (In the Name of Jesus, p. 44). In the context both Isaiah and 1 Peter are describing spiritual healing of afflictions which are available to those who trust in Jesus as the Messiah.

    A central tenet of the prosperity gospel is that God wills the financial prosperity of every Christian. If a believer lives in poverty, he/she is living outside God’s intended will. ‘You must realize that it is God’s will for you to prosper’ (Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, p. 51). Kenneth Hagin says that God not only wants to deliver believers from poverty, ‘He [also] wants His children to eat the best, He wants them to wear the best clothing, He wants them to drive the best cars, and He wants them to have the best of everything.’ (Quoted by D.L. McConnell a different Gospel p.175).

    The way to release prosperity for yourself is to give to the ministry that is revealing this truth to you. You may be poor and in debt but if you give in faith God will reward you with financial blessings up to 100 fold of what you give. Prosperity teacher Gloria Copeland once described this as a ‘very good deal.’ It is of course ‘a good deal’ for the person who receives the money, who can use the money given to provide themselves with luxurious mansions, expensive cars and even private jets. Not so for the poor who are fleeced of their money by these smooth talking con men and women and often end up more in debt or poverty.

    The faith teaching of preachers like Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn is based on a view of the nature of man and of the Lord Jesus Christ which is seriously in error. They teach that God gave humans dominion over the earth, but Adam turned this dominion over to Satan when he disobeyed God in the garden. God created man in ‘God’s class’ (or, as ‘little gods’), with the potential to exercise the ‘God kind of faith’ in calling things into existence and living in prosperity and success as sovereign beings. We forfeited this opportunity, however, by rebelling against God in the Garden and taking upon ourselves Satan’s nature. To correct this situation, Jesus Christ became a man, died spiritually (thus taking upon Himself Satan’s nature), went to Hell, was ‘born again,’ rose from the dead with God’s nature again, and then sent the Holy Spirit so that the Incarnation could be duplicated in believers, thus fulfilling their calling to be little gods. Since we are called to experience this kind of life now, we should be successful in every area of our lives. To be in debt, then, or be sick, or (as is often taught) be left by one’s spouse, and not to have these problems solved by ‘claiming’ God’s promises, shows a lack of faith.
    The idea that we are ‘little gods’ is a complete distortion of the scripture. True Christians are sinners saved by the grace of God through repentance and faith in the once and for all sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Even after salvation we are still subject to corruption and mortality as far as our bodies are concerned. The most obvious reason not to believe that we are little gods is that one day we will die unless the Lord comes first. Our hope of resurrection from the dead is not our own power or goodness or ‘godhood’, it is the grace of God by which we are saved when we come to the cross where Jesus paid the price for our sins, was buried and then rose again on the third day.
    When it comes to the cross we find that the faith teachers have the most bizarre and unbiblical doctrine – that Jesus’ death on the cross was not enough to atone for sin and that following his death on the cross he was taken down to hell to be tormented by Satan. From this ‘spiritual death’ Jesus was reborn in hell and rose out of hell to be the firstborn from the dead. It was here that he finally defeated Satan. But the Bible teaches that Jesus’ blood shed for us at the cross was sufficient to pay the price of our sins (Colossians 1.19-20), that He finished the work of redemption on the cross (John 19.30) and then surrendered His spirit to the Father not to Satan (Luke 23.46). He told the repentant thief ‘today you will be with me in Paradise’, not hell. (Luke 23.43).
    While there is not a word in the epistles of the New Testament which backs up the false view that Jesus failed to atone for sin at the cross and had to descend into hell to defeat Satan there, there is a passage which describes those who teach this: ‘But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgement has not been idle and their destruction does not slumber.’ 2 Peter 2.1-3. These preachers are bringing in destructive heresies, and deny the ‘Lord who bought them’ through His sacrifice on the cross. Many people are following them and because of their deceptions the Gospel is being mocked and rejected by those who can see through the promises they give to people and the claims they make for themselves. They are exploiting people with promises of health and wealth which they cannot possibly deliver on. But they get very rich in the process.

    What does the Bible say about health and wealth.

    On the subject of health and wealth we find that the Bible has quite a lot to say about this but it does not line up with the teaching of the faith teachers. The Gospels and the Book of Acts do record the miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ and those done by the Apostles following His resurrection, ascension to heaven and sending of the Gift of the Holy Spirit. In the days that He was on earth the Lord Jesus demonstrated that He is God with power over sickness, demons, nature and death. In His compassion He healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. He healed everyone who came to Him: ‘He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’ Matthew 8.16-17, see also Matthew 4.24. Whenever people came to Jesus for healing He healed them. There were no failures, no shouting and screaming at sick people to be healed and then leaving them on the floor to be carried home no better than when they came, as happens at healing meetings today.

    The same power to heal the sick and deliver from evil spirits was manifested in the Apostles. Unlike the modern healing movement there was no connection between receiving healing and giving money: ‘Peter said (to the lame man), ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give unto you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ Acts 3.6. The man was immediately totally healed – walking and leaping and praising God. In Acts 5.16 we read, ‘Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits and they were all healed.’ The power to do miracles was passed on to those for whom the Apostles prayed – Stephen and Philip are recorded as doing ‘great wonders and signs’ and miracles (Acts 6.8, Acts 8.6-7).

    Paul who describes himself as an apostle ‘born out of due time’ (1 Corinthians 15.8) also performed great miracles: ‘Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.’ 2 Corinthians 12. It seems from the text that Paul’s status as an apostle was in question as he was not an eye witness of the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus (see Acts 1.21-22 which implies that this is the qualification for being an apostle). The great miracles which took place through the ministry of Paul recorded in Acts are the Lord’s confirmation that he is truly an apostle, even though he was ‘born out of due time’ through his encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).

    However when we read the Gospels and the Book of Acts we have to consider what is descriptive and what is prescriptive. In other words, ‘Is this passage telling us what happened at the time (descriptive) or is it telling us what should happen for all time (prescriptive)?’ For example in Matthew 10.5-10 when Jesus told the disciples to go out and preach he said they should not go to the Gentiles and they should not carry any money or bags with them. We obviously have a problem if we make this instruction ‘prescriptive’. In this case evangelists today should only go to Jews and should not carry any money or bags with them. If it is descriptive – Matthew recording what happened when Jesus gave an instruction to the disciples for that time – there is no problem.

    If we apply the same principle to the parts of Acts which record the miracles done by the Apostles in Jesus’ name, we have to ask the same question, ‘Is this descriptive of what happened in the early church?’ Or is it prescriptive of how the church should be throughout the Christian era? What is interesting is that when we come to the later chapters of Acts and the later epistles of Paul we find less evidence of the miracle working power than we find in the early chapters of Acts and the earlier epistles. Philippians 2.27 tells us of Epaphroditus who was sick almost unto death. Paul advises Timothy to ‘use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities. (1 Timothy 5.23) In 2 Timothy 4.20 Paul writes ‘Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick.’ According to Acts 19.11 Paul even sent aprons to people ‘from his body to the sick and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.’ Why did he not do the same for Timothy and Trophimus? It seems that towards the end of the Apostolic period the miracles were no longer happening in the same manner as at the beginning. Certainly early church history shows a marked decline in the miraculous following the Apostolic period.

    Now some would say that this is because of a lack of faith although Paul certainly gives no sign that his faith is weakening in 2 Timothy. Others would say it is because the charismatic gifts ceased with the end of the Apostolic era. What is certain is that miracles can only happen if God causes them to happen. The idea that we can make God do our will by ‘naming and claiming’ health or wealth in Jesus’ name is entirely contrary to scripture. God want us to do His will, as we submit our lives to Him and allow Him to sanctify us by the Holy Spirit.

    The idea that every Christian is always healed of every disease is not born out by scripture. Nor can it be said, as many of the faith preachers say, that salvation and healing are equally promised in the atonement. They often go onto say that if you are not healed there must be a question about whether you are saved. This leaves the sick person who is not healed with a double problem. Not only does he still have his sickness but also now doubts his salvation. However the scripture tells us that ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ If we ask God to forgive us our sins on the basis of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross we know that He will always hear that prayer and forgive us as we truly repent and believe.

    We cannot say the same about healing. Every church I have ever been in has sick people in it who are not healed of their diseases. The faith preachers themselves get sick and die. John Wimber of ‘Power Evangelism’ ended his days in wheelchair and died at a relatively young age. I once met a group of people passing out leaflets from a church which was very much influenced by Wimber. The leaflets said on them ‘Jesus heals’ and listed a number of illnesses from the common cold to cancer and offered to pray for people suffering from any such illnesses. I said, ‘If you could deliver on this you and really heal every disease listed here, you would not be able to move in this street for the crush of people coming to be prayed for.’ The problem for Christian witness today is that many preachers are making massive claims of what has happened or is about to happen, but investigation of these claims shows that the claims are false. Nothing like what is claimed to have happened has really happened and prophecies of great things about to happen don’t come to pass either. In this case they make people more sceptical in the long run of the true claims of Jesus Christ, that in Him we can know forgiveness of sins and eternal life. There is also the rather basic matter that Christians are supposed to tell the truth.

    Recently at our fellowship we had a visit from Justin Peters who is suffering from cerebral palsy and speaks on this subject. He said he had been to many Benny Hinn rallies and seen what does not get recorded on the cameras. Hundreds of people who have been prayed for, are lying on the floor, not healed and disappointed, wondering if it is God’s failure or their lack of faith that they have not been healed. I remember hearing of a driver who had been taking people in wheelchairs to the Lakeland ‘revival’ meetings in Florida in the expectation that they would be healed. They were on the way to the meetings and there was a buzz of excited conversations taking place. ‘They’re talking a lot now, but they will be quiet on the way home, when they are still in their wheel chairs,’ he said. In reality the evidence of genuine lasting healings taking place at such meetings is virtually nil. Since the preachers also say that the reason people do not get healed is their lack of faith it leaves the sick person feeling even more condemned.

    In 1999 Benny Hinn gave this ‘prophecy’: ‘But here’s first what I see for TBN. You’re going to have people raised from the dead watching this network. You’re going to have people raised from the dead watching TBN. I’m telling you, I see this in the Spirit. It’s going to be so awesome. Jesus, I give you praise for this, that people around the world, maybe not so much in America, people around the world who will lose loved ones, will say to undertakers, ‘Not yet. I want to take my dead loved one and place him in front of that TV set for 24 hours.’ I see rows of caskets lining up in front of this TV set and I see them bringing them closer to the TV set and as people are coming closer I see loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen and people are getting raised as their hands are touching that screen.’ BENNY HINN, Praise The Lord, TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network, October 19, 1999

    Have you noticed that happening? Nor did I. In 1989 Benny Hinn gave another prophecy that Fidel Castro would die a horrible death in the 1990s and that did not happen either. One can only conclude that these are the words of a false prophet who is leading people astray with promises he cannot possibly deliver on while at the same time raking in the money from gullible people who believe that if they give to the ministry they will get back from God what they ask for.

    As to the promise of prosperity, one has to say that only a church that is corrupted by the materialism of the west could come up with such a ridiculous doctrine. It is an insult to the suffering persecuted churches of countries where the common experience of Christians is ‘the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.’ Hebrews 10.34. Paul wrote to Timothy, ‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing with these we should be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.’ 1 Timothy 6.6-10. Note Paul does not say that ‘money is the root of all evil.’ Money in itself is simply a means of exchange which we all need to use. It is the love of money which is a root of evil and for so called Christian preachers to flaunt their hugely expensive life style in front of poor people is a disgrace. Even more disgraceful is for them to persuade the poor to give to their ministries with the result that they become even richer and the poor become poorer.

    Paul went on to say, ‘Command those who are rich in this present age, not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God who gives us all things richly to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.’ 1 Timothy 6.17-19.

    We live in a time of ‘uncertain riches’ with the whole world economic system being shaken by financial crises. We may lose what wealth we have in a moment and if that is where our treasure is and our faith is we may lose our faith as well. We also live in mortal and corruptible bodies which are aging and wearing out. One day, if the Lord does not come first, we will all die. No one can guarantee that in the process from birth to death they will never get sick. A simple investigation into the lives of the faith healers themselves will soon turn up the fact that they are as subject to the frailties of life as every one else. And their churches remain full of people with ailments of all kinds, minor and serious. God wants our faith to be in Him and in the eternal life He has given us through Jesus our Saviour. ‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’ 2 Corinthians 4.16-18.

    In his letter James has a warning to those who accumulate riches at the expense of others. Interestingly this passage has an application to the last days of this age also. ‘Come now you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the labourers who mowed your fields cry out and the cries of the reapers have reached the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts in a day slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you. Therefore be patient brethren until the coming of the Lord. … Establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand.’ James 5.1-8.

    Tony Pearce

    Light for the Last Days
    enquiries@lightforthelastdays.co.uk

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