Common sense takes people a long way. Some folks say you either have it or you don’t. Some will say that if you walk in the spirit, you don’t need common sense. I’ve heard charismatic leaders say, “Don’t question this!” or “Don’t try to figure this stuff out… just go with it!”
Trinity Broadcasting Network is probably the biggest “christian” broadcasting channel on the planet. The money that goes through there is more money than we little folks will ever see in our entire life time. The network spans the globe; the owners own mansions, leisure jets, and stay in penthouse suites. They drive cars with a price tag that would be enough to buy a house for normal, hard working people. But, let’s not question it.
A glitter-dipped minister looks at the tv screen and tells you that if you’ll send in your last dime, God will heal you. So, a lonely widow who has been diagnosed with cancer, who is feeling desperate, who is feeling forsaken sees that smiling face and she feels hope. He would never lie to her, he’s a man of God. She gets what last few dollars she has and she sends it to him. Two weeks later she dies; but, he takes her money and goes back to his ivory castle. But, don’t you dare question it.
A cracked out prostitute lays in the ghetto and trembles as her body is wracked in pain. She hates the drug she’s addicted to but she must have it. Her body needs it, or so she thinks. It’s the only thing that will stop the physical pain. It’s the only thing that will numb the emotional pain, if only temporarily. The memories of sexual abuse come, but they don’t hurt as bad if she can’t feel. The more she uses the more it eats her alive… but the memories keep coming, and the pain won’t stay away. The burning cycle she is on kills her more and more every time. She checks into a seedy hotel and curls up on the bed. She turns on the television just for a little noise and sees that nickel slick preacher staring back at her. “God wants to prosper you. All you need to do is to take out your check book and sow into that to reap a financial harvest. God has promised he will prosper you.” She stares at the screen and the pain goes deeper. She has very little money. How could she possibly afford a blessing from God? Despair wells up until she feels nothing but hate. “Where was God when ______ was sneaking into my bed every night?” Where was His love then?” She looks at the screen and hears that God wants to prosper her… but there are no answers to the questions that really haunt her. Instead of the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, she hears a message about prosperity, which only has the power to make this preacher richer. Deciding to take a chance that maybe God will help her, she finds her last five dollars and sends it in. Two weeks later she dies of a drug overdose, but this man’s coffers just got fatter. But, let’s not question it.
A heartbroken father holds his toddler in his arms. Three weeks prior, his child fell into the family pool and drowned. The medics were able to get a heartbeat, but the brain damage was too extensive. The doctors have given up hope – there’s nothing else they can do. In desperation, he checks his child out of the hospital and goes to a healing crusade. He sits there, rocking his child and begging God for a miracle. This preacher can heal him. He’s done it so many times before. He has donated to this man’s ministry for years – surely there’s a miracle for him. The preacher with the million dollar smile and $2,000 suit comes to the platform and speaks of all the marvelous things God has done through him – and this will happen to you too, but only if you sow into what the spirit is doing. The desperate father watches as the money buckets come out – he watches as people donate – he watches as the money overflows – and he watches as the preacher leaves the stage. He looks down into his child’s face. The million-dollar preacher walks away even richer – the father walks away and buries his child five days later. But, no…don’t question it.
If God had never sent us His Word, if He had never taught us the way of righteousness, even common sense would demand outrage at this. Even as sinful and depraved human beings, we look at that and see the perverseness of it all! It should sicken us that these men (and even women) preach this abominable doctrine, and scam people in such a sleezy way, and they do it all in the name of God. Common sense and common sense alone tells us this. Or at least it should. Many don’t reason it out. Many don’t want to. They believe these lies no matter how perverse it is.
But, don’t question it. Don’t you dare.