The wind and the little breezes caught the feathers and carried them everywhere: out onto the rooftops, into the streets, under cars, up into trees, out into the backyards where the children play, and even out to the big highway, and on and on farther still into the distance.
Those feathers are like your lies about Me. What you have started, you cannot stop, even if you are sorry. You may be able to tell a few people that you lied about My Truth, but the winds have carried your lies everywhere. You can blow out a match but you cannot blow out the great forest fire that one match can start. Even so the tongue is a little member. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles.”

FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY For the love of money is the root of all evil: Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.(1Timothy. 6:10 )
When the major focus of a church pastor is fund raising or the collection of monies for pretentious “church” projects and schemes aimed at building bigger and fancier church buildings, or of “feathering” his or her domestic nest, instead of supporting the real mission of going into all the world to preach the gospel to all creatures (Mark 16:15) then it’s time for reformation! Indeed it is good business to have a big congregation that sits in your hallowed halls of religiosity month after month, year after year pouring endless amounts of money into church coffers. What is quite amazing though is why “the congregation” accepts such blatant materialism. “The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:31) Could it be because they, the people, are in a sense excusing their own sin of flagrant materialism by allowing this behavior in their pastor or priest?
“The time of harvest is passing the summer is ending and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20). Tell your people the truth Mr. Pastor! Fellowship is NOT the main focus of Christianity. God brought persecution to the early church for failing to obey His command to spread His message to those countries surrounding Israel. They loved fellowship more than obedience to Jesus’ own command to GO! So God sent Saul and Herod to “force” the church to spread the Gospel! Read Acts 8:1, 9:1 & 12:1! Paul, Peter, John, James and others went at Jesus’ command with nothing but their staff, sandals and what was on their backs. (Luke 10:1-4) Jesus was and still is our role model, did He not leave the hallowed halls of heaven to tread the dusty roads of this earth to bring the gospel to all mankind? Should not our pastors follow the leader?

LIES PASTORS TELL FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY What is this church mischief of requiring service fee for the laying on of hands for healing? Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! (Acts 8:20). True men of God found in the Bible were not hirelings! “And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments….. (2Kings.5:26) “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock”. (1 Peter: 5:2,3). Intimidating people to come to your church or to give tithe and offering by telling them they will go to hell if they don’t. How can anyone go to hell for not going to church when salvation is a free gift from God? “No by works of righteousness which we have done (by being and doing good), but according to His mercy He saved us; by the washing and regeneration of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5).
THE LAW OF LOVE: MATTHEW 22:37-40 One of the many beautiful things about living Jesus’ law of Love in this new testament age is that the giving of tithe and gifts is sup-posed to be a love offering. Contrary to what many pastors and prophets teach; Jesus never left us a commandment to tithe or give offering. As Jesus gave His life in love, freely, for the sins of the world, so does He hope we will feel compelled to give of ourselves and at times our money to help His cause of spreading the gospel round the world. “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

(2 Corinthians 9:6-7). “For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12).
Exhorting money for personal gain is not a new problem within religious circles. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were plagued with the same greedy spirit. But it didn’t begin there, look at this verse in Micah 3:11 “The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? None evil can come upon us.”
“If the heart and soul of society is sick will not the body also be sick?”.
“Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buy-ing and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves.” (Matthew. 21:12).
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. The Church leaders, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus”. (Luke. 16:13,14)

To be a part of the soon to come, wonderful, love filled Kingdom of God make Jesus your true love today. Accept Him into your heart right now by praying the following prayer. “Dear Jesus, please come into my heart, I believe You died as payment for my sins and mistakes, I also believe You were raised from the dead that I might have eternal life. Please give me your free gift of ev-erlasting life in Jesus Name, Amen”.

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The preachers say, “Go to church on Sunday and don’t forget to bring your money!” Jesus said, “Go out into the highways and the byways and compel them to come in!” And he wasn’t talking about a building; he was talking about into the kingdom of God, into the love of God! Luke 14:23. The average church preacher says today‚ “Be sure you feed me‚” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep!” John 21:16.  The average church today says, “Let’s build a great building!” Jesus said, “Go out and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19 the average church says today, “Let’s organize a big denomination!” Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. The average church today says, “Be good, go to church and you’re a Christian!” Jesus said, “He that keeps my commandments, he it is that loves me.” And they said, “What are the greatest commandments?” he said, “to love God, and love thy neighbor as thyself.” wow!—nothing about going to church! The greatest commandment of the church today is, “don’t miss church on Sunday!”  Jesus said, “Don’t miss the will of God! Go out after the lost. Don’t wait for them to come to you.”

There are a number of important issues that Jesus and the modern church don’t see eye to eye on.

There is also no mention of a church BUILDING throughout the entire New Testament. Jesus never once taught that His followers were to meet in a specific BUILDING or the “house of God”, as they’re wrongly called today. In fact, He taught just the OPPOSITE! When He was asked WHERE people should go to WORSHIP, He answered, “Believe Me, the time is coming, and now IS, when you will worship the Father neither (at the temple) on this mountain, nor (at the temple) in Jerusalem! For the TRUE WORSHIPPERS will worship the Father in SPIRIT and in TRUTH! For the Father SEEKS such people to worship Him!”–John 4:23,24

We are told in Hebrews 1O:25, “Let us NOT FORSAKE the ASSEMBLING of ourselves TOGETHER, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us ENCOURAGE one another, and all the more as you see the Day (of Jesus’ Return) approaching.” The Lord knew that we needed united fellowship with other Christians for our own inspiration and for spiritual refreshing, and for being strengthened by His Word. There’s just something about UNITED prayer and fellowship that really brings down the Lord’s BLESSING!–See Acts 4:32-33.

It’s important to understand, however, that meeting together for fellowship and spiritual renewing–whether it is done in a church building, a great Cathedral, a private home or a thatched hut–is NOT our “SERVICE” for the Lord. Many people have the mistaken impression that by merely going to CHURCH and giving an offering, they have FULFILLED their obligation to God.

Obviously this is not all, because a Christian’s obligation, as Jesus COMMANDED us, is to “PREACH the GOSPEL to every person”!–Mark 16:15. Our actual WORK and SERVICE for the Lord is in our everyday LIVING for Him, in our WITNESSING to others, showing them love and pointing them towards Salvation. THIS is our service to God!

In Mark 6:7-13, Jesus sent His disciples out to minister to the people. It was a great deal of work, and when they’d FINISHED their SERVICE, Jesus said to them, ‘Come ASIDE into a QUIET place, and REST a while.'” Likewise today, there is a great difference between our SERVICE for the Lord and our “gathering ourselves together unto Jesus”, and “coming aside to REST” to be re-inspired! Verses 3O-31

Another interesting point brought out in this passage is the fact that it isn’t necessary for Christians to have a fancy religious building, cathedral or so-called “house of God” to meet in for fellowship and time with the Lord. For its first 2OO YEARS of existence, Christianity had NO buildings, and Christians just met wherever they could. Jesus said, “WHEREVER two or three are gathered together in My name, THERE am I in their midst!”–Matthew 18:2O.

All throughout New Testament times, the Church thrived and grew and got along fine without any church buildings or “houses of God”! Apart from holding secret meetings in forests, catacombs etc., the only meeting places that Christians had were their HOMES. Repeatedly the Apostle Paul refers to “the CHURCH that is in your HOUSE”.–Romans 16:5; 1Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 2. Note that the house itself was not the Church, but the “Church” MET in their houses!

Mr. Pastor, is filling your heart with the things of this world, cars, building huge buildings, and making business out of religion and 

calling it “prosperity” or “God’s blessing”, the true message of Jesus Christ found in the Gospels? If you want to be a businessman, fine, do it with all your heart, but don’t bring your business to church, or worse, make church your business! Jesus whipped the money changers out of the temple that day.  Don’t you remember reading that in your Bible? Today many of those money—changers have become the pastors and spiritual leaders of our communities. If Jesus was here today, how would He rate your church in this matter? Has that spirit of business entered the true temple of your heart. 2 Corinthians 6: 16. If  the upkeep of your church and salary and car or cars takes most of  your congregations hard-earned  savings, then who is going to pay for their children’s food, clothing and schooling? Is your church only for the rich? 

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock”. (1 Peter: 5:2,3)

Make Jesus your first and true Love today by praying the following prayer.

“Dear Jesus, please come into my heart, I believe you died  and were raised from the dead in payment for my sins and mistakes, please give me Your free gift of eternal life in Jesus Name, Amen”.


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