Money Changers In The Temple - Part 2
Simony: The making of profit from sacred things; the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments or betterments
The other day, I tuned in to a channel that I really don't like to watch, but feel that I must every now and then just so I can keep up with the latest characters on the merry-go-round of heresy. That's right, The Blasphemy Network...and I wasn't disappointed! "Cash-flow" Dollar, Mark "Simony" Chironna, Fred "the Price is Right" Price, "It's-Your-Choice" Meyer, Paula "First Fruit" White, Rod "Gotta Need for Seed" Parsley, John "the Gardener" Avanzini, and too many others to mention, all of them proclaiming in different sound-bites and catch-phrases that God is for sale! And the higher the purchase price you pay, the bigger a piece of Him you get!! Think I'm kidding? Just listen to this:
"I'm ready to exchange what is in my hand for
what's in God's hand...Give! Give! Give! Sow! Sow! Sow!"
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-A-Thon)
"You are missing your miracle, there is an anointing here right now.
Sow a seed towards your need. Go to the phone and give your best."
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-A-Thon)
"The Lord told me to tell you that 3,000 people that are watching, a
miracle is about to begin again. Go to the phone now and say, "I'm sowing a $55 seed."
(Jentezen Franklin, TBN, Share-A-Thon)
"I believe tonight that God will do a master
breakthrough in your life. When God speaks to you go to the phone and give $71.21 for 12 months
and God will increase your greatness and do something great in your life."
( Paula White, TBN, Praise-A-Thon)
"What you do for God, God will do for you.
Just get 10% of the $700 seed in the ground. This is what the Spirit of God told me on the
way here tonight."
(Mark Chironna, TBN, Praise-A-Thon)
"On the way here
the Spirit of God told me that there are 7,000 people that will sow $700 for a transmission of
a new anointing around the world."
(Mark Chironna, TBN, Praise-A-Thon)
"Some of you are wrestling with debt that you cannot pay off. God told me this morning
to tell you to take that credit card, God spoke expressly in my spirit, for you to sow a seed
on the credit card that you want God to pay off, God said, 'let me touch that situation.'
God said, 'to tell them to put it on the card, and in 30 days he can deal with the debt and
pay it off,' I am speaking a prophetic word right now...Get Jesus on that credit card, make
a pledge on that credit card."
(Bishop Clarence Mcclendon, TBN)
is speaking strongly to me for you to place a $50 offering on the altar, when you do, God will
do a now miracle."
(Steve Munsey, Daystar Share-A-Thon)
"I need 200,000 people to give $300 each so we can get a new Gulfstream G650 plane for the ministry..."
(Creflo Dollar, March, 2015, TV and website)
It is absolutely and totally disgusting that the face of Christianity today is seen by the world in the charades, antics, and buffoonery of these purveyors of greed and heresy. According to them, God, the Holy Spirit, THE Anointing, health and wealth...all are for sale...but only if you buy from them!
The entire "ministry" of every one of these blasphemers is based on one thing...greed. First and foremost, their own greed and lust after fame and fortune. And they have discovered that their need for greed (seed) is best fed by appealing to the greed built into every human being on the face of this earth...INCLUDING those who call themselves Christians. That poverty, debt and financial troubles afflict many goes without saying, but for alleged men of God to play upon that frailty for no purpose other than to line their own pockets and make big names for themselves marks them for what they are...the spawn of the devil, corruptors, evil seducers, liars and blasphemers. To make matters worse, the millions upon millions who follow and adore these charlatans mark themselves for what they also are...false professors, sheep easily led astray, silly women, people who refuse to learn sound doctrine and learn to eat meat, but would rather let someone else lead them around by the nose. People who come to God not for salvation, and cleansing, and imputed righteousness through Christ Jesus, and deliverance from the sin of this world, but come only to receive things, whether it is money, cars, better jobs, clothes, fame.
Children, listen to me...the Grace of God CANNOT BE BOUGHT. The anointing and power of the Holy Spirit CANNOT BE BOUGHT. Miracles are NOT FOR SALE.
Listen carefully...someone tried it, and God has reported to us what happened, and what He thought of that individual.
Acts 8:9-11, 17-21 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one; (10) to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, this man is the great power of God. (11) and to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. (17) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. (18) and when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, (19) saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. (20) But Peter said unto him, thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. (21) Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter; for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
It is from this very story that the word "simony" and it's accompanying definition come, and it describes perfectly what is being done by the modern money changers.
Did you hear that, o dull of hearing? Did you comprehend what God says? YOU CANNOT BUY THE GIFT (ANOINTING, GRACE, FORGIVENESS, DELIVERANCE, MIRACLE) OF GOD! Harken again to the words above from Mark "Simony" Chironna: "On the way here the Spirit of God told me that there are 7,000 people that will sow $700 for a transmission of a new anointing around the world."
I could care less how Simony, or Cashflow, or Paula Dolla or any of the other heretics might try to justify or rationalize what they are saying, because it's as clear and plain as the nose on your face. IF YOU GIVE (money to us) THEN God will give back to you. But if you don't give, then you won't get. And further, if you don't give it to us, it doesn't count.
Peter didn't mince any words or meaning with Simon, but told him "your money perish with you because you have thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money." He then called Simon out for what he was, a FALSE PROFESSOR, when Peter told him "you have NEITHER PART NOR LOT in this matter (belief and salvation).
Peter also didn't mince any words some years later when he wrote "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." 2 Peter 2:1-3
Did you hear that, sheep? False teachers, damnable heresies, causing the world to make fun of Gods truth, and MANY WILL FOLLOW THEM, they will use COVETOUSNESS to make a sale; but they ARE DAMNED. That is NOT a description of a believer in error, it is a description of someone WHO IS NOT SAVED TO BEGIN WITH. Jude also calls them what they are; "these are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear; clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is RESERVED DARKNESS FOR EVER. " Jude 12-13.
Jesus strode into the Temple in Jerusalem at the beginning of His ministry. He observed the merchants and money lenders plying their trade inside the Temple grounds, and He got angry. Angry enough to fashion a scourge of cords, and drive the merchants out of the Temple, throwing over the tables, and saying "take these things out of here, DO NOT make my Father's house a house of merchandise. " Jn 2:16
I am sure that some who read these words will want to accuse me of being judgmental...if you do, then you would do well to read about judgment before continuing in your own expression of childish idiocy and showing how much you DON'T know about the Word of God.
Then there will be some who might try "touch not the head of mine anointed." Read the same article, and understand this: those who pervert the Word of God ARE NOT ANOINTED! God DOES NOT contradict Himself, God DOES NOT sell Himself, and God DOES NOT TALK TO SIMON'S!
Jesus said "by their fruits you shall know them." What fruit are we looking at? We are looking at a fruit that is rotten to the core, fruit that is poisoned with the sin of greed and covetousness, and bears no resemblance whatsoever to the fruit and gospel as preached by the Apostles or early church fathers.
As if the fruit displayed with such arrogance in the quotations cited above were not enough, consider the fruit of their personal lives. How many of the "leaders" and "prophets" on display today have unsullied personal lives that correspond in the slightest to the REQUIREMENTS listed by Paul? How can we, or anyone else, justify following a "minister" who has been twice or even thrice divorced? Or is involved in adultery and fornication? Or alcoholism? Or plagiarism? Or homosexuality? Or provable lies?
"A bishop (overseer) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach: not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; ...not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil." 2 Tim. 3:2-7
The church that Jesus Christ died to found is in a shambles today. Wholesale defections by denominational leaders away from the basic tenets of Christianity and belief in and reliance on the Word of God occur almost daily, and the mindless sheep follow blindly along. The few churches that are growing are travesty's of the real church, holding out promises of a better life (today) through the acquisition of things or speaking it into existence, uttering false promises of a "hundredfold" return for money given. Some even go so far as to tell the sheeple to "max out that credit card," "write us a faith check," or "take out a loan to get your seed in the ground." And the sheeple obey.
Our pulpits are full of wimps that refuse to talk about sin, turn their backs on the reality of hellfire and damnation, won't show or talk about the cross of redemption, and trample underfoot the shed blood of Jesus. Some even go so far as to proclaim that they "don't know if Jesus is the only way to heaven...but he works for me." Others kick sand in His face and call Him a liar when they say that "Jews have their own way to heaven," or "it's possible that the Muslim's have got a special dispensation." Jesus clearly proclaimed that "NO ONE comes to the Father except BY ME."
And the world (the great unsaved) wonders after the antics of the visible church, deriding the "leaders", creating caricatures of them in movies and documentaries, splashing headlines across newspapers about the latest scandal, and bringing shame upon God and the cause of Christ.
2 Cor. 6:17 "Wherefore come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean, and I will receive you."
In Revelation 18, God is talking about the state of the final church, an apostate whoredom He calls Babylon, and in verse 4 God says "and I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,