Blinded by False Promises
Posted: December 9, 2008 in False Doctrine
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OK, what made me write this post today? Well whenever I get a idea for a blog, I type it in my blackberry so that I dont forget and normally have it a draft in wordpress, ready for me to write on the topic.
Yesterday I looked at the status of one of my friends on Facebook and it said ‘EXPECTING something GREAT and EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD to HAPPEN in the next 48 hours. God has OPENED DOORS that no one can SHUT’ and I just sighed. I used to have this mindset and its so true that you are a product of your environment or the teaching that you are under. God doesnt have to do anything in 48 hours. He doesnt have to do anything in 48 months. He is sovereign and he does what he wants. It is like the church dangles the carrot in front of many people knowing that they will never get it but they know that they will keep trying. As James White says ‘Theology Matters’, but in most churches it doesnt and dont get me started on THAT diary.
I know exactly how this thing works. Been there,done (or should I say heard) that. Just use key words like ‘miracle’, ‘breakthrough’
, ‘destiny’ or mention material stuff and you have the congregation in the palm of your hands and you can prey on the desperate and the needy. It all panders to the gospel of YOU. It is fraudulent and dare I say it, devilish and Satanic at the root (even though the person may be doing it in ignorance). Why? Because it gives people false hope with things such as the year of this and the year of that, abusing biblical numerolgy, talking about the 24 Hour miracles (as shown below), or the ’secrets of the prayer shawls’ (let me tell you now,there is no secret).
Get ready to: Discover the tallit’s significant role in prayer – from ancient biblical truths that reveal how it is made and for what reasons. Get equipped for more powerful prayer than ever – from learning the significance of the fringes on the four corners added to it.
Become more intimate with God – from discovering how to draw in the atarah (collar), to wear your tallit as a “sanctuary” or “tent”. Restore the sacredness of your prayer time – by using your tallit as part of your increased prayer focus
Just a plain reading of scripture text will show you that new testament believers never believed that a prayer shawl (or ANY material item) equipped anybody for more powerful prayer nor did they hold anything even close to resembling ‘24 Hour Miracle Anointing Days’ (if someone can show me scriptually, I would like to know). The whole thing sickens me. I have seen the fruit of people having their dreams dashed. I have heard about people who have given their money only to go home to a boarded house while the preachers gets fat…………..yet many believers are still blinded by these false promises and will continue to give their money, will continue to buy the books and DVDs without studying the word of God for themselves. I dont care how charasmatic the person is or how many people they have touched. I want to know are they teaching sound doctrine or are they just tickling ears? Are they willing to be challenged on their theology or is that a no-go area? Do they know how to interpret the bible rightly?
More and more, I am coming to the conclusion that that the church needs to put more emphasis on teaching believers HOW to study bible and interpret it correctly