The Gospel Cannot Be Merchandised
No matter where we turn, we are bombarded with advertisements through the many various media conduits. In the Christian world, there are endless ‘ministries’ wanting to introduce their wares and materials to you. What many fail to realize is that they are not ministering, but they are actually selling something to you. The sad fact is that most Christians are religious retail customers of a ministry brand name that sells an adulterated Gospel. The moment the Gospel becomes a product, it becomes mammon.
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon. - Matthew 6:24
The popular 'Gospel' that is preached today is used to make money where religious men can increase their means all the way to the bank.
He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3:30
Today, this passage has been inverted to mean that ‘ministers’ must increase their various religious profit centres instead of pointing to Christ. The Gospel of Christianity is an economy unto itself where the name of Christ is stuck on just about anything and sold as a commodity.
Unfortunately, the command of God to disseminate the Gospel freely has been ignored completely. Preachers demand monies and make a lavish living from the ‘Gospel’ that they are selling. Their ministries materials are sold and religious programs are created around the latest best-selling books. Many religious internet sites charge fees for subscriptions to receive their supposed divine ‘wisdom’ and ‘knowledge’ that they claim that God has revealed exclusively to them. This is just common practice among those who push the mammon driven Gospel message.
The plain fact is that the modern ‘Gospel’ is an affront where people are charged upon their ‘conversion.’ The ‘conversion rate’ is the price you will pay for their man-made doctrines.
As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts. - Matthew 10:7-9
The precedent and the principle of the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ was not a suggestion, but the word of God spoken through Christ.
Many have veered away from Christ’s words and have reverted to a worldly business model. This is how the Gospel becomes adulterated and must be changed to appeal to the world’s tastes.
The mammon driven Gospel can be summed up in this following verse.
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! - Acts 8:18-20
Many seminaries and Bible schools offer many courses in the ‘gifts of the ministry.’ Once the money is paid and the courses are finished, their students receive a diploma or certificate based on their ‘gift’ that they have purchased. Because of the money, time and effort they have put in obtaining their so called ‘gift,’ they need to make a vocation from it to see a return on their investment. These people are deceived and fail to take heed to Peter’s words and believe that they can somehow ‘buy the gift of God with money.’
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 2:3
Christianity is full of false preachers that merchandise Christ's name for their own personal gain. Trying to finance something that God gives for free turns people into products. Many don’t get it and they are trading in their Master for pieces of silver whether they are a buyer or a seller. It is like Esau trading in his birthright for lentil stew.
The modern church system today is all about transitionary activities that evolves around the monetary. If you desire ‘anointing,’ you must buy it through the religious business economy of the church system. Religious empowerment must be bought through ‘sowing a seed’ to obtain things from God. The modern vocation of Pastor is something that has been bought; therefore, it is not a gift from God because salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron.
After Elisha had ministered to Naaman, his leprosy was healed after dipping himself in the Jordan seven times. Because Naaman was healed, he wanted to offer gifts to him, but Elisha refused. One of Elisha’s servants, Gehazi saw this as an opportunity and ran after Naaman. He asked him for pieces of silver for being healed even though Elisha had rejected compensation. The consequence of Gehaz’s covetous was that he became cursed with the leprosy that Naaman was healed of (2 Kings 5:14:27).
Merchandising the Gospel is common today. It is a lucrative business that caters to the spirit of covetousness. They sell out Christ because they do not want to send people and their money away, but try to sell something that God gives for free.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. - Matthew 10:8
Preaching the word of God is not about gaining earthly things.
Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things. - Philippians 3:19
It should be obvious that through the thousands of social media and internet web sites that Christianity sells everything from books, pictures, music, clothing, crosses, trinkets, oils, etc. However, many don’t realize is that these supposed 'ministries' are selling religious junkware where Christ’s name attached to these items. This is just common practice in the mainstream church system where ‘spiritual things’ are bought and sold.
Repent, therefore, of your wickedness, and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for the intent of your heart. - Acts 8:22
The love of money is the root of all evil and many people crave it because it gives them prestige, power, accolades and entitlement. It is sad that most have wandered away from the faith because they have sold themselves out to the 'god of this age.'
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. - 2 Corinthians 4:4
What about the many religious conferences with special guest speakers?
Some have admission fees and others do not. Slick salesman can easily bilk people of their money even though something is supposedly ‘free.’ Many are enamoured with the latest celebrity ‘prophets.’ Spiritual fraud and financial dishonesty are mutually inclusive because you cannot have one without the other. All these keynote speakers are no different than Simon Magus because they are all professional sorcerers by trade. People love to pay them to dispense their craft of ‘selling the gift.’
The Christian culture is a merchandising paradigm with rabid consumerism where money is exchanged for religious goods and services. The people demand a result or a return on what they have put down. It is no different than buying the services of fortune tellers, psychics, tarot card readers and soothsayers. They practice the same art, but they are just given different religious titles to cater to the indoctrinated. People are given what they want to hear instead of the word of God. What is called the ‘Holy Spirit’ is peddled and sold to the highest bidders.
When Jesus walked the earth, he was our example to follow. He did not make the Gospel a thing of commerce and never received a salary to preach the words that his Father gave to him.
Even the apostles did not make money off of the Gospel because they knew that the two are like oil and water. The power of the Holy Spirit will never move where the Gospel is merchandised and peddled for gain. This is why the church system is void of the Holy Spirit because they love mammon.
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." - Luke 16:13
Preachers are always asking or demanding money for their own self-enrichment. The 'Gospel' they preach is about building their own religious empires. Churches are advertisement centres. They are a den of thieves where entertainment, prayers, prophecies and supposed miracles are sold upon their stages. These people believe that they can sell the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are no different than the likes of Simon Magus and Judas Iscariot who sold out Christ for silver.
But woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born." - Matthew 26:24
Are you selling Christ?
Are you making money for yourself from the Gospel?
If you are, it is better if you were not born because you are betraying Christ. To think they you can buy and sell the Holy Spirit is heresy. May your money perish with you because your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent of your wickedness and pray to God and perhaps the thoughts of your heart be forgiven of you.
Christ went into the temple of God and cast out those who had turned it into a business. This angered Christ and when he returns, he will soon bring destruction to counterfeit temple system called ‘church.’
It’s time to wake up people!
The Gospel is not a business.
Woe to those who in their greed merchandise the Gospel by commercializing it to their own advantage.
'Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.' - 2 Corinthians 2:17
Paul’s condemning words have the same relevance today. Deceivers are exploiting the naïve with their doctrines that have been craftily created to financially enslave their minions to finance their retirements.
Many don’t know this following verse exists.
'He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich - both come to poverty.' - Proverbs 22:16
Notice the second half of the verse states, ‘and he who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.' If you give gifts to the wealthy you will come to poverty. Nowhere in Scripture does it encourage giving to those who have no need, yet if you look at the what they are doing in the religious institutions, it is the opposite as all the money goes towards the ‘ministries’ of ecclesiastical men. All those who finance and support their endeavours will become spiritually bankrupt.
Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. By craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. - 1 Timothy 6:9-10
The heresy of Christianity is that they have replaced the true Gospel with a counterfeit. Paul stated that they had perverted the Gospel at Galatia becoming an anathema.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a divine curse! As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you embraced, let him be under a divine curse! - Galatians 1:8-9
These are some harsh words to those who have turned the Gospel into lucre. It is a shame to abuse the name of Christ and buy and sell the things of God. What is of God cannot be bought or sold because it is freely given. If you are involved in this type of corrupt religious business practice, it is time to repent before it is too late and follow the example of Christ and the apostles. Flee from the scandalous shame of human vanity and greed wrapped up in supporting religious charlatans and spiritual imposters.
Do you believe the true Gospel can be merchandised?
- Tithing on Trial
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