Brother Jorge (Dr. Jorge Mata-Torres)Chosen of Israel Author & Publisher
"And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life WITHOUT COST" Rev 22:17 Are YOU in the Business of Peddling the Word of God FOR PROFIT ???
If you're a Christian, no doubt you are.
That makes you both a hypocrite and a heretic of the Word of God on the subject.
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."1 Timothy 6:10
I am certain that after reading this article and scriptures NOT ONE of you disgusting hypocrites will change your evil ways - your greed will always overcome your following the Word of God against such practices - you will always find some justification to continue your evil nature - but there is always hope...
THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT TO BE PEDDLED FOR PROFIT
"And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life WITHOUT COST". Rev 22:17
Invitation to the Needy
"Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1-2
How many of those who claim to know the Word of God truly practice it? The scriptures included here CLEARLY show that one is not to profit from the Word of God yet these con men conveniently ignore them. This is how you know they ARE NOT "men of God" - by their fruits you will know them (Matt 7:16, 7:20) - they completely reject the very instructions from the Most High - yet hypocritically claim to live by His Word. How many of them would continue to preach if they did not collect a cent from selling books, CD's, DVD's? How many will surrender taking Tithes from the poor that ended with the diaspora in 70 AD of the Levitical priesthood to whom it was ONLY given to? More hypocritically still, these same Christian frauds who claim the Law was abolished yet they greedily cling to Tithing that was once tied to the Law - Be assured, few, if any, of these shameless crooks will give this lucrative business up regardless what scripture states. Christian evangelists, pastors, priests, and ministers are natural born hypocrites and hucksters by trade - heretically doing so "in the name of God" when in fact the "god" they serve is the Evil One - Satan.
Stewardship or Sales? The Means of Ministry
The Scriptures forbid charging for ministry (worship, preaching and teaching of God's Word, evangelism, fellowship of the church, psalms/hymns or spiritual songs, discipleship, etc. in any circumstance or situation. It is that black and white. Here are some important Scriptures to ponder in this matter:
As you go, proclaim this message:
The Ministry of the Twelve5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go onto the road of the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,[a] cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts" Matthew 10:8-9
3 John 1:5-8, "Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles [nonbelievers]. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth".
For those of you who live by the word of Paul and not the Word of God...
1 Corinthians 9:18, "What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel".
2 Corinthians 2:17, "For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ."1 Timothy 3:2-3 "And an Elder ought to be one in whom no fault is found and is the husband of one woman, is of a vigilant mind, sober, orderly, loves strangers and is a teacher; And he does not transgress concerning wine and his hand is not swift to strike, but he should be humble, not contentious, neither a lover of money,"
The hypocrisy of Christians who blindly follow the word of Paul over the Word of Christ yet turn a blind eye when Paul speaks repeatedly against charging to preach and the greed of money.Ministry being: 64. Ministry is defined as service to God and His creatures as we employ our Spirit-given giftedness, according to the instruction of Scripture as good stewards of the manifold grace of God for the advancement of His kingdom; that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:10-12)
All genuine ministry for the Lord cannot have an advanced price tag to pay before the ministry is given. Why? Because then it is no longer ministry, but commerce, employ, trade or entertainment.
With ministry being defined above as service to God and His creatures; and with Christ as our example, we are to give all that we are for all that He is. I used to charge honorariums and tickets to my concerts. It was wrong and I have repented. The Lord deeply convicted me after studying His Word that there ws no justification for every charging for the work of the gospel. Think of what I was doing: charging people to pay a ticket to come to a church or civic venue to hear the gospel and worship the Lord. I was ashamed. How grateful I am to the Lord for His severe mercy and restorative grace over my sin of charging tickets for that which is eternal.
Modern day Tithing is a fraud – it was ONLY agricultural, based on increase not “principal” and given only to the Levitical priesthood which came to a spiritual end with the Messiah as our only High Priest and a physical end with the destruction of the records of the Temple in 70 AD. Those who charge to attend and listen to their fallacious and heretical interpretations of the Bible and/or solicit donations, sell books, CD’s, DVD’s, etc. ARE NOT MEN OF GOD BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW NOR FOLLOW THE WORD OF GOD.Modern day Tithing by ANY church IS A FRAUD for the following reasons:(1) It WAS taken ONLY from agricultural produce and herds(2) It WAS based ONLY on increase not “principal”(3) It WAS given ONLY to the Levitical priesthood. This offering came to a spiritual end with the death of the Messiah and a physical end with the destruction of the Temple records in 70 ADFurthermore, you will NOT find ONE single scripture where the Messiah nor the Apostles EVER asked for tithes from the brethren.