Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Everyone is aware of the economic problems we all face. The bad economy has affected every pastor and church that I know of to some degree. I see another problem. A problem that is far worse than a bad economy because it hinders the saints from receiving God’s help in these times.
Decades of inaccurate teaching on Biblical finances has grown into strongholds that are unrecognizable. There is a blindness to the fact that many things are not working and need to be reconsidered. A financial fatigue has set into the church. It seems that many people just do not want to hear anything more about Biblical finances. There is thinking that everything about the subject has been taught already. People are somewhat “numb” from the fatigue of things not working. I propose that we do not have it right in the area of finances.
One of the strongest deceptions within the church today is the doctrine of what defines success in ministry. Some thirty plus years ago, the doctrine of prosperity began to take hold and spread. I believe in the doctrine of prosperity, I see it in the Bible, and I am called to teach it.
Somewhere along the way the doctrine of prosperity turned into the doctrine of wealth. Now, wealth and numbers are used to determine God’s approval and this is a strong deception.
Efforts and methods are now directed toward attraction rather than ministry.
Ministry has turned from discipleship to attraction events. The philosophy is that you must attract people with something they want or need in hopes of drawing them toward discipleship.
I picked up a monthly publication the other day sent from a large ministry in the United States and skimmed through it. I had not read this publication in many years. I was instantly repelled by the focus of the content. Every article was speaking about the things you can accomplish and the things you can have. God was mentioned only in the context of a way to succeed in life. My spontaneous impression was, “this is humanism”. Has God come to us to make us successful in life? Many American ministries focus predominantly on that and that has become the American gospel. I pray it doesn’t get exported.
The dictionary defines “humanism” as follows: An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings.
In my over thirty years of ministry I have noticed that an open mind is critical to understanding the Word of God. We need a mind open to God, and at the same time, closed to the things of the world and of opposing spirits.
The Bible calls a closed and set mind a “stronghold”.
(2 Corinthians 10:4–5 ESV) “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,Strongholds are not spirits. Strongholds are arguments and opinions that are protecting thoughts and beliefs that we want to hold as true. Some were planted by evil spirits but they are not evil spirits. We maintain our own strongholds. We all have them, some good and some bad. Obviously, we want to keep the good and ditch the bad. But how?
(Matthew 28:19–20 KJV) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
As a Christian and a minister, it is extremely easy to get distracted from what we have been emphatically told to do. Our instructions are clear. We have been commanded to make disciples and teach them to live according to the Word.
Sunday, November 8, 2009For many years I have been watching the Body of Christ go through changes in its attempt to be relevant to each emerging younger culture group. I don’t know of a pastor that has not been thinking about how to better reach people as our society becomes more Godless.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Since the body of Christ gained the understanding of sowing and reaping, there has been a frenzy of teaching focused on the receiving side of the equation to the exclusion of the purpose side. I can’t count the times I heard Brother Hagin say, “Stay in the middle of the road.”
Saturday, October 3, 2009
by Rev. Scott Ross
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
by Pastor Scott Ross
You and I minister in precarious places in an unusual time. We live in a country where eighty percent claim Christianity, and yet, the rate of moral decline in our country is dramatic. In one of Dr. Lester Sumrall’s books, he explains how in the 1950’s God sent him back to the United States from the Philippines. Dr. Sumrall did not want to go back and the Lord told him he had to because, “America is going down faster than any nation in history.”