Monday, April 21, 2008

They have been warned.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!

Galatians 1 6-8

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

1 Timothy 6 6-10 (partially)


Janet Rubin said...

To summarize:

One way: Jesus

Love God, hate sin

Todd said...

Apparently, you had the chance to watch a few 'Televangelists' while you were sick! In my humble opinion they range from the entertainingly dopey, with tacky accoutrements and awful, over-blown coifs; to the theologically shallow or misguided; to damnable heretics preying on the gullible, and the greedy as they increase their extravagance at the expense of those who can least afford to give.

God help those whose only glimpse of 'Christianity' (more like churchianity) comes from viewing those clowns.

Nicole said...

Hmmm. Todd, please explain how you got all that from Gal. 1:6-8 and 1Timothy 6:6-10???

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Nicole. After I consulted my dictionary so that I could understand Todd's comment, I theorize that Todd correctly gleaned from my post, my frustration with prosperity preaching, word of faith movement, and false teachings regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I came across these two passages while contemplating the prosperity movement. Unfortunately, it seems there's almost no talking to those involved because they immediately begin a game of semantics. So I just wanted to let the Bible speak for itself.

It's easy to argue with me, but those who argue with the Gospel do so at thier own peril.

Janet Rubin said...

but what about my best life now?

just kidding. AMEN to all you said and didn't say:)

Nicole said...

Aaah, now I get it.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

That's part of the frustration, Janet.

Joel gets rich while those who write books pointing out the dangers of these perverted gospels only get a fraction of the readers.

Janet Rubin said...

he's telling people what they want to hear. of course they're buying.

Todd said...

My frustration with "Word of Faith" teaching is compounded by some experiences in my formative years.

I knew some very good brothers and sisters who got caught up in it. They took it to it's logical extreme. They stopped going to doctors completely. One of their children ended up dying of a treatable illness. The child lay unburied for days while they prayed for a resurrection. This continued until the authorities finally got involved. It was not a great witness to the community.

Then there is our 'local boy done good'. We see him on a well known religious network and shake our heads because we know his real story and how much he, shall we say, embellishes his testimony as he panders for support and brags about his lavish lifestyle. His testimony has undergone several uh ... revisions throughout the years.

Kay said...

Lisa Samson's book Embrace Me, deals with this.

I thought you were referring to Oprah and her guru in this post. So many are talking about her these days.

Nicole said...

So many sad stories of people who have decided that "just" following Jesus isn't enough, who haven't learned that dying is part of the curse, that nobody dies "healthy", that money doesn't provide true and lasting contentment, and that suffering is a part of the walk at times. (Heb. 2:18; 5:8)