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Beware of loving money!

Scripture reading for October 27th: Luke 16-18

“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.” “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.” Luke 16:13-14

In Christian circles today, there is a popular variation of the Gospel called the “prosperity” teaching.  This teaching takes the verses about God’s blessings and twists them to say that God wants you to be rich and to use your riches as a testimony to the world of the blessings of God’s kingdom.  God’s word does proclaim blessing on God’s people for obedience and faith, but He is more concerned about our hearts.  He said it is impossible to serve two masters.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ time had a teaching very similar to the prosperity message of today.  They taught that God’s blessing was on the rich and if a person was poor, he was under a curse.   (Deuteronomy 28:1-13)  Jesus told a story about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus.  These two real people lived on earth and both died.  At death there was a great reversal.  The rich man ended up in the torment of Hell, the place of the wicked dead.  The poor beggar, Lazarus, ended up in Abraham’s bosom, a place of comfort and blessing. They could see each other but were separated by a great gulf.  (Luke 16:22-26)

Jesus went on to tell about the conversation in the underworld between this rich man and Father Abraham.  The rich man asked to have Lazarus come and bring a drop of water to comfort him in his torment.  It was impossible!  This rich man then asked about sending Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in Hell.  This request was also denied.  The Law and Prophets provided all the warning that God was offering.

We have this Word from Jesus to warn us as well!  Pursue the kingdom of God and His righteousness, not money!  Beware of the spirit of the Pharisees, who loved money.  Beware of those who preach a false prosperity gospel!  Love God and serve Him only!

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The prosperity gospel in Luke!

Scripture reading for October 25th: Luke 16-18

“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.” “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.” Luke 16:13-14

Jesus spoke very plainly:  “You cannot serve both God and money.” In America, there is a popular variation of the Gospel called the “prosperity” teaching.   This teaching plays on man’s desire for money and prosperity by taking verses of Scripture and using them to promote wealth as a sign of God’s blessing.  God’s word does proclaim blessing on God’s people for obedience and faith.  Some who walked in faith were blessed and obtained great wealth in this world.  But God is more concerned about our hearts.  He said it was impossible to serve two masters.

The Pharisees of Jesus time had a teaching very similar to this prosperity message of today.  They taught that God’s blessing was on the rich and that the poor were under a curse.  This had some scriptural backing from Deuteronomy 28 and other places in the Old Testament.  Jesus taught us to see things in a different light by telling a story about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus.  These two real people lived on earth and both died.  At death there was a great reversal.  The rich man ended up in the torment of Hell, the place of the departed wicked dead.  The poor beggar, Lazarus, ended up in Abraham’s bosom, a place of comfort and blessing. They could see each other but were separated by a great gulf.  (Luke 16:22-26)

This ‘story’ struck at the hearts of those who loved “money”!  Money could not and did not save the rich man!  He left earth without it and ended up in hell.  The poor beggar was not under the curse the Pharisees had presumed.  His faith in God had taken him to Abraham’s bosom, a place of God’s favor. True prosperity is a state of the heart that trusts in God for daily provision and lives by faith in Him.  It is impossible to serve two masters, God and money!  Quit trying and pursue the kingdom of God and His righteousness!   You’ll be eternally blessed and prosperous as God intended!

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Vultures Gathering!

Scripture reading for October 27th: Luke 16-18

Vultures are birds of prey that feed off dead flesh.  These birds were used by God to clean up dead remains of fallen animals.  Vultures circle over dead or dying animals and then drop down to feed.  It’s easy to tell where dead flesh is by looking at the vultures circling.  Jesus used them to teach about the last days–that His disciples need to be ready when the end comes.

The Pharisees had asked Jesus a question about when the kingdom of God would come.  He told them it would not come with their careful observation because the kingdom of God is within each person.  This discourse caused Jesus to teach His disciples about the time of the end.  (Luke 17:20-25)  He warned them about people claiming to know where Christ was or to have seen Him.  They were not to go off after them because the Son of Man would appear suddenly and gloriously, like a flash of lightning.  This would not happen soon, because Christ must first suffer and be rejected by His generation.

Jesus warned them that the world situation at His return would be like the days of Noah.  (Luke 17:26-27)  In those days, life seemed to be going on as always right up until the day that Noah entered the ark.  God sent a sudden destruction through the flood that destroyed all who were not on board!  It would also be like the days of Lot.  People were busy living for themselves, doing normal things, unaware that sudden destruction awaited them before the sun went down.  Lot left Sodom, and fire and sulfur rained down destroying them all!

They were also encouraged to “Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:32)  Trying to save your life in this world will result in losing your life and soul eternally!  The day of the Son of Man will be a day that divides people from one another.  You won’t be able to tell by looking at people, for the kingdom of God is within them.  Those that believe in Jesus Christ and are holding fast to Him will be saved.  Those who do not possess saving faith, will be left behind and destroyed!

“Where Lord?” they asked.  He (Jesus) replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” (Luke 17:37)  The destruction will be widespread and vultures circling will mark the flesh of those destroyed!

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The Prosperity Gospel in Luke

Scripture reading for October 27th: Luke 16-18

“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.” “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.” Luke 16:13-14

Jesus spoke very plainly:  “You cannot serve both God and Money.” In Christian circles today, there is a popular variation of the Gospel called the “prosperity” teaching.  This teaching takes all the verses about God’s blessings and twists them to say that God wants you to be rich and to use your riches as a testimony to the world of the blessings of God’s kingdom.  Now God’s word does proclaim blessing on God’s people for obedience and faith.  Those who walked in faith were often blessed and obtained great wealth in this world.  But God is more concerned about our hearts.  He said it is impossible to serve two masters.

The Pharisees of Jesus time had a teaching very similar to this prosperity message of today.  They taught that God’s blessing was on the rich and that if a person was poor, he was under a curse.  This had some scriptural truth to it from Deuteronomy 28 and other places in the Old Testament.  However, Jesus came to help them and us to see things in a different light.  He told a story about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus.  These two real people lived on earth and both died.  At death there was a great reversal.  The rich man ended up in the torment of Hell, the place of the departed wicked dead.  The poor beggar, Lazarus, ended up in Abraham’s bosom, a place of comfort and blessing. They could see each other but were separated by a great gulf.  (Luke 16:22-26)

This in itself struck at the hearts of those who loved “Money”!  Jesus went on to tell about the conversation in the underworld between this rich man and Father Abraham.  The rich man asked to have Lazarus come and bring a drop of water to comfort him in his torment.  This request was refused.  It was impossible!  This rich man then asked about sending Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in Hell.  This request was also denied.  The Law and Prophets provided all the warning that God was offering to them.

We have this Word from Jesus today to warn us as well!  He has risen from the dead and is speaking to us with an unchanging Word.  Pursue the kingdom of God and His righteousness, not money!  Beware of the spirit of the Pharisees, who loved money.  Beware of those who preach a false prosperity gospel!  Check out your own heart for Jesus Christ is Lord alone!

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