Mike Murdoch: The Principles of Jesus Christ

Mike Murdoch states on a YouTube video that The principles of Jesus Christ create your prosperity. This is a major statement on his part which requires thorough examination. In this instance it is not sufficient to say that it is not a scripture nor can it be tied to any particular verse or verses of scripture. Murdoch does not bother to outline his reasons for making this statement or lay out scripture to show that he can make such a statement. So why is it so wrong?

Firstly one must remember that Mike Murdoch is a word-faith teacher. The principle he tells his audience is that one must sow a seed in order to reap. This sounds biblical. However, what he is actually saying is: "Give money to my ministries and God will bless you one hundredfold." When his message is given to people with massive problems they fail to see the unbiblical character of what he is saying because he appears to be offering hope.

Mike Murdoch says: I didn't know the Bible said anything about money. Twenty percent of what Christ talked about was money. You think about it - so does God. Think you need it - God knows it. So there's no need to look through the entire four gospels to prove his principles of prosperity are wrong. Let's look instead at the principles which Jesus himself laid down in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, which can be found beginning in Matthew 5 v3 and going through to the end of Matthew chapter 7. Here, if anywhere Jesus lays out the principles he would expect to see from the life of any believer. Note also, that Jesus lived up to all these principles. So an examination of this passage, which contains 106 verses, should be sufficient to determine the accuracy or otherwise of Mike's words. After all, why should Jesus omit from this passage anything which was central to our faith? A verse by verse analysis of the these verses reveals that only six verses actually mention money! That is only 4.712 percent of Jesus's words which refer to money - not the 20% as Mike claims.

However, a closer examination of these six verses does not reveal anything about money to support Mike's claims. The major money section says: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Matthew 6 vv19-21. This speaks directly against what Mike Murdoch has said. This was surely an opportunity for Jesus to have mentioned "sowing a seed which God would bless one hundredfold". But he does not. He speaks directly against such a principle.

In fact the next verse we will look regarding money is also as contrary to Mike Murdoch's statement: No-one 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 God and Money. Matthew 6 v24 Mike Murdoch is actually saying that we should be devoted to money! This is rebellion against God. So, far from preaching salvation to people, he is actually encouraging them further down the road to hell!

The other verses directly mentioning money state: Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown in jail. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. Matthew 5 vv25-26. This is simply a dire warning against getting into debt and again has nothing whatsoever to do with seed faith and receiving one hundredfold.

There are other verses which indirectly mention money in the form of: spiritual poverty (Matthew 5 v4); gift (5 vv23-24 and 7 vv9-12); being sued (5 v40); tax collectors (5 v46); giving to the needy (6 vv2-4); daily bread (6 v11); debts and debtors (6 v12); food and clothing (6 vv25-32); and pearls (7 v6). Again none of these verses can be used to develop Mike's seed faith doctrine. So to summarise: there are zero verses which speak about money in the way that Mike Murdoch does.

There is however, one irony in these verses called the Sermon on the Mount and that is that there are eight verses which speak directly to people like Mike Murdoch Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruits you shall recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruits you will recognise them. Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7 vv15-23. These are Jesus's words defining the fate of people like Mike Murdoch and those who agree him. It is one of Jesus's principles which should never be ignored.

In summary what Mike Murdoch and many others are preaching cannot be supported from scripture. Their fruit is worthless, bad, rotten and vile and anyone handing them money has no guarantee of getting their money back, let alone seeing it increase one hundred times. The Bible also says: They are blots and blemishes, revelling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning: they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed - an accursed brood! 2Peter 2 vv13-14.

18th August 2013

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