Money Cometh!

Here is a short extract from a book entitled Money Cometh! written by Dr Leroy Thompson: If you're in the Body of Christ say this out loud: "Money cometh to the Body of Christ! That means money come to me now! God wants me to have plenty of money so I can carry out his covenant. Money cometh to me, today, tomorrow, the next day - every day. Money cometh!"

If, you believe that you are part of the Body of Christ, and you are required to speak something out loud, should it not be from scripture? Where in the Bible does it say: "Money cometh to the Body of Christ"? This surely flies contrary to Jesus' words when he said: 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 both God and mammon. Matthew 6 v24. So the book Money Cometh! is an attempt to create a sort of Christianised mammon. If this were to be expressed as a mathematical equation we would have: God + mammon = mammon, which expresses a truth that to those who choose mammon, however godly they claim to be, they do not believe that God exists.

Then again, why does the Body of Christ need money? If Jesus is the head, which he is, then why can he not supply our needs as and when required? Why do we need to go out and wring the money out of others, irrespective of whether they can afford it or not? And many of Leroy Thompson's listeners cannot afford it.

Where in scripture is there such an injunction to get wealth like this? Actually there is a verse! You will feed on the wealth of nations and in their riches you will boast.Isaiah 61 v6. However this verse is ripped out of its context by those who use it. A careful reading of Isaiah 61 will show that it is a promise to Israel. The latter rain dominionists, and this includes people such as Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley and many, many more, believe that we are to raise up an army to take over the world. In order to supply this army they need – you've guessed it – money. They also believe that the church is the spiritual Israel and the tiny state of Israel in the Middle East today is irrelevant to the biblical last times and to themselves. However read Isaiah 61 thoroughly and ask yourself some questions: Does the Body of Christ has ancient ruins to be rebuilt? Does the church have cities which must be renewed? Does the Body of Christ have shame? The answer is "No" every time.

Leroy also mentions a 'covenant'? On this video he elaborates this to a covenant of prosperity. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8 v18. Leroy turns this into a prosperity covenant happily ignoring the fact that the Israelites listening to Moses speaking these words, would have understood them to refer to God’s covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and finally Moses. They would certainly not have thought that Moses was now introducing a covenant of prosperity.

For prosperity pimps like Leroy Thompson and his mate Creflo Dollar, this provides a handy and ready excuse to ask for more money. Watch here and see how they love it! Creflo Dollar [he chose that name - I wonder why?] says pay tithes or I'll shoot you! At 2.00 minutes in their true nature is exposed as he shuffles through all the offering laid on the steps. Yet, people are still rushing out the front with their offerings. In this video Leroy in effect says that if you don't have money your family is going to hell!

The Reverend Joyce McNaughton, seen also takes up the same theme of a prosperity covenant, calling it a covenant of increase. Her argument is simple: If King David and King Solomon had great wealth then so should the church today. She later says: Begin to release faith for this anointing of increase, as we did when we desired to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit or other godly pursuits. Let our daily confession be, "The spirit of increase is upon me now." Hang on a tick Joyce - there was no anointing for David or Solomon to get wealth! The wealth of Israel under David and Solomon was given to indicate that the fulfilment of the promise made in Deuteronomy 8 v18 for it is he who gives the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant but read the Old Tetamant and see how Israel rapidly slid into apostasy after wealth was showered upon them. Israel had wealth and signs and wonders by the bucket load but on every occasion, they rapidly descended into apostasy. A good example of this was that within one month of the whole of Pharoah's army being drowned in the Red Sea, the Israelites were grumbling against God and wishing to go back to Egypt! One month! What does this tell us about people both then and now? They will not be satisfied with signs and wonders or wealth but will slip into apostasy. And yet these ridiculous ideas are being spewed out at an ever increasing rate.

These preachers, no, these deceivers have no fear of God but there will be an accountability before the Lord for each one of us and for them. These people love money and are obsessed by it, and are blinded to the fact that they are preaching another gospel to the one that the Apostle Paul preached. They could still repent and that is the measure of the grace and love that our Lord Jesus Christ has even for these deceivers. The expressions "eye of a needle" and "camel" come readily to mind though.

6th August 2010

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