TUESDAY, MARCH 21
"How hardly shall they that have riches
enter into the kingdom of God!"
A CHURCH FOR HEALTH AND WEALTH GOSPEL
It was the wealth of the city of Laodicea that greatly affected the church. The assembly was described as "rich and increased with goods." As Paul said, "… they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition" (1 Tim 6:9). Luxury, satisfaction, pride and plenty were the ruins of the assembly there. When a church grows rich materially and feels no need for anything, it becomes drowsy and complacent. Soon it becomes dead spiritually.
This is also the most popular trend for churches today. The prosperity gospel is increasingly becoming "the gospel" of modern day churches. Most commonly taught in Charismatic churches today is that Christians are to be healthy and wealthy. They claim that God’s children should not be materially poor. These doctrines of materialism and consumerism are the main theme of modern sermons in churches. These were prophesied in the message for the church of Laodicea.
In recent years, churches have become mere social and community clubs. Their spiritual complacency has caused them to deny the truth of God’s Word. The Lord’s Day is no more for worship but for socializing. Praying and fasting are superseded by playing and feasting. Worship is no more God-centered, but man-centered. Modern day worship destroys the sanctity and increases profanity of Lord’s Day services. Entertainment-based contemporary Christian worship promotes the lewdness and liberal lifestyle of Christians. It is no more carrying the cross and following Jesus, but accumulating the world’s dross and denying Christ. How about your church? Is it teaching a biblical standard or a financial standard in life? If you are in a prosperity gospel church, flee from it and ask God to lead you to another church that is Bible-believing and God-honouring.
THOUGHT: Do I belong to a church teaching the prosperity gospel?
PRAYER: "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him" (Ps 49:6-7).