Luke 7:22 – Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
The events of Luke 7:18-35 are fascinating. John the Baptist had known that his cousin Yeshua was the Christ since at the very latest when he baptized Jesus. As a matter of fact, John the Baptist declared that Jesus was the Christ BEFORE he baptized Him and El Shaddai declared Jesus to be His Son! Yet, in Luke 7:18-35, John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus whether He was the Savior, or if they should seek another. Why? It is unclear. Some allege that John the Baptist was being troubled and weak in his faith because of all of his persecution at the hands of the Jews and Romans (he had been cast into prison), and because of the demonic attacks that he was facing. Recall how not only the disciples but Jesus Christ Himself acquitted themselves under a similar burden in Gethsemane; Christ asked if the cup could be taken away from Him if possible, Simon Peter nearly murdered a slave and denied Christ a few hours later, everyone else simply ran away. But I doubt that this is the case, because note that where Jesus Christ sternly rebuked and condemned unbelieving Jews for doing the same (John 10:23-40, Matthew 12:38-40, Matthew 16:3-5), because by sharp contrast not only did Christ defend Himself before John’s interrogation, but He further went on to not only declare His Righteousness and the righteousness of John, but to link the two! So had John been motivated by faithlessness and doubt and was hence acting in contrary to Adonai’s agenda, Jesus would very likely have rebuked him as He oft did His disciples. Meanwhile, others allege that John the Baptist was acting to help prepare Jesus – and by extension His disciples and John’s disciples – for the many questions and challenges from unbelievers to come. That is possible, as Christ did assert a vigorous defense in response to the questioning. John may have been giving Jesus a desirable public opportunity to declare His Deity; giving Him the chance to do so in response to a question (or provocation) from another well – known preacher rather than simply going around declaring it Himself, which may have struck some as self – aggrandizement. John may also have been trying to quell any notions (or reality) of rivalry between his disciples and those of Christ (which unbelievers willingly allowed themselves to be used by Satan to exacerbate Matthew 9:14, Luke 5:33), or even attempting to transfer his disciples to Jesus.
My personal opinion: John the Baptist knew that his role had been fulfilled. It was his job to pave the way for the Messiah by prophesying His Coming, preparing the spiritual environment by baptizing people and having them repent of their sins, and by identifying and giving initial guidance to those who would later follow Jesus. John the Baptist had these things, the Messiah had been identified, and John the Baptist needed one last sign or confirmation (or perhaps even permission) from Jesus to exit the stage and allow full attention to the star of the show. No longer would there be any legitimate cause for any to say “I follow John for I was baptized by John and I know not of this Yeshua fellow; this carpenter from Galilee and
Nazareth.” John was making it clear that he was merely the show’s announcer, but that Jesus was the main event! John merely sought justification from Christ in doing so, and hence rather than giving the wicked the condemnation of the wicked, Christ obliged the righteous with the justification of the righteous. And what evidence did Christ give John of His Legitimacy? TO THE POOR THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED!
Now you have to sit and ponder this for a second. Sure, while Christ did say some other things, He left a few other things out, like His ability to control the weather, turn water into wine, feed the five thousand, fill Peter’s nets with fish, cast out devils, and even resist Satan himself. Those things would have indicated that Christ had not only power but unparalleled dominion in the natural and spirit world; such power as would separate Him from a mere prophet like Moses and Elijah. But Christ did not. Instead, Christ specifically mentioned His preaching to the poor as evidence of being Christ. Not only that, it was the last thing thing that He said AND the most detailed thing that He said, making it the most important! So consider this: the biggest evidence that Jesus was the Christ was NOT mighty miracles like healing people and raising the dead. First off, lots of people had done and will do those things. As a matter of fact, you do not even have to be a lover of God to do these things: recall the wonders worked by the Egyptian magicians during the showdown with Moses (replicating several of the plagues that God unleashed on Egypt), and recall that the beast (commonly called the anti – Christ) and the false prophet will work mighty wonders to deceive many in the time soon to come. But the main point is that those mighty works are for MAN, so that MAN will believe because of the hardness and faithlessness of his heart. So, mighty works in the natural realm are for the sake of man.
But in the spiritual realm, God’s realm, it is works of the spirit that count! It is works of the spirit that captures the attention of God and produces a stirring in the souls of God’s true elect; the dedicated consecrated Christians who have died to self and are seeking God’s Will as their own, and not the weak carnal Christians who walk by sight and hence are in constant need of great works for their faithlessness and reproof for their unbelief, as was the case of the children of Israel as they were wandering in the desert under Moses. You do not realize the faithlessness and rebelliousness of this people because their failure to initially enter the Promised Land is not put into context. God had just delivered them from EGYPT, which was the greatest and most powerful civilization in the world at the time, and some would say even in history. (Israel did not attain God’s desire for them to surpass Egypt, Babylon, Persia – Medea, Rome, etc. to become the greatest nation in the history of the world and to ultimately subdue the world because of their disobedience.) And yet these people did not believe that God would deliver them from the considerably weaker tribes squatting in
Canaan. They utterly rejected and nullified in their minds how God had completely laid waste to
Egypt and not only gave up but revolted. Not only that, they revolted based on the word of ten spies! They did not even see the land – or the supposed giants – for themselves, and they did not even consider that all of the spies did not agree (Caleb and Joshua gave a good report)! So, the Christians today who still need to see mighty works in the natural realm – mighty works in things concerning the flesh – in order to confirm their own faith and before they will believe a doctrine or follow a minister are like unto the Israelites who were wandering in the wilderness. Will such a Christian stand in the evil time? Well now you see why true Believers must intercede for them night and day so that they will; so that they will not follow any serpent who will beguile them with the tongue and show them great wonders and riches and give them over to their desires, imaginations, and lusts! The beast (again commonly and incorrectly called the anti – Christ) and the false prophet will be very attractive to such people, who are already falling to the wayside of the anti – Christ spirit right now.
And as John the Baptist was a consecrated, elect, True Believer – and such as one who was so humble to initially attempt to forbear at baptizing Christ, so bold as to publicly challenge Christ to proclaim being the Messiah, and so submissive as to give up the spotlight upon Christ’s confirming Himself – that it was obvious that John would not be convinced by miraculous wonders. Instead, Christ justified Himself to John in the same manner that True Believers are known to the world today: with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. CHRIST PREACHED THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR! And how can such a man have respect for the poor save He have the Holy Spirit in Him? Unless you have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility) and self-control, how are you possibly going to preach the gospel to the poor?
Now I am not just talking about dropping a few dollars – or even a lot of dollars – in the collection plate for the indigent. I am not even talking about standing on the street corner on the bad side of town exhorting passerby to accept Christ, and maybe laying hands on one or two. I am not even talking about being a mentor or a participant in an inner city ministry. (And yet only a tiny minority of professed Believers do even that!) I am talking about actually ministering to the poor! I am talking about regularly going out among them, getting to know them in their conditions and situations, working to meet their needs, and ultimately to lift them out of it? I am not just talking about giving them clothes to wear, food to eat, and places to stay, though that is very good. I am not even just talking about getting them to accept Christ, which though it is the most important let us not forget that there are plenty of Believers among the poor; indeed a higher percentage of the poor professes Christ than that of the rich or even the middle class. I am talking about using the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to change their lives. That is what Jesus Christ did. That is what His Disciples did. And that is also what the vast majority of the Jews – especially the religious leaders – were not doing in the time of Christ and the early church, and that is what the Christian church – save a few elect – are not doing now!
And why not? Because ministering to the poor is hard work. And I am not just talking about physical manual labor. Plenty of Christians will wash cars, mop floors, hold bake sales, etc. until the cows come home. No, helping the poor is hard SPIRITUAL work. Why? In wealthy nations, most people are poor for a reason: a combination of deficiencies in a person’s lifestyle, choices, culture, and the inherent structural unfairness in such societies that require a certain percentage of the population to suffer so that the rest can have a degree of comfort. Many middle and higher class Christians in wealthy nations are loathe to even acknowledge – let alone address – the structural economic and social problems in their nations, and for that reason are actually often more willing to assist the poor in other nations (more on that later). Even past that, helping even a small number of people break free from the negative choices, lifestyles, and culture that traps them in poverty is exceedingly hard, especially when you are dealing with people whose entire family history is much the same and whose entire surrounding environment is the same. To effectually preach the gospel to these people (which would mean getting them to live it so that it would free them from poverty) requires very powerful fruits of the Holy Spirit to be manifested for a long time. How many people have been willing to put in the dedication, submission, and sacrifice that it takes to get that type of anointing from the Lord? A better question: how many people use that anointing once they receive it to help the poor? How many instead receive that anointing and use it for other areas of ministry that appear more glamorous and personally rewarding? I am not saying that God is going to send such people to the lake of fire, but are such people truly living His Perfect Will? How many of you actually blame these people for building huge megachurches with international multimedia ministries and hobnobbing with celebrities and politicians rather than being in some ghetto spending years casting demons of alcoholism, sloth, gambling, and harlotry out of the same few people (and then spending still more years getting them to give up the BEHAVIOR once the demons are gone) just so they can hold a job, keep a roof over their heads, and hold a family together? And this is just in rich countries.
You would think that ministering to the poor in poor countries is easier because of the lowered expectations. People in Third World countries will not cry poverty for lack of 5 bedroom houses with 2 car garages for the his and her SUVs and great schools to get their kids into elite universities that deny Christ. (Incidentally, why do Believers in WEALTHY countries even feel that they deserve or need these things?) Just put a roof over their head with clean running water and give them a hospital, school, and a job to feed and clothe themselves and they are happy, right? Wrong. In wealthy nations, you mostly only have to deal with personal behavior demons. Sure, these demons may be extremely common and deeply rooted within generations of the same family and afflict virtually everyone in a wide area in a ghetto, inner city, barrio, Native American reservation, or rural or mountain area. And in many of these places with widespread pervasive generational poverty, you are not only dealing with personal demons but also cultural ones. But still, no matter the despair and hopelessness of the people who live in these areas – and the people who are charged with helping them – they must be kept in the context of what they are, which are pockets of economic depravity in otherwise wealthy lands. But in
Third World and developing nations, such is not the case. In those areas, providing real, lasting help to the poor means taking on prince demons of poverty, warfare, disease, economic and political corruption, witchcraft, false doctrines and religion, idolatry, and sexual immorality. It means addressing how wealthy nations actually help these conditions to persist and flourish so that they can maintain their standard of living in wealthy nations by depressing it in the poor ones. That has to be done in addition to living with these people and actually showing them a better life! But sadly, most Christians, including a great many Christian relief and missionary organizations, merely waste money and effort. As they make no effort to try to create a spiritual environment conducive to delivering people from extreme poverty (as John the Baptist did in creating a spiritual environment conducive to the coming of the Savior in a subjugated land to a people to whom God had not spoken to in 400 years and was being ruled by hypocrites who allowed the temple to be desecrated with moneychangers and people selling unclean animals), not only is their best work doomed to fail, but such people would actually be better off doing their works in nations where there are better spiritual environments.
The challenge is great, but the problem is not the challenge itself, because Christians have God on their side. Rather, the problem is that among Christians there are so few elect True Believers who are willing to take on these problems. As a matter of fact, large numbers of Christians have gone a whoring after false doctrine on this issue. They have ignored what the Bible says concerning the poor and replaced it with their own doctrines; doctrines that justify their own faithlessness, sloth, and hardness of heart. The Bible actually spends far more time exhorting lovers of God to take care of the poor than it does on issues concerning personal behavior and religious doctrine. But many of the very same Christians who emphasize personal behavior and religious doctrine (to the point of inventing things that not only are not in the Bible but even contradict it) are guilty of being very harsh and severe towards the poor. Far too many Christians have internalized the counsel of the wicked concerning the poor: that they deserve their fate because of some deficiency on the part of the poor. In times past, the excuse that Christians gave for allowing people to languish in poverty was because of the many inferiorities of people of certain races and classes. Now that race and class hatred are unacceptable in public discourse, many Christians blame the plight of the poor on “bad character”, and even on such nonsense as political affiliation and tastes in music, entertainment, and clothing. Such has become so ingrained in the hearts of Christians who so vex, grieve, and even blaspheme the Holy Spirit on this matter that they harden their hearts towards not only the poor – and not only their obviously virtuous Christian brethren and innocent children among the poor – but their Believer brethren who have obediently responded to the Holy Spirit’s call to help the poor! These Christians reject such Believers as traitors to their culture and religion, and are actually more distressed when said Believers actually succeed in pulling someone out of poverty than when they fail to. The amazing part is that such people call themselves “fundamentalist” and “evangelical” Christians while they are ignoring what the Bible “fundamentally” says about who they should be “evangelizing.” To these people, being a “Bible literalist” means making up things that the Bible does not say about self – righteous legalistic behavior rules while ignoring what the Bible clearly says about charity and compassion for the poor. They ignore Acts 6, where the first officers in the new church were not appointed as keepers of doctrine and personal morality, but as social workers to the widows! The very term “social worker” will produce a hateful reaction to many of these Christians because they fail to realize that the real problem is not the secular social workers who push the anti – Christ agenda of the state, but rather the anti – Christ agenda of the religious system as evidenced by their failure to have a broad – based alternative to the social welfare state; a failure that exists solely because of the anti – Christ spirit at work among so many Christians for whom their religion means more to them than their God. When the beast (commonly called the anti – Christ) comes, he is going to deceive so many such Christians with his ability to take care of the poor and hence remove that responsibility from the church.
But again, even among Believers who use dedicated efforts to try to address the poor in wealthy nations, the efforts are faltering. Why? Well, the Bible does not merely say to help the poor, meaning to give them a meal, a change of clothes, a roof over their heads, provide health care, and attempt to place them and their kids in employment, job training, schools, etc. While those things do have merit, they are also things that Pharisees and Sadduccees (phony religious people) and publicans (unsaved sinners) are capable of doing, and doing quite well. Doing those things only requires motivation (which may not even be pure) and competence. It does not require fruits of the Holy Spirit. Remember, Believers, we are supposed to exceed the works and the workers of the flesh, and we do that not by merely helping the poor as the world does, but ADVOCATING for the poor as the Bible commands us (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27)! Consider, now, that the term ADVOCATE means to act as someone’s defender; their lawyer. So, we are not merely to “give at the office” concerning the poor. We are not even supposed to merely counsel them, mentor them, pray and intercede for them, or train and teach them. We are supposed to DEFEND and DELIVER them! In Biblical times, righteous men were told to go before the judges and plead with them to forgive the debts of the poor; not to take their land and homes, not to cast them into prison, or to sell them or their wives and children as slaves. Were they unable to persuade the judges and creditors to provide mercy, they would then personally pay or guarantee the debts of the poor themselves. And this had a major effect on society. With the basic needs of the poor taken care of in such a manner, the poor did not have to result to lawlessness or immorality to sustain themselves. Imagine, for instance, a society where a man does not have to commit theft or burglary to buy food or pay rent, or where a woman does not have to prostitute herself to do the same. And since the men and women do not engage in such behavior, their children do not have to grow up seeing that lifestyle and hence tolerating and emulating it. Further, the personal and cultural demons do not take root over pockets of poverty, and they in turn will not empower prince demons over whole lands. Of course there will be poverty, especially in times of dearth, but there is a difference between incidences of poverty due to conditions and a generational cultural poverty lifestyle. The reason why in many wealthy nations with high Christian populations there are so many pockets of intransigent poverty is that Christians are not following the Bible and delivering the poor.
And then there is also DEFENDING the poor. The poor are extremely vulnerable to exploitation at the hands of both violent and economic criminals. The church ought to be out there giving out grants and low interest loans to the poor, but instead the poor are left to deal with loan sharks, pawnshops, payday lenders, car title lenders, predatory banks, gambling (legal and illegal), pimps, and drug dealers to do their economic trade. Instead of running low cost cooperatives where the poor can shop, we allow them to frequent establishments that make the bulk of their money selling the poor alcohol and tobacco products, lottery tickets, unhealthy food, pornographic magazines and movies, sham “healing remedies”, things relating to witchcraft, and useless gadgets. We allow major corporations to not only dump these filthy products into their neighborhoods, but also to dump the waste byproducts into landfills and water sources near poor people. And yes, we sit idly by while criminals rape and murder who they will. We do not even demand protection for these people – who include not only innocent children but also I say again a large number of our fellow Christians – in the political process, let alone provide the poor with safe neighborhoods ourselves!
The Bible explicitly tells us to do these things, and the religious establishment ignores it, preferring to focus on personal behavior. They ignore that the spiritual root of the personal misbehavior not only in society but even in the church (where divorce rates, sexually transmitted disease rates, abuse in the home rates, and even abortion rates are very close to what they are among non – believers) is what we allow to go on among our poor. It is a spiritual battle, folks! Whatever we allow the poor to do empowers demons that enter into and influence the overall culture, and whatever influences the overall culture finds its way into the church because so many Christians either willingly walk in agreement with the world or try in vain to separate themselves from it with religious rules and traditions that have absolutely no power over demons in the spirit world or even over flesh in the natural one. So yes, Christians have to defend and deliver the poor not only for the poor’s sake, not only for society’s sake, not only because the Bible tells us so, but because of our own sakes. Whatever Christians allow to happen – and especially allow to happen to the innocent and to other Christians – eventually turns around and affects the very same Christians who stand idly by on the sidelines!
And this creates another problem. How are Christians supposed to provide real help to the poor? How are churches going to provide an alternative system of NONPROFIT credit unions, retail stores, housing, health care, education and job training (and even employment), and social services? How are individuals going to go before judges, creditors, and tax officials on behalf of the poor and financially bail them out? The answer is a simple, obviously Biblically based one, yet it is the most controversial doctrine today: prosperity. Make no mistake, doing these things require MONEY and other resources. Right now, the vast majority of the money and resources are in the hands of the wicked. Not only are these wicked people not helping the poor with their resources, but they are actually using their money and power to make the condition of the poor even more wretched. Do not feign surprise, for that is what unsaved people do, even in wealthy “Christian nations.” Christians need to believe in and follow the prosperity message so that we can not only generate wealth, but so that we can cause the wealth to transfer from the wicked to the righteous! Once the wealth and the power are in the hands of the wealth and the righteous, we can allow God to use us to use that wealth and power to deliver the poor.
This is all entirely Biblical. Consider Proverbs 13:22b – “The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” Ecclesiastes 5:19 says “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” Deuteronomy 8:18 says “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Does that sound like the “vow of poverty” doctrine that many Christians have allowed to be imposed on them by not only corrupted unbelieving Christians who wanted to concentrate the wealth and power in their hands, but also by the world which hates God and His Anointed and wants to do the same? A lot of people take the Bible’s blessings to the poor out of context. It does not mean that it is blessed or virtuous to be poor in and of itself, especially when your poverty is the result of foolish or unrighteous behavior, and particularly when demons of poverty are at work in your life. Instead, consider what was going on in Biblical times, long before the establishment of any societal, legal, or political notions of human rights or social safety net. Not only were the poor on their own, but worse: they were targets for every criminal or exploiter. The blessings on the poor were for the purpose of causing God and God’s people to protect them from evil. They were exhortations to remind people that the poor were not rubbish to be used and discarded, but human beings who deserved love, dignity, and respect because they were created, loved, and protected by God! Nowhere in the Bible does it say that it is a sin to have or seek wealth. It only says that one should not put their trust in wealth, or to value it over God or man.
Now I will grant you that the prosperity doctrine is being poorly taught. People are urged to seek wealth solely because they are God’s children. They are not being taught that they have to suffer and endure many things in preparation to receive this wealth. They are not told that they will have to seek God through faith and righteousness with a true heart to do His Will in order to receive this prosperity. And they are allowed to believe that they will be able to use what they receive from the Lord to fulfill their own selfish desires, and not use it to deliver the poor and upbuild God’s Kingdom. Indeed, the prosperity message is often sought out by people who are already upper middle class who are looking for a doctrine that will help them suppress their guilt over having so much when others have so little, especially when such people are desiring to live beyond their means. For these people, prosperity only serves to tell them that they have their wealth because “they deserve it” and that “they deserve it” because they are saved. This is false application of legitimate doctrine is obviously exposed by the fact that in the time that it has taken you to read this article, several righteous Christians have passed on to their rewards in Heaven because they did not have food, clean water, decent shelter, or medical care on earth. This fact contradicts the superficial meaning of the verse oft cited by the false prosperity adherents: Psalm 37:25, which is still true to those who are willing to seek its true spiritual meaning. Even ignoring the plight of morbidly poor Christians, the lives of contradiction exhibited in these worldly materialistic false prosperity doctrine lovers (some of whom live little different from poor people but just merely have more resources with which to be irresponsible) plainly demonstrate that while their wealth may indeed be a blessing from God, it almost certainly is not in any way a function of their personal righteousness.
Many people opposed to the prosperity doctrine (within and without the church) look to the abuses of its preachers and followers and use it to denigrate the doctrine itself. Such people are not only wrong, but are contradicting God’s Word; bad enough for unbelievers but extremely dangerous for Christians! After all, the prosperity doctrine’s abuse makes it no different from that of any other doctrine that Satan and man have joined together to corrupt, sometimes for corruptions sake but usually to cause confusion and rejection of the doctrine, and such doctrines include grace, salvation, sanctification, baptism, works, trinity, eschatology … in other words pretty much everything down to the very truth and authority of God and His Word. The world does not want Christians accepting prosperity because they do not want Christians controlling large sums of money and having the power to do God’s righteousness with it. And Christians reject prosperity because A) they do not want to make the personal and spiritual sacrifices to get it (think of what David went through before he finally became king), B) they do not want the responsibility of maintaining it (think of what David went through while he WAS king), and C) they are unwilling to give up their “piety of poverty” false doctrine of man.
Well, those people can risk their blessings – if not their very souls – on denying the Bible if they want. Those of us who truly love God enough to seek Him through His Word can rest assured: prosperity is indeed Biblical. “My cup runneth over” (Psalm 23)? “I will open up the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing and you will not have room to receive it” (Malachi 3:10)? Well you can ignore those things, claim that they are quoted out of context, or that they apply to spiritual blessings or to Heavenly riches and not earthly financial ones. Fine. But you cannot ignore Psalm 112! One of the main proponents of the prosperity message – and one who preaches and applies it correctly – is Jesse Duplantis. Now Jesse Duplantis states that the prosperity message is not a financial message at all: it is an obedience message. God blesses those who keeps His Commandments. If you claim otherwise, you are just not a Christian, and you need to say The Salvation Prayer! Well, Psalm 112 verse 1 says “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” Verse 3 says “WEALTH AND RICHES SHALL BE IN HIS HOUSE: and his righteousness endureth for ever.” So obey God and be rich. God’s Word said it, and that settles it, right? And that should especially apply to people in a wealthy Christian nation that is not governed by princes of poverty, right? Again, if you believe otherwise, say The Salvation Prayer, because quite frankly you need Jesus Christ!
But do not think that you can just obey God, get rich, and live a comfortable life of ease. There are seven more verses to go, of which three apply here. 4 – Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 – A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. 9 – HE HATH DISPERSED, HE HATH GIVEN TO THE POOR; HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURETH FOREVER; HIS HORN SHALL BE EXALTED WITH HONOUR.
Believers in Christ, do not deceive yourselves! How much simpler and more clear does it have to be? Verse 1 says “obey God and be blessed.” Verse 3 says “if you do this, you will get rich. Verse 4 says that once you get rich, you are not supposed to be all stingy and lazy, but to retain your righteousness and become filled with compassion (which means that even if you were all cutthroat and lacked compassion when you were making your money, then you need to cast that evil aside in the Name of Jesus Christ and become honest, righteous, and compassionate once you get rich). Verse 5 says that you will be responsible with your money, show favor to people (as God showed it to you by allowing you to become rich) and to LEND. And verse 9 explicitly says to give to the poor! And to prove to you faithless unbelievers that I am not taking this out of context, here is the whole Psalm, the omitted verses confirm my interpretation rather than contradict or undermine it. Not that I needed approval from you or any man or spirit anyway, because this is revelation to me straight from the Holy Spirit. If your preacher never explained to you the meaning of Psalm 112 and is preaching the piety of poverty and telling you that the government or corporate
America or these amoral CEOs should take care of the poor, you have to start asking yourself exactly what spirit is inspiring YOUR preacher.Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.And on top of that, I will mention I Corinthians 10:24, which says “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.” I apply that verse in this context to mean that we are to seek wealth, but not for ourselves for our own selfish use. Rather, we are to seek wealth in order to do with it as God intends for us to do, which is to deliver the poor and build up ministries. That ought to be simple enough, but God’s plan is to make the simple unattainable to all who refuse to believe, submit, and obey. Will you believe, submit, and obey to God’s plan today? It is vital that you do. It is very important that every Christian seeks and attains the level of prosperity that God has for him, and disperses that prosperity to the poor and the rest of the Body of Christ. Why? Because we are living in the last days! The reason why the prosperity message was not preached so much in the past was because it was not yet time. The Bible itself says that certain things remain hidden or suppressed from Believers until its time is come. But now the time has come, and doctrines like prosperity and the Word of Faith are proliferating across the theological landscape to the point where even the non – charismatic churches have had to respond, just as they had to respond to the tongues and faith healing that came out of the Azusa Street Revival 100 years ago. Make no mistake, people, the anti – Christ spirit is sweeping the globe. I am not even going to talk about that Dan Brown Da Vinci Code nonsense, because the truth is that virtually all of the other movies, TV shows, magazines, and music with their depictions of fornication, violence, profanity (including plenty of cursing God and taking His Holy Name in vain), and their overall subversive nature (disrespecting parents and marriage is almost a requirement even for children’s entertainment) are just as bad. Instead of pointing the finger at Dan Brown and his supporters, who openly acknowledge not believing in the Bible, we Christians need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves why we not only have the capacity to be entertained by such depraved gratuitous depictions of sin, but why we even feel the need, the compulsion to fill that capacity to the brim! But yes, the anti – Christ spirit is sweeping the globe, even among churches. The world economic and political systems are lining up, and where they are not such chaos and fear is being fomented that they soon will order itself. Everything is being prepared for the coming of the man of sin, the beast. Now I am not saying that it is a year away or even 200 years away. And though I believe in the rapture (as clearly stated in I Corinthians 15:51 and implicitly stated in Revelation 3:10), in this treatise I take no position on whether it will occur before, during, or after the seven year great tribulation during which the beast and the false prophet will take full power (including but not limited to the mark without which you will not be able to buy or sell) because it is largely irrelevant to the matter at hand. What is relevant is that we are approaching the time before the coming of Jesus Christ, and Christ said that before He came back, the time would be as the time of Noah (Matthew 24:38, Luke 17:26) where the thoughts of men are to be only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). For that to happen, then all of the institutions will have to be evil. Wicked trees produce wicked fruit, so evil people will create evil institutions, and evil institutions will turn all those who rely on them to evil. So abandon all of your notions of this nation being good or that company being good or that organization being virtuous. If it is not of and run by Believers, it is going to be wicked, it is going to do wicked, and it is going to cause people to be wicked. There will be nowhere for anyone, let alone a person in need, to turn to if they are seeking anything constructive for their bodies and souls except to Believers! Even right now people who are partaking of the fruit of the secular world are being corrupted by it. But the worst is yet to come. In the days to come, the price for eating from the wrong vine will be the same as paid by Adam and Eve: spiritual death! Again, I am not necessarily talking about the mark of the beast, but I am talking about our government, corporate, and even philanthropic concerns becoming so wicked that taking anything from them will inevitably result in severe spiritual corruption! Anyone who is loyal to these institutions or who believes them will be ensnared by them, and if you are depending on these same institutions that are so wicked for your daily bread then of course you will grow to trust and believe in them. And yes, the people who will be most vulnerable will be the ones in most need of help: the poor, the sick, the elderly, the children, the single mothers. Now is the time for Believers to rise up, to claim prosperity, to claim the wealth of the wicked, so that we can deliver it to the poor; so that we can build an alternative for them to the thoroughly depraved time to come; a time which we are getting more than a glimpse of today. Will you join us? Will you heed the command of God, the teachings of His Son, and the call of His Spirit? If you are not saved but concerned about the poor, then this is motivation for you to say The Salvation Prayer and become a Christian. If you are saved but doubt the need to help the poor or doubt the prosperity doctrine, then now is the time to commit yourself to God’s Word being true, faithfully keeping it, dying to self, and allowing God to replace your will with His, as Christ Himself did in the garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion. Christ’s crucifixion was your crucifixion, and if you accept that fact and learn to walk in it God will graduate you from Christian to Believer, and you will be able to start seeking His Will so that you can start the process of receiving prosperity to use it to deliver His People from the hand of Satan. In the name of Jesus Christ, I believe that you are going to join God’s Prosperity team right now! Amen.Prayer:
Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, please touch the hearts of your Believers and send unto them your Holy Spirit as well as preachers, prophets, and teachers to reach them. Let them know that now is the time for them to join Your mighty army of prosperity that you are raising up to do Your Will to prepare the way of your soon to come Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and may they heed Your Call and do Your Will. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
The demons that work in this area are false teachings, false religions, false doctrines, faithlessness, selfishness, and hard – heartedness. They work to keep the Body of Christ from seeing that the poor are in need of deliverance, that this deliverance can only come from Believers, and for Believers to deliver the poor they must seek prosperity. In addition to hardening the hearts of Believers against the poor, these demons open the hearts of Believers to the lies against the prosperity message, and causes them to be lazy and undiscerning when they read things that confirm prosperity in the Bible, and causes them to misinterpret and take out of context things so that it seems to conform to the worldly and faithless view of opposition to prosperity. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!