Have you lost your way?
Christianity has lost its way, just as assuredly as the Jews in Jesus’ day had lost their way.
Most Christians use Old Testament measures to gauge prosperity – wealth, health, and longevity – even though Jesus was poor, famished, and died young.
Most Christians also point to the importance of having strong family ties, even though Jesus told us that our worst enemies will be those under our own roof, and that your real family are those who do the will of God, whether they’re related to you by blood or marriage or not.
There’s a profound disconnect between what is being sold to us as Christianity and what Jesus demonstrated as Christianity.
These disconnects are temptations, and we need to see them as such.
Temptations often have the appearance of something good. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil looked good to Eve, which is one of the reasons why she ate the fruit (even though God had warned her against it). Bathsheba looked good to David, which is one of the reasons why he committed adultery with her (even though he knew he was violating the Commandments). Temptations almost always have a pleasing appearance or can be justified by seeming logic, which is why we often so easily fall into their trap.
Giving money to Christian organizations like churches or charities is one of the major disconnects tempting Christians today. I have a general rule of thumb whenever I land on a Christian website or walk into a Christian service – if donations are requested, I leave. It’s as simple as that.
God never guilts us into doing anything. That’s not his way. Show me one instance in the Bible where God tries to make us feel guilty. There are no such instances. God wants to bring us to knowledge of the truth and to willing repentance so that we can get closer to him through his spirit and with his help find our way home. God never makes us feel we should be doing something out of guilt. Nothing good ever comes from doing something out of guilt. It’s not a learning lesson, and God is all about learning lessons.
God wants a willing heart, not a forced gesture that comes from feeling you should do something that you don’t want to do. The devil, however, revels in getting you to do something you don’t want to do. He revels in controlling you and he will choose whatever method achieves that aim, including burdening you with a sense of guilt.
Most Christian preachers and charities today are notorious for using guilt as a means to separate you from your money. This is how you know they serve mammon rather than God. Not once did Jesus preach about giving money to the church. Instead, he very explicitly stated: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s”. Yes, God owns everything, including your body (sorry, pro-abortionists – your mantra “my body, my choice” is based on a lie), so ultimately he owns your money, too. But Jesus was also very clear that the world and everything in it is under the control of Satan, at God’s decree. Money and money-related infrastructure are all under the domain of Satan.
Spiritual property, however, is God’s. Satan has no ownership over that unless he is explicitly given it, and only for a time. That means your soul belongs to God, not to Satan. The only thing you can actually claim as your own is your will.
So give your money to the forces of Satan, but give your will to God.
Give your property and holdings to the forces of Satan, but give your will to God.
If you’re in a supposedly Christian church that is laundering money for Satan, maybe you shouldn’t be there.
The only godly church congregation today is one that NEVER asks for money and ONLY accepts it anonymously. If your church congregation doesn’t do that, get out. It is not from God.
It might mean you’ll have to go all Jesus-whipping-the-money-changers-in-the-temple on your church leaders, and if so, they will have deserved it.
You cannot serve God and mammon. Spaces set aside for preaching the Word should be entirely free of guilting people into giving money, time, energy, property or anything else under Satan’s domain. If a space is genuinely God-inspired, people will want to give of their own free will to maintain it. No guilting required.
Nothing has changed in that regard since Jesus walked the Earth in human form. You still cannot serve God and mammon.
Choose always and only to serve God.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.