This article will expose some of the fallacious assertions of the Prosperity Gospel and advise believers to reject this deceptive theological covetousness through giving for financial blessings works-based faith that proposes donating money for the sole purpose of getting a prosperous return on one’s charitable ‘investments.’
The Prosperity Gospel is a religious belief held by some Christians that financial blessing is the will of God for them as a result of having faith, living positively, and by giving generous donations primarily to Christian ministries. The prosperity theology proposes that one cannot out-give God and that God will repay faithful givers exponentially for their faithful donations with health, security, and financial prosperity. While it is certainly within God’s power to bless whomever He chooses, and bless those who give generously, the danger of the Prosperity Gospel is that the message of the true gospel gets lost. The focus of the Prosperity Gospel is to receive financial blessings, and not to be a blessing; to give with the expectation and sole intent of receiving greater prosperity in return.
GOD’S PROMISE OF OUR BEST LIFE IS NOT NOW; IT IS YET TO COME
1 CORINTHIANS 2:9:
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
The Prosperity Gospel emphasizes working for and living “Your Best Life Now.” Ironically, people believing in the Prosperity Gospel and living their best life now, may actually be doing just that, for if they are denied entrance into God’s kingdom, this life may wind up being their best life. Scripture advises that we should live righteously now with the promise that God will reward us with our best life in the age that is yet to come.
THE GOSPEL PROMISES BELIEVERS PERSECUTION, REVILING, AND SUFFERING; THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL DOES NOT
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in us.
1 TIMOTHY 4:10:
For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
The Prosperity Gospel omits the persecution, reviling, and suffering that we, as Messianic or Christian believers, will endure if we live as examples of Messiah (Christ) in this age. The Prosperity Gospel only emphasizes that God’s desire for us to be blessed, happy, and financially prosperous.
GIVE TO BE REPAID IN GOD’S KINGDOM
Then He [Yeshua (Jesus)] also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
The Prosperity Gospel says that when we give to God (through wealthy Prosperity Gospel preachers), we should expect to be repaid with interest, in this life, through God’s abundant financial blessings. Yeshua (Jesus) said that we should give to the poor, who cannot repay us, and that we will be repaid at the resurrection in God’s kingdom.
DO NOT LAY UP EARTHLY TREASURES, BUT HEAVENLY ONES
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
And He [Yeshua (Jesus)] said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
“Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Prosperity Gospel focuses on material blessings and abundance for this life now, whereas the gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) warns us against coveting things in this age, against storing up treasures for this life. If your treasures are on Earth, in this life, then your heart is also on Earth and focused on this earthly life, and is not looking forward to the spiritual life and on heavenly treasures in God’s eternal kingdom.
BE CONTENT WITH NECESSARY THINGS AND YOUR WAGES
Likewise the soldiers asked him [John the Baptist], saying, “And what shall we do?”
So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”
“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”
1 TIMOTHY 6:6-11:
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.
We come into the Earth with nothing and leave it with nothing. Any earthly treasure that anyone acquires may be passed on to a spouse or children, or given to charity upon one’s death, but cannot be taken into God’s kingdom in the next life. The love of money, and material things that can be bought with money, is the root of all kinds of evil. The love of God, and being content with what we have, is the way of righteousness.
IT IS HARD FOR THE RICH TO ENTER HEAVEN
MATTHEW 19:24; MARK 10:25; LUKE 18:25:
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Yeshua (Jesus) explained to His disciples that it is hard for the rich, those who trust in their riches, to enter the kingdom of God. The Prosperity Gospel would have people believe that it is God’s desire that everyone should be rich. Being blessed by God with wealth is not a sin, but the means by which many of the world’s rich acquire their wealth is sinful. Compromising righteousness to attain wealth is what can keep the rich from entering God’s kingdom.
WE ARE GOD’S SERVANTS; GOD IS NOT OUR SERVANT
“They shall be Mine,” says YHWH (the Lord) of hosts, “on the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man who spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, BETWEEN THE ONE WHO SERVES GOD AND THE ONE WHO DOES NOT SERVE HIM.
“YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, THAT WHATEVER YOU ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME HE MAY GIVE YOU.”
The Prosperity Gospel has the relationship between God and man wrong, as it proposes that God becomes our servant if we give generously to Him.
GOD IS NOT A GENIE, GIVING US WHATEVER WE ASK OF HIM
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Many people have read the verses about asking for anything in prayer, in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) name, and that He would give them anything that they asked for. So… naturally, people often pray for material blessings and wealth. Why not pray to win the lottery, if Yeshua (Jesus) said that we can ask for anything in His name, and we will receive it?
Prosperity Gospel preachers have taken advantage of the covetousness of man and have deceptively added to these verses, saying that if you give to God (through their ministry), and then ask anything in His name, He will return financial blessings to you.
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. YOU ASK AND DO NOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE YOU ASK AMISS, THAT YOU MAY SPEND IT ON YOUR PLEASURES.
Covetousness has caused many believers to stumble. Verses that proclaim that Yeshua (Jesus) will give us anything that we ask for, are read out-of-context and are not understood. We may ask for anything in His name that will glorify God, and He will do it for us. God will give us anything we ask for that we need, to serve Him. When Prosperity Gospel believers ask God for financial windfalls, and do not receive them, it is because they are asking Him for money to spend on their own materialistic pleasures, and not to serve Him. Prosperity Gospel believers give offerings, not out of love for God and their fellow man, but in hopes of receiving an exponential miraculous financial return to spend on their own pleasures.
BLESSINGS COME FROM KEEPING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS;
CURSES COME FROM DISOBEYING OR NOT HEARING THEM
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER
2 CORINTHIANS 9:7:
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
GIVING TO GOD OR TO PROSPERITY GOSPEL PREACHERS?
Prosperity Gospel televangelist preachers are the greatest financial beneficiaries of the Prosperity Gospel. Prosperity Gospel preachers steal from God, as they use most, if not all, of the donated tithe money sent to them for their own materialistic pleasures and wealth accumulation. The top Prosperity Gospel preachers have their own private jet planes, numerous multi-million dollar homes, own every materialistic luxury item that they desire, and hoard stockpiles of unreported cash in various accounts, held domestically and abroad.
PROSPERITY GOSPEL PREACHERS ARE FALSE TEACHERS
2 PETER 2:1-3:
But there were also false prophets among the people, EVEN AS THERE WILL BE FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. BY COVETOUSNESS THEY WILL EXPLOIT YOU WITH DECEPTIVE WORDS.
Prosperity Gospel televangelist preachers proclaim that they receive financial blessings from God, in order to deceive their congregants into believing that they too can receive similar financial blessings. Prosperity Gospel preachers, in reality, receive their vast wealth through the financial offering donations of their deceived television congregation audience of whom they exploit with the Prosperity Gospel.
MATTHEW 16:26; MARK 8:36; LUKE 9:25:
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
Many false teaching, lawless, Prosperity Gospel preachers have gained the whole world and are in grave danger of hearing the following message from Yeshua (Jesus) in the age that is to come:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
Dog Meat Soup, Now Being Served at the 2018 Winter Olympics!
Are Christians judgmental hypocrites about what is and what is not food?
It has been widely reported that South Korean restaurants have been continually selling bosintang, a dog meat soup dish, in the vicinity of the 2018 Winter Olympics that are being hosted by the city of Pyeongchang, South Korea. The restaurants had agreed with the 2018 Olympic Committee to suspend sale of dog meat during the duration of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but have failed to comply.
American Christians are horrified to learn that South Koreans breed and raise dogs for their dog meat, keeping them cramped in tight cages, and then having them slaughtered and served in restaurants for human consumption.
Americans, and Western nations in general, love dogs and keep them as pets. Other nations and peoples do not have the same regard for dogs that Americans do.
The mainstream American Christian rightly thinks of dogs as man’s best friend, not an animal that is to be slaughtered and eaten. Yet many other people of the world do not share our affection for dogs. Koreans and Muslims do not regard dogs as special creatures. In Korea, it is culturally acceptable to eat dog meat. Who do Americans think that they are to dictate what is acceptable to be eaten as meat in another culture?
Are Christians judgmental hypocrites in declaring that Koreans are wrong for eating dog meat, while they themselves consume pork and shellfish?
Who or what determines what animal may be eaten for its meat, and what animal should not be eaten? Should meat allowable for human consumption be determined by country, culture, feelings, or taste?
God, the Creator, has declared to us through the Scriptures what animals may be eaten and what animals may not be eaten.
THE LAW OF CLEAN AND UNCLEAN CREATURES
LEVITICUS 11:46-47 (NKJV):
This is the law of the animals and the birds and every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth, to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.
Dogs, pigs, and shellfish are not for food or meat meant for human consumption…
LEVITICUS 11:27 (NKJV):
And whatever goes on its paws, among all kinds of animals that go on all fours, those are unclean to you.
LEVITICUS 11:3-8 (and DEUTERONOMY 14:6-8) (NKJV):
Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat. Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; AND THE SWINE, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.
LEVITICUS 11:9-12 (and DEUTERONOMY 14:9-11) (NKJV):
These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers—that you may eat. But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales—that shall be an abomination to you.
Mainstream Christianity proclaims that the law of clean and unclean creatures has been done away with in the New Testament, and believers can eat all creatures now. Mainstream Christian theology is in error in declaring that the laws of clean and unclean creatures, listed in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, have been abolished. Mainstream Christian teachings have used Scripture, twisting it, to discard the dietary laws. The rest of this article will be a crash course on why God’s dietary laws, the law of clean and unclean creatures, remain in effect to this day and always will remain in effect.
EVERY MOVING THING THAT LIVES IS FOOD
GENESIS 9:3 (NKJV):
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.
Christians use Genesis 9:3 to proclaim that they can eat pork and shellfish, as every moving thing that lives is food for man. Well then Christians, STOP being judgmental hypocrites in criticizing the Koreans for eating dog! Dogs are moving things too. Join the Koreans for a bowl of dog meat soup. While you are at it, break out the slugs, worms, and roaches and eat them, proving to the world that every moving thing is food!
Genesis 9:3 must be read and understood in the context in which it was written. Genesis 9:3 was spoken by God to Noah, as Noah was disembarking from the ark after the great flood subsided. While on the ark, Noah and the animals aboard the ark were restricted from eating animals and ate grain only, so that the animals would be preserved.
GENESIS 6:21 (NKJV):
And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.
Here is the true meaning of Genesis 9:3. Every moving thing that was food for you (clean creatures) before you got on the ark shall once again be food for you as you disembark from the ark.
On to the New Testament…
EAT ALL MEAT IN THE MEAT MARKET AND WHATEVER IS SET BEFORE YOU
1 CORINTHIANS 10:25-30 (NKJV):
Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?
The conscience’ sake issue is whether or not the meat was first offered to an idol. A modern day application is whether or not the meat in question is Halal meat, having been slaughtered by a Muslim in the name of Allah. Since there is no other god and idols have no power to defile meat, believers need not concern themselves with whether or not the meat was first offered to an idol or a false god. Believers are to eat whatever meat is sold, and whatever food is set before them. Unclean creatures are not meat for humans, nor are they food. Likewise, believers should eat whatever FOOD is set before them, not exactly whatever is set before them, for then they would need to eat the cups, dishes, and utensils too. Neither dog, nor pork, nor shellfish, if sold in the meat market, is meat for human consumption.
YESHUA (JESUS) PURIFIED ALL FOODS
MARK 7:18-20 (NKJV):
So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.”
The misunderstanding here among Christians is in believing that unclean creatures are food. Yeshua (Jesus) never ate an unclean creature, nor did He cleanse them for human consumption. Unclean creatures are unclean. Unclean creatures are not unclean food, which would imply that they are a type of food, albeit an unhealthy food. Unclean creatures are unclean and are not to be considered food at all.
Yeshua (Jesus) was commenting on eating food with unwashed hands. Eating food in this manner cannot defile a man’s character.
Eating unclean creatures out of ignorance cannot defile a man’s character either, but eating unclean creatures, or anything harmful, can certainly defile a man’s body.
LET NO ONE JUDGE YOU IN FOOD OR DRINK
COLOSSIANS 2:16 (NKJV):
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths…
Colossians 2:16 was not written to the modern day Christian; it was written to the new Messianic Torah observant convert of the Apostle Paul’s time. Here is how Colossians 2:16 should be properly understood…
COLOSSIANS 2:16 (NKJV) [WITH INTERPRETATION]:
So let no one judge you [DO NOT BE CONCERNED WITH ANYONE’S JUDGMENT] in food or in drink [GOD’S DIETARY LAWS WHICH YOU ARE FOLLOWING], or regarding a festival [GOD’S FESTIVALS – LEVITICUS 23] or a new moon* or [SEVENTH DAY] Sabbaths…
*Christians have never observed new moon Sabbaths as part of their faith. Therefore, the book of Collosians was not written to the modern day Christian, but to believers who observed new moon Sabbaths.
RISE PETER, KILL AND EAT
ACTS 10:10-14 (NKJV):
Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”
Peter never did eat any unclean creature as a result of receiving his vision. As a matter of fact, no saint in the entire Bible, Old or New Testament, was ever recorded to have eaten an unclean creature. Peter later revealed in Acts 10 what his vision actually meant, what God had cleansed that Peter should not call common: the non-Jewish Gentile people of the world…
ACTS 10:28 (NKJV):
Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or associate with one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call ANY MAN common or unclean…”
God used unclean creatures in His vision to Peter in Acts 10 as a metaphor to represent the Gentile people of the world. The vision was not given so that Peter could eat unclean creatures.
EVERY CREATURE OF GOD IS GOOD FOR FOOD
1 TIMOTHY 4:4-5 (NKJV):
For every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Every creature is good for food IF it is sanctified by the word of God to be consumed as food. Unclean creatures are not sanctified by the word of God as food. Prayer cannot cleanse unclean creatures. Christians who believe that they can cleanse unclean creatures through prayer are in error.
ISAIAH 66:17 (NKJV):
“Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says YHWH (the Lord).
Isaiah 66:17 describes your typical outdoor summer BBQ pig roast at a Catholic residence, where there typically stands an idol statue of Mary in the midst of the backyard garden. Praying over unclean creatures will not make them clean. God warns that whoever regularly eats unclean creatures will be consumed…WITH DISEASE.
Christians lead the world in acquiring cancer. It is no longer only a matter of faith to believe that unclean creatures cause illness in human beings; it has now been scientifically verified. A 2015 World Health Organization press release reported that consuming processed pork products such as bacon, pork hot dogs, and sausage causes cancer. Numerous government studies have declared the danger of eating shellfish, but rather than telling consumers to refrain from eating shellfish, municipalities typically instruct the public to cook shellfish well.
JOB 14:4 (NKJV):
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
There is a certain cause and effect for things. If one fornicates with many sex partners, the consequences could be an unwanted pregnancy and / or a sexually transmitted disease. If one smokes cigarettes, that person can expect to have damaged lungs and will likely acquire lung cancer.
BUT MY GRANDMA ATE BACON FOR BREAKFAST EVERY DAY AND LIVED TO 100!
OK, but I’d bet granny was quite feeble for a good portion of her latter years. With pork, as with cigarettes, some people eat or smoke and live longer, while some get cancer early in life and die prematurely. The continued consumption of unclean creatures, be it dog, pork, or shellfish, will certainly cause a person to become feeble in old age, if that person happens to live long.
WHEN THE HEBREWS DEPARTED FROM EGYPT, THERE WERE NONE FEEBLE AMONG THEM
PSALM 105:37 (NKJV):
He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.
Imagine a whole nation, the elderly included, and no one is feeble. America is a Christian nation filled with elderly feeble people in nursing homes, many of who have eaten pork and shellfish their entire lives.
The good health of a nation’s people is not exclusive to the Jews…
Before the arrival of the Europeans in America, the North American Plains Indians consumed a diet consisting of bison (a clean mammal) and vegetation. The Plains Indians typically lived to be 85 to 90 years old and never acquired cancer, heart disease, or even suffered a heart attack. It is believed that the Plains Indians, as a people, would have lived well beyond 100 years with adequate dental care.
BE LIKE MOSES
DEUTERONOMY 34:7 (NKJV):
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.
Cigarettes were once advertised as being healthy for you. The time came when the scientific evidence was so overwhelming that cigarette smoking was detrimental to a person’s overall health, that it could no longer be denied that cigarettes were harmful. The time is now here and the evidence is in about Scripturally declared unclean creatures. Human consumption of Scripturally listed unclean creatures is harmful to human health.
NEVER TOO LATE TO START EATING RIGHT
The human body’s cells are dying and being replaced all the time. A person can literally replace many of the bad cells of their body with healthier cells if that person eats right going forward.
THE TRUE GREAT COMMISSION: TEACHING PEOPLE TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS OF GOD
MATTHEW 28:19-20 (NKJV):
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Yeshua (Jesus) taught His disciples to observe the dietary laws. He certainly never commanded or taught anyone to eat dogs, pigs, or shellfish.
WALK AS HE WALKED AND EAT AS HE ATE
1 JOHN 2:6 (NKJV):
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
A Christian is not walking as He walked, and eating as He ate, if he or she consumes dog, pork, or shellfish.
PROPER DIET IS NOT A SALVATION ISSUE; IT IS A HEALTH ISSUE
MATTHEW 5:18-19 (NKJV):
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Christians who continue to ignorantly eat unclean creatures will not lose their salvation over this issue alone. The dietary laws are among God’s “lesser laws.” Those who continually break the greater laws and do not repent from breaking them, (adulterers, drunkards, fornicators, homosexuals, idolaters, murderers, revilers, swindlers, thieves), will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Those who break and teach men to break the lesser laws, such as the the dietary laws, will make it to heaven, but they will be least in the kingdom of heaven. Those who observe the lesser laws, the dietary laws, and teach others that they should also observe them, they will be of greater stature in the kingdom of heaven.
GOD THE DESIGNER HAS DETERMINED PROPER DIET; CULTURE DOES NOT
If American Christians believe and proclaim that God has cleansed all creatures to be eaten as food, then they are being hypocritical and have no moral standing for criticizing the Koreans for eating dog meat.
Billy Graham goes on to be with the Lord at 99.
This morning, Evangelist Billy Graham went to be with the Lord age 99. Graham was on overwhelmingly influential minister and lead millions to Christ.
“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead,” he once expressed. “Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
In his ministry, he counseled Presidents, ministered to Queen Elizabeth, and presented the gospel on a large international level. His willingness to preach the simplistic, uncompromising Word of God should be the aspiration of every pastor, teacher and evangelist.
Dr. Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, shared a recollection of his father on twitter:
My father @BillyGraham was once asked, “Where is Heaven?” He said, “Heaven is where Jesus is and I am going to Him soon!” This morning, he departed this world into eternal life in Heaven, prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ—the Savior of the world—whom he proclaimed for 80 years.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) February 21, 2018
Billy Graham’s grandson, Evangelist Will Graham, also shared a quote from his grandfather:
Thank you for all your prayers . Just remember what my grandfather said, “One day you will hear that Billy Graham is dead. But don’t believe it. For on that day I will be more alive than ever.” Thank you for your prayers and please be praying us during this next week.
— Will Graham (@TellaGraham) February 21, 2018
Dr. Graham preached the message of Jesus Christ for over 80 years, and now he is with our Savior in heaven. Billy Graham’s legacy is a wonderful example of how just one life can completely impact the world, expanding the Kingdom of God.
CATHOLIC POPE FRANCIS, A FALSE PROPHET, PREPARES THE WAY FOR THE ANTIMESSIAH (ANTICHRIST)
April 16, 2017. A wax image figure of Catholic Pope Francis was set up for the Easter Mass at the Cathedral of San Pedro de Alcántara, in the city of Petropolis, Brazil. The statue was afterward transferred to the Petrópolis Wax Museum, where it is on permanent display.
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‘Prepare the way of YHWH (the Lord); Make His paths straight.’
–Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4 (NKJV)
Satan, God’s adversary, often imitates God with a counterfeit version of what God does. John the Baptist, a true prophet, prepared the way for Yeshua (Jesus), the Son of God, to appear before the world during His Messianic mission. In a similar manner, Catholic Pope Francis, a false prophet, is preparing the way for the false prophet and the Antimessiah (Antichrist) to appear before the world in the end times.
1 JOHN 2:18 (NKJV):
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antimessiah (Antichrist) is coming, even now many antimessiahs (antichrists) have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
1 JOHN 4:1 (NKJV):
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
MATTHEW 24:11 (NKJV):
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
Catholic Pope Francis, born December 17, 1936 is not the false prophet, but a false prophet who will be succeeded by the the final Catholic pope, known as the false prophet of Scripture.
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand) –Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14 (NKJV)
REVELATION 13:14-15 (NKJV):
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to MAKE AN IMAGE to the beast…
He was granted power to give breath to the IMAGE OF THE BEAST, that the IMAGE OF THE BEAST should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the IMAGE OF THE BEAST to be killed.
The Roman Catholic Church has always used idolatry as a means of deception. Catholic Pope Francis is beginning to prepare people of the world to worship image figures of living men. It is prophesied that the Antimessiah (Antichrist) will one day make an image of himself and set this abominable image up at the site of the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, Israel, and he will demand that the world worship his image.
REVELATION 19:20 (NKJV):
Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
The beast (Antimessiah / Antichrist) and the false prophet will be defeated by Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) at His return. But before they are thrown into hell, one third of mankind will die (Revelation 9:15-18).
“For false messiahs (christs) and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” –Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22 (NKJV)
Catholic Pope Francis is fulfilling his role, as a false prophet, to deceive even the elect of God, if possible. True saints of God, the watchmen, are doing their job to alert those who will listen to the signs of the end times (Jeremiah 6:16-19).
One final comment on wax image figures used by the Roman Catholic Church system…
2 THESSALONIANS 2:9 (NKJV):
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders…
The Roman Catholic Church has a long history of using fake bleeding prop statues as lying wonders to deceive their masses. The Catholic Church, in more recent times, has proclaimed that some of their saints are so righteous that they are ‘incorruptibles’ who do not decompose in death. Is it really any wonder that the Catholic Church, which has engaged in so many lying wonders during its history, also uses wax figurines housed in glass coffins in their necromancy adoration and worship of the dead to deceive their flock?
LUKE 21:36 (NKJV):
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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