WHY TELEVISION MINISTRIES WILL BE REGULATED IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND WHY ITS A GOOD THING

Posted: May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:3)

 

Israel had once been greatly blessed by God, for awhile. Yet, the people fell into idolatry, into paganism, to worshiping false gods and sacrificing their children to Moloch. The people had become drunk from its wealth and prosperity, their hearts had become drawn away from the path of righteousness and his word, instead, they hated the plan of God, and every man did that which was according to his sight. This is why God told Jeremiah in 18:15 “But my people have forgotten me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway, So God designed a plan that would both chastise his people but yet draw them back to him, and it would be done under the bondage of the Babylonians. For 70 years Israel would dwell under an oppressive form of tyranny, yet even under this heathen kingdom, Israel would still prosper, they would still flourish, even though they were under the rule of an idolatrous King. 

It was never God’s design nor will for Israel to be enslaved by anyone, but because of her rebellion and resistance to God’s way, he saw fit to punish Israel in such a way that it would cause her to recognize their sins (which were indeed great) and that if they would repent and submit to his will, their bondage would not last into generations.

One of the greatest dangers for any servant of God is money. God warns us throughout his word how money is not necessarily a good thing, just a needed tool in the world’s system. When Jesus needed money to pay a tax, he sent Peter fishing. When the church needed money to help pay for the large number of believers being persecuted, the disciples asked those who had much to sell what they had and pool it together to meet the needs of the early Christians. When the apostle Paul came to Jerusalem along with Silas, he gave the large offering he received from the Gentile believers, placing it at the feet of James to distribute it to those who were in great need. In every situation where money and the early church was mentioned, money was always a means to help others, it was never a means to prosper an individual – ever.

Actually, the word of God speaks more of the dangers of money rather than its blessing.

Luke 16:13 “No servant 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 Money.”

Mat 6:19-21 “Do not save riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, save riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.”

Heb 13:5 “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.”

1 Sam 2:7 “The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.”

Prov 30:8-9 “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

Phil 4:11-13 “For I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of eating well or going hungry–of facing either plenty or poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.”

Phil 4:12 “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”

Phil 4:12-13 “I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich, too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.”

In Acts we can clearly see the redistribution of wealth among the believers:

Acts 2:44-45 “All the believers joined together and shared everything in common; they sold their possessions and goods and divided the proceeds among the fellowship according to individual need.”

Acts 4:32,34-35 “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had… There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”

Even the apostle Paul reminded Timothy to tell those who had much wealth, to focus on the gospel, to support the work of proclaiming the gospel across the world. “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” 1 Timothy 6:16-18

Yet in this hour we are living in, that sentiment no longer exists within the body of Christ. Rather, a new form of gospel is being preached, the gospel of wealth and materialism. It’s prophets are many of the well named preachers on television and they make it a point to reap abundantly from this gospel they not only proclaim but guard with extreme prejudice. They are bound by no regulation, they operate without any oversight and their finances are so guarded that no one outside their inner circle can see just how much they have prospered by this loop hole in our nations tax structure. But is this scriptural?

Luke 8:17 says “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” In God’s kingdom, there is nothing done which is done in secrecy, hidden from view. Everything, good or bad will be revealed.
There is a danger when servants of God become so captivated by the wealth of the world that it literally brings them under great bondage. We see this truth played out on our very television almost daily. 10 of the most prominent television preachers and pastors have a collective net worth of over 1 billion – and all tax free. The result? They are seduced by the spirit of greed, which in turn pollutes their message of grace, and instead corrupts their spiritual thinking to such a degree that they believe having wealth and “things” equate to God’s blessing.

The truth is, they have become addicted to money.

It doesn’t matter who it is, or what church it is or what ministry it is, today’s popular preachers on television have used and abused the ability to manipulate the masses for their constant need for money all under the guise of spreading “the gospel” yet in reality, the gospel they are proclaiming is not completely the gospel at all, but a distorted gospel. Yet they operate freely without any type of accountability. When people, especially ministers of the gospel, are not accountable to anyone, and they are free to judge how much they spend or plead for donations, it always leads to abuse, of every sort. 

When the Government created the 501c3, it did so for the express purpose to allow churches to operate without any interference from the Government, including the tax structure. The tax structure was established to actually protect the church from Governmental abuse, but sadly, the church began to take advantage of this and today we are seeing the results, financial unaccountability.

God has blessed this nation due to her insistence of respecting the gospel, but the more we grow further from this truth, the more hostile the Government will come against the church in the near future, and part of this future regulation will in fact be against those ministries who have literally become too big to touch.

There is no question in my mind that we need regulation in this nation to large ministries. Now, some would be shocked or surprised by that statement, especially when I am a preacher myself. However, one must also understand that the church has become very rebellious to the things of God, they have denounced his ways and many have reaped off the backs of the poor, the elderly, the less fortunate, all to attain financial gain. This is a result of the church backsliding from where God wants her to be and why I believe part of the coming persecution will be the complete deregulation of on air religious programming in the near future, and unfortunately we only have ourselves to blame.

Notice the words of Jeremiah, “Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” (Jeremiah 6:16). The truth is, many of God’s messengers have abused the people and reaped bountifully while the people themselves are going without. Now, the argument is these preachers are proclaiming the gospel and we need to keep funding them because they are doing a good work. Now on the outside that seems fair and reasonable – but is it true? The answer is not really.

Television is a powerful medium. There is no question that television reaches a vast population of the world, and the opportunity of reaching people of all nations is one argument, and to be honest, it’s a valid argument, but does reaching the multitudes require enormous financing? The answer is actually – no, it doesn’t. Some argue that they have to build a 24 hour network to reach the world, the fact is, most people do not watch much television overseas because again, we are viewing the world through the scope of American idealism. When in reality the actual numbers of people overseas in other countries who watch Christian television is surprisingly low. The fact is, Christian television is still the #1 venue in America and no other. Again, this is not discounting the need for Christian programming, but there must be some accountability and why I believe the coming regulations will be to wrangle many of the electric preachers that have abused the system. If the recent Federal investigations are any sign of the future, the fact is, the times are a-changing.

I believe God is setting the church to be rattled to the point where our focus will not be on a personality, but the message – the cross. The coming persecution the church in America will be a direct reflection of her wayward ways and why she is going to be tried by fire, not to destroy, but to purify. God purified Israel under Babylon, the 21st century church will purified by tribulation, not as to punish us, but to re-fine us for the greatest move of God in the last days. 

The days of gaining wealth and hoarding it in a mattress as many of these preachers are doing, are coming to an end. God is going to remove his hand of protection from off of many of the righteous to bring judgment for their greed and ignoring those they have taken advantage of.

I can only say, do so quickly Lord.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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