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“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

There is a solemn responsibility to those who are in ministry to tell the truth, even when the truth is not easy to accept, to negate such a responsible task to those in leadership and instead, refuse to speak the truth, either out of fear from public rebuke, or financial hardship denigrates the office of ministry, and thus, make that truth no longer of any value. Such is the case which is happening today within many ministries within the modern church. Men and women who are in leadership, are forsaking telling the truth in favor of their own version of truth, and ultimately a lie. In plain English, preachers are teaching anyone who will listen a bold face LIE!

What is this lie you ask?

It’s the lie that has many believing that things in this world are going to get better for not just America in general, but for the church as well. It’s the lie which says that the modern church, for all its faults and failures, will emerge in the last days as a conquering church, goosestepping across the world in an effort to redeem not only the sinner, but entire nations as well. It’s the lie that says the modern day church will invade every area of social service and political fray to establish its dominance within the world, thus turning sinful planet earth into a Christian planet. In simple terms, the earth is about to be taken over not by Islam, or aliens, but by the Christian church itself. It is the new crusade by which this new global agenda will dominate and conquer the world for Christ. It’s teaching is called the 7 Mountain Mandate (Theology), and it’s being taught by some pretty influential proponents, one of which is Dr. Lance Wallnau, the actual teacher and creator of this particular doctrine that has many, including those surrounding President Trump in allegiance to.

But is this new doctrine Biblical? The answer is no, it’s not.

Dr. Wallnau and his 7 mountain mandate is simply another twist on the long held doctrine called Dominionism. It’s the theology called “Kingdom Now” that says that in the end times, the church will actually control the world to prepare it for the second coming of Jesus Christ. What Dr. Wallnau is doing is broadening his scope to make this teaching more tolerable for people to understand, in essence, he is simply dumbing down Dominionist theology in such a way that it makes better since for the biblically illiterate to grasp and understand.

So what is the 7 Mountain Mandate?

7 Mountain Mandate simply says, that in order for the church to control the global society, it must take control over every aspect of that particular society and its culture, being 7 cultural mountains. They are; Family, Government, Business, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Education and the church itself. Those who control these cultural gates exercise the greatest influence over the culture and ultimately that society. This is, in a nutshell, the doctrine of Dr. Lance Wallnau and why many are beginning, and have already, been embracing like a strange, intoxicating drink, they (the church) are becoming drunk on this notion that says we shall eradicate evil and overthrow Satan’s kingdom of dominance.

But they are wrong. Tragically wrong.

Jesus made it very clear in John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Are we (those who are born again into Christ his servants?

This teaching (7 mountain mandate) is a false teaching simply because it goes against scripture. Jesus gave us (the end time church) a clear picture of the end times just before he returns, and that picture is not one of hope, or victory, but instead, one of which would shake any believer in terrible fear, for he (Jesus) paints a very sobering portrait of what we will see, those who are alive during this particular time, of what the world will look like, as well as resemble, and it is found in Matthew chapter 24, as well as Luke 21:8-28. For your sake I encourage the reader to search those scriptures up and read them repeatedly.

Yet if we take the teachings of men like Dr. Wallnau as well as countless others who are teaching these erratic ideas to heart, then what we are doing is denying scripture itself. For what these teachers are literally doing is two-fold:

  1. They are denying scripture about the last days, which in turn conditions those who believe such to eventually become deceived when the final deception comes upon this world. (Jesus warned 3 times not to be deceived in the last days)
  2. They are both denying the warnings of the Lord, as well as the Apostle Paul, the words of Peter, and the visions of John and his Revelation.

It’s simply not to suggest that this 7 Mountain Mandate is simply false and is harmless, it goes beyond that, again, it denies scripture which is clearly outlined in the word itself. Paul the Apostle gave us very clear instructions when it comes to the last days, here is his words on the matter of what is coming:

  1. “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,”                   (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  2. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,” (1 Timothy 4:1)

Do these two statements by Paul regarding the end times reflect the state of the modern church as a dominating church? Or a church which will be rocked by inward deception as well as battling forces from a dominant force (the coming antichrist) which will come against it?

Let us look at what John saw as it relates to the end times and the state of the modern church in those last days:

  1. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. 16So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth! (Rev. 3:15-16)
  2. “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” “I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:13-14)
  3. “And it was given unto him (the beast) to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:7)

These are just a few prophetic warnings of what is to come. The question remains, does this sound like the teachings of the 7 Mountain Mandate being successful? Or does this reveal a greater truth, that at some point a being shall rise out of the earth and take dominion over all living things, including nations? The answer is yes, and that being is the one which Jesus said is called an abomination, the man of sin – the antichrist.

There is no need to argue or debate this matter, nor is it a doctrinal dispute, this is simply scripture interpreting scripture, allowing the Bible to speak and not men. Ours is to preach the gospel, not to overtake this world. This is the problem, one which those who promote Dominion teachings do not understand, nor do they want to. Why? Because they love this world! They love everything about the world, because their heart is toward this world. But the word says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)

The world that John is referring to is the world system. It’s the same system to which Satan offered Jesus when he showed him all the kingdoms of the earth (Matthew 4:8-9). The truth remains, this world is not our home, nor should we look at it as our home, nor should we contend for it as such, because our home is an eternal one. But hear the word of Jesus on this matter of what our mandate truly is, and how things will come when that occurs; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Jesus himself is stating it very clear, so that all can understand, that the preaching of the gospel will happen across the world in such a way that every nation and its people will have access to knowing and receiving Jesus Christ, then shall the end come. The end Jesus refers to is the end times, whereby all things that must be fulfilled will be as it relates to the prophecies of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John, not to mention the old testament prophets. Does this sound like heaven on earth to you? Does this sound like the church will usher in the kingdom? Does this sound like the church will dominate the world for Christ and establish a Christian global society?

Truth is important, without it all we have is opinion and opinions not based or rooted in truth will always turn into a lie every time, because that is the nature of deception, it takes a a little truth and twists it enough to convince people otherwise. That is the nature of Satan’s tactics in these last days, and why the 7 Mountain Mandate, as well as Dominionism is a false teaching, because it gives the church a false hope of what is coming – peace and safety, when the opposite of what’s coming is true – tribulation.

 

From my desk in China,

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

http://www.chinamissions.org

 

 

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“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

 

There is a simple fact that every believer must acknowledge in their walk with Christ, and that is this, you and I are not God. Nor are we little gods. Nor do we have the same power or ability to think and act and create like God. Even more so, neither do our words have the same power as Gods words. The simple fact is, man is a creation of God, made a little above the angels itself, without the ability nor power to imitate God in action or in deeds, or in this case – words. The truth is, our words are not on the same level as God almighty and have virtually no power within themselves. In other words, when we speak nothing happens, but when God speaks everything happens, because he’s God and we’re not.

Yet there is a teaching which has gained prominence within the Charismatic/Pentecostal circles by suggesting that not only are we little gods, not only can we duplicate what God can do, we can equally speak things as a god and see those words literally transform nothing into something. It is called Positive Affirmation, or what is generally referred to by some as the power within the tongue. The belief is very simple, and very dangerous, but it goes something like this; A believer has a special need (money, health, career change, relationship, etc.) and they desire this with great fervor, but they don’t know how to bring it to pass. The answer? Simply speak it into existence. Sounds far fetched right? Yet if the truth be told, there are millions of Christians within the Charismatic/Pentecostal circles who have bought into this lie that says if one desires to change their circumstances in life, all one has to do is simply speak it into being and it will come. The problem is that it never works.

Teachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Jesse Duplantis and a boatload of others, have made millions of dollars in book sales all in trying to convince an unsuspecting Christian that they have the power within themselves to speak something out of nothing and gain whatever they want. The problem is, A) It’s not scriptural, and B) It’s not possible. To be clear, Jesus told us that if we followed him, that we too could (and would) perform miracles – but as the Spirit leads. The fact remains that while the gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid today (1 Corinthians chapter 12), the ability to just speak something is not only foolish, or unscriptural, it was never taught by the early church leaders, or Christ himself.

Believe it or not, the Positive Confession movement has no actual basis within the early church, nor was it rooted at all within modern or even past Christian teachings, it literally came from the occult world and went by another title, The Law of Attraction. This occult method is standard 101 information for anyone involved in the secret world of witchcraft and sorcery. The idea is simple, whatever you are attracted to, or desire, all you have to do is channel the strong desire within your mind to receive it, and by doing so, you can have it. This method has been utilized for hundreds, if not thousands of years by those who perform the dark arts of gaining whatever they desire. The problem with the confession, speaking it into existence, law of attraction is, it’s tapping into the spiritual realm, and certainly not what is of God.

It is amazing that when we examine the teachings and ideas promoted by a select few who claim to receive a revelation from God that is never based on the word of God, we begin to see its true source – Satan. Yet this is exactly the facts as it relates to the Positive Confession movement that has unfortunately polluted the church world today. From its roots from the early druids and pagans, the teaching of the Law of Attraction remains to this day the tool by which some within the modern church world has cleverly utilized which would deceive many by its false teachings. One would think that if they understood that ours is not to simply call forth everything into being that it would become true, nor by simply suggesting that if one merely spoke something by faith that it would happen. The truth is, God desires us to pray his will for whatever we need, not ours. This is the problem of self, it does not desire to submit to God’s perfect plan, but instead, rely on self and self desires (money, material things) to gain something simply by declaring it so. It’s all a clever ruse to blind the believer to a belief that he or she is able to do things on a thought, or word, and not rely on God’s word.

So how did this particular teaching come into the church today?

His name was E.W. Kenyon. Kenyon was born on April 25, 1867. He was introduced to the faith from the Methodist movement of that particular time. It was there he was introduced to the early teachings of the New Thought movement, and subsequently became aware of this new teaching which stated that if one speaks something, one will receive something, all by faith. Kenyon would go on to become affiliated with the growing Pentecostal movement which was happening in that time, the re-birth of the advent of the Pentecost in the book of Acts, and would find himself learning as well as teaching at the Emerson School. From the early writings of E.W. Kenyon, his works would include many gleanings from the occult world, new age spiritualism, and the Law of Attraction that would be taken and used by later generations, namely one Kenneth Hagin, who equally was influenced by Kenyon’s claims of Positive Affirmations.

Yet even though Kenyon was a contributor to what we now call “Positive Talk”, it has literally taken on a life of its own. But not just by the church world, even today, New Age teachers such as Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), as well as many more. This Law of Attraction, the ability to think and then say something into reality is not a product of man, far from it. The teaching itself dates back to one individual who said to himself “I shall be like the most high. I will place my throne above his.” – Satan. It was Satan who was the originator of Positive Confession, and it was Satan who went into the garden and said to Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”(Genesis 3:1) For when Eve reminded Satan of what God said not to do, it as Satan who then presented a different way of thinking, “You surely will not die.”“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Satan presented a positive affirmation, which was literally the foundation to Law of Attraction with Eve. Satan simply said, ignore what God says, confess that you shall have great wisdom and great understanding and I will not die. In other words, think it, say it and believe it and it will come to you. The reality is, Eve did receive understanding, but it was the understanding of what God strictly forbid, and thus, because of Adam, sin entered into the world. Thus, the Law of Attraction, power of the tongue to say something into existence is rooted directly from pride. It is sin.

If we could simply say things into reality, then why is there great trouble in the world? If we can simply speak something into being, then why is there hunger? Or war? Or death and disease? If there is power in our tongue, then why did Paul, the great Apostle who faced many a hardship pray three times that God would remove the thorn in his side, but God said “NO!”, but that his grace was sufficient for him? (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

The fact is this, our authority is limited to what Christ has given to us in his word because of the cross, and nothing more. Yes, we have the power (authority) to claim some spiritual matters as it relates to our faith, but it must always be found consistent with the word of God, it can never go beyond God’s word. If we pray his will, then we will find our will and prayers will be aligned perfectly, even if some things we confess or pray for do not come, sometimes God simply says “No” and we must learn to trust him regardless, for he knows better than we.

Jesus only gives us authority to do what he commissioned us to do – preach the gospel, disciple the nations, heal the sick, cast out demons, etc. He does not give us ALL authority. Nor does he give us the power to speak things into being simply because we want it or desire it, that is the lure of the garden and the tree itself that Satan continues to tempt fallen man with, even Christians, that if we think it and say it, we can have it. But God says otherwise. Don’t fall for this trap, but instead trust God, pray with faith with what he has faithfully given to us, the cross, and believe for those things which he desires, that souls be saved. Everything else will come, or not come based on God’s determination and plan, not by our words.

From my office in China,

Christopher

Contact me at christopher152@gmail.com

http://www.chinamissions.org

 

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There is a particular scene from the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” where Tevye, the father of five daughters, fights a changing world around him in his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Which causes Tevye to raise his hands in one last appeal to God by shouting, “TRADITION!”.
Yet today, like Tevye, there are Christians holding onto the last aspects of their tradition, but in doing so, they have become so narrowly and earthly minded, that they become no earthly good when reaching the lost. I have seen believers get bent out of shape because churches might change the methods not rooted and grounded in tradition, be it baptism, communion or even sticking to the red letter bible. The point is, the times do in fact change, societies change, ideas change, and what might have worked 100, 50 or even 10 years ago, simply will not work today. I grew up in a traditional, Pentecostal upbringing that had direct connection to Pentecostal revivals in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the early part of the 20th century. I saw those changes beginning to form by the time I was starting in my early teens in the late 1970’s, by the beginning of 1980, the aspects of the old time Pentecostal movement had drastically changed, forever changing the way we see church.
 
Now, someone is upset because a church had a Dunkin Donuts baptism (I’m still trying to grasp that one). Another is upset a pastor rode a Harley Davidson into the church, while others are fuming over Randy Travis singing for the Lord for John Hagee. It’s all about one segment of the body of Christ (traditionalists) seeing the world around them change, while another group (modernists) begin to rise. And let me state for the record that I’m not that fond of every method used in church. However, if we would stop and trace our church history, one would see that even 100 years ago, the church in America was arguing over things which in general were a challenge to the status quo, and it can be seen through of all things – grape juice.
 
Ever since the early church was founded, the church used fermented wine in communion. This was tradition. By the time America was founded, and the church took a more political role in the founding of this nation (its first mistake), the church saw something it no longer wanted to be apart of, using alcohol in communion settings. By the 1800s, America was going thru the temperance movement, whereby the use of alcohol in any form was considered sinful, but what was the church to do? After all, the church in Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world at that particular time used wine (and still does to this day) for communion. But American conservatism, emboldened by the religious political movement of the time, sparked a furor and the church preached against it. Yet what would they do instead? Enter one man – Dr. Thomas B. Welch (dentist) to solve the problem, as well, allowed the Methodist movement that was gaining significant clout in American influence to solve the problem. In 1869, he perfected a juice pasteurization process in his kitchen and began selling “Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine” to churches preferring an alcohol-free substitute for Communion. By the early part of 1870s, the Temperance movement had reached its height and churches began to adopt Welch’s grape juice instead of wine. It had nothing to do with scripture, but tradition.
 
When people were introduced to the red letter bible, (the words of Jesus printed in red) they took to it almost immediately, thinking that this was truly the mark of Gods Holy word. Yet they never realized that it was less about the Holy book, but a marketing gimmick to sell bibles which were different than mainstream bibles at the time. Yet Americans were quick to latch onto it, and thus creating a traditional mindset of ‘Red letter only’ scripture.
 
Even water baptism could not escape traditionalists when the baptismal pool began to make its way into many American churches in place of the long held traditional view of being baptized in a creek the way Jesus did it. Many traditionalists, even some to this very day, consider baptismal pools as against the traditional method used since the founding of the early church. The point is, things change, people change, ideas change and yes, cultures change. Yet there must be a balance in that change which does not compromise the gospel to such a degree that the message is so far removed from the truth that it no longer holds any ability to challenge the hearer, and instead becomes watered down by tolerance and relevancy. God’s word remains the same, but sometimes a method can change which will deal with the sinner in a more appropriate way.
 
Keep in mind, Jesus used analogies when he taught the people, which was literally unheard of at the time. Most prophets were preachers, voicing the power of God, compelling men everywhere to repent. Yet Jesus used a tactic which was confounding to many, he used stories as a way to reach the people. One could almost say that Jesus was the first story-teller of the bible. Yet he did so with the intent of using a new way of reaching the lost, yet never relenting its message to a point of ridicule. We can do the same.
 
I live in China, and as such, I can tell you from experience that 85% of what I did in American churches would not, nor has not worked in China today. Why? Because cultures across the world are NOT the same. Every message must be carefully crafted in such a way that it can reach the hearer, even if that method seems offbeat in our own mind and rationale’. The fact is, God gives us direction and guidance, and not every method will be the same across the board, because things change, people change. But the one thing that will never change is the gospel when it’s presented in such a way that will bring an instant response. For that is the nature of the gospel, and why we must not be so hard headed for our love of tradition, but understanding that to reach some people, different ways must be used by different means. Such is the way we reach all mean, by being open minded.
 
“Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by open proclamation of the truth, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
From my desk in China,
Christopher
Contact me: christopher152@gmail.com

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He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—” (Mark 6:8)

And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” (Luke 22:35)

There is a growing trend occurring within the body of Christ of those whom have went from relying on faith and trusting God to meet their daily needs, to more or less, resorting to begging from others to supply their need. Not only has this resulted in abuse when it comes to supporting a ministry, it’s a disturbing sign which says many have forgotten the true meaning of walking by faith.

While not every request for donations is a sign of someone failing to trust God in meeting their daily needs, it is a sign that says (unless it addresses a particular need in of itself to meet the needs of others) someone’s faith has been compromised. This is all a result of not just the church finding itself at odds with genuine faith reliance for personal welfare, but a more broader example of how much the world itself has crept into the camp and has influenced many a believer, and/or ministry in how to believe for their personal support.

Notice the apostle Paul. “and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.” (2 Corinthians 11:9)   Paul was making a point that we all should take heed to, that in his work in not just establishing churches and preaching among the many cities he would find himself traveling to, he relied only on the support of a few, not the majority of churches he planted, nor did he even ask for general support. The reason? He understood he wanted to not be a burden on the people and instead, he labored, at times,by his secular trade when possible (tent maker).

In almost every case, when God called a man to do some extraordinary work, God met that faith exceedingly. From men such as John G. Lake, who, by faith, traveled to Africa with less than $100 dollars in his pocket, only to see God supernaturally meet a $200 dollar entrance fee into Africa itself, to as well providing for his entire family a home – completely furnished. To Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, who by faith, would not take an offering from a church, nor ask for such for the needs to be met with his work in mainland China. Yet God supernaturally met each need through prayer. Taylor once stated that, “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s supply”, and God proved that thru Hudson Taylor.

Then there is Dr. Lester Sumrall, who, at the age of 19, was called to literally “go into all the world” and preach the gospel – starting with China. With only $21in his pocket and a stirring of a profound calling, Sumrall would venture into the world and the rest, as the story would say, is history. Consider the following from Dr. Sumrall’s own account:

“I entered into the ministry with a kind of faith that perhaps many young men of my time did not possess. The day I walked out the front door of my father’s house to become a preacher, I had just a few coins in my pocket, but I was not concerned. I knew only one thing: I was called by God to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many people would never enter into fulltime ministry with no resources at all; but to me it seemed the only thing to do, and I had no problem doing it. I had no negative thought about it; I just did it.
Three years later, I was in San Francisco, ready to set out around the world as a missionary. For three nights before boarding the ship, I preached in a very large church, for which I received no offering. I had to look to God as my Source. When the pastor of that church took me to the boat, he proceeded to tell me how I would starve to death in China. In response I said that if I did, I wanted him to send a little tombstone to China that read, “Here lies Lester Sumrall, who starved to death trusting Jesus.”
He said, “I won’t do it!”
I said, “I won’t need it!”
Those were my last words on mainland America. I boarded a ship and sailed away, headed for Australia and New Zealand to start preaching around the world. Throughout my journey, God provided for me locally. I had no contacts in America, no churches contributing to my support. God supernaturally provided for my every need.  I lived in a constant state of having to believe God for my next day’s transportation. Sometimes when traveling long distances, such as across Siberia and Russia, we had to pay in advance. I always had the necessary money at the proper time. For our trip to Tibet, which took three months on muleback, we had to hire a cook, an interpreter, and seventeen pack animals. A few nights before we were to leave, I had no funds to pay for the trip. The Lord provided the whole amount through one Chinese woman, a general’s wife, to whom I had ministered healing from our Lord Jesus. In the function and operation of faith, you do not scream and cry, “What am I going to do?” You must rely on God to meet your need. We just rejoiced in the Lord, and it came to pass!”

The question which needs to be asked is, when have we traded faith for panhandling? Faith for welfare? Faith for begging? Faith for trusting God to supernaturally meeting our needs as he has promised to do? I believe it is a direct result of our American ideology as it relates to capitalism which has hindered many a servant of God in these current times we are living in. Let me be equally clear though, I do understand the desire to ask for others for help when needed, but the greatest hindrance to any ministry is complete reliance on self and selfish means to an end, when God desires us to go to him for our needs to be met. There is specific reasons why this is, but the main reason is for God himself to get the glory. When people seek other avenues for support or for help, especially in the realm of financial supply instead of going our heavenly Father, God is side stepped, virtually placed into a corner who has no input into the need to be truly met and instead, the individual relies on others for support when in fact it is God’s will to prove himself to both the servant in need as well as others who would take notice of how God met that particular need. 

Can one imagine Jesus telling Peter to go and catch a fish and inside the mouth of said fish, a gold coin would be found that would pay the necessary tax for both of them? (Matthew 17:24-27) How would it be had Peter instead, went to other disciples and asked for the money instead? The result would have reduced Peter’s faith and the lesson Christ was trying to teach not only Peter, but us as well.

Even in my own life, God has met my needs each and every time, when I prayed according to his perfect will. When God called me to China, I had no money, no possible financial resource but my faith that God would supply. Little did I know one year ago how that God would supernaturally meet my need to not just go to China, but establish my work there in the coming future. From the moment God spoke to my spirit to “Go to China” God met my need for the plane ticket, my hotel, visa, personal expenses and travel costs. God took a poor, broke servant of God and paid my entire expenses, not because of anything I could have done, but because I had faith in what God spoke to my spirit, and I operated in that same faith by obeying God.

It must be said again and again, that God only honors us in meeting our needs when we honor him by stepping out in perfect faith, it is only then, when we step out in trusting God, that God meets us where we are at and supplies our every need. From Abraham and the sacrificial ram, to Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000 with only 5 loaves of bread and two fishes, God has proven that when we trust him daily to meet our needs and simply look to him and him alone, he will do great and mighty things that reveal his goodness and his mercy, but equally, demonstrate to others of his love to his children. That is why Christians have no need of panhandling for their needs to be met, but simply to walk by faith – faith in the promises of God. “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matthew 21:22)

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com