Wealth of the Wicked?
Excerpt from Sunday Chat Line 05/26/02
"'For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,' says the LORD of hosts.
'But you said, 'In what way shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,' says the LORD of hosts, 'If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.'
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,' says the LORD of hosts; 'And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,' says the LORD of hosts. 'Your words have been harsh against Me,' says the LORD, 'Yet you say,
'What have we spoken against You?' You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked as mourners before the LORD of hosts? So now we call the proud blessed, for those who do wickedness are raised up; they even tempt God and go free.'
What does Malachi chapter 3 really say?
Let’s understand what God is saying. We see that the Lord says some things that you have probably heard before if you heard a preacher preach on tithes because they are low on the budget and need to meet the budget and crack the whip, put you under condemnation, make you feel like you are lower than a snake in the grass.
Did you know only 15% of the people in the congregation take care 100% of the expenses? Well, there is good reason why. A lot of people think why should I do this? Why should I provide all these things for you? Why should I let you build your own kingdom?
A lot of the money is run like a business instead of a house of worship, a place where we can come and assemble and give glory unto the Lord. It should not be used to build their own empire yet that is what is happening in the churches. Churches are turning into entertainment centers where the importance is in getting the best entertainment and the most dynamic speakers. But we have a revelation from God that can change that situation overnight. People will sacrifice the entertainment if they can be part of a church which takes care of not only themselves but also their children’s children.
How many times have you heard people ask, "Why is it that we are driving old beat up wreaks while the wicked are driving up and down the road in Mercedes, Volvos, Saab? We can’t even get a brand name vehicle. We got a rent-a-wreck."? What is the problem here? Why aren’t things working right? It seems that God is blessing the wicked. It does not look like He is taking care of us. The truth is that we have not been carrying out the principle that God has given us. In fact, it has been decades that we have not done what God has told the church to do!
Follow God's Prompting
I am not the only one that God has spoken about this issue. But how many people are actually going to do it? How many people want to get on TV and preach this message so that other pastors will come after you with a noose in their hands? How many of you want to be stoned because you want to do what God wants to do?
As for me, I have nothing to lose. I have already been beat up pretty bad. I have already taken a lot of flak for doing odd things that God has had me do. I advertised in Charisma that God has a word for you and have sent prophecy tapes out all over the world. I took a lot of flak for the ads. Pastors wanted to shut me down. They had Charisma pull my ad because they said they were going to tell all their people to drop their subscriptions if Charisma did not pull the ad out of the magazine. So what did the staff at Charisma do? They wrote in for prophecy tapes.
When they received their tapes, they recognized God’s hand in it and decided to let me stay in the magazine for the next five years. But the point is that God said go do it. Why? God wanted to bless me. He wanted me to prosper. I had no idea of all the things God would do for my family because of one act of obedience. We just did what He said.
We were criticized by pastors because they thought we were getting rich through the prophecy tapes. But the honest fact is that for the first three years we were not even breaking even for the cost of the ads and the mailing of the tapes. But we knew if we kept doing what God said to do, He would eventually prosper us. We have sent out over 32,000 tapes in six years. God said that wherever every one of those tapes went, I would go and reap a harvest. I had no clue what He meant. But because of the prophecy tapes, I have now traveled to many countries and quite a few of the states in USA.
The Mode of Change
This is just the beginning because now when we go in, we have something that is part of our doctrine that will change the whole foundation of the church itself. God has been saying for several years now that there is a new thing coming. He is bringing a new thing to the church. The church is in a changing mode. What is it changing to? This is one of the strongest ingredients we have for that change. This is the revelation that will change the lives of not just you and me but it will change the hearts of the wicked because they will see and those who believe will prosper.
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. "They shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”
The Key to God's Blessings
Do you know what is going to happen here? We will begin to receive the blessings of God’s promise in this revelation if we become a storehouse and not a spend house. We will have enough for everyone and go way beyond that. How many times has a farmer gone out and sown seeds and received 30 bushels for every bushel sown? It is the same principle. Jesus has spoken many times about the sowing and the reaping of the word. What does that mean? Does that mean that I just find me a scripture out of this “holy catalog” and begin to chant it and it will come to past? No! It means that God gives you a word and you sow that; you put it into practice; you put it in your heart; you begin to do it, apply it and defend it. Then God will multiply it time and time again.
Think about the competition of churches today. Believe me, there is competition! They are scared to death of another minister walking into their house. They are scared to death of another minister coming in and sitting on the pew. Do you know why? Because they are afraid he is going to steal their sheep. But actually, they are really afraid that he is going to steal the money. Let’s get real! They are afraid that the pocketbook will be taken, not the soul or the mind or the personality or the blood-bought saints. Let’s get real. They know that if they do not preach what people want to hear, the people may leave and if they leave, the money goes with them. So they have to preach what people want to hear by the direction of possibly a portion of that 15% that is paying 100% of the expenses. So who is really in control of the church?
The Key to God's Provisions
You see, when you have the freedom to preach whatever God wants then we start getting truth. We start getting revelation. We won’t have hyper sensationalized messages that do not work in people’s lives. Do you know who that works for? It only works for the preacher. It is not working for the saints because it has become a psychological warfare. It is warfare of how to get into your wallet. What kinds of promise can a preacher take, contorts, twist and make it look like you are going to receive something if you give to the preacher? Get out of the city! It is God’s money! I once heard a guy say, "I give tithes. I throw everything up on the air and whatever God doesn’t take and lands on the ground then that is mine." Well, the principle of that is about the same thing we have been doing in the church. What happens? You end up giving unto the man. Is he God? No! He is an overseer of the provisions for the people. He is not the ultimate spending machine for the people. People ask how are you going to have the building and maintain the staff? It is through the offerings. This is what the offering is all about.
I have seen saints work like slaves. I am so sick of free labor. I hear preaching about tithing your time as well as your money. Show me chapter and verse. Show me where it is in the Bible. Who are the servants of the Lord? They are the ones who serve his people. We are here to minister for the people. Somehow it has been turned around so the people are supposed to minister and serve the pastors. This is perverted. But it will change. God is giving us a way to change this that will work!
Stepping Up to the Challenge of Change
This is what the church can do. This is what our church is going to do. It will work, because the money can be used to reproduce so that there will be more than enough for you when you retire and have a place to live. When there is a sudden death in the family and there is no provision made for burial, if the church is a storehouse rather than a spendhouse, it will be able to cover the cost of the burial, because the church will have a policy to take care of your family.
It is possible for the church to invest and get a 30% return. When you buy a $60,000 house with a loan, it is no longer a $60,000 house. If the loan has 10% interest for 30 years, you are really paying $180,000. That's a lot of interest! Saints should not have to pay this kind of money. There would be more than enough if we can minimize the interest that we pay! It is ridiculous that we keep paying the world and become slaves to the world. Even the church has become a slave in the world.
There is a way for the church to be prosperous. We need to view the church as a storehouse and not a spendhouse. When we start doing that, we will see the revelation of God come. The storehouse account is strictly for the purpose of investments. It will be there for the purpose of sowing into lucrative but secured investments and not getting into things that are risky. In the membership of a church, there has to be something there for the people. We have taken the church and made it so free that it has become worthless.
Walking on the Path of Prosperity
Where does it say in the Bible that the people of God are supposed to work for nothing? They say that the gospel is free. They say everything is free. But it is not! I use to think that too. I used to give things out for free. Then one day God got after me. He asked me what the gospel cost Him. It cost the life of Jesus. Do not forget that. If you do not have something invested, you have nothing to care for. If you haven’t put something into it, you have nothing there for you. If there is nothing there for you, what use is it? This is the reason why the church is depleting. There is no reason to come to church. Why? The church just takes and takes. It will work only if the church is not in debt up to its ears. Everyone has to get into the position where they can tithe and give offerings.
At Prophetic Ministries Today, those who give offerings of $97 per month as Family Partners will be given the opportunity to tithe into the storehouse. The offering is there to rebuke the devourer, but the tithes belong to God. The offerings will take care of everything else. It will take care of all the other expenditures. The tithes will be there for you and for your children’s children. We will see this revelation come to past.
Lord, we thank you for the wisdom in not eating the seeds but planting the seeds and eating their fruits. May we heed your words regarding tithes? We know that if we spend the tithes, there will be nothing left to produce returns. But if we invest the tithes in secured investments, there will be enough for your people and for their children's children. Help us in working together in building the storehouse so that you will bless us with a church that will bring praise and glory to your name. Amen
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