Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
—–Colossians 2:16-19 ESV
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
—–I Timothy 6:3-5
For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.
But I will go on doing what I’m doing in order to deny an opportunity to those people who want an opportunity to be recognized as our equals in the work they are boasting about.
Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of the Messiah.
And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!
—–2 Corinthians 11:4, 12-15 ISV
The Word of Faith movement – is this what Christ preached?
It is also interesting to look at wealth. The Bible never shows any of the preachers of the Bible getting wealthy by preaching — or even writing religious books. The wealthy followers of God such as Abraham and Job – obtained their money from secular activities such as the equivalent of ranching and other endeavors.
The principle and command to tithe is still in effect. That is not the point.
Many preachers urge their congregants to give to get or sometimes to give until it hurts. But the preachers themselves don’t seem to sacrificially give so doesn’t this seem hypocritical?
Let’s just take a look at the net worth of the top 10 “Christian” preachers. This does not even include Joyce Meyer’s net worth of $8 million, or Kenneth Hagin’s net worth (when he boasted of being a billionaire).
I don’t condemn them – maybe they will repent like Zacchaeus did. But getting rich preaching the “gospel” doesn’t have a ring of truth to it. It almost seems like “another gospel” from the one Jesus taught – and what Paul spoke about.
Remember the poor widow woman who Jesus commended? Jesus drew a comparison between the ostentatious Pharisees and the sincere and devoted widow. We can all benefit from this story. While the Pharisees “devour” widow’s houses, the widow acted with sincere love and true sacrifice.