Making Merchandise of the Word

The Love of Money is Sin

People throughout the history of mankind have tried to turn a profit on worship of whatever deity to which they ascribed. This can be seen worldwide in any religion at which you may care to look. The temples of the pagan deities in the Mediterranean area show this to a degree that is very clear. The pagan priests in that area were obviously supported in their lifestyles, and those lifestyles were usually very opulent, by the people of the area. Most of the time those living in the area had no choice in the matter but paid their "taxes" to the ruler and he gave a portion of it to the pagan priests and their temple. Sometimes the giving was voluntary as seen in Athens and the temple of Diana. The point is that all associated with the pagan religion as "priests" or manufacturers of idols made a very good living doing what they were doing. It did not matter if they believed the doctrines of the pagan religion or not, they still participated in the profits.

This same attitude of profit making by so-called Christian leaders and their associates has carried over into the modern world as well. Look at the TV evangelists who live in magnificent houses, drive expensive automobiles, and even have jets and yachts, all paid for by the gullible people who think they are "men of God." Yahushua said He did not have a place to lay His head and He walked wherever He went. Should these evangelists do any better than that if they are truly following and preaching His word?

How many "churches" with magnificent architecture, stained glass windows, and vaulted ceiling are you aware of in this world? Now look around those buildings and see how many homeless people you see lying on the sidewalks nearby. Is this what Yahushua taught? Should millions of dollars be spent on such buildings while the poor are allowed to suffer in the cold and damp streets? Should the evangelist be eating from a banquet table while these people have no food for themselves or their children? Should the evangelists be wearing thousand dollar suits and Rolex wristwatches while the poor wear rags? If you believe they should, maybe you should rethink your relationship to our Savior.

Take note that the money to build these magnificent structures and buy all these luxuries for the preachers comes directly from the people who consider themselves Christian and attend services held by those preachers in those buildings and from the poor people who see these guys on TV begging for the money to support their lifestyles. Oftentimes the people who are sending money to the evangelists do without food for themselves in order to send that money.

While those structures have no semblance to the "House of Yahuwah" as these guys would have you believe, the principle involved is the same. They beg for money based on the error that what they are building is a "house of god." In fact the only "House of Eloah" that exists today is in the hearts of the true believers in Yahuwah. This is seen many times in scripture, for those who care to peruse that book. I will not go into detail here on that matter but will gladly discuss it and point out the scriptural references to any that desire to look into them.

With that thought in mind, let us look at what our Savior, Yahushua haMashiach (the Anointed), had to say about what was transpiring in His (and our) Father’s real house of the period.

    Yahuchanan (John) 2:13-16 ¶ Now the Passover of the Yahudiym was at hand and Yahushua went up to Yeruwshalom. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves and the moneychangers doing business. 15 And He had made a whip out of ropes, drove all out of the temple the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the moneychangers' money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!"

    The principle is the same. Even though these "churches" are NOT the house of our Father, they are being touted as such in order to turn a large profit for the moneymongers called evangelists.

    The evangelists who preach in those building (and on TV) make tremendous amounts of money from doing so. That money is NOT used to relieve the poor saints but rather lines the pockets of the preacher and his cohorts. They are literally trying to sell the word of Yahuwah for money, although what they are really selling is error based on that word.

    If you see a web page that is touting any kind of religious information and on that web page are advertisements for products or some means of "donating" to the page owner, know that too is trying to make merchandise of the word of Yahuwah. If they need some kind of monetary support to do the work of Yahuwah He will provide it to them without the necessity of collecting money from advertisers or them having to ask any of their readers for it. The same thing is true if they sell any items related to their web page, such as books, prayer cloths, etc.

      2 Korinthios (Corinthians) 2:17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of Yahuwah, but as of sincerity, but as from Yahuwah, we speak in the sight of Yahuwah in the Anointed.

    Of course Yahuwah knew this was going to happen and shows us that through the words of His apostle Sha’uwl (Paul). We are now in those last days spoken of by Sha’uwl. Read the entire passage (below) and you will recognize other characteristics that you see in those evangelists too.

      2 Timotheos (Timothy) 3:1-7 ¶ Yet know this, that in the last days fierce times will be present, 2 for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, braggarts, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unsacred, 3 irreconcilable, without a covenant, slanderers, without self-control, savage, without love of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, loving pleasure more than loving Yahuwah, 5 having a form of piety yet denying its power. And turn away from these! 6 For out of these are those who creep into houses and make captives of gullible women heaped up with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    A true believer and follower of our Savior will not be concerned with any of the things of the world, for we were removed from this world and translated into the kingdom of Yahuwah when we were immersed in His name. He now provides all of our needs on a daily basis and will do so forever. If you keep profit uppermost in your mind I urge you to rethink your values, turn to Yahuwah, and live.

      1 Timothy 6:6-10 Now piety with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world. Certainly we can carry nothing out. 8 And having sustenance and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 Moreover those who will to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts that sink men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all evil, for which some have been seduced from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    C.F. Castleberry
    Consider This Ministry
    http://www.considerthis.net
    buck@considerthis.net