An attractive young woman messaged me on Facebook today, trying to get me to join her occupation of mining and selling bitcoin. I kindly told her that I work for the Lord, and money means very little to me. She insisted on telling me that God wants us to live comfortably, and that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I told her that she was wrong (about the living comfortably part), and that if we follow the Lord, we will suffer loss and endure persecution. She tried again, attempting to meet me halfway by saying things like “God is the all in all,” and, “He is good,” generic things like that. I suppose she thought she would appease my zeal for truth by talking like a Christian. I am not saying she isn’t saved, God knows if she is, but from what I gather she no doubt is a follower of the health, wealth and prosperity gospel. Joel Osteen is probably her pastor, for all I know. We stopped the conversation, and I don’t expect to hear back from her. But since she’s on my Facebook, I’m going to continue to be a witness for Christ, and she can go on selling her false god of bitcoin without my help.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the Lord blessing me and providing all my needs. I pray for it all the time. However, there are many other needs than filling your wallet. There’s the salvation of souls, which God blesses if we are faithful to His cause of preaching the Gospel. There are loved ones who have health needs, because God has the power to heal, IF it is in His will. In other words, we need to pray for and serve OTHERS, BEFORE ourselves. We want the blessings of God in a vast array of means, but we cannot treat Him like Santa Claus or a genie in a bottle. If we do that, He will not hear our prayers at all.
I’m weary of hearing those nutty televangelists say that God will make you rich, or your health will be completely restored if you “plant a seed.” These greedy charlatans exploit your grief and pain in the Name of Jesus and try to get you to fall for their lies of health, wealth, no persecutions, etc. Joel Osteen needs to fall on his face and get genuinely saved! This man has a HUGE following! He has a tremendous opportunity to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, BUT, if he does that, he will likely lose all he has in this temporal world. I tell you, I wouldn’t want to be in Osteen’s shoes when he faces God in eternity. By the way, it’s because of these wolves in sheep’s clothing that the church is in such a mess! God help us!!
I don’t mind talking to people. In fact, I do better on the internet, where my God-given writing talent can be used and strengthened. Lord knows, maybe He will open more doors for me to serve Him and give the Gospel to people. But money is not the way to be saved. Jesus said for us not to love money, nor serve the god of mammon. You cannot do both and expect God to bless you. That’s from the Bible.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 KJB