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Mark Of The Beast, What Will You Do?, A Sad Conversation In Heaven, Using Modern Technology To Reach The Lost, Motivated By Love, Money - The Root Of All Evil, Erring From The Faith, Good Samaritan And Spiritual Doctors, A Free Gospel For All, Follow The Example Of The First Century Church, Conclusion
As we have seen, some Christians today have replaced their faith in the true God of Heaven, with faith in the false god of this current world -- Satan -- and his devilish system of money, profit and materialism. They have been enticed by his deceitful offerings, and they have lost their way. They may still proclaim "In God We Trust", but the god in whom they are trusting seems to be the one which is printed or molded on worldly money. However, as I point out in other articles, eventually, even that will be replaced by a more diabolical system. When the time comes, not even credit cards and Smart Cards will suffice then. The god of this world won't be happy until he has everyone worshipping him directly. Ultimately, he will force his loyal followers to receive a unique mark; possibly a biochip implant, similar to the VeriChip, to demonstrate their sole allegiance to him. As we also read in the Book of Revelation:
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Revelation 13:16-18, KJV
So we must ask ourselves: What is going to happen to all of these money-making Bible hucksters and wheeler-dealers who currently depend upon filthy lucre -- the unrighteous mammon -- to sustain their "abundant lifestyle"? What are they going to do when there isn't any money left for anyone to buy their books, magazines, tapes, videos, DVD's, CD's, etc.? Will they simply stop preaching the Gospel? Are they simply going to go along with the crowd and accept the Mark of the Beast so they can continue to survive in a Satan-dominated world, and sell their commercialized brand of Christianity? More importantly, if you are such a money-making Bible huckster, what are you going to do when some day you have to face the Lord? I can just imagine a conversation similar to the following:
"Well Lord, I bet you are really proud of me. After all, I sold one million copies of my book on how to be a successful Christian in the modern world, and three million copies of my Endtime video presentation with special emphasis on the Book of Daniel, and five million copies of my tapes on the Book of Revelation with special sound effects. I was a well-respected member of my church, and a pillar of my community. I was an acclaimed Christian writer, I helped to fund our mega-church, and . . ."
And then, after you've explained to the Lord in great detail why you merit your Crown of Life, and entrance into Heaven, maybe the Lord will look at you sadly for a moment, and then say something similar to the following:
"Well son, you know, I really wanted to use you to reach some of those poor folks down there in that poor neighborhood, but you informed them that they couldn't have a copy of your book unless they gave you a "donation" first. You just teased them by telling them about the wonderful things they could learn from reading your book. I had to go and send someone else who had a real love for the lost, and who wasn't just interested in making money or upholding his public image. I am certainly glad to see those folks made it into the Kingdom despite your dismal failure. Depart from me ye worker of iniquity! I never knew you!"
Now, let me clarify here that I am not saying that it's wrong to use all of these different methods -- printing magazines, books and newsletters, producing music and lesson tapes and CD's, making videos, recording MP3's -- in order to preach the Gospel. We live in the modern world, so naturally, we should take advantage of modern technology and use modern methods in order to reach people with the Gospel and to feed God's sheep. Furthermore, we should each do whatever the Lord shows us to do, use whatever method works for us, and do whatever we can afford to do. As we read earlier in the Book of Acts, "every man according to his ability". As Paul explains in his first Epistle to the Corinthians, we each have our chosen ministry, and we each have our particular gifts and talents from the Lord.
However, as I have made abundantly clear, where the problem lies is when these money-making Bible hucksters turn God's business of winning souls to the Kingdom of Heaven into just another worldly commercial enterprise, and they refuse to let people hear the Gospel -- assuming that they're preaching the real Gospel -- simply because people can't afford to pay for it. When they do this, when they put money before the Most High, as many of them now do, it is wrong, wrong, wrong, and it is really time for them to check their hearts, and to see what their real motives are for being in the Gospel business.
After listing all of the different gifts and ministries of the Spirit in chapter twelve, the Apostle Paul concludes by saying the following:
"But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way."
1 Corinthians 12:31, KJV
It is right after this, that Paul expounds on the importance of the gift of charity; that is to say, love. Now, if you are saying, "Pay me first, and then I will send you what the Lord has shown me", then I will tell you here and now that you've got your priorities all wrong! You are not being motivated by God's love! You are not lovingly sharing the Gospel with the Lord's sheep; you are raping them! You are not really serving the Lord, you are serving filthy lucre! Whether or not you have realized it, you have erred from the faith! If you doubt that this is so, then please remember the warning that Paul issued in his Epistle to Timothy:
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
1 Timothy 6:10, KJV
So as you can plainly see, when you covet money and profit, and place profit above preaching the Gospel and reaching the lost, you have in fact erred from the faith, plain and simple. It's right there in black and white. Furthermore, unless you straighten out, one of these days you are going to face a sorrow which you will wish you hadn't -- shame and everlasting contempt!
I don't know how hospitals operate in your area, but where I live, the hospital is not permitted to turn away anybody if they do not have any money. Of course, I will admit that the local hospital experiences certain financial problems as a result of its adherence to this policy; but quite frankly, I think that they are doing the right thing, and that it is a real sign of compassion. It reminds me of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. As you will recall, the Samaritan also spent money out of his own pocket in order to help a stranger; that is to say, the injured man whom he found lying on the roadside. Along the same vein, aren't we Christians supposed to be spiritual doctors as well? Aren't we suppose to help heal people in a spiritual sense by bringing them to Jesus and sharing the Good News of Salvation with them, whether they can pay us for it or not? That's what my Bible teaches me.
In conclusion, it is my firm belief that no one should ever have to pay a single penny, pound pence or peso in order to hear or read information regarding Biblical truth. All of it should be freely available to all people everywhere, because we have freely received the precious Gift of Eternal Life by Christ's Sacrifice on the Cross, and He has never charged us anything for it, other than our love and devotion to Him.
If you are a preacher of the Gospel, I sincerely hope that this series will cause you to stop and really check your own heart. I hope that you are freely sharing God's truth out of genuine love for the lost, and not for any other reason. I also pray that you will find a way to freely distribute your books, magazines, newsletters, CD's, DVD's, MP3's, etc., to the people of the world, and thus follow the example of the First Century Church leaders and disciples, who were willing to suffer personal discomfort and inconvenience, rather than make a worldly business out of preaching the Gospel. I also hope that you are building upon the right foundation, so that your works will last, and will follow you into Heaven. As it is written:
"If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
1 Corinthians 3:14-15, KJV
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
Revelation 14:13, KJV
May the Lord richly bless you as you freely share the Gospel of Salvation with others out of a pure, unselfish heart. If you know of anyone who is not following the Biblical counsel contained in this series, then I encourage you to share this series with them, so that they may know the truth. Please also feel free to share the URL of this series with all of your online friends far and wide. Thanks so much!