Oh, before I forget: Jenny and I are speaking at her home church (Lakeridge United Methodist) on Sunday. We have just 3 minutes before the offering! Please pray that the Lord gives us clear and succinct words that honor Him. Also, pray He brings in the remaining 10% of our monthy support and the $15,000 still needed for our one-time expense. Thank you! Oh, and Jenny's getting much better. Cough almost gone. Thank you for praying.
Ok. So I've been mulling over the TBS thing. The Great One (you know who you are) :-) told me to look at 2 Peter 1:4 regarding the Faith Movement. I don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I reckon you don't have to read it.
Here's the verse:
2 Peter 1:3-4.
seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Quiz time. What is it that folks of the prosperity gospel have plenty of, are always asking for more of, and if you ain't got it you are not following God's covenant; you don't have faith?
Now for some reason Paul told Timothy that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 tim 6:10). What's even more is the verses preceding:
8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
Hmm. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that? Paul had no faith! Ok, back to 2 Peter.
We have His promises (which are"precious and magnificent"!). So that...what?
We may have fabulous wealth? We may life a life of increase? We would have a life free of sickness, pain, sorrow...Heaven on earth? No. So that we would "become partakers of the divine nature". WOW. Who gives a flip about money when we can partake in the nature of God? How important is money to God anyway? Does He need any? Does He want more? Will He still be God if the stock market crashes and money becomes worthless? Does the gospel still matter in a world without money?
When did the gospel become about me? It's about Jesus! The only reason we have anything is because of "the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence." All we can claim is that we know Jesus. And that seems to be enough because He has given us everything we need. We are supposed to have escaped the world and its corruption. Corruption caused not by the work of the devil alone but by lust, evil desires, our evil desires. And the love of money (an evil desire) is a root of all kinds of evil because it puts my focus on me.
One other thing and I'll be done. The fellow on TBS called the Bible a "covenant of increase". That sounds great. Except a righteous man, a man so important that he was tasked with announcing the Messiah, didn't think increase was all that big of a deal. In John 3:30 he says, "He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease." He apparently thought that the only one doing the increasing should be the Lord Jesus and I certainly won't disagree. I realize that this was pre-resurrection, pre-Pentecost. But does the principle remain? God's promises to us, and they are many and wonderful and should be claimed and shouted by every believer, are meant to help us partake in the divine nature, not the the things of this world. We are meant to decrease so that the nature of Christ may increase in us. And that sounds pretty good.