Peddling The Word
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” 2 Corinthians 2: 14-17
Here we go again. God always leads us forward in victory because of Christ; and through us His presence is tangible. Meaning you can smell, taste or feel it. Jesus makes a noteworthy difference in the lives of those who follow Him.
On our own we are never up to the tasks He sets before us, but in Jesus we accomplish much in His name. There are MANY who present the word of God for monetary gain. They share the Gospel for money, salary and profit. Friends we are not supposed to be paid for sharing Jesus Christ with others. Doing so is contrary to the message and against everything that is true and right. To me getting paid for loving others is like a warped form of prostitution.
We are supposed to speak and live without blemish or having our message tainted by receiving money. People sent by God are sincere and they do not compromise the truth by receiving pay.
I realize that this message indicts most of the Church, so I don’t share these words lightly. However, I share because The Spirit leads me and I want the Church to be effective and free. Just because the Church has been doing it the wrong way for centuries does not make it right. Things that have become Church traditions since the time of Constantine have infected the Church and it is time for the Church to be freed from the bondage of years past. For many that is happening now. I know of 100′s of Churches and thousands of Christ followers that are free and open and have no Clergy or church buildings. They are using their resources to transform their communities and start other free, relational Churches around the globe. Please pray and think about it? Are we where The Lord would have us, or do we need a total change? Perhaps these are the days that we will finally complete the Reformation? That’s right, Luther stopped WAY short! I am not the first to pen words like this and I most certainly hope I am not the last. I don’t enjoy having to say difficult things like this, things that offend and can bring backlash; but I must and it is what it is…
Love and …….
Kirk Out !