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Peddling The Word

May 4, 2012

Greetings,

“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 !

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4 Comments
  1. Christopher, This is right on. If we are honest about it (and why shouldn’t we be?) church as we know it was never God’s idea. It is simply a man made business institution with a horrendous reputation. So let us go to Jesus out side of the camp, His Spirit is waiting there, to take us back. Even though we have been spending time with this harlot, he will take us back. The amazing thing that happens when we take this step of faith, our life changes. We start to hear His voice, we are led by His Spirit, because we have returned to the one head, Christ, and the true lover of our souls.
    Peace Out 2

  2. Paul wrote, “We do not peddle the word of God for profit.” The word “peddle” here in the Greek means “retail.” Those who were in the gospel business were charging full retail to the saints of God… God’s word with a mark-up. How generous! When Jesus sent out the disciples after empowering them He said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” Well, so much for the generosity of Christ in today’s church system. If you buy a book or tape wherever “Christian” books and paraphernalia are sold, you are going to pay full retail plus unless it is at a secular book dealer and only there can you expect a mark down.

    Peter warned us it would be so, that men would use the church for making gain when he wrote, “But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of. And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose sentence now from of old lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:1-3 ASV).

    Today is the day of false prophets and false teachers who peddle their heresies, tickling peoples ears for gain. You can sell prosperity teaching, seed faith, dominion now theology, etc. all day long to the churches, but woe to the man who comes with the message of the cross and dares to preach it with no though of taking up a collection for what he shares.

    A. W.Tozer was such a man. He preached at a small church on the south side of Chicago and though He spoke the very words of God for today, it never grew into a large congregation. He said he had the honor of preaching on every conference podium in the United States, never to be invited back again. Why? He refused to tickle the ears of the faithful, but rather he preached the way of the cross. Paul was such a man. Contrast this man with the salaried orator who preaches in your church who calls himself “the pastor,”

    “But even if [I am] unskilled in speaking, yet [I am] not [unskilled] in knowledge [I know what I am talking about]; we have made this evident to you in all things. But did I perhaps make a mistake and do you a wrong in debasing and cheapening myself so that you might be exalted and enriched in dignity and honor and happiness by preaching God’s Gospel without expense to you? (2 Corinthians 11:6-7 AMP)

    Or how about this passage where Paul is addressing the leaders of the church of Emphasis?

    I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:33-35 KJ2000)

    Paul not only worked to support himself with his hands, but he also supported those who travelled with him and told them that it was THEIR job to support the poor and the weak, not the other way around. Paul continues,

    For you remember, brethren, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be a burden unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and just and unblamable was our behavior among you that believe: (1 Thessalonians 2:9-10 KJ2000)

    Paul tells us that to labor with our hands and to preach the gospel without charge is a sign of a true minister having an unbamable behavior among the saints of God. How rare this is in the Laodicean church age we are in where we boast in our spiritual blindness, nakedness and earthly riches while we leave Jesus locked outside the doors of our churches, never allowing His Spirit to get a word in edgewise in our services. We would do well to heed Jesus plea, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent… He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:19-22 KJ2000)

  3. Jim Pierceall permalink

    Awh Yes! Reading your words – I know your source of ink…

    One small corrective thought – I do NOT say lightly, but after years of thought – the problem w/ Luther’s effort was, it is seen and pronounced as a re-form-mation… He wanted to reform it, but the biggest burrs were still under the blanket…

    In our time, Lord how wonderful to see, a “transformation” and of course that could NOT come about w/out a visitation – your visitation!

    Now that would be spectacular! The Body seen, w/ You at the Head!

    Even so Come Lord Jesus \O/

    Thasnks Chris – I enter the week-end w/ my eyes focused on the right sighting…

    YBIC – Jim

  4. Jim, it is good to read something from you again. It has been many years, my brother.
    YBIC – Michael

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