“There are so many gimmicks in the body of Christ”.
This is a statement by US Pentecostal head, General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood. He has sine 2007 been the leader of the Church society of The Assemblies of God.
The Assemblies of God is one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the country with over 1.7 million members and 2.9 million adherents. In contrast to what mainline Protestant denominations have been facing for decades, the Pentecostal body has continued to see gains in adherents.
Responding to a question on the prosperity gospel, or the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith, Wood strongly rejected it.
“There are so many gimmicks in the body of Christ,” he said, “so many charlatans that are out there in the Christian media that are basically saying ‘send me USD 100 and watch God bless you.”
“This is just nonsense,” he asserted.
“If the money that has been wasted by Christians on these people who live the lifestyle of kings and queens and do little to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ had been spent instead on mission and on Christian higher education and upon this generation, we would be a lot further down the road than we are and these people are going to answer to God.”
Wood elaborated on Scripture passages that mention blessings.
“We have to take the truth of Scripture – the Lord loves a cheerful giver; what you sew, you reap some 30 fold, some 60 fold, etc. But that also has to be measured against the motive for giving. The motive for giving is not give in order to get. The motive for giving is to bless God, bless His work and bless other people,” he explained.
Source: Christian Post.com.
Carnal “Christians” will not warn their flock against prosperity teachers.
Their life is so dry of experiences with the Holy Spirit, that they are easily deceived by miracles and wonders that takes place in the footstep of men like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. They desire the same “anointing”.
Because if they had experienced the Holy Spirit, they would be able to discern, and warn others about men that walks in a different spirit, they claim are the Holy Spirit.
The Jewish Apostle Paul gives us a warning about deceivers that preach a different gospel.
2 Corinthians 11:4
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
This kind of men and women surely walks around with a Bible in their hand. They appears like “super Apostles”
Paul rebuked these “super Apostles” of his present times, and warns us:
2 Corinthians 11:5
But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”
Let every wise person understand.