I scroll through my Facebook feed and regularly see articles posted about some of our most prominent television pastors. Many of them are negative, accusing these pastors of stealing money because they are worth millions of dollars. The worse are the comments that I read at the bottom of the page by people calling the pastors everything but the child of God. I mean it is crazy!.
Granted there are many pastors out there who do abuse their money and teach wrong things for a buck. But there are plenty of pastors out there who do the right thing with their money.
The bigger question is where in the Bible does it teach us that God wants us all to be poor?
I have heard people quote the verse.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
The key word here is for the LOVE of money. Not money itself. (Click here to read my blog on the love of money). There are people that God will not award a lot of money to because He knows that it will ruin them. What it all comes down to is if you love money more than God. And if you do, then money will cause you grief. Because you will always be chasing it, because you feel that it is money that defines you. But if you are willing to use your money for good and understand that money is just money. Then God has no problem blessing you with it.
The second verse is
“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24
This is because most people with money are greedy people. Do not confuse MOST people with ALL people.
Take Solomon for example. When Solomon was anointed King, He asked God for wisdom. But because Solomon asked for wisdom and not wealth. God gave him wealth.
“God told Solomon, ‘Since you had this in mind, to ask neither to focus on riches, wealth, honor, or the lives of those who hate you, nor have you requested a long life, but instead you have asked for wisdom’”
“I will give you riches, wealth, and honor—such as none of the kings owned who lived before you and none after you are to ever attain their equal.” 2 Chronicles 1
I also want you to ponder on the verse below:
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12
The main point is that when you no longer care about money then God will bring it to you. You must be content if you are poor or if you are rich. And when you have mastered this concept. God has no problem blessing you with money, because that is when money will not change you.
The second point I want to make is how can Christians prosper if they are divided against themselves? How can we tell other people to believe if we are too busy tearing ourselves apart? At the end of the day, God knows them and what they are doing. If they are wrong then God will make them pay the price for it. There is no need to take it upon ourselves and start judging other pastors.
Instead, examine their fruit. I have seen some pastors that I am weary of their fruit. I won’t mention any names but most of them are the ones who promise a miracle if you pay them $400. To me, these are people who are not sent from God, because God would never do that.
But there are those pastors that are rich who I feel are good people Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer are two prominent pastors that I love and see the most articles written about them accusing them of being bad people. Before you accuse them, how about you get to know them. How about you watch them and see what they stand for.
Joyce Meyer- Came from a broken home, was raped by her father most of her childhood, and was homeless after she had her first son. She is the same women who chose to forgive her father later in life and brought him to Christ. Most people do not know that part. Most people just look at all the money that she has. But listen to her and listen to her story. Her teaching is Biblically sound and she does massive amounts of charity work.
Joel Osteen- He never planned on being a pastor. He was happy working behind the scenes. When his father past away, he became the pastor of the church. His mother had cancer. He has had hardships of his own. He wants people to know that despite what you go through in life, you can overcome anything and God has a plan for your life.
You may be wonder why I am saying this. Because when you see people, you never know the fire that they have gone through. You do not know why they have what they have. Before you judge, examine them for yourself. See if their fruit is good or bad. If you do not like them, do not listen to them, and to not give your money to them. It is as simple as that. You do not have to go a personal crusade to slander their name across the internet. Is that what Jesus would do?
And we must always remember that ALL pastors are people and people are NOT perfect. No one is. They will make mistakes and do something that you do not like. Because they are people. Jesus is the only one that is perfect. And you must always gain your lessons from Him first and then whatever a pastor is teaching you, put it up against the word of the Bible and what the Holy Spirit is telling you. That is our best guard against false teachings. Not internet bashing people. I rather let God be the judge of them than have God judge me for turning people against them; if they were indeed from God.