Ever hear of Scams?
“These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 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.” I Timothy 6:3–10
It is a disgrace in every way I can think of for most TV preachers to live off of donations conned from them by these smooth talking snake oil salesman. Instead of working an honest trade, they live off other people, preaching capitalism, investing so-called “seed money” which will, like the stock market, give exponentially greater returns for you. I have studied the Bible for years and have yet o find such a principle in Scripture.
Now I know they wrench one or two verses from their purposeful context, but the Bible forewarns not to listen to such people. “Rightly divide the Word of truth.” Let the words teach us not squeezing them to fit conveniently into an unrighteous purpose.
I’d like to warn evangelicals not to get involved with politics, using the story of Jesus and the coin’s image, but they have fallen so deeply into that quicksand and who am I to teach them?