When The Gospel Ain’t The Gospel

Benny Hinn’s pronouncement on the Prosperity Gospel is about 30 years too late for me.

I am not having a pop here at Brother Benny. I remember driving my uncle down to the Manchester Arena to hear Benny some years back and I remember putting some serious money into the offering. I also remember that my uncle left that meeting without his cancer and lived in good health for many years. So I won’t be jumping on any bandwagon attacking Benny Hinn.

What I mean by 30 years too late is that, after some serious seeking God on my part regarding financial prosperity, He gave me awesome revelations that continue to this day. The essence of which is this: We as believers are not made rich by our giving; we are made rich by Jesus becoming poor on the cross. Abundance financially is our Covenant right.

You don’t get rich by giving to preachers or “sowing a seed that hurts.” You get rich by being a child of God and thus an heir.

Giving is a vital thing and you will get blessed for it. But not if you do it out of fear, religious pressure or garbage doctrine like the give-big-to-get-big so-called prosperity Gospel which isn’t good news and is just a manipulative tool to get money out of YOUR pocket and into the preacher’s.

Kingdom Wealth is all about knowing that God wants us rich for HIS purpose and that we are stewards on assignment.

Prosperity is a blessing obtainable by FAITH, not by being guilted into giving till it hurts.

You don’t have to break the back of poverty with your seed. Jesus broke it by being the Seed of Abraham and taking the curse of poverty upon Him on the cruel tree.

In many ways the Prosperity Gospel is an aberration of the true Gospel. One of the things God said to me back then was that I wasn’t a Prosperity preacher, I was an ABUNDANCE preacher! My message is that people can walk in God’s abundant provision, not prosperity that relies on giving and legalistic tithing.

Renew your mind on these matters and see your financial life radically change for the better!

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Seek First The Dominion

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  MATTHEW 6:24-33 NKJV

We major a lot on prosperity and finances. Why? Because we need these things to do our job as believers.

The reality is we require finances to fulfil our assignments in ministry. God’s people need money to do God’s business.

Notice from this discourse that Jesus begins in verse 24 by speaking about dominion. He says: “You cannot serve God and mammon.”

You are going to serve one or the other; there is no neutral zone you can escape to. Which means either you will be under God’s dominion or mammon’s.

Jesus makes it clear here that it is possible for you to end up serving money and not God. This means you can become a slave to your needs.

You do this by worrying i.e. meditating in fear. However, He shows us how to reverse this process in verse 33. We are to seek first i.e. make a priority the Kingdom of God. This means the dominion of God. In other words, God will give us dominion over the world system of need and lack. When this happens, the things we need and desire will be added to us.

The issue isn’t one of prosperity; it is one of DOMINION. Prosperity is the result of saturating your consciousness with the reality of your dominion in Christ.

In the world system, prosperity and wealth define your identity. Being rich gives you status and prestige. However, in God’s Kingdom you are a king and priest because you are His child. This entitles you to be funded at the level of royalty!

Jesus is saying here not to go after the stuff. Don’t pursue the things – pursue the deep understanding you require of your true identity and the things will pursue you!

This explains why some believers are not successful in manifesting prosperity – they are going after things. When you do this you are actually being need-conscious, not God-conscious and not dominion-conscious.

“Seek first the Kingdom… and His righteousness.” What does this mean? Well, when you understand righteousness you will have the key to receiving your needs met. Righteousness means “right” or “right-standing.” In other words, the righteousness of God gives you right-standing with Him. This means the ability to stand in His Presence without fear, condemnation, guilt or shame. 

When you have this right-standing, you then have the right to receive what is rightfully yours! What is rightfully yours? Whatever He promised. What did He promise? ALL THESE THINGS shall be added to you!

You have the right to expect God to meet your needs on the Solomon level of abundance or above! “How much more” levels of supply belong to you (see Matthew 6:28-30)! Also, you are blessed with faithful Abraham so Abrahamic levels of supply are what you can expect (see Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 13:1,2; Galatians 3:9,14,29).

David understood this:

Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” PSALM 35:27 NKJV

In other words, David was saying “Let them shout for joy and be glad WHO ARE PROMOTING MY RIGHT TO PROSPER!”

Prosperity is based on right. Right is based on authority. Authority is another word for dominion!

You can only prosper if you have a right to. You can only have a right to if someone authorises you. Where is the believer’s authority in the financial realm? 2 Corinthians 8:9 is the scriptural foundation of believers’ right to prosper. Being rich is the express purpose and will of God.

“What about the love of money?” someone will ask. “What about it?” is my reply. The love of money comes from a neglect of Jesus’ command to seek first God’s dominion in Matthew 6:33. People with money-lust are in bondage to the world system of need and lack. They are not acting like God’s dominion people. They are pursuing things instead of following Jesus. They are dominated by mammon instead of exercising Kingdom authority.

So how can the believer manifest financial wealth, then? By focusing on dominion, not the things that signify wealth and prosperity; by understanding his/her right to get money based on being seated in heavenly places in Christ;by being Kingdom-wealth minded.

Your authority in Christ is your ticket to all your desires and needs being met!

 

Your Power To Get Wealth Part 2

I want to share with you an amazing truth about your power to get wealth. Please read this teaching as an introduction.

And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. DEUTERONOMY 8:18 NKJV

You will see here that God gives us the power to get wealth. It isn’t an Old Covenant blessing because it predates the Law. It is part of the Abrahamic Covenant.

The power to get wealth is what I call the Billionaire Blessing of Abraham. Genesis chapter 12 tells us that God promised to bless Abraham and a short time later, after a trip to Egypt, Abraham comes back so wealthy that he struggles to find land big enough to contain his possessions (see Genesis 13:1-5).

Abraham is blessed at billionaire levels just by being God’s covenant partner and friend.

Now note that the power to get wealth is given to us to establish the covenant that God made with the fathers i.e. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. This word “establish” means to confirm or ratify. It means to prove the veracity!

Some theology smartalec might point out this power spoken of in Deuteronomy 8:18 was given to Israelites in the Old Testament; however, it is clear from the text itself that it is not part of the Sinatic Covenant or the Law – it is an Abrahamic Covenant blessing.

God gave the power to get wealth as a means of establishing the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. GALATIANS 3:13,14 NKJV

Jesus was made a curse to get this Billionaire Blessing of Abraham upon us. So it is clearly a blessing that transcends the Old Covenant. It predates the Law.

And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. GALATIANS 3:17 NKJV

More than four hundred years before the Law – which formed the contract made with YHWH by the children of Israel as part of the Sinatic Covenant – the covenant of YHWH with Abraham was in effect.

The Law cannot make the Billionaire Blessing of Abraham of no effect, even though Israelites were obliged to keep it and failure to do so hampered their ability to walk in blessing.

Now we have seen that the power of God to get wealth is given to ratify or confirm the Abrahamic Covenant. But look at this verse in Galatians 3:17 – it tells us that God confirmed or ratified the Abrahamic Covenant IN CHRIST!!!

Put these two verses (Deuteronomy 8:18 and Galatians 3:17) together and it is abundantly evident that CHRIST IS OUR POWER TO GET WEALTH!!

God has given us the ultimate advantage economically by giving us Himself. When you think upon it, it is impossible to fail in life if we just let Him live big in us.

The power to walk in infinite levels of supply and manifest billions is resident in us. We are God’s house. We are the Bank of Infinite Supply.

We are the answer to systemic poverty in the earth.

God has put you on this earth to be a portal that taps into supply from the glory realms above in order to met the needs of mankind.

You are blessed to be a blessing!

Your Power To Get Wealth

And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. DEUTERONOMY 8:18 NKJV

God gives the power to get wealth. Israelites had this back under the Old Covenant but, because their rightstanding with God was based on keeping the Law, this power to get wealth was often hampered by their backsliding.

Note that this power to obtain wealth was part of the Abrahamic Covenant, not the Sinaitic Covenant which we know as the Old Covenant. This is why this wonderful blessing is available to us today – we are blessed in Abraham (Galatians 3:8,9). God has ordained that the power to get wealth is what establishes the Abrahamic Covenant. The Abrahamic Covenant is the over-arching covenant with man of which the Old and New Covenants are components. Jesus came to fulfil God’s promises and oath to Abraham.

Walking in the power to get wealth – what we are calling Abraham’s Billionaire Blessing – was available under the Old Covenant that God made with the children of Israel at Sinai. But their failure to keep the Law hindered this power from having its full flow in the lives of God’s people. This was because failure to adhere to the strict demands of the Law brought curses upon those who transgressed (see Deuteronomy 28).

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. GALATIANS 3:13,14 NKJV

Jesus redeemed us from this hindrance i.e. the curse of the Law, by becoming a curse for us. This removed the obstacle so that the power to get wealth could work without hindrance in our lives. Remember that it was YHWH who said the power to get wealth was what established i.e. proved the Abrahamic Covenant. If you have a problem with this, take it up with Him!

Now, the promise of the Spirit mentioned here in Galatians 3:14 simply refers to the indwelling Presence and power of the Spirit of God coming to live within us. It is one thing to work for a billionaire – many of us do- but it is another thing entirely when a billionaire comes to live in your home! No more cheap furnishings or ten year old bangers sitting in your driveway! Billionaires don’t live substandard lives or shop in charity shops.

The God of Infinite Supply lives in you. HIS power to get wealth resides in your spirit.

The giving of the Holy Ghost meant that God’s power would be no longer just with or for His people – it would be IN them!!

This power to get wealth is now upgraded to the nth degree. It is not subject to any Old Covenant or Law restrictions. The power to get wealth is part of a covenant that predates the Law.

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. GALATIANS 3:17 MEV

The Law could not make the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant of no effect. In other words, the Abrahamic Blessing was not negated by the Law. However, the curse of the Law had to be removed so that this Blessing could flow freely. Jesus fulfilled the righteous requirements of the Law and nailed the curses to the Cross in His own body.

The Abrahamic Blessing predates the Law. The Law was given with the Old Covenant. Now we have a New Covenant and God has come to live in us. This means the power to get wealth is not external to us.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you… ACTS 1:8 NKJV

The power of the Holy Spirit has come upon us and in us. This is the power to get wealth!!

The word “power” here is dunamis in the Greek and means power, might, strength and ability. It means the power to do miracles.

One meaning of dunamis not often mentioned is: the power and influence which belong to riches; (pecuniary ability), wealth.

In other words, the power to get wealth!!!

The Holy Spirit comes upon us to give us power to obtain wealth!

Romans 1:16 tells us that the Gospel is the power of God. This is also dunamis in Greek. This is why the Gospel is to be preached to the poor – when we preach, it literally empowers people to get wealth.

God has given us His Word and His Spirit as the power to obtain wealth. You may not have heard this but you are going to hear it more and more.

This wonderful revelation is going to hit planet earth and shatter the Babylonian world system into pieces.

The glory of the Lord will cover this earth as the waters cover the sea.

What God Commands

Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? 1 CORINTHIANS 9:7-12 NIV

There is a principle here that must be learned by all who are seeking to walk in financial abundance. In fact, it is for everyone.

It is this: You must reward your spiritual leaders and mentors with material means. In short, you need to pay them.

Now it is more than likely that these spiritual leaders will not charge a fee for their service. Yes, some are salaried by the church or ministry they work for; however, 1 Timothy 5:17 instructs us that leaders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

I don’t know if double honour means literally double their pay or if it is just highlighting a principle that they be paid above and beyond.

Let me put it in a way you will understand: It ought to be your heart that those who feed you in the Word should live in the biggest house in your town, drive the best of cars and wear the finest clothes.

Paul says that other people have the right to expect to be paid for what they do. The man who mows your lawn expects to get paid. The woman who cleans your house twice a week does it for wages. The labourer is worthy of his hire.

Of course, when you receive teaching from a man or woman of God, very often that minister lives by faith. In Christian culture, they dare not charge a fee and nor would they want to if they are genuine servants of God.

This is the paradox and the conundrum – ministry is delivered free at the point of delivery (Hebrews 10:8); however, as the above scripture and others tell us, those who receive this ministry are obliged to reward the ministers with material and financial benefits.

Failure to do so is likened to muzzling an ox while it is treading out the grain. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that muzzling an ox will only result in a lack of productivity. Letting the ox have some of the grain will keep it strong so it can trample the grain more effectively.

Ministers should be paid. God commands it! 1 Corinthians 9:14 tells us that those who preach the Gospel should receive their living from preaching the Gospel. Preachers should be recompensed for their work.

I have found myself listening to a preacher, being blessed by his or her teaching and realising I had an obligation to sow into their ministry. Be careful what you hear if you are stingy when it comes to giving to the work of the ministry! This give a whole new meaning to James 5:4… Let he who has an ear, hear…

Jesus Himself was supported by donors (Luke 8:1-3). Many women gave to His ministry. If He set this as an example, who are we to discount the practice? Yes, Paul did not avail himself of the right to be paid in relation to ministering to the Corinthian church but it is clear that this was the exception. A careful reading of the first six chapters of Acts shows  us that a considerable amount of money came in to the Early Church and it can be surmised that a good portion of this money enabled the Twelve to be full-time paid ministers, able to devote themselves to preaching and praying (see Acts 6:1-4).

It is wrong that believers should have to be told to bless their leaders and mentors financially; it ought to be a burning desire in each of us to want the very best materially for those who teach us and have the rule over us.

Yes, there have been abuses by preachers who use this principle to “guilt” people into giving, or twist the prosperity message in such a way that you can only prosper if you give to them. But the principle is pure because it is of the Lord. When taught and understood correctly, it will yield blessing.

I do believe if we will honour God’s servants, He will honour us. And honour is the key word here because payment of preachers is based on a culture of honour. Where there is no honour, there is no real manifestation of Kingdom or true expression of ekklesia. Yes, there is a financial reward for giving and the fact that unscrupulous people manipulate this to raise funds for ministries doesn’t negate the glorious truth.

Real men and women of God do not make merchandise of the Gospel, nor do they sell blessings – they are not theirs to sell. And I am convinced that the Lord takes such crooked dealing with His people very seriously. Thankfully, I believe these practices will be exposed and removed from the Body of Christ as the true revelation of financial superabundance becomes more and more known.

Nevertheless, the truth of our need to be more responsible in financially supporting and blessing authentic ministries and ministers that spread the Word still remains.

If you are blessed by someone who has shared with you spiritual truth, you are obligated to bless them back with your dosh.

That really is the Gospel truth.


You can read more on this subject in my ebook: Honouring Leaders Financially

 

Just A Thought…

Those who have read my book JESUS: MILLIONAIRE will be aware of the cogent argument that Jesus was not poor on this earth until He went to the Cross; in fact, far from it. You can read the book here.

In the book I reflect on something the Holy Spirit brought to my attention – that Jesus could not have asked the rich young ruler to do something He had not or could not do Himself i.e. give away his wealth (see Luke 18:18-30).

Jesus was funded from an early age at the level of royalty. The caravan train bringing Him wealth was so vast it frightened the people of Jerusalem.

Now it stands to reason that, probably after making provision for His mother and siblings, Jesus gave His wealth away.

Here is what I believe is a possible scenario:

Jesus preached Good News to the poor, based on verses from Isaiah 61. Kenneth Hagin speculates that this was a sermon Jesus possibly preached as a mission statement pretty much wherever He went.

Of course, good news to the poor is not that they have a wee cabin over the hilltop when they die. It is that poverty days are over and God is going to prosper them here on earth!

Now my thought is, what if it was more than that?

By this I mean that Jesus practised what James wrote in his epistle:

 If a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” and yet you give them nothing that the body needs, what does it profit? JAMES 2:15,16 MEV

Jesus’ words certainly had the power in them to break the shackles of poverty but what if it was more than that? What if He gave money to the poor out of His vast fortune?

We know from scripture that Jesus was always giving to the poor. In John 13 we read that when Judas left the upper room at the Last Supper it was thought he was going to give to the poor (v29). This means it must have been a common thing for him to do.

Judas was the treasurer and he was prone to dip into the funds to help himself (John 12:6). This implies there was always plenty in the bag because if it was only a few pence it would not have been worth stealing and would have been easily noticed.

What if Jesus spent His ministry giving away His huge wealth? This would certainly gather a crowd and generate publicity! It would also authenticate His message. We know Jesus and His disciples gave to the poor but we tend to think of it in pennies rather than big amounts.

In JESUS: MILLIONAIRE I point out that the disciples were businessmen who were so impressed with Jesus’ lifestyle they left their own for something better. Do we really believe the religious fables that these responsible men, some of them with families, left their livelihoods to hang out with a beatnik hippy Rabbi with no money?

People in business are not normally impressed by poverty or peddlers of poverty. So Jesus clearly wasn’t poor or looking like it.  When this Man walked in, everybody wanted what He had! And if you think that this was just peace of mind and other spiritual attributes, you are kidding yourself on. This Man looked like a King and lived like a King. He had it together in every way. This is what attracted people to Him.

Is Jesus’ example of giving lavishly to the poor maybe the inspiration for Zaccheus becoming generous (see Luke 19:1-10)?

Did Jesus model His own teaching by distributing the lavish fortune He was given as a child and had probably grown extensively in business to the poor in His ministry?

It is speculation, yes, but it does fit the narrative.

Do we really think that Jesus put such emphasis on the poor yet only managed to give them a trickle of funds during His time ministering to them?

It is time we re-thought these things. Religiosity has too long held sway over our thinking on these matters.

It is time for us to face the stark reality that if Jesus was poor on the earth prior to the Cross, God has some explaining to do.

Read the book to find out why!

The Sign Of The Dollar

dollartHave you ever noticed how the dollar sign resembles a serpent on a pole?

I don’t believe this is an accident.

Some people believe it comes from the sign of Hermes, the Greek god of commerce but we know that counterfeiting the true is a ploy of the evil one.

The serpent on a pole is biblical:

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. NUMBERS 31:4-9 NKJV

This serpent – or nehushtan was a type of Christ, signifying the Saviour’s death on the cross, where He became sin for us and took our sicknesses and diseases upon Him. It is used as a symbol of the medical profession to this day. Those Israelites who were bitten by the fiery serpents were healed by only a look at Moses’ bronze (some translations say brass) serpent. There is life for a look at the crucified One, as the old song says.

Seeing your sin upon Jesus brings you salvation. Seeing your sickness upon Him is health and healing to you. He bore both sin and sickness in our stead. It is important to note that Jesus became sin on the cross. He took upon Him our Adamic, serpent nature.

So what does this have to do with the dollar sign?

Everything is the answer.

You see, it is God’s will that we be delivered from evil. Jesus actually instructed us to pray this in Matthew chapter 6. We are to pray “Deliver us from evil.”

As Bill Johnson often points out, the Greek word for “evil” here is poneros.  It came from the word ponos, which means “pain.” And that word came from the root word penes, which means “poor.” This is what Jesus came to destroy: evil-sin, pain-sickness and poor-poverty.

The root of all evil is lack. This produces poverty spiritually – sin is to fall short of God’s glory. Poverty in the body is lack of good health. And poverty in your finances is to lack what you need to live a satisfying life.

The dollar sign reminds us of God’s remedy for man’s lack in every realm i.e. the crucified Christ. Jesus bore all OUR evil in Himself on the cross. The dollar sign is thus a symbol of our redemption. Jesus paid the ransom price to set us free. He who knew no sin and in whom was no evil or death became the sinful, sick and broke US on the cross, in exchange for HIS righteousness, His life and His riches in glory.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich. 2 CORINTHIANS 8:9 KJVER

Remember that the Romans viewed crucifixion as much more than a form of capital punishment. To the Romans, crucifixion was a statement of Rome’s power and its right to utterly impoverish all who opposed this power. Crucifixion was, to the Romans, the ultimate form of bankruptcy and was implemented as a very public lesson to any with seditious thoughts.

Crucified victims were stripped naked to ram home the message that Roman rule meant you were owned by the empire.

Jesus bore excruciating poverty on every level in order that we could walk in infinite, superabundant supply.

When you look at the dollar sign, do not think of mere money. Think of the destitution that was in your old self and how that destitute old self was nailed to the tree in Christ. Christ bore your Adamic nature and took your poverty in every area upon Him.

He was the serpent on the pole, bearing all your evil.

It is LIFE, PEACE and JOY to gaze upon Him crucified.

And now you can walk in plenty, knowing no lack or fear thereof.

You are the redeemed, the rich and the righteous!

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us—as it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” — so that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. GALATIANS 3:13,14 MEV

See your poverty upon Jesus as He hung on the cross. Now, see yourself as walking in His riches in glory. These riches belong to you.