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Will God Bless You If You Give To A Televangelist?
by Brian Price 4/7/2012
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"Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness." - Jeremiah 12:10
God here in Jeremiah is speaking metephorically of his vineyard, which is Israel. The pastors, the religious leaders have trodden down his vineyard. They hypocritically have taught false doctrines. They've stolen their money through false gain and deceit. Much like what is happening today in America. There are many false prophets. It is a very sad thing to see.

Not saying that all televangelists are bad. Not saying that. I am a personal fan of Jimmy Swaggart. I really enjoy his preaching. And his son Donny Swaggart. Even though they are Pentacostal, and I am a Baptist. We may differ on some issues, but when the truth is spoken, you can agree with truth. Kind of like Peter Ruckman. Many people do not like Peter Ruckman. Even I do not agree with him on everything he says. Not many people are even sure if he is saved or not. I am not a huge fan of him myself (although I really do like his sermon, Five Surprises in Hell), but regardless, whether the man is saved or not, the fact still remains that when he speaks the truth, you can agree with the truth.

That being said, just do any google search on "televangelist fraud." Just type it in. And you will be shocked to find what's out there. It doesn't take much effort to really see the scandals, the embezzlements, the false promises, "We're going to start this charity. We're going to use this money to start an orphanage in this foreign country." And it never happens. And these people fly private jets, having nice houses, and drive fancy cars. It's sad. It's really sad.

One of the most common things I see repeated by the televangelists is the blessings of God, that "God is going to bless." They often use Malachi chapter 3, verse 10, which says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

There's no doubt about it. This is scripture. Yes, God will bless you. Yes you will be blessed when you tithe. But that does not always mean that you will be rich, or that your marriage will be restored, or that all of your finances will be in order. It could very well mean just that your needs will be met, that you will have food on the table.

But the televangelists appeal to your carnal side, and to get you to think that if you give to their ministry, that it will be garaunteed that you will receive a special blessing. Jesus, the Bible says, that "though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." - 2 Corinthians 8:9

Even Jesus himself was a poor man. And he gave up everything, for you, for me. He gave up all of his riches and became poor. It doesn't mean that he lived a very fancy life on earth. He didn't drive a car. He walked everywhere. He rode a donkey. He was a very meek individual.

So, blessing from God doesn't always mean riches. In fact, God said to Solomon, "Because thou have not asked for thyself riches, nor long life, nor the life of thine enemies. But thou hast asked for thyself wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is granted unto thee." - 2 Chronicles 1:11

Because God knows the prayers of men. He knows what people want. He knows people want to be rich. Televangelists know this also. They know that you want to get rich and win the lottery. They try to appeal to that side of you. Many times, it could be, that they only do it for their personal gain. It could be that they really don't care about the gospel. And you have to be aware of that. You have to be cautious.

If you are a televangelist, and you happen to stumble upon this, I want to tell you that I am turned off by that. And not just me, but lots of people are turned off by that. And I am not just speaking to Pentacostals. I am speaking to Baptist, Seventh Day Adventists, anybody.

Look, when you ask for money, don't ask for $1,000 or $100. Just say, "If you would like to donate, give whatever you wish."

When Jesus looked at the certain poor widow, she gave only 2 mites. And Jesus said that she gave more than anybody else. And it was because she gave out of her poverty. Whereas everybody else were giving out of their abundance. Some people can't tithe. Some people don't have the money to do that. But people give what they can.

Back to my point, Will God bless you if you give to a televangelist?

Not necessarily.

It doesn't mean life will be fine and dandy. It doesn't mean you will win the lottery. It doesn't mean that all these great things will come unto you. That comes through prayer. That comes through the promises of God. The promises of scripture.

And Jesus said, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive," (Matthew ch 21). And these things that he is talking about is only in accordance with his will, because the Bible says that, "if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us," (1 John 5:14).

So all these things that Jesus promises to add unto us when we seek the kingdom of God, it is only when it is in accordance with his will. It is, "God, not my will, but thine be done." That is what Jesus prayed. He said, "All things are possible unto you. Take away this cup from me, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done."

The other thing is that televangelists will say that God said this to them. And they will use extra biblical revelation. For instance, they will say, "God said to me, 'If you will sow unto me this amount of seed, I will also sow to you this amount of seed.'"

That's not in the Bible. Where are they getting that? How do we know that they aren't getting that from their own heart?

And then the other thing is that they use the prayer of Jabez. Jabez was just like any Christian today. He prayed, "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil..." - 1 Chronicles 4:10

This was a very simple prayer, and God granted him his request. You and I, when we ask God to bless us, this does not necessarily mean that he is going to make us rich. However, that does mean that God will meet our needs. And remember, our riches are in heaven. And Jesus said, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt. But rather lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven."

And he said, "Take heed and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."

These televangelists, I think they are appealing to your tickeling ears. I mean, are they right?

Yeah, they are right. Partially. Yeah, God is going to bless you. Say the prayer of Jabez. Ask God for things; for a new car. I mean, God is able to give you all that. He can and he will do it.

But should we focus on that all the time? Should we preach on that all the time? Just to get donations? I mean, what about the gospel? Why not preach the gospel? Why not preach the whole scriptures. I mean, there is more to the Bible than the prayer of Jabez.

But, I think a lot of these guys are greedy. They are greedy of money.

1 Peter 5:1-4 says, "1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

You see, Peter and Paul, they were not rich. They were simple disciples and elders - pastors if you will - over churches. And there is no record of them being rich. Paul said, "I have coveted no man's gold, or silver, or apparel." He said that, "these hands have ministered to my needs," (Acts 20:33-34).

And when Paul made appeals to the Corinthian church in 2nd Corinthians for donations, he did it simply for the poor saints. And you can read that in the scriptures, when he said, "God loveth a cheerful giver."

He was referencing the want of the saints, the needs of the poor saints. The real function of the church should be 1) to preach the gospel, and 2) to take care of the people in the church. We ought to take care of the poor in our church. Pastors should be feeding the church, not themselves.

And this is what I have a real problem with. I think its okay to support a pastor. I think its fine for a pastor to take wages. But I think it should be an modest wage. Something that they can live on. We don't need to be making sure that they live in a multi-million dollar house. If that's what you want, go get a job like everyone else.

And that's really all I have. And again, I'm not bashing televangelists. I do like some of them. But beware, beware. I really think some of them do not really care about the gospel; they just care about money. But if you are a televangelist, and you reading, I want you to know that if you care about the souls of men, focus on that. Don't focus on money. Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon," - Matthew 6:24

Mammon means money. So, do it for the people. Don't do it for the money.