All About The Benjamins, cash-priced ministries, commercializing/branding churches and ministries, esotericism, fee-charging practices, Great Commission, merchandising and den of thieves, ministry means serving the Lord, money ministry, selling spiritual gifts/talents, superstar or anointed ones
Most of us will agree that when we think of the word prostitute we normally are thinking about the “oldest profession” in the world—a streetwalker. However, shocking as it might seem, “prostituting the gospel” is similar to the selling of one’s body for cash money (or Charge Card transactions).
There, thus, can be no doubt that Jesus the Christ’s Great Commission has come to be all about the Benjamins rather than all about leading the unsaved masses to Jesus the Christ so that they can obtain an eternal life with God and be discipled—taught and shown how to live a life like Jesus the Christ lived. That this Great Commission has come to be all about financial prosperity is why, these days, it literally costs to praise the Lord, to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, and to learn God’s Divine Truths.
As a result, the ministry (in the New Testament Greek, diakoniða), which used to be all about serving the Lord by executing His commands to:
Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you… ~ Matthew 28:19-29a, AMP
is now more about financing today’s Christian so-called “superstars” or “anointed” ones’ ministries. The ever-increasing need for more support from their financial partners is the primary reason why today’s “spiritual” leaders in churches or ministries, the so-called “superstars” or “anointed” ones that is, think that it is okay to charge their “audiences” a cash price before giving unbelievers and even believers the Holy Bible’s Divine Truths that have been revealed to these Christian so-called “superstars” or “anointed” ones. Their need for more support from financial partners also is the reason for their insidious commercializing (branding) of God’s Word and His ekklesia, the spiritual buildings or “called out ones” who are being identified by the brick and mortar buildings in which they worship.
Indeed, in the 21st century, it truly costs to be a follower of Jesus the Christ, and this truth is seen in the present-day practices of merchandising sermonic, musical, inspirational, motivational, and mentorial spiritual gifts and talents that are used for the purpose of teaching or communicating Holy Spirit revealed spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding about healing miracles, prophetic revelations, anointings, blessings, spiritual gifts, prosperity (shalom), and so forth. Consequently, the Christian so-called “superstars” or “anointed” ones have turned the spreading of the Gospel of Christ into a profitable financial business, instead of keeping it a freely given God-ordained ministry.
Even though there is no biblical basis for pastors, teachers, prophets, apostles, motivators, and so forth, insisting on a price for spiritual truths, whether “esoteric” (revealed hidden biblical truths) or well-known biblical truths, these so-called “superstars” or “anointed” ones still charge people for “their” information. Likewise, even though there is no biblical basis for the above-mentioned “spiritual” leaders insisting on their retreat, conference, seminar, workshop, convention, etcetera, registered applicants having to pay a fee before they can participate, these so-called “superstars” or “anointed” ones still do.
Admission to and participation in the scheduled retreats, conferences, workshops, conventions, and so on, usually are for the sole purpose of “selling” esotericism (spiritually revealed biblical secrets that supposedly only a select few “spiritual” leaders know about and understand). Therefore, when any believer uses his or her God-given spiritual treasures for the purpose of getting rich quick, or for the purpose of just making ends meet, then he or she is no longer in Christ’s ministry, but in his or her own ministry! In short, he or she is prostituting the Gospel!
Now, Jesus the Christ Himself does declare that His Gospel messengers should be fed, housed, clothed, etcetera, by the ones who hear the Gospel messages that His messengers have come to share, especially when the hearers benefit from the Divine Truths the Lord’s anointed, appointed, ordained, and sent ones have imparted. On the other hand, Jesus the Christ NEVER tells His Gospel messengers to charge for their needs or their comforts of life, not even when those individuals who have received the shared Gospel do not offer any emotional, hospitable material, monetary, provisional (as in an amount of food), or spiritual support! Instead, Jesus the Christ teaches:
And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. Take no gold nor silver nor [even] copper money in your purses (belts); And do not take a provision bag or a wallet for a collection bag for your journey, nor two undergarments, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the workman deserves his support (his living, his food). And into whatever town or village you go, inquire who in it is deserving, and stay there [at his house] until you leave [that vicinity]. As you go into the house, give your greetings and wish it well. Then if indeed that house is deserving, let come upon it your peace [that is, freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin]. But if it is not deserving, let your peace return to you. (Matthew 10:7-13, AMP; cf. 1 Corinthians 9:9-16; 1 Timothy 5:18; 1 Peter 5:2)
Since there is NO biblical proof that Jesus the Christ has changed His “sending” instructions, then it must also be understood that He also still expects His disciples (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, singers, and so on) to fulfill the Great Commission’s ministry (diakoniða) the same way. For sure, from the beginning of the New Testament’s Body of Christ, the Word of God and the revealed secret things of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:1) have been FREELY (without pay) received by the servants of Jesus the Christ, with His command to FREELY (without charge) give to others what they have received from God (cf. Matthew 10:8b).
So when did God’s Word and His supernatural spiritual gifts become a moneymaking business that requires readers, hearers, and doers to pay for the written Word (i.e., their Holy Bible), to pay to have the secret things in the written Word explained to them, or to pay to learn how to obtain and use His supernatural spiritual gifts? It happened the moment men and women realized that the laws of supply and demand also could be applied to God’s biblical truths, which is why so many “Christians” are packaging God’s biblical truths for sale. However, there can be no doubt that God NEVER intended for these so-called “believers” to use His biblical truths in profit-making businesses that unfortunately are masquerading as churches, ministries, and individual entrepreneurial ventures!
To those who have an ear, by the aid of the Holy Spirit let them hear and obey….
For additional information, please read my blog entry: Is Begging for Money a God Anointed Spiritual Gift?