Don’t let anger over fundraising abuses take us back to a poverty mentality

Jesse Duplantis asked his partners for 54 million dollars for a new jet.  Duplantis is being roundly condemned for this.  Here’s what I have to say about that…

There is no way I would spend 54 million on a jet.  I sit up nights interceding about what I would do with a windfall.  I am wired totally different.  I have a plan from the Holy Spirit that involves signs and wonders, technology, multiplication, training, and mass invasion in dark and poor areas.

However, and some of you will not like this: Jesse is a man of God.  He loves God.  He loves people.  He says God told him to ask for this money.  So, unless you can show A: Where the Bible says he can’t, or shouldn’t ask.  B: You are willing to say God showed you Jesse is lying then don’t lump him in with the real fakes who are stealing money from the Body of Christ.

There are many abuses!  Anger over those abuses is threatening to do something awful.  It is the reason for my message.  We are seeing the return of a poverty mentality—a mentality that will make blanket condemnations, and undermine faith to believe God for the provisions we need to protect our loved ones and the weapons to win this nation back to God.  One man whom I know has been falsely accused is Kenneth Hagin.

Kenneth Hagin never taught, or used the term “prosperity gospel.”  In my opinion, he didn’t even teach word of faith—he simply taught the Word of God.  He took neglected truths and presented them in their proper scriptural order.

We had been subnormal so long that the return to normal looked abnormal.  His book The Midas Touch does an excellent job of exposing abuses and clarifying the Bible’s position on giving and receiving.

Here are the reasons we have no excuse to return to a poverty mentality:

Abuses do not nullify the promises of God!  Romans 3:3 asks a powerful question: “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?”  If someone abuses faith—abuses prosperity—abuses fundraising, they do it out of unbelief.  But their unbelief, and their abuses do not nullify the promises of God to prosper us.

Abundance is God’s idea not man’s:  The idea that God wants to give you abundance did not originate with some oily late night shyster.  Most importantly, the promise of abundance is for everyone who believes.

I was out to dinner with a very famous evangelist.  He had just returned from the Philippines.  “The poverty was so great” he said, “I simply couldn’t talk to them about prosperity.”  So I asked him gently, “were they also too sick to hear about healing?”

Jesus told the disciples of John, “tell John, the poor have the good news preached to them.”-Luke 7: 44

So I ask you what is the good news to the poor?  Let’s ask Jesus: Luke 4:18 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.

For each of these groups Jesus promises is a benefit beyond salvation.  To the broken heart—a healed heart, to the captive—liberty, to the blind—sight, to the poor—provision.

Now you know why I receive offerings in the inner city.  I know that if the poor learn to become givers, they will see a miracle that will break the vicious cycle of poverty.

Overflow amounts are God’s idea not ours:  Jesus said, “Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

 

Look at the descriptions of the amounts: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. 

Look at another example of an overflowing amount is in 2 Corinthians 9:6 “…and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”  And we all know the words of Malachi “you will not have room to contain it.”

Why would Satan work so hard to pervert a beautiful truth right now?  He knows the danger of righteous people having much more than they need.  He knows what they will do with wealth.

There are a lot of angry Christians out there.  Some glorify their lack because they are jealous of those who have been bold to believe.  It’s like the older brother of the prodigal son who was angry and jealous that his brother was given a great feast:

Luke 15: 29 “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.”  This brother never bothered to ask.

Instead of torturing yourself wondering why others are blessed—or sit around sulking about how much holier you would be with money than others…why don’t you surrender yourself to God—get rid of your unbelief and accept James’ explanation of your problem: “You have not because you ask not.”