i have in my possession my very own prayer cloth. (its actually a piece of paper)
all i have to do, is write jesus' name and my name inside of the heart drawn on the cloth (paper) and sleep with it under my pillow after carrying it inside of my clothing.
then, i can open the prophetic word sealed by the holy spirit (actually sealed by some glue) and read said prophetic word before mailing the prayer cloth (paper) back to this organization with a faith seed.
and by faith seed... i mean money.
i can even check a box that says " i want to be saved and go to heaven".
why wouldn't i? after all, after reading the testimonials that came with this cloth (paper), people have done as instructed, sown a faith seed of who knows how much money, and now they have cars and riches and are disease free!
there are people in our towns, in our circles of friends, and possibly in our families who encounter such lies and heresies on a regular basis.
and so often we say " i don't need doctrine.. just give me jesus!"
if we do not teach and know doctrine, how do we convince someone who receives such a letter, who sees a similar sales pitch on television that not everyone who says "praise jesus" and cries when they say his name can be trusted?
there is a difference between genuine christianity, and those who look, act, and talk a lot like "church people", but whose teachings result in many believing things that are outright lies.
people we love, and people we don't even know (but are still called to love) fall victim to these lies because we too often settle for sermonettes that too closely resemble stand up comedy or aesop's moral fables rather than sound biblical teaching.
whether it is st. matthews churches , the mormons, jehovah's witnesses, or the ridiculousness of most of the programming on t.b.n, there are false teachers whose gospel is no gospel at all, and they are coming after (aggressively) anyone who will listen.
what are we doing to protect ourselves, families, friends, and neighbors?
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron... -1 tim. 4:1-2
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! - gal. 1:6-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you - 1 peter 1: 3-4
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. - 1peter 4: 12- 16
nowhere in god's word are we told that being a follower of god equals money or possessions. god may choose to bless us with those things, but not as a measure of our faith. there have been and are countless believers with incredible faith who have lived in poverty and sickness, have been persecuted, tortured, maimed and killed for being an obedient follower of christ.
the gospel is that there is only one god who created all things. he is a holy god. and we are sinful mankind who deserve death by virtue of being sinners. the only way for us to avoid that punishment is by placing all of our hope and faith in jesus christ, who took the punishment for all who would believe in him.
there is no promise of fame, wealth, or even health.
but there is the promise of eternal life, and the blessings of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
do not believe the lie that blessings equal health and wealth.
blessings equal grace, mercy, and eternity with god.