I fly allot, at least more than the average person, and before the e-mails start flying in, no not on a private jet, but commercial coach. In fact in a few hours I will be flying to the beautiful, and somewhat warmer state of Tennessee, for a speaking engagement. As far as flying first class goes, I figure if the plane goes plunging into the side of a mountain, it won't much matter where I was sitting, plus feeding the hungry, and clothing the naked with the extra money a first class ticked would have cost, makes the short lived discomfort of touching my knees to my chin from a sitting position more than worth it.
On most airplanes they have the airline's magazines, and often due to boredom, I sometimes leaf through them. For the past few years I have noticed a trend wherein they offer a CD no more than two hours in length, that gives the highlights, or the cliff notes of the twenty most popular business books for that year. Since I don't own a business, and never plan to own one, I never did see the need to purchase the materials, but as a public service I would like to do something similar in regards to televangelist sermons.
Since some of you might not have the time to watch the endless ramblings, of the perfectly coiffed, insincere manipulators with haughty smiles and a twinkle in their eye thinking of the check you're about to write, I have decided to incorporate the essence of over 90% of said sermons in a thousand words or less:
"If you are searching, give me money."
"If you are thirsty, give me money."
"If you are hungry, give me money.
"If you are struggling, give me money."
"If you are needy, give me money."
"If you want me to pray for you, give me money."
"If you want God to hear you, give me money."
"If you want God to bless you, give me money."
"If you want to be healed, give me money."
"Cause remember now, the widow woman made the pancake for the man of God first."
I don't know about you, but there seems to be a pattern emerging, and it is neither Christ or the Cross, it is neither salvation or repentance, it is neither righteousness or sanctification.
Acts 20:28-35, "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have show you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive."
What a difference a couple of thousand years makes. Oh that Paul were alive today, how he would weep. Just a parting thought, it is the weak, the helpless that we must support, not the inflated egos prancing around on our television screens, enticing us with promises of prosperity if we just help lay another brick in what have become their kingdoms on earth.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.