I don’t like some religious leaders … for one reason. They use religion to get rich. Here’s an example of a recent headline:
Louisiana televangelist Jesse Duplantis said at a recent televised fundraiser that Christians “can speed up the time” of Jesus' Second Coming by donating more money. “I honestly believe this … the reason why Jesus hasn’t come is because people are not giving the way God told them to give, when you understand this, you can speed up the time. ~Christian Post
Some preachers of the prosperity gospel are charlatans and deceivers at the highest level. They make it seem like they’re preaching the gospel, but they’ll convince you that it takes jets costing $64 million to get the job done. This was the pitch by Duplantis when he needed a new jet.
1 Timothy 6:5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
When religion is used the way Jesse Duplantis does, it becomes one of the highest forms of hypocrisy. When you base everything that you preach on the foundation of money, you become no different than the money changers in the temple whose tables were overturned by Jesus. Some might say that no one knows the heart of Jesse Duplantis except God, but Jesus told us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
This is one of the reasons I am skeptical about some of the modern-day ‘prophets’ who run in this circuit of the prosperity gospel and the New Apostolic Reformation. The New Apostolic Reformation people are usually the people John MacArthur speaks about when he talks about ‘Strange Fire.’ I question when the ‘prophets’ in this New Apostolic Reformation movement speak words that are prophetic in accordance with the governance of the church. Prophecy was designed by God to warn His people about straying from His Word and to be aware of the consequences of disobedience. People who use the word ‘Rhema’ as a clear spoken revelation of God on something should be subjected to the ‘Logos’ written word. The great embarrassment of the modern prophets who spoke clearly about a second term of President Trump showed how wrong ‘Rhema’ word can be when not properly tethered to God’s ‘Logos Word.’
I’ve been around long enough to see and hear all the arguments for and against this type of prophetic practice. I’ve concluded that much of it is subject primarily to the whims of the prophet than the Spirit of God. When prophets get secret revelation no one else is privy to, it acts like secret knowledge of Gnosticism (which was a problem in the early church). True prophets don’t make up prophecy … they steer people back to the truth. They are the quality control people in a factory … they make sure the product that is being spoken is based upon God, not some off-the-wall personal revelation.
There are those who get away with supporting the modern prophetic movement and its ‘Rhema’ words by saying that the Book of Acts is still being written. To me, that’s a razzle-dazzle (anything goes) of God's confirmed revelation to us which is the Bible. This is not good practice for anyone, and in the end, God will be the judge of what is being said in His Name.
James 3:1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.
Teaching people in a manner not worthy of the Scriptures is a grave disappointment to God. It’s like a builder who decides to deviate from the architect’s plans in the course of construction. The builder has compromised the safety of his structure by deciding he knows better than the architect when it comes to design.
God’s Word has a specific design to it … it is not to be changed in any way. Changing God’s Word changes the design of God’s intentions for His people and the purposes for which they were saved and positioned in the Body of Christ. Many people get sidetracked because they are following the design of a teacher whose perspective on the Word of God is leading them astray from God’s will in their lives.
I am very passionate about clarity on these issues because the last days will be days of great deception, and that deception is subtle and toxic. Just a little deviation here and there can be enough to lead people away.
Don’t buy into these self-proclaimed prophets such as Jesse Duplantis whose only gain in this life is to make money while using the Gospel to do it. Stay clear from anything they teach … what they teach is tainted with everything wrong in teaching today.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler