Preachers for Hire are a Curse to Africa
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” – 2 Cor. 8:9
Do you pay your Preacher for God’s blessings? Then he is a hireling! Jesus Christ, the Messiah, never had anything good to say about hirelings (John 10:12-13). Why would you trust the judgment of a man you have to pay for prayers and prophecies (Prov. 17:23)? Naturally, with a little bribery he will give you a “good” prophecy (Micah 7:3). This is the way of the Witch Doctor. “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16). Money can’t buy divine favor! That’s the truth. Jesus cursed the rich and blessed the poor (Luke 6:20, 24), while your neighborhood prosperity Preacher blesses the rich and curses the poor. “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.” (James 5:1).
Do you pay your Preacher to go to Church? The House of God shouldn’t operate like the marketplace. Jesus flipped the tables and chairs of the salesmen and moneychangers (Matt. 21:12-13). Money shouldn’t be on your mind at all when you go to the House of God. Nor should it be in your prayers (Matt. 6:5-34). You cannot serve God and money! It’s impossible. Jesus said, “for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other” (Matt. 6:19-24).
Do you admire your Preacher because he is rich? Or does your Preacher teach you to admire others who are rich? Jesus solemnly declared to everyone, everywhere, that it is nearly impossible for a rich man to “enter into the Kingdom of God” (Luke 18:24-25)! Why would you want to be rich and famous? That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God (Lk. 16:15). It is very rare for a “wise” and “noble” man of the world to get truly converted to Christ (1 Cor. 1:26-29, Matt. 18:3). Rich men are to be pitied because most of them are void of true faith in God, and spiritually bankrupt, while God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith (James 2:5-6).
Do you want to follow Jesus Christ? Then stop following your Preacher. Only follow him inasmuch as he follows Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 4:17). Face the facts of the Bible! Most modern-day Preachers are nothing like Jesus Christ. The Messiah shocked the public with the free grace of His healing touch (Luke 6:19). He never once asked for money! The Son of God was a foot-washer, and He taught His followers to be humble in following His example (John 13:13-17, Php. 2:5). The Apostles followed suit in obedience to the Word (1 Cor. 4:8-13). To avoid reproach they would refuse to charge people for anything at all, even when it came to tithes and offerings (Acts 20:34, 1 Thess. 2:9, 2 Thess. 3:8). Why? They didn’t want the message of the Gospel to be confounded by the presence of money (1 Cor. 9:12, 15-19), like Simon the Sorcerer was deceived to think that the gift of the Holy Spirit could be purchased with shillings (Acts 8:19-24).
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” - 1Tim. 6:9-10