PREACHERS OF JC

If we have learned anything from this, it’s what a preacher is not supposed to look or act like regardless of whether it is scripted, staged, or coached.

What people see in the pulpit ought to be consistent with what they see in the street or in their homes. Anything else and the gospel of Jesus Christ they preach about is a farce. Your preaching must line up with your living and your living must line up with your preaching. Otherwise you are a bald face liar and the worst of hypocrites the world has ever seen.

In fact, we need to distinguish ourselves from the portrayals the world offers.

The world knows where to find the Real Preachers Of JC but they will not bother with them because there is a level of conviction and holiness that these preachers are living in that will bring their sin up in unimaginable ways. In most cases, a holy man or woman of God will not have to say a word. Their life of power, prayer, and personal integrity is enough to cause them to think about their spiritual condition outside of Christ.

“A holy man (or woman) is an awesome weapon in the hands of a holy God.”

The world wants a compromised preacher. But The Lord wants a sold out, holy preacher who will stand for the truth of God’s Word, and will speak truth regardless of the cost.

Whether it is blown out of proportion or scripted, Preachers Of LA has opened up our eyes to see what The Lord really is demanding out of His preachers.

As some of you have seen and heard Preachers Of LA has caused a stir in the world of preachers.

Several things come to mind and it is obvious that people that support this will stand for it as opposed to the truth.

As G. Craige Lewis, of EX MINISTRIES pointed out, all reality tv is scripted to portray a particular theme. It is under false pretense that gives the appearance that this is the truth. However when you are dealing with the world, you are dealing with the system of the law of sin and death, under the ruler-ship of the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.

Paul also said in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “in whom the god of this world has blinded, the minds of those who do not believe, unless the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

The goal of the enemy is to reduce the viability of the gospel by presenting a small percentage of preachers that live what I call, double agent lives.

Many preachers aspire to have what they have and will do everything to pursue it.

But thank God that there is a distinction. Remember, you are only seeing a small percentage of preachers living the way the Preachers Of LA are living.

Their justification for this is perverted. It is important for you to understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t about wealth and trusting in uncertain riches, fame, and fortune.

It is about winning the lost to The Lord Jesus Christ. We must also believe that this didn’t catch God by surprise. Just like David, Samson, Gehazi, the Sorcerer in the book of Acts called Simon, and many others that sinned.

Thank God that there are preachers that are legitimate. Called and graced by God to do the work of the ministry without fanfare and the false trappings of notoriety, and riches.

In Matthew 4:23-24 the Bible says,

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon- possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.”

The word fame means “heard.” When the legitimate power of God is in operation, the fame of Jesus went around quickly. However, the sole purpose of the power of God is not just to minister to the needs of people, but to attract them back to The Lord so that people could repent of their sins.

Jesus said in Matthew 11:20-24 (NKJVS)

“Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “ Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.”

But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

As you could see, the reason for the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ is to draw men to repentance and faith towards God. Any other purpose is an aimless, selfish purpose. If we fail to preach the gospel in its purest form, then it is another gospel.

So when you look at shows of this nature, remember that you are not to throw every preacher under the bus and drive over them. Just know that there are hirelings and there are shenanigans, and that there are charlatans out there that will dupe you into thinking that Preachers of LA is real.

They are not real preachers. Real preachers would never “merchandise the anointing.” True, authentic, unadulterated preachers would never jeopardize the sanctity of the call of God upon their lives. Real preachers carry the weight of the voice of God that summoned them to the service of preaching the Word of God.

Real preachers live the gospel they preach. They seek no glory because the Bible says, in 1 Corinthians 1:29, “that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

The Amplified Bible says, “So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of The Lord.”

So the four “E’s” of ministry must be avoided.

1. Elitism.

2. Empowerment.

3. Entitlement.

4. Expediency.

When you seek after being one of the elite preachers, or the preeminence, you are asking to be exalted in pride like the devil. When you reach the false place of elitism, you feel empowered to do anything you want against all that righteousness and wisdom stands for. You enter the dragon of entitlement. You believe that you are entitled to everything, which leads you to expediency which means of an action convenient or practical although possibly improper or immoral.

You will entertain more thoughts and suggestion of evil and cross lines you said you would never cross. This leads into committing fornication and adultery. Homosexuality and bisexuality. Impregnating women in the church that are gullible to fall for your personality instead of falling on their faces to God.

When people are attracted to your personality they are worshipping you. That’s why it is important to have pure motives for ministry. Immoral women today do not care if you are married. All they care about is getting you. And when you lead them on as a pastor, you are violating your trust as a preacher.

With these things in mind, here are 27 things that qualifies a person as one being a PREACHER OF JC.

1. Saved by Grace.

2. Repented of sin.

3. Not a novice.

4. Never compromise the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

5. Heard the voice of God call them into the service.

6. Not hungry for money, notoriety, fame, or sexual immorality.

7. Full of the Holy Spirit, faith, honesty, and walks in integrity.

8. Has a good reputation outside the church.

9. If married, is happy, satisfied, faithful, and caring.

10. Takes care of the house BEFORE taking care of the church.

11. Quick to obey God and His Word.

12. Quick to disobey the devil and resist his temptations.

13. Quick to stand for Jesus and never fall for the wiles of the world.

14. Never compromise, maintains Biblical convictions.

15. Ready to witness and shares Jesus at every opportunity.

16. Live what they preach before they preach to others.

17. Never allows sin to dominate them.

18. Never quit praying and feeding on the Word of God.

19. Knows how to love the truth of God’s Word above everything else.

20. Always looking to do those things that please the Father.

21. Lives in holiness at great expense.

22. Knows how to be measurably transparent, walks accountable to God and man.

23. Gives God ALL the glory, honor, and praise.

24. Understands the dangers of sexual sins and avoids the secret life of perversion and hypocrisy.

25. Walks in love towards the people while loving God and His Word more.

26. Walks in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

27. Is a worshipper of the Father in spirit and in truth 24/7.

If you want to be a PREACHER OF JC – Jesus Christ, you must walk like Him. Otherwise, you are a Preacher of LAA, Lacking An Anointing.

Money & Preachers: A Potentially Lethal Combination

Money & Preachers: A Potentially Lethal Combination

When it comes to preachers and money, it is one of the most volatile subjects in the church in the United States. Looking at both sides of the argument. People sometimes want poor preachers and preachers want to live extravagant lives to avoid poverty or the appearance of poverty.

To this day, many people still believe that preachers ought not make a living off of the gospel.

If a preacher starves, lives homeless, and can’t provide for his or her family, it seems like a roar of approval is echoed without any tears of pity. It’s part of the ministry. It goes with the territory.

The more poor preachers, the better.

Then the opposite is rich preachers. Million dollar mansions. High end cars. Wives and women. You heard me right. There are preachers that have women on the side. Men preachers too, in homosexual relationships.

I believe that there should be balance. A preacher, if commanded by the Lord, is to live primarily off of the gospel of Jesus Christ, within the means of the legal definition of reasonable compensation,” then people ought not have a problem with it. But even if it were reasonable compensation, a small renegade bunch of folk will always have a problem with it.

What is the fuel for these things?

Aimlessness!

In the United States, there are many of God’s people and preachers that are walking around aimless.

What does it mean to be aimless?

Aimless means “without purpose or direction.”

When you watch preachers get involved in questionable endeavors, it begs one to ask the question. What is our purpose and direction?

The Head of the Called Out Ones gave us all the purpose and direction we need.

Matthew 28:18-20.

The Great Commission is the current “standing orders” given to His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the perfecting or maturation of the saints, for the work of the service or ministry, for the edifying or building up of the edifice of the Body of Christ.

This means that if we are not busy doing exactly what the Lord commissioned us to do, then we will do what the devil wants us to do. Be busy doing everything else instead of what the Lord Jesus told us to do.

Therefore, a purposeless agenda is an agenda that obviously is unauthorized by the Lord that has no eternal value.

However, there is also a purpose with intent with bits and pieces of the gospel. Given as elements of truth to obscure the real agenda of duping the gullible saints according to Proverbs 14:15. With smooth words, the unsuspecting are told of obtaining great riches as a result of “sowing” money or goods into the man or woman of God.

There are many preachers in the United States that have built vast “empires” and there are many preachers that quietly go about their business without notice.

Yet, as they go about the business of the Father without notice, you will note that they are doing the most damage to the kingdom of darkness. Under the nose of the enemy, they are witnessing and testifying of the Lord and His gospel. People are getting into the kingdom of God. In turn, they are reproducing Jesus without fanfare and broadway lights.

They are not distracted and they want to keep it that way.

There are many preachers that want the notoriety and to be a part of the parade of the stars. Yet, we see that when these things come, the expectation of their ministries and the person heading these ministries become the focal point of attention.

The Lord Jesus experienced “fame” when He came on the scene.

Matthew 4:24-25 says,

“Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon- possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him — from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.”

The word “fame” means “heard.” In other words, the people heard about Jesus.

What we are seeing is a perverted form of fame. People are no longer attracted to the holiness or righteousness that must be evident in the lives of preachers.

People are attracted to the “bling” of preachers.

The late Dr. Oral Roberts, in his autobiography that I read, said that the Lord told him not chase after the “gold, the girls, or the glory.” 

These days, you might as well add don’t touch “the gentlemen.” 

Whether same sex or opposite sex.

In ministry, the glitter is litter.

In my previous blog, I shared about Kenneth Hagin’s book called “The Midas Touch.” It was a very prophetic book regarding the false teaching of the prosperity message.

Just in case you don’t understand what Midas means, it means a king of Phrygia, who, according to one story, was given by Dionysus the power of turning everything he touched into gold.”

It also means as a phrase….

the Midas touch [is] the ability to make money out of anything one undertakes.”

The same is happening among some preachers today where they believe that every thing that they touch must turn into gold. The push to be famous and rich in ministry is relentless.

Sadly, it seems like this is the only pursuit among some ministers today. This kind of perverted fame is evident in many sectors of the administration (see 1 Corinthians 12:5) of the Lord Jesus. We should not lose heart because there are a few that will not chase after uncertain riches or minister for filthy lucre or illicit gain. 

In 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, Paul said “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

Listen to the heart of Paul that is virtually absent in some of today’s preachers from 1 Corinthians 9:11-18.

“Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? 

Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 

If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?

Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. 

Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 

Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

 

But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. 

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 

What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.”

It’s only in isolated places where you hear any preaching along these lines. Quite the opposite is preached because to preach anything else, it would not bring in the bacon.

If you are not making money or turning everything that you do into something that will produce money, then you are not considered successful.

Homes, cars, clothing, airplanes, large honorariums and book deals is a false measurement of success.

Big buildings, big honorariums, large groups of people to minister to.

But notice the distinguishing factor of the ministry of Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit was upon the Lord Jesus to heal the sick, cast out devils, and heal other diseases.

In other words, Jesus had the goods. The proof of His ministry was evident.

There is indisputable evidence of the ministry of Jesus but is there the same or similar evidence in preachers today? The Lord gives us the measurement that tells us that either we have the power of God or we don’t.

Notice what Jesus said in Luke 12:48.

“But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”

You see, it’s about what you have and what you do not have as far as God’s power is concerned.

There is no sense going to a chicken place if the chicken isn’t good.

Yet, we go to places where the power of God is non existent and there is a reason.

First, there is no living out the Word of God. There may be preaching but there may not be any living of what is preached. The power of God never flows out because one says that there is power. The evidence is when the life of the person God use is holy on the level that the Word requires.

Secondly, the power of God is not left to us to turn on and off when we want. The Holy Spirit is the One that administers the power of God as He wills, not as we will.

Thirdly, all things done must point back to the Lord Jesus and the gospel that He commissioned us to preach. The release of the power of God serves as a witness to them to repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.

We do not have to force the issue. We do not have to put ourselves out on a limb. We do not have to advertise. When the Holy Spirit sees fit that the Word is preached, that a person’s life lines up with the Word, and the people are prepared to receive, it’s all left up to the Holy Spirit, not us.

God will not be put on the spot. He is God. Not a genie.

So people end up in places where there is a chance that God’s power might show up. If you were to count on your hand how many times you’ve seen the Lord do something spectacular, you will shock yourself.

The gospel message is very simple, yet, we have made it into something to force God to do something to prove something. God is God. He sits on the throne. He does as He pleases. He honors faith in His Word. God doesn’t owe us anything. We owe Him all.

So when it comes to money and preachers, we need to ask ourselves a couple of questions.

How long will it be until we come to our senses and be what He wants us to be instead of trying to make God be something? And when will we cry out for balance?

Preachers of LA or Preachers of LAA – Lacking An Anointing

I did not watch the episode, but by way of a FB friend, I was able to catch a video of McClendon trying to spin his version of what took place. It is very upsetting for a man or woman of God to accept the world’s request to be a part of something that we know is ungodly.

UNGODLY?

What’s ungodly about this show?

Since the prosperity message infiltrated the Body of Christ, we have seen madness. The proliferating of God’s people is outrageous. While Kenneth Hagin and others brought about the prosperity message, Hagin did do one thing before he went home to be with The Lord on September 19, 2003.

He wrote the book “The Midas Touch” to correct the erroneous teachings of the prosperity message. Then through other sources (it may have happened and it may not have happened), before Hagin passed away, he called a meeting with Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and Leroy Thompson (who didn’t attend) to correct them, and to warn them about the contents of the book.

I’ve read The Midas Touch and Hagin did correct some of the madness that is in the Body of Christ, especially among ministers gone amuck. However, as far as the other preachers that may have known about his book and its contents, it fell on deaf ears. I’ve also concluded that when you preach about it for years and then try to correct it, some will repent and others will ignore it because the money is just too good to ignore.

The book never really had a chance to hit others because the author left the scene just after it was released. Had Hagin had some time, perhaps it may have done a lot to alter the course of some preachers.

A few years before Hagin passed, he held Ministerial Integrity & Ethics Seminars for pastors and ministers. I’ve never attended one but after reading The Midas Touch and after other sex scandals that took place among ministers, it is clear that he was doing something about changing the current perilous course preachers today are on.

In this video, McClendon tried to explain about honorariums and entourages.

Folks, the Bible is clear that in the OT, people paid a “Diviner’s or Seer’s Fee.”

I know some of you all are saying… “What does a seer’s fee have to do with Preachers of Lacking An Anointing?”

When people are mesmerized with the eloquence and fail to see the lie, the money is easy to give to these false preachers. When sexual immorality is connected to their preaching, it is no different than the plains of MOAB where witchcraft is deeply connected to sexual immorality.

At least three of these preachers were known adulterers and we pray that they’ve repented and were washed by the blood of the Lamb. Now if you look at what Paul said, “My speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of men’s wisdom…” you can see clearly why women and men flock to these preachers.

Preachers will use their persona and charisma to “sell” themselves. We are not in the business of selling anything that was given to us freely of the Lord, but preachers will merchandise the anointing” so that they could gather a following after themselves.

Never get caught in the diction of preaching. Get caught up in the truth of the rightly divided Word.

Anything less than the truth, is of the devil.

Some of you will remember Balak paying Balaam a seer’s fee to curse Israel. When Elisha was approached by Namaan the Syrian commander to be healed, Namaan offered Elisha money and expensive clothing, however, Elisha refused them.

In the NT, The Lord told Paul that it is commanded by The Lord to pay preachers but Paul deliberately turned down the command so that the gospel would not maligned.

Paul even said that an elder that ministers the Word of God is worthy of double honor. Paul meant that as a suggestion, not a command, by the way. Over 20 years ago, preachers began telling the people that preachers shouldn’t have to live below standards. That they are worthy of extravagant living. Many preachers did have to live below standard and that’s unfortunate. However, when things are not right financially where a church can’t hold a pastor, a pastor must work a secular job until then.

There is nothing wrong with working when the people are unable to pay a pastor a full time salary.

Many pastors do this out of necessity because if they have a family, they must take care of his home first before they can take care of the church. Now, people are flocking to these places and pastors are living the life well beyond reason. Some of them will never look back because they struggled so much. To lose their perch means long hours away from home just to pay the bills. But you know what? There is honor in this.

That everything you got was earned the hard way instead of manipulating the Scriptures to coerce people into giving. No one will have much to say except the fact that you were able to get it done without misuse of the Scriptures.

Regarding entourages, Paul always had some kind of group with him but not to carry bags, wash his feet, set up lodging and stuff.

Paul called them “fellow laborers.”

However, today, we see all sorts of error.

Today, they are called “armorbearers.”

Very few understand that this is OT ONLY!!!!!

And that armorbearers are officers or in the modern day army or navy, orderlies, or flag lieutenants. Their sole responsibility is to dress the generals for battle, and serve as their personal bodyguard.

Then we have these pastors of today that have “servants” and make up so many spiritual cliches to make it seem like the armorbearer is the place to be close to a leader. We have convoluted what true ministry is about just to make ourselves look good and important.

All of what we are seeing in the United States is a lack of any real anointing from the presence of The Lord. There are many ministers across the globe that are ministering the gospel in harsh conditions. Imprisoned, harassed, persecuted, starving, and killed for the gospel.

Today, we see that these modern preachers go around the world and return like they have done something great.

But what is there to show for it?

On the other side of the fence, this Scripture comes to mind.

Proverbs 14:15 says,

“The simple (gullible) believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.”

Sadly, there are millions in the Body of Christ that believe that if you give, God will bless you.

Well, Ephesians 1:3 says, “…has blessed us with spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

You can’t be blessed if you are already pronounced blessed.

You can’t get what you already have. Some will say, I haven’t received it yet, so I am not blessed.”

Thank God for the Bible.

James 4:2-3 says, “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss (ask missing), that you may SPEND IT ON YOUR OWN PLEASURES.”

So on impulse, emotion, and no judgment, you put it in their hands and the preacher walks away with his or her needs met while you suffer.

Jesus told Paul that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Why? Because of the law of reciprocity. God places things in our hands. This is how He works. Now if you do not have it in your hand, you are in a position to receive to give it. However, if you do not have it to give, you cannot give what you do not have.

This doesn’t make you any less blessed because regardless of your status, you are still blessed. What we have been seeing is a clear manipulation of Scripture. If all you are hearing is God is going to bless you and you never get blessed, then James 4:1-3 is the answer behind the reason why you are not blessed according to what the preacher is saying.

So the only concern is the status of these preachers while others are suffering. If you still believe what they are preaching, you keep on doing it. But if The Lord is telling you to stop and you disobey Him, you are the one that will suffer while they suffer not.

As this “SHOW” progresses, if you do not see the genuine power of God, then you are witnessing hirelings. If all you see is a lot of drama among preachers, then you are witnessing hirelings. If all you see is the hype and Jesus is not in this, then you are witnessing hirelings.

When you see the McClendon spin, notice these Scriptures as well.

Here’s the link to the “Show.”

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=681112308566161&set=vb.121327294556025&type=2&theater

Then these are some Scriptures to consider after viewing the video.

Galatians 6:3. “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

Proverbs 27:2 says “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth.”

2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.”

Ministry is a privilege, we had nothing when He called us and we are still empty until He fill is. And when we expend what He filled is with, we are back on empty.

And you are watching Preachers of LA…………Lacking An Anointing.

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