Part 9: Pastors Appreciation Obey God Not Money
- Greetings Brethren:
If you claim to walk with God and know God where is your heart? If your heart
dwells on Materialism, Money and the wants of life, you do not Know God. For
where your heart is so is your treasure. You cannot love Money more than God.
You cannot love God when it is convenient and only to exploit (Preachers are
you Guilty) the people of God. For example telling God's people that God has
commanded that we owe Him 10% of our incomes as a Tithe (tax) is ungodly and
a Big Lie.
PREACHER'S WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART, IS IT MONEY OR GOD?
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal June 1, 2001 in the year of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
PASTORS ANNIVERSARIES (APPRECIATION) RITUALS & MONEY
PART 9: OBEDIENCE TO GOD MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
The Word of God is truly wonderful and a blessing to the people God created.
We are encouraged to stay true to the Word regardless of the temptations of
the world. For it is written that obedience to the laws of God are the only
route to true happiness.
The 119 Psalms is noted as the longest chapter in the Bible. Most theologians
suggest that Ezra the Priest was the writer. The main subject is the Word of
God. With the exception of verses 3, 37, 90, 121, 122, and 132, each verse of
this Psalms makes a direct mention of the Word. The following terms are used
to reveal to the reader the Word: law, testimonies, precepts, statutes,
commandments, word, judgments and ordinances.
There is also a particular division in 22 sections of eight verses each. The
Word that stands as the heading of each section is one of the letters of the
Hebrew alphabet. Here we see the complete Hebrew alphabet spelled in English
Our primary scripture lesson as related our topic comes from verse 36.
However we will begin there but we will also note several other verses in
this most powerful message from God.
Psalms 119:36. "Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to
A man's heart cannot go in two directions nor embrace two leaders (see
Matthew 6:24). Here the writer reveals the way of God and His testimonies
leads us to Him and the way of covetousness leads in the opposite direction.
Most people in today's world covet money. This is why we have the ungodly
fund-raising efforts in the church. In the world money represents power,
influence and success.
Although there is a need for money for comfort, security and other
necessities it will not bring you the joy of God. Thus obedience to God is
far more valuable than wealth. The riches of heaven are no doubt more
rewarding than earthly riches. The prayer for obedience to God is revealed
in this prayer. In this prayer we find valid instructions for us also to
pray to God for obedience and not a prayer for materialistic rewards and the
lust for money.
Luke 12:15. "Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool.
"And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's
life consisteth not in abundance of the things which he possesseth."
Jesus teaches us that material possessions are only temporary. When we walk
in the Spirit the good life is revealed in those who know and trust God. The
greedy desire for things you don't have is not a good life. However society
and the world say the desire for more and more is positive and the way to
happiness. However when you live for God these things cease too important.
Luke 12:33-34. "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourself bags which
wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief
approacheth, neither moth corrupted."
"For where your treasury is there will be your heart also."
When money is seen as the greatest commodity that exists we become detached
from God and have very little interest in helping the needy. The accumulation
of wealth is not the goal of the Godly. The people of God who have wealth use
money wisely. Thus, they use their money to uplift God's kingdom. Giving
large sums of money to Preachers for an annual, Appreciation is not building
Hebrews 13:5. "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things s ye have for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor
The word of God teaches us to be content. God's love is revealed in what He
has provided. We must remember that money and possessions will pass away.
When Christians become materialistic, they simply say that they do not trust
God to take care of them.
We will now return to the 119 Psalms to get a better scriptural base on how
to obtain obedience to God.
Psalms 119:1-2. "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of
"Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole
Again we note that this Psalms reveals that it is a must for believers to
follow the laws of God. Thus, obedience to God is seen in a sincere heart of
119:9. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto
according to thy word."
Our survival in an unclean and filthy world can be realized by staying with
the Word. Meanwhile many churches place the greatest emphasis on raising
money to give to Preachers than the study of the Word. If we do not know the
Word how can we apply it?
119: 11. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against
The word of God should be stored in our hearts. This is a sure way to combat
sin. But we must always put the Word into action so it can truly guide our
119:12-18. "Blessed art thee, O Lord teach me thy statutes."
Throughout society and for example the work place there are rules. We are to
rejoice in Gods law just as much as one would rejoice in riches. The laws of
God guide us along a path of righteousness and avoids destruction.
119: 19. "I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me."
The Word of God is a road map. So like any other map if we do not follow the
map you will become lost. When you are lost in sin, you cannot reach the goal
of all Christians which is Peace and Paradise.
119: 25. God's Word revives us. It offers answers but we must read it.
119: 27. God Word is a set of rules. However, God also helps us live
according to the rules.
119:44-46. When we obey God's laws we are free to be what God has designed us
119:97-104. Here we see that if a man does not know God he has very little
wisdom. The Word of God makes us wise. Thus, we become wiser than our
119:105. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
The Bible is our light as we go through this life filled with the pitfalls of
sin and unbelief.
119:113. "I hath vain thoughts: but thy law do I love."
God hates those who cannot make up their minds between good and evil. There
is no room to compromise when it comes to God's law. Obey God and act out
the law of love.
119:125. "I am thy servant: give me understanding, that I might know thy
testimonies."When we apply scripture to our daily lives our faith comes alive.
119:160. 'Thy word is true from the beginning: and everyone of thy righteous
judgments endureth forever."
God is perfect truth. (See John 17:14-17). The Bible is completely true and
119:165. "Great peace have thy which love thy law: and nothing shall offend
If we love God and obey His laws we will have great peace.
Cont. Part 10: Integrity Is More Important Than Money
MESSAGE FROM THE FREEDOMJOURNAL
THE HEALING POWER OF GOD IS NOT FOR SALE.
WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT ALL PREACHERS SHOULD ONLY RECEIVE
COMPENSATION FOR BASIC NEEDS FROM THE CHURCH. FOOD, CLOTHING,
SHELTER, TRANSPORTATION ARE BASIC NEEDS. THE REMOVAL OF MONEY AS A PRIORITY
IN OUR CHURCHES WILL REMOVE MANY FALSE PROPHETS. WE ALSO BEAR WITNESS THAT
THOSE THAT REFUSE AND CONTINUE TO TAKE HIGH SALARIES (THE PRIESTS/MINISTERS
HAVE HISTORICALLY ROBBED GOD AND THECHURCH) AND BECOME RICH FROM TITHES AND
OFFERINGS THE MONEY IS A SATANIC CURSE. WE ALSO REMIND YOU THAT THE SCRIPTURE
IN MALACHI FIRST SPEAKS TO THE PRIESTS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO LEAD THE PEOPLE.
THE FREEDOMJOURNAL DECLARED ONFEBRUARY 15, 2001 THAT ALL PREACHERS SHOULD
STEP OUT ON FAITH AND GIVEUP ALL SALARIES.
ALL PREACHERS SHOULD GIVE ALL OR MOST OF THEIR MATERIAL POSSESSIONSTO THE
POOR. THIS WILL MAKE A CLEAR AND SPIRIT FILLED STATEMENT TO GODAND GOD'S
PEOPLE THAT YOU TRULY WANT ETERNAL LIFE AND YOU ARE WILLING TO MAKE ANY
SACRIFICE FOR GOD. WE SAY THIS NOT IN JEST NOR FOR A SIMPLE PLEASURE OF
CONDEMNATION. WE SAY THIS BECAUSE SO MANY PREACHERS HAVE COMMITTED ACTS OF
THEFT AGAINST GOD AND GOD'SPEOPLE REGARDING MONEY GIVEN TO THE CHURCH.
INSTEAD OF USING MONEY FOR THE BUILDING OF GOD'S KINGDOM MOST PREACHERS HAVE
MERELY USEDIT TO BUILD UP THEIR PERSONAL KINGDOMS ON EARTH.