Is It Godís Will That You Should Be Poor?
I spoke you a young Korea woman who has been completely taken
by the teachings of Kenneth Copeland. I had been asked to speak
to her in behalf of a friend who was greatly concerned about
the path she had taken.
to her Luke 6:20-26 And He (Jesus)
lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said, Blessed be
ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed
are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are
ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22Blessed are
ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you
from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your
name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23Rejoice
ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is
great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto
the prophets. 24But woe unto you that are rich! for
ye have received your consolation. 25Woe unto you
that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh
now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26Woe unto you,
when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers
to the false prophets.
Immediately she hit me with the all too familiar words of Kenneth
Hagan and Kenneth Copeland ďIt is NOT the will of God that any believer should be poor.Ē They then rattle on about how
Christ had bought all that on the cross. And then they quote
Christ was poor that we might become rich.
she then asked me point blank, ďDid I believe that it was Godís will
for Christians to be poor?Ē I responded by reading to her Luke 6:20 again And He (Jesus) lifted up His eyes on
His disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours
is the kingdom of God.
responded by saying that this passage in Luke was just a different
recollection of the sermon of the mount where Jesus said blessed
are the poor in spirit. She then explained how humble she was,
and how well she was serving God mentioning in particular that
she was tithing and that God was blessing her.
that this was not the Sermon on the Mount Ė The Sermon on the
Mount was preached to the multitudes and in Luke 6:20 it says
that Jesus was speaking to the disciples.
this woman did not want to hear any of this, she only wanted
to beleive to hear that she could serve Christ and be rich,
love the things of the world.
to disuade the disciples and followers of Kenneth Hagan and
Kenneth Copeland from following the prosperity gospel in all
reality is like witnessing to Jehovah Witnesses or Mormons.
The behavior is identical, no amount of scripture brought to
bear will make any difference, they all hold on to their sin
and corruption with a death grip that short of a lightning bolr
from heaven none can deliver them from their error. Something
to consider here is that neither could Jesus Christ deliver
the scribes and pharisees from their error either, and we will
add that Jesus did not call what they were doing faith or belief
either -- because they had ulterior motives behind their refusal
to repent, just as JW's Mormon's and the disciples and followers
of the prosperity gospel do.
if Jesus said to the disciples blessed be ye poor it would seem
self-evident that it was not only His will, but that He giving
and added blessing to those that were his disciples, and followers
that were in the ministry and remained financially poor.
There is no place in the New Testament that Christ
says blessed be ye rich.
Matthew 19:23-25 Then said Jesus
unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall
hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again
I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye
of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of
God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,
Who then can be saved?
particular passage came under assault in the 1970ís when some
corrupt preacher decided to make this more palatable for himself
and his wealthy hearers. So he said: Christ was actually speaking
here about one of the gates around the city of Jerusalem that
was called the eye of the needle (The
camel gate) where a camel had to stoop and crawl
on its knees to get though the eye of the needle Ė and so if
a rich man will humble himself Go and accept Christ he has done
all he needs to do and can keep his riches.. This is not at
all what Christ said here. Look now at the words of the disciples,
they gasped grasping the gravity of Christís words here and
were struck with fear (The word
Amazed in King James is Phobos - fear in the Greek) This
saying of Jesus Christ filled the apostles with fear.†
Why, because the gospels state over and over that they
(Just like carnal and corrupt
beleivers of today) wanted and were desirous
to be wealthy.
1 Peter 4:18-20 And
if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the
ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore
let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the
keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto
a faithful Creator.
This does not sound like a good
eternal security verse. This does not sound like good †verse
for those who want to live in careless ease in Zion. This does
not sound like a good verse for those who preach that it is
not the will of God for a Christian to be poor. This does not
sound like a good verse for those who preach that is not the
will of God for us to suffer.
1 Peter 3:17 For it
is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well
doing, than for evil doing.
It is better to suffer
the momentary of this life for doing the will of God than to
suffer eternal damnation for following after the will of the
flesh in the pleasures and riches of this life.
I want for
a moment to consider not only when but to whom Peter wrote these
words. From what I have read the letter appears to have been
written between 65-67 AD† Paul the Apostle had been slain for the Gospel
in Rome 3-4 years† earlier.
And now Peter was possibly in Rome working his way through the
Roman judicial system toward his own death. So this puts this
letter as having been written about 30 years after Christ's
death and resurrection. The audience to whom Peter is writing
this letter are all churches that were not only founded by the
Apostles themselves, but were churches that the Apostles had
repeatedly visited and had taught not only the Gospel of Christ
but the Doctrine of Christ as well. So these people were under
the best possible conditions, not only to hear, but to get saved,
get baptized in water and to get baptized in the Spirit and
to then follow on after Christ as He had so walked.
then is my point?† My
point is that if in the best possible conditions, churches with
the best foundation, and the best possible teaching, Peter tells
us that among those believers the
righteous are scarcely saved.† Then we should be asking ourselves were does that leave us some 2000
years later in a church that has little or no foundation, a
church that has more in common with the Roman Catholic Church,
Menno Simons, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, than with Jesus
Christ and the Apostles.
Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man,
which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously
every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named
Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And
desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich
man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And
it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the
angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was
buried; 23And in hell he (The rich man) lifted up
his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and
Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father
Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip
the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am
tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son,
remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things,
and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and
thou art tormented.
was the rich manís sin? Did Jesus say that he was evil? No. Did Christ
say he was unjust? No.
Jesus said he was wealthy and ate sumptuously every day. Ė† That was his sin, that was his defilement, and that cost him his
soul. (So many preachers and teachers
do not beleive Christ's own words here, and neither do they
beleive Christ's words when He said how
hardly [The greek here means to be barred,
cut off] shall a rich man enter into
the kingdom of heaven, and neither do they believe the words
of christ when He said in that day many shall say unto Me Lord,
Lord did we not do wonderful works in thy name, heal the sick,
cast out devils, preach the word [These same preacher say that
these that are speaking to Jesus Christ himself are
-- And Christ shall answer those
[the supposed lost here -- who are doing works greater than
the church of this hour] and say unto them depart from me ye
cursed ye that work iniquity. Why do preachers and teachers
so universally lie about these and other passages so? It is
because these and other passages point out their sin and iniquity
-- their lust for wealth and riches, their living the good life
on the backs of their hearers, their preaching another gospel,
their not even attempting to live as Jesus Christ and the Apostles
did -- but instead live better than the Caesar of Rome and the
Roman Senators did in their day.)
back now at Luke chapter 6:
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
25Woe unto you that are full!
(Now in this life) for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you
that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
did Lazarus do to earn a spot in Abrahamís bosom? Did Christ
say he was righteous? No. Did Christ say he prayed morning noon
and night? No. Jesus said he was a beggar that laid at the gates
of the rich man desiring the crumbs that fell from his table
and that the dogs licked the manís sores. Look again at Luke
chapter 6: Blessed be ye poor: for
yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are ye that
hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep
now: for ye shall laugh.
should send a chill up your spine because the parable of the
rich man and Lazarus shows that Jesus meant exactly what he
said in Luke chapter 6.
Look now at
the words of Paul the Apostle, whoís words in other places Kenneth
Haganís followers have attempted to use to negate the words
of Jesus Christ in Luke: 6.
Yet in this passage we see Paul the Apostle echoing the words
of Luke: 6
2 Corinthians 6:9-11 As
unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live;
as chastened, and not killed;† As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as
poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing,
and yet possessing all things.
As unknown = He made himself of no reputation.
As dying = He who seeks to save his life shall lose it
and he who seeks to lose his life shall save it..
As chastened = He chastens every son he loves, and scourgeth
every son He receives.
As sorrowful = Woe unto you that shall laugh now.
As poor = woe unto you that are rich.
As having nothing = Whosoever does not leave houses and
lands mother father sister brother is not worthy of me.
There is no
verse where Christ or the Apostles said blessed be ye rich.
There is no verse where Christ and the Apostles said blessed
are ye when ye love the corrupt mammon of world and the things
of the world.
the Baptist was in prison and he knew he was to die he sent
his remaining disciples to Christ to ask if He was indeed the
Messiah. And Jesus responded:
Luke 7:22 Then
Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what
things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame
walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
to the poor the gospel is preached.
did Christ add to the list of signs that declared Him to be
the Messiah that the Gospel was preached to the poor?
Consider now that the Church made a conscious decision in the
latter half of the twentieth century to preach the Gospel to
the rich, and have missions for the poor. (Where
they could not be seen and heard) The reason
is that in the 1970ís the preachers and missionaries cast off
the yolk of Christ and declared they would no longer live in
poverty or by faith by praying for their daily bread. They wanted
cold hard cash rolling through their fingers and into their
bank. They wanted houses and lands, and a loaded Lincolns in
their garages. The didnít want some old ratty shanty on the
low side of town Ė they wanted a church that was an imperial
palace that was on Park Place and Boardwalk.
have one final passage on this subject that the Lord opened
up to me sometime after I initially wrote this article.
'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this
is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became
defiled. ††Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land
vomited out its inhabitants. (NIV)
or spewing out of a people that are defiled and the land which
they occupy becoming defiled is not an old covenant, or Children
of Israel issue it is a Christian and Church issue.
Revelation 3:14-16 And unto the angel of the church of the
Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful
and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold
nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou
art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out
of my mouth.
When the inhabitants
of the land are vomited or spewed out this is not a normal thing.
A year ago I posed a question to members of the Church I attended
and asked what are we doing in Christís mouth, sadly not one
person in that church had the faintest idea.† From the context it would appear to the natural eye that the subject
matter is that we are supping with Him and He with us.
And likewise from the natural one would seem to draw some kind
of comparison here with our partaking of Holy Communion. But
by the eye of the Spirit, by the Lord opening and revealing
His word unto me I see something far more drastic taking place
here than a cessation of Holy Communion with The Lord. When
the land vomited out its inhabitants they were not just removed
from the land they were destroyed. And so when one is vomited
out of Christís mouth this person is no longer IN CHRIST, they
are no longer part of Him they have been cast into outer darkness
for causing offense.†
Is it a strange
thing when we find Christ enacting His words?†
And he shall be cast into outer darkness, and there
shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. And is it also strange
that Jesus Christ would declare that a ďbelieverĒ would be cast
into hell for an offense of being rich, having a
love for corrupt mammon,
and having a love for the things of the
This is what
Paul spoke of when he said that he feared:
1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep
under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest
that by any means, when I have preached to others,
I myself should be a castaway.
this case here the entire Laodicean Church had become defiled,
they had the offense here of turning away from a Gospel that
requires one to live a life that is daily dependant upon the
Lord, and instead turning to the god of this world, and exercising
themselves in his personal wealth building programs. And as
a result of the church rejecting their daily seeking their daily
sustinence from God as the Israelites so did in the wilderness,
Christ here vomited the entire Laodicean church out of his mouth,
Jesus spewed out those that had defiled themselves with riches
and wealth and their garments with the cares of the world out
from himself altogether.
To the church of
this hour, that has been universally declared as the Laodicean
Church Jesus is declaring with anger in His eyes:
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: therefore
I will spue thee out of my mouth even as I did unto the Laodiceans.
Mark these words, and repent, while it is still