The Day Television Preachers Face Jesus Christ
by Van Robison
Many Christians are deceived by charlatans whose entire lives seem to revolve around begging for money on public television. There seems to be an endless parade of willing preachers whose whole lives are spent speaking falsehoods into the ears of anyone willing to listen. The fund raising never ends. Often times, the money-begging is accompanied by singing, music, and celebrity preachers quoting specific scriptures, while never mentioning many other scriptures dealing with money-matters. Not only do some forever beg for money, but others are forever telling the public about some supposed "Biblical prophecy" that they think is being fulfilled or about to be fulfilled.
Some proclaim war, even though Jesus Christ said to "love your enemies", "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", "love your neighbor as you love yourself", and so forth. Anyone who really follows Jesus Christ has learned to beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, and have learned to stop engaging in physical violence and war. Some love to spread out big colorful and graphic charts for all to see how prophecy is "being fulfilled" by modern day events. Some warned the Christian audience about "Y2K", and stuck their foot in their mouths, because they were all in serious error. But never mind, because the false prophets just keep on foretelling the future. Others proclaim the "prosperity gospel".
Virtually ALL TELEVISION PREACHERS are on the air because they want something from you, while they tell you they are taking the Gospel to the world, and they love the neon lights, the praise of men, and lots of free money. Television is not free, so they all want you to "partner" with them. They are in the business of making money in the name of Jesus Christ. Many are very, very wealthy from free money they never earned through their own work ethic and enterprise.
It is astonishing how naive and gullible many good-hearted folks are, but for many spiritually blind Christians their capacity to discern wolves in sheep's clothing borders on zero. While none of us can judge for Jesus Christ, we are warned by Christ Himself that "many will come in my name, saying I am Christ and DECEIVE many". Any Christian who believes what preachers say without proving for themselves whether what is said is in line with Jesus Christ, is a sitting duck for false preachers. It doesn't matter how bombastic the preacher is, that in itself does not determine truth. Being famous and being paid a million dollars a year as a "senior pastor" may impress the "senior pastor", but it certainly does not impress Jesus Christ.
Matthew 7:22-23 "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name have cast out devils, and in your name done many wonderful works? AND THEN WILL I PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU; DEPART FROM ME, YOU THAT WORK INIQUITY."