I watch a lot of TV, and it’s not really uncommon now a days for people to do this. Who knew we were so plugged in. I flip through the channels and I occasionally like to watch church programming on TV, and by church programing I am talking about Creflo Dollar and other televangelist. There are many who mean well, but others know so much. I am not a huge fan of theirs, but our faith is not measured by the people you can attract to a building. I want to look more so to see where their values are lying. They have such a burden on their shoulders and they entrusted with millions of people’s faith, but one has to wonder are they giving the gospel justice? I mean they are wealthy preachers standing on the pulpit in lavishing suits, fancy rings, and flying in private jets, none of which Jesus owned. However, I don’t want to make this post about this matter, I want to get to the root of the problem here, is their message wholesome? Are they giving the gospel justice or are they simply becoming Cristo-Capitalist?
Before we go too far into this, this is not a post that here to call our televangelist, nor am I telling you to not follow some of them, but I do ask you to think about it before doing so, but you should do this when listening to anyone talking about our God. When you stand on the pulpit and speak about God you can simply chose not to preach about one thing because it’s more appealing. Jesus is not a take some and leave the rest. Ministry is not about making friends its about making Christians, and believers. Ministry is not about money, it’s about providing endless values. Now I know many of you are thinking in the back of your mind, and I hope you are thinking this, pastors are just normal people. They indeed are normal people with an extraordinary calling. However, many of these televangelist settle for an ordinary watered down version of Christianity. Wherever their heart may lie, I am not here to judge, but I am looking simply at the message they send to their congregation.
Book after book fly on the shelf, and they are feel good books by these men, Christianity should be feel good, but when I read many of theses televangelist books I don’t get a sense of fear of God that we need. I will hand it to Billy Graham, who does this. Billy Graham is the great evangelist for a reason, because he was pure to the gospel. Every story can not be felt good, and have a good ending. If you think life is going to be all sunshines and daisy’s you’re in for a world of hurt. There is a heaven and there is a hell, God deeply wants you in heaven, not the other way. There are bad things in this world, and if you think God is going to give you everything under the sun your deeply confused. We need to preach about them.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
-2 Peter 1:3
Peter speaks about this, God gives us what we need. God gives us life for a knowledge of Him. So if you’re praying for that new Lexus, you might want to simply set the bar lower, and pray for a vehicle that simply works and can get you you work. God will not give us everything because we do not need everything. I hear about explosive blessings and other wonderful word, but I am not in church for a motivational speech. While some of these televangelist message’s have value, understand their view is not always the best.
There are televangelists in it for all the wrong reasons, and even if their message is not saying I love money, their actions do. One of the biggest frauds in my opinion is Creflo Dollar, are his sermons moving? They can be, but the words coming from his mouth, and his actions tell two different stories. Sometimes, his words tell on him. In 2015, Creflo Dollar started a fundraiser to provide himself a private jet. A private jet folks, no one need a private jet, Jesus walked everywhere. Jesus would not require a private jet today. Mr. Dollar is a riot to me because his name is not even Creflo Dollar, he was born Michael Smith. I mean, come on!
It’s time for people to wake up and stop being stupid! Excuse me for being so blunt, but some of these bozo’s own million dollar homes, there is nothing biblical about this. If they are making so much money, why not build homeless shelters. Is it going to kill you to live in a $200,000 home? I’ve seen some pretty nice $200,000 homes. “Ministers” such as Creflo Dollar drive Rolls Royce cars, this message he sends to his congregation is one of idolatry. Mr. Dollar if you love God you would take that $65 million your asking for and build a homeless shelter, more outreach ministries, simply donate that money to a worthy cause. Find ways to feed starving children, it does not matter, but if you are in the Gospel then money does not matter.
“Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Many of these people do not go to seminary and they are ordained on their own authority or human authority. They are never challenged and are out there putting their own twist on the Gospel. I am currently saying this from a lay opinion, in the process of becoming ordained. However, every pastor needs to go to seminary because it separates the misconceptions. It challenges them, and it makes them better. It forces them to thirst for the Gospel.
These men and women bring millions of people to their church, but we are the church. The church is not a building it’s a group of people to honor the word of God. WE ARE THE CHURCH, so we go out and are a direct representation of our gathering location. Church is not just a Sunday thing, it’s a 24/7 thing.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
-1 Corinthians 12:27
I don’t want this to be a giant bash session, but I do want you to thoroughly review the source you’re getting your preaching from. Do they line up with the Gospel or do they make you feel good? If they simply make you feel good, and do not accurately represent the Gospel they make it’s time to change your congregation. Christianity is not about what God gives you, it’s about a relationship, and what you can give God. God does not need us, but we will always need him.
Now listen folks there is nothing wrong with televangelist, but when people like Mr. Dollar make claims like he had in the past it make believers skeptical. Now, on that note there are some good ones out there. I had mentioned Billy Graham. Joel Osteen does not take salary from Lakewood which believe it or not is huge, and there are plenty who have a sincere meaning. However, we as Christians need to be on the look out for those corrupting the church.