Take no thought for “The Gospel of the Gentiles”

Reading: Matthew 6:24-34

For after all these things do the Gentiles seek… Vs 32

The “prosperity gospel” is a cancer eating away at the Church of Jesus Christ.

It is the “gospel of the Gentiles”, who do not know God as their Father, for Jesus said it is the way of the Gentiles: they seek after things and not after God Himself. Even their “religion”, their spiritual life, is not about seeking God, but about using God to get things.

What the “prosperity gospel” does is twist the Word of God around so that seeking after things becomes seeking after the Kingdom: The Kingdom becomes a kingdom of this world rather than the Kingdom of Heaven. They are building a futile, temporary kingdom of this world, which will be swept away any day now, and not one stone will be left upon another.

But Jesus said: “You cannot serve God and money”… Vs 24.

So, what they’ve done is make money into a god, and named this new god “jesus”.

And this new god is their master, he dominates everything. Their speech betrays them immediately as to whom their god is. And not just their speech, their whole lifestyle reveals where their heart really is.

The love of money PERMEATES everything they teach from the Bible. They can take any chapter of the Bible, or nearly any subject of the Bible, and turn it around so that SELF ADVANCEMENT becomes the main point of it, and God Himself is thrown into the trash.

So, in this new gospel, Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is twisted around to mean that the Kingdom is actually financial wealth, so, to Seek first the Kingdom, to them, means to Seek first money : Exactly what Jesus said not to seek.

Everything these “prosperity preachers” teach and preach has money as the bottom-line. I was just reading something from Joseph Prince about how we have God’s favor in everything and we are to seek God’s favor with people and then we will have success. What he is saying is to seek first what the Gentiles (who do not know God) seek after : to transform “Seeking the Kingdom” into the pursuit of selfish ends – to make the worship of self as the Kingdom of God you are seeking. It is a perversion of all that Jesus taught, lived and stood for, and died for, and rose again for. Did Jesus seek after money? Did He desire to be rich? Did Jesus believe that His financial status was an indicator of His favor with God?

No! Only a servant of the devil would believe that.

The whole point of Jesus teaching is that when Jesus is truly your LORD, and God is truly your heavenly Father, then you no longer make the pursuit of your own needs, even, the first thing, rather you pursue Him, and pursue to do His will, knowing that you don’t even need to seek after the things you actually need, but they shall be given by your Father in heaven.

“Give us this day our daily bread” comes after “Your Kingdom come, your will be done” : asking for your needs to be met follows behind the Kingdom. You even forfeit the right to make seeking your own needs the first thing, or the main thing, but you do so in the knowledge that you have a Father in heaven who cares for you, and for your needs. In the wonderful assurance of this promise you can forsake seeking after things and seek the Kingdom and His righteousness instead.

So, take no anxious thought for you what you will eat and drink, and wear, and for your financial position, and take no thought for “The Gospel of the Gentiles” – the “prosperity gospel”, and take no thought of those who preach it.

But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33

One Response to “Take no thought for “The Gospel of the Gentiles””

  1. ian vincent Says:

    Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Psalm 73:12

    If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting over questions and disputes of words, out of which comes envy, strife, railings, evil suspicions, Perverse wranglings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth,

    supposing that gain is godliness:

    from such withdraw yourself.

    But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

    And having food and clothing let us be with these things content.

    But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which plunge men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    (1Tim 6:3-10)

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