Don’t turn a house of prayer into a den of thieves!

Just like in the bible, its the same today. Grievous wolves have entered into the flock of God, and turn prophets into prostitutes for a profit. What can we do?

Matthew 21: 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

BUILDING A HOUSE OF PRAYER

We need to separate the selling and publishing from the worship. It needs to be done at separate times and separate places. In worship people should be able to give and receive freely.

Why? Jesus turned over the tables in the temple and he said “you have turned my fathers house of prayer into a den of thieves.”

DOES THIS MEAN SELLING IS EVIL?

This doesn’t mean that Christians cannot sell at all. If that’s the case, then anytime two saints got together they couldn’t do any business. Jesus specifically went into the temple, the place that was set up for worship and prayer and made this declaration: my house shall be called a house of prayer, but you made a den of thieves.

Is selling a sin? Is publishing a sin? No, not according to Psalms 68:11 or Proverbs 11:26.

However, selling and publishing do need to be separated from worship and prayer.

HOW DO THIEVES HIDE? WHY DO WOLVES MASK THEMSELVES?

If you look at a group of sheep in the temple and instead of thinking “what can I feed them?” or “what can I give them?” you think “what can I sell them,” then you are a wolf or you will soon become a wolf. A Shepherd is thinking about feeding the flock not making a profit off of them.

Yes it’s okay for shepherds to get paid but the system that God has set up for ministers to get paid is tithing and offering, not buying and selling. Even Jesus had financial supporters (Luke 8:3).

Tithing and offering is the primary way to fund any ministry. It’s not a sin to sell or publish according to Proverbs 11:26, and Psalms 68:11. But those things have to be clearly separated from the house of prayer.

If you have a publishing company then sell it somewhere else, not at the church. Sell through a website. Sell in a public place. Sell at a concert. Not at a church or temple.

Also think about this: when you sell in the temple, wolves smell blood. Their appetite gets turned back on. Thieves think: “I can do that too, even better!” Then they hide in the temple waiting for their chance.

Let’s say you go to a church and you sell a product that is 100% pure. What if a false apostle sees your example, figures out that he is more talented than you, and then decides to sell a product that is 85% pure? Now the church has been corrupted.

That’s why it’s not a good idea to sell products or advertise brands in the church temple or house meeting. Jesus is the brand and Gods Word is the message. Even a 100% pure biblical product can eventually be corrupted by making room for someone with the wrong motives.

WHAT ABOUT CONCERTS?

I have definitely changed a lot of what I’ve done in the past. I used to promote concerts and sell CDs and I would rent churches and regular venues alike.

Nowadays i wouldn’t even sell my book in a church i spoke at. I would not even push it, if someone asked about it I’d tell them to check my website or meet me at my car. I might give some away. When God teaches me something I try to figure out ways to obey, not ways to do the same thing I did before.

In some situations a concert is different, but if it’s at a church and it’s promoted to the church, isn’t it really a church event? If its not, why are tithes and offerings being used to fund a concert venue? If a concert is a church event then it’s a not a good idea to sell there.

If a concert is specifically a publishing event, not at a church then I’d say it’s okay to publish and sell at it.

We need to turn the house of prayer into a house of prayer, not selling, publishing or even branding. Even if it’s a 100% pure biblical product.

BUT WE ARE THE TEMPLE, THE BUILDING DOES NOT MATTER

True, our bodies are the temple of God. But Jesus is also clear that there are church gatherings that are to be set aside for church purposes. He is also clear that his house of prayer was a temple and was to be set aside for certain purposes.

I don’t think Jesus was doing a great acting job. I don’t think he was joking around. I don’t think he was giving a false prophecy. I think he was giving us part of his heart. I think obedience to his heart will help to lead us into the greater fulfillment of his word which is our bodies becoming a house of prayer also.

DOES EVERYTHING WITH A SCRIPTURE ON IT HAVE TO BE FREE?

It would be great if all bibles, books, and musical recordings were free. However, that is not a clear scriptural mandate. I try to focus on what is clear in the Bible.

My focus in this discussion is on the purpose of the temple of God. It’s not a place to rack up profits on products and brands but it’s a place to serve, give, pray, and worship. That’s what’s clear scripturally so that’s enough to make our hearts clean.

IMAGINE

What would happen if all church bookstores were converted into prayer rooms?

What would happen if the motivation for the preacher was not to sell his latest book but to say what God is saying?

What if the church focused on discipling all believers and letting them operate in whatever gifts they had instead of getting some “special” people to pay extra MONEY for “extra” training?

I believe if we start taking God’s word more seriously, soon He will start to take our churches more seriously.

Hungry Wolves Don’t Repent, They Just KEEP ON EATIN’

Why are wolves always telling you to “turn that flashlight off” and “put that gun away…” ? Because they’re WOLVES, obviously. No wolf wants to be stopped or exposed by the Word of God while they’re busy eating the flock.

When hungry wolves get exposed as not having the character or scriptural understanding to be shepherds or leaders as they claimed previously… they don’t repent, like a true leader would.

That’s when they put on their “Sheeps” clothing… “I wasnt really a leader anyway, we’re just regular guys! Don’t follow me at all, just let me keep eating the other sheep.”

Then they try to convince you that grapes come from thorns, figs come from thistles, their collaboration with the ungodly will somehow bring forth good fruit, and that their highly skilled and covetous teeth are to help “reach new sheep and bring them into the fold.”

Matthew 7
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Identity and Security

Wolves get their identity and security from their pack.

Sheep get their identity and security from their Shepherd.

How Will You Stand When Things Get Even Hotter?

How Will You Stand When Things Get Even Hotter?

If you can’t stand against these little simplistic deceptions and wolves that eat people just because they they don’t read their bible, how will you stand in the day of supernatural deceptions?

Satan is turning his ministers into the Angels of light and false hope right now, and he’s empowering them with an anointing to do great signs and wonders. That’s why the Bible says that many will fall away from the faith.

How will you stand?

By the grace of God? No you won’t, not if you resist growth and sanctification.

The grace of God works to build you up, and continue to sanctify you. It does not stop once you get “saved.” So if you resist grace, sanctification, holiness, and the Holy Ghost, were you ever really saved?

I can honestly say I never understood this Scripture more than I do now, because I have lived it and seen it with my own two eyes:

Acts 20
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

I told you before: Grace Creates Holiness.

Father We Need Shepherds to Replace the Wolves

God raise up spiritual leaders in my generation who will Feed Your Sheep, not Eat Your Sheep. With Boldness in the Holy Ghost and only in Obedience not Testosterone and self-will.
In Jesus name it will be so.

Question: what kind of spiritually blind idiot waits until Judgment Day to find out if what they were doing was right?

Question: what kind of spiritually blind idiot waits until Judgment Day to find out if what they were doing was right?

Answer: the hungry Wolf who wants to keep everyone following them on the broad road to destruction instead of repent.

Don’t wait until judgement day – find out now, from the Word of God! The integrity of the upright shall guide them. His commandments are not grievous. Without Holiness, no man will see the Lord.

How Can You Tell if There’s a Wolf in Sheeps clothing in the flock?

How can you tell if theres a sheep who’s a wolf on the inside in the flock? 1. Other sheep start dying, spiritually. The Beauty of Holiness becomes way less important to them. 2. They start letting other wolves into the gate at night- other wolves w/o sheeps clothing on. They use their influence to partner with or promote unbelievers.