What You Won't Find In A Christian Bookstore

I’ve gotta say, I’m ALMOST too disgusted to blog about this today… I received an email from one of the blogs I subscribe to, featuring a video of an ad for a money-grubber preacher who goes by Master Prophet Noel. This guy, who claims to be a believer/follower of Jesus, SELLS prophecies starting at $20! For $365 bucks you can get a 30 minute prophecy! (You can watch one of his ads in the video below.) Absolutely disgusting. His website even has a “prophecy store”…. What in the world is a “prophecy store” and how on earth do people actually get caught up in following a guy like this? A large part of the reason is because they don’t know the Scriptures or they don’t really know Christ.

I’ve commented before about what the Bible says concerning those God calls to teach and prophesy… Under the Old Covenant, God REQUIRED that those wise who teach the others NOT take monetary gifts from those they speak to lest their message become tainted (the way a bribe persuades someone to do whatever necessary to bring profit).

Exodus 23:8 – And thou shalt not receive gifts* (the Hebrew word for “gift” here means “donation, present, reward, payment” or even “bribe”); for gifts blind the eyes of the seeing, and corrupt just words.

Deuteronomy 16:19 – You shall not pervert judgment; you shall not respect persons, nor take a gift* (donation). For a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

    * The Hebrew word for “gift” in these passages (meaning “payment” or “donation”) is derived from the word that means “to hire”. It is, therefore, clear that the concept presented in these passages refers to the act of paying someone, either by wage, donation or bribe, as a reward for services rendered or information received. The point being that God has never had in mind that men should charge or become accustomed to taking money for sharing a message – He gave them – with others.

2 Timothy 3:1-2 – But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…

2 Timothy 3:5 – holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.

It is important to note that the example Paul uses in the above passage is believed by most scholars to be a reference to the two Egyptian magicians that opposed Moses by IMMITATING the true prophet’s miracles! While Paul mentions their names in verse 8 of this section of Scripture, the names are not actually recorded elsewhere in Scripture, but do exist in other historical documents. It’s also interesting to note that several of the earliest writings of Christianity alternatively referred to them as the “sons of Balaam”. As you know, Baalam was the prophet who was tempted to alter his prophecy because of payment and so God gave him over to his greed!



God has NEVER favored those who claim to prophesy or preach for money! We can look at Scripture and see example of this over and over again.

Micah 3:9-12 – Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.” Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

Jeremiah 6:13-15 – For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

Ezekiel 22:25-28 – There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Despite all the evidence from Scripture regarding God’s anger and disapproval concerning false prophets and preachers who charge money for their so-called “words from God”, still many people overlook the caution of Scripture and trust these deceived men and women in the pulpit. Some of the most common arguments I’ve heard from those who follow these kind of ministers say, “But I’ve seen many of their prophecies come true and they often work real miracles! Surely, if they were not sent from God, they could not do miracles and their prophecies wouldn’t come true… right?” WRONG! Scripture also reveals the true Word of God regarding false prophets whose prophecies sometimes come true…

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 – If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the LORD your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.

Keep in mind that “other gods” could be anything that occupies your worship… Money could be a “god”. Sex could be a “god”. Religion could be a “god”. If whatever sign that prophet or miracle worker does leads you to false doctrines and a different Jesus than the one we know, then it is the same!

Matthew 24:24 – For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Mark 13:22 – For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Jesus also told us plainly that, at judgment, there would be those who boasted of the miracles they worked and the prophecies they told, but Jesus would say to them that He never knew them!

Matthew 7:15-23 – “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Not everyone who calls out to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.'”

I realize that most of you already know these things and so I’m “preaching to the choir” in many ways. But perhaps there will be some who happen upon this page and stop to take a closer look at this issue and see that the devil is trying very hard to deceive. We must stay alert as these days grow darker. Hold on to the truth and to your freedom and joy in Jesus! Don’t believe these false prophets. Don’t fear them. Just leave them be and continue on in the truth!

God bless!!!!

Dave

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25 Responses to Master Prophet Noel Wants Your Money!

  • Quite revolting. Peddling the word of God for profit – or for false prophet, whichever you like.
    God forgive us.

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  • I had to laugh, but quickly realized I should cry after watching the video. Do you think anyone gave him cash? Sad

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  • Hello brother in Christ Jesus:
    I have had a person known as the MASTER PROPHET
    for a lil over a yr now, I must say they have a
    way with words, enticing and pleasing to the ear
    that even the elect might be decived, so for this
    time they we’re on my facebook i noticed their
    statements we’re racially motivated, and all
    about prosparity, never about winning the lost
    Anyways Before i seen this page of yours i
    posted this on my FB page…BEWARE OF ANY MAN OR WOMAN DECLARING THEMSELVES AS THE MASTER PROPHET…FOR 20 DOLLARS YOU WILL RECIEVE A 10MINUTE SESSION GIVING DATES, TIMES, AND EVENTS IN YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS, FOR 50 DOLLARS YOU WILL GET A LIVE SESSION PLUS CD’S THIS IS NO MORE THAN FORTUNE TELLING TRYING TO USE THE WORD OF GOD, AND SATAN BEING THE MASTER MANIPULATOR THAT HE IS WILL DECIEVE EVEN THE ELECT……BEWARE Mat 7:2…2 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not ( PROPHESIED ) in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity… NOW THATS PROPHECY!!!! BEWARE!!!!! ( GOD DOES NOT SELL PROPHECY )!!!! NO I DID NOT HAVE A SESSION WITH THE SO CALLED MASTER PROPHET, BUT I DID INQIRE THE LORD ABOUT THEM, FOR YOU SEE THEY ARE SWIFT IN LANGUAGE AND THE WORD OF GOD, BE NOT DECIEVED GOD IS NOT MOCKED!!!! I love GOD’S conformation
    I tried to reveal them on their page,,, but was removed from their FB….I think i was to close to revealing them to the 5,000 plus followers so they removed me. So just a thank you for your site and the comformation. i noticed their are many named master prophet not sure if this one is the one that was on my fb, but non the less all false prophets need to be exsposed.
    WITH BROTHERLY LOVE,
    straightshooter67
    GOD BLESS!!!!

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  • Dave who? Wonder why this guy didn’t leave a last name? And how does any of the scriptures prove that he is a false prophet?

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  • Dave who? Are you talking about me? I would answer your question, but I think it’s more important that you read some of the articles on this website; particularly my financial statement on the About page. Or how about THIS article you just commented on; it’s full of Scriptural reasons. Both this article and my About page explains very clearly how greed corrupts wisdom and is one of the evident marks of false teachers. As for not publishing my full name, it’s quite easy to get ahold of me if you wish to dialogue on things. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a “name brand” celebrity leader to qualify whether or not you should take my word for things – I can’t help you there. I’m just an ordinary man who loves the Lord and desires to follow Christ. I’ve also experienced my share of psychotic people who tried to either show up at my door or at some mutual event that I was attending, so I prefer a little bit of anonymity… but I’m not that hard to find out about. 😉 By-the-way, WHO ARE YOU? 😉

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  • I am just a woman who is searching for the truth-an ordinary man will suffice to hear it from. But tell me, if you are not hard to find, why can’t I find other information on you? Also, if Master Prophet Noel is a false prophet, why do so many people follow him? And, what do you suggest to help people with their problems; obviously people praying for themselves does not work. And sure, I would love to dialogue because if you are going to make claims like this about a person, I think you need to prove your claim.

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  • I am just a woman who is searching for the truth.

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  • Dear Notfoolingme…

    I get the impression that you’re new to this website. Dave is the webmaster and (through the Lord) compiler and sometimes author of its brilliant content.
    May I suggest that you have a look around, get acquainted with the different pages and Dave’s focus … where he’s coming from? It’s no good other people telling you what you need to find out for yourself. Unless you’ve walked with a person for some years or have come to understand where their heart is, simply by reading what they’ve written over a longer period of time, it’s all too easy to make hasty assumptions and come to the wrong conclusion.
    So if you’re interested, stick around and read some of the wonderful stuff on this site, asking Father to lead you, of course. While I wouldn’t expect anyone to simply take my word for it – why should you, if you don’t know me? – I’d just like to say that what Dave’s doing on this site is wonderful. It’s a heaven-sent resource for many. So be blessed and dig deep and God be with you.

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  • I have been doing some research on “The Master Prophet” E. Bernard Jordon and his son Manasseh (who is being promoted now by Benny Hinn). I have visited a couple of Noel’s sites and find he shares the Jordan’s basic theology (New Thought/New Age), though Noel is more openly occultic. Do you know if there is any connection between the two “master prophets?”

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  • Hi David. Off the top of my head, I do not know whether there is any direct connection between the two, although I seem to remember a website where Bernard was criticizing Noel for some of his doctrines – so it would appear that there is not a connection… That having been said, I was shocked to find a video teaching by Noel called “Practicing the Power of Divination” in which he seems to claim that Divination is a godly practice! His proof for this is that when Christians pray to Jesus they are inadvertently practicing the art of divination because they are committing necromancy (communication with the dead). His logic for this is that because Jesus DIED, therefore Christians are praying to a dead man to receive help for their lives. UNBELIEVABLE!!! These guys are really twisted up and I’m amazed some people can really be so gullible to follow their demonic filth!

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  • I absolutely agree, Dave. Noel’s youtube videos make no real pretense at being anything but demonic. The veneer on his occultism is so thin it is peeling. Bernard is just as bad, in my opinion, but he seems to avoid such strong trigger words as “divination.” He might teach the idea but use a different word. I am about to submit (to a site that asked me to write it) a lengthy (over 15 pages single spaced, with around 35 endnotes) article discussing the E. Bernard and Manasseh Jordan phenomenon. My harshest words, though, are for Benny Hinn, for being a traitor to the Kingdom of God. I’ll send you a link when it is up. I’m going to mention Noel in an endnote. It seems the Master Prophet business is so lucrative that E. Bernard has competition.

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  • I was researching information on angels and came across this guy. I looked at him and tought let me listen. The minute I heard him, I knew he was fake. God expects his people to have descerning spirits. If you do not have that, something is wrong with u spiritually. I decided then to research him as a normal child of God will do as tonhave information to pray to destroy such principalities from functining. I came to this site and saw further information and decidedmtonread some of the comments before I proceeded and saw ‘notfoolingme’ seeming to be fooled based on her responce. We have to be alert and educated on what is going on in the world and seep ourselves in God’s word so as to be armed when false docrtines and preachers pop up. Let us not be blind and just expect other people to be our donkies. I am from Trinidad and Tobago and expect people from bigger nations to be just as diligent as I am in clearing the earth from these principalities. Master mad man days are numbered for I will be praying concerning his length of reign. For u other children of God, keep praying, keep researching and keep tearing down as to establish Jesus Christ.

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  • Notfoolingme? You are either fooled or in cahoots with “Master Profit”oops I mean “Master Prophet” gone in the way of Balam for profit. REPENT!

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  • What he’s doing ain’t no different from the church. You can’t even go to church these days without getting a collection plate shoved down your damned throat….and God forbid that you don’t PAY!!! Seems like to me that religious Christian folk always want you to pay for something- if it ain’t for the pastor’s brand new car and that big house he’s living in, it put salvation. Didn’t Jesus already do that when he died on the cross? Guess what, he died for the sins of Master Prophet Noel, too. So how in the hell y’all gone come on this site and act all holier than thou?

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  • Oh yea…ain’t no Bible scholar or nothing but I could have sworn that I saw the scripture somewhere in there, “judge ye not and ye shall not be judged.”. I don’t know though.

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  • Notfoolingme, apparantly u r fooled. We r to judge ppl that confess Christ. 1 Corinthians 5:12 and chapter 6. Read b4 u talk please and stop commenting. Nonsense.

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  • What’s nonsense is this blog. I’m done with it!

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  • this is the most horrible thing i’ve seen in a long time. May God forgive him. I pray he really finds Jesus….. I went to his actual website and he is trying to mix new age stuff and all this other junk into Jesus. i still can’t believe it. i can’t believe people are really falling for this… i called him on the phone, and he wanted me to go pay on his website for him to give me a prophecy! Lord, protect us from the EVIL ONE!

    – for those that need my name… my name is written in the book of life! that’s all you need to know about me… God open the eyes of those that are lost and really blinded by the enemy!

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  • Dave, … thx for making things so clear. In GERMANY a charismatic church invites in 2013 Pastor Linda Silverman (noted in comment to youtube-video //www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdY-xiVBelI, compare //www.streamingfaith.com/Empowering-Life-Church/ to give “prophecy courses” (//www.anskar-hamburg.de/cms/front_content.php?idart=660)
    What do you folks think of that?

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  • Many on here say they are searching for the truth and if you be a babe or new believer then first things first.. you being a new babe should not have to pay for a Word from God. Call on Him and in the name of Jesus. God said His People perish for the Lack of knowledge BECAUSE they reject it. Is it such a BAD THING not to have to pay for a prophecy when you can get The Word of God for free. many are in a financial bind and just don’t have it and will scrimp, rob peter to pay paul to get a prophetic word when the entire time God touched your heart to SEE you need help now ask Him to order your steps to men and women of God who will labor with you BECAUSE when you have NO MONEY WHAT YA GONNA DO THEN. In the name of Jesus, every eye that sees and every ear that hears, i ask God The great I Am to quicken your spirits and touch your hearts and that your guardian angels move swiftly on your behalf for those who sincerely want to know Jesus and be filled with The Holy Ghost right now and i count it done, no fake or form or fashion little g gods but the REAL DEAL in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

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  • Just a warning…he is at it again. I know it is not the practice of this blog to include names, so I will leave it to the discretion of Dave to delete the name here (or just the last name?), but I feel it important to warn of an active “Master Prophet” on the beaches and streets of Fort Meyers, FL, who has obtained his online certificate of Bishop Jason and wife Jennifer (Bishop Jason Pavichevich to be exact). Following the scam mentioned here (and it is a scam under no uncertain terms) the game it to “save hundreds of souls a day” and find that one vulnerable person who is emotionally or mentally weak. This self-proclaimed Master Prophet and Fisherman then reels in that one fish which becomes his focus over the next weeks. He systematically convinces said victim to eliminate all contact with family and friends and forfeit ALL savings to him (for true safe keeping). The safe keeping is then transformed into paying rent, car payment and luxuries for said Bishop and his new bride, as he kicks little fish to the curb, but not before attempt to use him to also convince family and friends to forfeit confidential information for assumed identity theft. It is not the money loss that is the huge disgrace here.

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  • Thanks for the warning note Patricia. Indeed these shucksters of religion are popping up everywhere, deceiving and abusing so many and making a mockery of the Truth. While it’s true I typically am cautious about naming names, I leave this conviction to each saint of God and I will not edit out that information from those who wish to share it. There are times and places to expose such men and women by name and I trust that God will lead in these occasions. I hope those reading will understand that the reason we may speak out, naming a name at times, is not because we want to discredit a genuine work of God, but rather to expose error and to warn people who might otherwise fall to the devices of such leaders because of a lack of discernment or knowledge. The heart is love for love (1 Corinthians 13:6 – AMP) “does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.” I truly want to see even these deceiving leaders come to repentance and have a changed heart. Maybe when some of them are confronted with the testimony of those that will expose them to the light of day for the sake of truth and righteousness prevailing, perhaps some will open their eyes and repent or at least their effectiveness will be reduced. Indeed our struggle is not against any human opponent, but against rulers, against authorities, against cosmic powers in the darkness around us, against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 6:12)… May God open the eyes of the blind and set free those who have been captivated by these deceived men.

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  • I ran across your blog trying to research a minister who calls himself Master Prophet. The reason I was researching him is because he used a former Pastors name of mine in the heading of one of his Youtube videos; but when listening to the video there is no mention of my former pastor in the video at all. Then I realized the title says “Video comments To…(the pastors name)” as if the video is to various pastors with the prophetic gift.

    The reason for truly writing is because at the end of the video there is a marketing offer – no issues with marketing because everyone does it. My concern is this; he states he IS the Leader of the Prophetic. Further stating, “Stop letting LOW LEVEL prophets mentor you from a famous named Bishops church and come to the Leader of the Prophetic”. If possible, please explain the difference between a Master Prophet and Low Level prophet? In theology school we talked about Major and Minor prophets with respect to dividing up the old testament but I am not familiar with terms like Master Prophet vs Low Level. I sent a message with hopes of getting some clarification from the video poster; but I would like to get your understanding of what this means since you’ve done some extensive search already. Thank you.

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  • Hello “TH”,

    Thanks for taking the time to share your questions and concerns. I’ll come right to the point… Biblically speaking, there is no such thing as a “low level” prophet or a “Master Prophet”. These are titles that arrogant, ungodly men make up for themselves to entice others to follow them.

    The only “Master Prophet” in the Bible, if you want to use the term, would be Jesus Christ our Lord. He is most certainly our Master, but I am impressed that even Christ did not present Himself in this fashion when He came to us. He humbled Himself as a lowly servant and even laid down His life for those He loved.

    Philippians 2:5-8 – Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.

    His instruction to His disciples was not to go out and become master and lords over people, taking up fanciful titles, and collecting their money and praise… On the contrary, He told them to flee titles because this was the way of the world. He told them to serve one another. He even told them to leave their pocket book behind and trust God to provide for their needs.

    Mark 10:42-45 – So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

    Luke 22:26-27 – But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

    Matthew 23:6-12 – These men love to have the places of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues (the meeting places). They love for people to show respect to them in the marketplaces and to call them ‘Teacher.’ But you must not be called ‘Teacher.’ You are all equal as brothers and sisters. You have only one Teacher. And don’t call anyone on earth ‘Father.’ You have one Father. He is in heaven. And YOU SHOULD NOT BE CALLED ‘MASTER!’ You have only one Master, the Messiah. Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you. People who think they are better than others will be made humble. But people who humble themselves will be made great.

    To the Church (which is the people of God, NOT a religious institution) He gave instruction for how to test those that claimed to work among them… The apostles taught that anyone who did not work for a living to pay their own way was nothing more than a busybody.

    2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 – Brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ we tell you to stay away from any believer who refuses to work. People who refuse to work are not following the teaching that we gave them. You yourselves know that you should live like we do. We were not lazy when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked and worked so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We worked night and day. We had the right to ask you to help us. But we worked to take care of ourselves so that we would be an example for you to follow. When we were with you, we gave you this rule: “Whoever will not work should not be allowed to eat.” We hear that some people in your group refuse to work. They are doing nothing except being busy in the lives of others. Our instruction to them is to stop bothering others, to start working and earn their own food. It is by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ that we are urging them to do this.

    Interesting thing about this previous passage in 2 Thessalonians… Many preachers today love to talk about their “right” to take money for preaching, and they manipulate Paul’s words to support that mindset… but Paul was not actually saying he had the right to anyone’s money. The word “right” in this passage is probably better understood as “opportunity”. Paul was saying that it wasn’t that he and others like him didn’t have the opportunity to take advantage of them by collecting their money, but he NEVER used this “right” (or “opportunity”). Instead he demonstrated with his own life the way to behave! And Paul also said that not only he provided this example but ALL THOSE WITH HIM did the same! They all refused to take advantage of people in this way. They worked jobs and provided for their own living so as not to be a burden to ANYONE they preached to! This example is severely lacking among today’s so-called prophets and preachers.

    Acts 20:29-35 I know that after I leave, some men will come into your group. They will be like wild wolves and will try to destroy the flock. Also, men from your own group will begin to teach things that are wrong. They will lead some of the Lord’s followers away from the truth to follow them. So be careful! And always remember what I did during the three years I was with you. I never stopped reminding each one of you how you should live, counseling you day and night and crying over you. “Now I am putting you in God’s care. I am depending on the message about his grace to make you strong. That message is able to give you the blessings that God gives to all his holy people. When I was with you, I never wanted anyone’s money or fine clothes. You know that I always worked to take care of my own needs and the needs of the people who were with me. I always showed you that you should work just as I did and help people who are weak. I taught you to remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘You will have a greater blessing when you give than when you receive.'”

    Jesus Himself said that a man who claims to be a shepherd (the word in the Greek being the same word for “pastor”) and if that man takes a paycheck for such service, he is not a true shepherd but a false shepherd (i.e. a false pastor).

    John 10:11-15 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know My own sheep, and they know Me, just as My Father knows Me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice My life for the sheep.

    Jesus told the Pharisees (the religious leaders of His day), that they were blind guides who loved money and they thought very highly of themselves. Almost sounds to me as though they would have appreciated the title “Master Prophets themselves. Jesus said, very clearly, that you cannot serve both God and mammon. The disciples informed Jesus (as if He didn’t already know) that this kind of talk offended these “master complex” religious leaders. Jesus didn’t care because He knew they were about the praise of the people and the love of money, not the true work of God.

    Mat 23:12-15 – But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either. [What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, you will be severely punished.] What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!

    Luke 16:13-16 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at Him. Then He said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God. Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in.

    In the early Church there was a principle that if a man came among you, claiming to be a prophet, and asked for money, he was immediately considered a false prophet. They didn’t even give him a chance to keep speaking and explain himself. This was a primary mark that demonstrated his character and complete disconnection with the attitude of Jesus. They discarded him promptly. In fact, even if a self-proclaimed prophet didn’t ask for money right off at first, if he stayed with them more than three days, they jettisoned him as well because it demonstrated that his intention was to mooch off the flock, otherwise he would have come, being prepared to work for his food… Not prophesy for his food, but actually WORK with his hands for a living. Likewise such ministers were not put up in 5 star hotels, but they were content to dwell in the homes of loving brothers and sisters and they ate whatever food was set before them.

    It’s not that giving money to a minister is always in error. Certainly God loves to see His people show charity to one another and indeed He may also take care of His own ministers through the loving gifts of those He calls them to minister too… but just remember that the context of “ministry” from the Bible’s perspective is founded upon the literal meaning of the word “minister” which is not a title or religious authority. It is a word that only means to serve another with the love of Christ and the same mind as Christ. We know how Jesus behaved when He came and ministered unto us… He set the primary example. He did not elevate Himself on a pedestal. He did not take up offerings. He laid down His life in love. He gave all that we might find the wealth of salvation in Him.

    All these ministers who come, riding on white horses and demanding wealth and honor of men, are false leaders. They show themselves to be enemies of Christ and the Gospel by their very behavior. The best thing to do is simply leave them alone and don’t be intimidated by them. They are blind guides and do not follow the true Master. They are bags of hot air and their end will be destruction.

    You, my friend, are right to be concerned and ask these questions. That is the Holy Spirit speaking to you. He is warning you and guiding you to truth. The Lord is so wonderful to us in this. Trust that voice!!! Rejoice that He is speaking to your heart! I am so happy to hear this. You can trust Him completely in all things. Spend time with Him. Listen to Him and follow where He leads you.

    God’s richest blessing be with you!

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