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Devotionals    H3'ed 8/18/22

The Art of the Grift - Become a Solutionary for Just Under $1200!

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"We can walk in the blessings of Abraham through our faith in Jesus Christ. Well, what are the promises of Abraham? God said all nations would be blessed through him. So, it is important that we learn how to create wealth and get out of the mindset that poverty is spiritual." - Samia Pedalino

Only hucksters and frauds remain so focused on this world and the baubles they might be able to get. This misapplication is worse than the first one. The blessing of Abraham is indeed that all nations would be blessed through him but that is not in the form of material wealth. Jesus is the fulfillment of the blessing of Abraham. All of the nations of the world are blessed because the gift of salvation is made available through Christ, who can be traced back through lineage to Abraham. I am reminded of the sad rebuke for the Church at Laodicea from Jesus in Revelation when He said that they think they are rich and have prospered, and need nothing, not realizing that they are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. That is how Vallotton and Pedalino sound. Instead of reveling in the eternal promises of God they are on the street corner trying to sell knockoffs and trinkets. Sad indeed.

"There is a poverty mindset in the church today, there really is. That if you prosper you become the rich young ruler and yet Jesus spoke more about money than He did about heaven and hell." - Kris Vallotton

This is a favorite refrain from prosperity pimps and is ridiculously untrue. The entire ministry of Jesus was about salvation, not money. Even when He taught on money it was in relation to salvation and eternal life. That was why He taught about the rich young ruler! The question from the ruler that started the conversation was what he had to do to secure eternal life! The problem was not that he was rich but that his wealth was an idol, more important to him than God. Hmm, sound familiar Kris and Samia?

"Deuteronomy says that God will command His blessings upon us! Chapter 28 is the blessing chapter!" - Samia Pedalino

Another favorite of the prosperity fraudsters is Deuteronomy 28. They rely upon people being too lazy to check the bible for themselves. Kris and Samia even joked here about reading Deuteronomy and Leviticus. Let's do some basic teaching here. Deuteronomy 28 is the culmination of the Law of Moses. The blessings Kris and Samia rave about are tied to something:

And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. - Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (ESV)

Being careful to do all of His commandments. All 613 Mosaic laws had to be obeyed perfectly and then His blessings shall overtake you. How did Israel do with that? No one could keep the law! That was why we needed Jesus! So yes, this chapter does outline twelve verses of blessings, should you faithfully keep the law. Then it is followed, in the same chapter, with fifty-three verses of curses for disobedience. Notice how Kris and Samia forgot to mention that. The wealth in this story is in the salvation offered through Christ, not these material blessings they keep chasing because they idolize this world.

"Vallotton - Where would you start advising a 40-year-old who is spiritual but poor?"

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