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Transactional Christianity -- the Whoring Out of Jesus Through a Laodicean Spirit

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"Jesus went from riches to rags so that we could go from rags to riches (2 Cor. 8:9--read entire chapter). Financial blessing is one of the 12 great exchanges that took place on the cross. We are going to explore seven prayers which open the door to financial freedom. I experience kingdom blessings when I: 1) believe God's promises are for me, 2) align with them, 3) receive and act on God's wisdom concerning steps to take and 4) passionately pursue them (Jer. 29:13; Prov. 8:17; Matt. 7:7). Remember Daniel, who prayed 21 days and received his breakthrough (Dan. 10:2-5)? Elijah prayed seven times for the drought to end and received his answer (1 Kings. 18:42-43). Since we are encouraged to pray as Elijah did (James 5:16, 17) I have no problem praying repeatedly for the same thing and acting in obedience to what God is telling me." -- Mark Virkler

This is biblically criminal in its rank ignorance. When you want to excuse your greed you might turn to a passage such as 2Corinthians 8:9 but in doing so you miss such a grander picture of what God is actually saying. The entire context of the chapter does not help his glaring call to avarice either; despite his admonishment to read it. The chapter is a directive to give generously, not take at will. Using local churches as his example, Paul then comes to the verse in question, which is our key verse for today. For through His grace, Jesus Christ traded in His wealth to become rich so that we might be able to trade in our poverty to become rich. Only the depraved mind sees this in carnal terms of the dollars and cents of this mortal coil. Only the depraved heart cannot see that Jesus is not speaking about carnality but about eternal kingdom matters. Christ being the Son of God once resided in heaven, rich beyond our mere understanding of rich and poor. He chose to give that up to take on the poverty of our fallen humanity. Then within that poor undertaking, He accomplished what no one else could -- he defeated sin so that we might be reconciled back to the Father and enjoy the richness of eternal life. I pity the likes of Mark Virkler who cannot grasp these eternal truths and is left jockeying for a new car or some trivial bauble that will rust and fade away with the mere passage of time. The spirit Mark Virkler is operating in is Laodicean and can be found in the rebuke of Jesus to that church in Revelation:

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. -- Revelation 3:17-18 (ESV)

Do not fall for the Laodicean spirit of Mark Virkler. Do not chase the riches of a world that will still leave you eternally impoverished. Without Christ we are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked. He left everything to bring us true wealth in heaven. Hallelujah to His name! Financial blessing is not an exchange that took place on the cross and it is beyond unseemly to even teach such. Jeremiah 29:13 has to do with seeking God with all of your heart and has nothing to do with money. The same goes for Proverbs 8:17. Matthew 7:7 is "ask and you shall receive" and once again Virkler boils everything down his transactional view of the god he is trying to sell. Daniel's and Elijah had nothing to do with monetary gain of earthly wealth. Virkler now explains He will do several blog posts regarding seven prayers he wants to share and their titles alone reveal the true nature of his wicked heart in these matters:

Repentance--changing my attitude about money.

Breaking off financial curses.

Forgiven, cleansed, renewed.

Erasing negative cellular memories concerning money.

Healing negative pictures of past financial mishaps.

Receiving revelation concerning my giftedness and call to creatively serve mankind.

Celebrating financial freedom with thankfulness.

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