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

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. -- 2Corinthians 8:9 (ESV)

The levels of greed within the apostate church today never cease to amaze me. The audacity to leverage the word of God to essentially whore Him out to the highest bidder reveals the sobering fact that these people simply have no fear of God before them. These are wolves of the highest order mauling the sheep of the Lord hoping they can squeeze another dime out of them before they die in their jowls. People used to reflexively ask me if I thought God wants us to be poor to which I would reflexively answer "well no-- The truth is beloved if that is the question on your heart than the answer is a resounding yes. If money has become your god, then of course Almighty God would rather you poor and dependent only upon him. The above linked article is from Mark Virkler, whose bio claims he has authored 50 books and helped to establish over 250 churches. If that is truly the case then God help the countless victims of Mark Virkler as we once again reason together:

"In this Canadian survey, 68 percent say they "worry a lot about their financial situation" and in this U.S survey, it is 64 percent. So how do I overcome fears and worries about my finances? I wish financial freedom was automatic, but it isn't. The Israelites had to fight to receive the promised land that God said was theirs (Deut. 6:3). In this case, our promised land is "the ability to get wealth" (Deut. 8:18b). We too need to fight to see this kingdom reality manifest in our lives." -- Mark Virkler

We see the underpinnings for his false argument right from the start. Marl Virkler believes EVERY Christians is supposed to be rich. Within his foundation are multiple assumptions and errors. Yes the Israelites had to fight to possess their Promised Land but that was actual land, not money. This was the fulfillment of a covenant God made with Abraham, not the church. The notion that our Promised Land is the ability to get wealth is simply contrived from the wickedly deceitful heart of Mark Virkler and certainly is not found in the verse he cites:

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. -- Deuteronomy 8:18 (ESV)

Once again we see God referencing the covenant that He made with them -- not us. Now, is this statement still a universal truth? Absolutely. The actual purpose of this verse though is to reinforce the need to never forget where our blessings come from and that our obedience is required. Either way, there is no guarantee that everyone becomes rich.

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