But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. - 1Timothy 6: 9-10 (ESV)
The Bible speaks a great deal about money. Not the way prosperity hucksters want you to think it does. No, the Bible actually warns us a lot about money. About how preachers should not be corrupted by the desire for filthy lucre. How it will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. How the rich young ruler went away sad because his money was more important to him than the God he claimed to love. Then there are the key verses from today. Look at the explicit language and dire warnings. The mere desire to be rich risks us falling into temptation easier. It is just another button for the devil to press beloved. It can snare us if we are not mindful. That snare is filled with many senseless and harmful desires. Those senseless and harmful desires will plunge us into ruin and destruction. Money in and of itself is not evil at all. It is the love of money that lies at the root of all sorts of evil. Many professing Christians have in fact wandered away from the faith altogether by pursuing this folly. Stabbing themselves with many deep wounds. I know that it is common for those who sell prosperity or tithing to use these Scriptures against the believer but let us turn the spotlight upon them today as well. It applies even more so for leaders. It applies even more so for preachers and pastors - who are responsible for the flock of Almighty God. When perusing the news from this past week I find two more examples to discuss for our consideration of this topic. This week I present Benny Hinn and Brad White/Ed Young.
Benny Hinn, the poster child for false prophets and teachers, was at it again recently. Sending out a letter to his mailing list claiming that you too can enjoy an "unprecedented harvest" if you employ the "thousand dollar principle." That principle being you sending Benny Hinn $1000 of course. In conjunction with renowned false prosperity huckster Tood Coontz, Hinn guarantees a new dimension of favor and increase for those that are ready for "higher seed level giving." Never heard of Coontz? Me neither; so I visited his website where for $200 you can get a double portion! For an additional $73 you can get a breakthrough and then for this $1000 you earn a triple portion! That should be all you need to know but since they dragged the Bible into this...
And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 2Chronicles 1: 6 (ESV)
This is the Scripture Hinn claims Koontz uses to defend this heretical notion of the thousand dollar principle. It is true that right after this God asked Solomon what he wanted and he asked for wisdom. He did lead very successfully. But he also did not finish well at all. The foreign wives he took led his heart away from God. I guess that thousand dollar principle has an expiration date. Of course there is no "thousand dollar" principle. The fact is that Koontz and Hinn wanted to try and bilk people out of giving huge donations. So they scoured the Bible to find a verse that had the number 1000 in it and voila! The $1000 principle was born. This is called strip mining the Bible. It is used to prop up pre-conceived false teaching. Let's show how silly it is:
And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, "Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands." - 1Samuel 18: 7 (ESV)
That's right beloved! You too can enjoy this prophetic release from God today! Who wants to settle for a measly thousand dollar favor when you can have access to the special David Anointing of Ten Thousand! Don't find yourself stuck in a Saul blessing when David's is right at your fingertips! Just ten thousand dollars sent to me today guarantees it! God wouldn't lie!