Sunday, 18 October 2015

The False Doctrine of Material Blessings

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased (Psalm 115:3).

Many in the modern Church, especially the modern American Protestant Church, think that material abundance are what God blesses those who obey Him with. Some of these people even think that God blesses those who obey Him with their basic needs, because He is "obliged" to. What disgusting, vile, abominable blasphemy! This is a blasphemous doctrine, a doctrine of demons that has infiltrated the modern Church, especially among Protestant calvinist circles.

The reason for such thinking is because the hearts thinks that one need not give up all to God and fully surrender to Him. Plain and simply. Such a heart, thinks that God is not Sovereign and somewhat subject to one's own needs. Such is damnable heresy. 

The typical modern Christian will claim he does not think that, but he does. He thinks that in his heart. This is manifested by his actions, treating God as He who is obliged to give him his basic needs. He reveals his heart by saying that God will bless those who obey Him by giving them material things to enjoy. Not only does  he believe that God will bless people with material basic needs, by promising 'basic needs',  but that God will also bless people with material things they want, such as a car, or an expensive house. You may say, "how"?

To think that God will somewhat bless you with your material needs because of your godliness is blasphemy in and of itself. To think as such is to believe that the more material things a person has, it is because he is more godly, than he has who less. You may object to that and say that you only that it applies to those who obey God. However, this objection is irrelevant and useless. It is a filthy rag.

It is to think that those persecuted Christians, such as those Middle East and elsewhere are less godly than you, you American Christian, or you western Christian. It is to think that these Christians are being persecuted and poor because they are less godly than you, you vile, disgusting, abominable, selfish, proud, arrogant, despicable people. You blaspheme God by your very thought that God gives people more material "blessings" because of their godliness. 

You spit on His face by not only taking for granted what He has given you, by allowing you to live in a free country where you even have "voting rights" and "freedom of religion". You spit in His face by saying that the things He gives to you are for you to use for your own self, in whatever way you choose, instead of His giving you things to use only for His glory and His glory alone.

You may say that you use what He gives you for His glory. However, you qualify this by saying that in order to do so, you need to be able to use it according to the way you choose, and how ever you want. This is to apply your own human thinking to stewardship, which is a vile thing. You even blaspheme God by saying that in using your own human thinking in stewardship, you are serving God.  Jesus said no one can serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). By seeking to use your own human thinking in stewardship, seeking what you can gain, and wanting to hold back from God, you are serving mammon - by seeking to gain what you want. 

You may say, in order to serve God with what He has undeservedly given you, you need to make your own decisions. That is exactly what the problem is. You seek to make your own decisions because you are seeking to gain what you want, and not giving all to God. That is the problem with most, if not almost all local churches in the free western nations today. They are controlled by so-called material constraints, owing to lack of trust in God. That itself is to be under the spirit of mammon.  Jesus rebukes such lack of faith in God in Matthew 16:7-9:

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

The modern Church is no different. It does not perceive that being anxious about material or monetary constraints is faithlessness. It does not even perceive that it is anxious about such things. Rather, it thinks it is being 'realistic' or 'wise' in knowing its material constraints. This is exactly how the world thinks. However, the world, which does not know God, or can be blessed by God, has a reason to be anxious for they do not trust or know God. The Church, however, has no excuse or reason to be anxious.

You may argue that this is just a semantic argument, concerning the use of the word "blessings". That is just a deceptive way of trying to avoid the real issue. Blessings are rewards given from God to come closer to Him, and to be richer eternally. Blessings are given by God as a reward, not as a 'right', like a worker for his wages (Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5:18). Even if serving God meant going to Hell, it is all the same that one must serve Him. 

Blessings are rewards that God gives out of His grace and kindness. It is not deserved by the saint. God is to be served because He is God, not because of any blessings. It is vile and abominable to serve God with the motive of seeking His rewards, which are all undeserved and unmerited. He who thinks that may as well as that He works for God like a wage-earner.

The irony of such calvinists is that they affirm God's Sovereignty. However, regarding material "blessings", they think that God is subject to them, treating God as if He is obligated to give those who obey Him their material needs. You may say, that you do not believe in the prosperity "gospel", or any of its doctrines. However, by thinking that God is somewhat obliged to give you your basic needs, and even your vain material wants, you are believing in a form of the prosperity "gospel". 

Such is the vile blasphemy of the doctrine that God gives people their material "blessings" for their godliness. God gives blessings which are not the material things themselves, and He gives blessings for His glory and His glory alone. He does not give your blessings for you.