THE DIFFERENCE IN PREACHING & PEDDLING THE GOSPEL…

Just as in any other situation, one can’t judge ‘good’ preachers, ministers or pastors because of the ‘bad’ ones.

And, let it also be noted that God has ordained that those who PREACH the Gospel should earn their living from the Gospel…

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NKJV)

14 Even so (A)the Lord has commanded (B)that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

Does that mean the church should makes a Pastor rich? No!

But, it also doesn’t mean they should keep him in poverty if they have the means. If anything, his income should be an average of the members.

But, the truth remains that there are some Pastors and preachers who look at the ministry, not as a calling from God to make disciples and edify the Body of Christ but…

To some it’s a hustle.

To some it’s just an income.

To some it’s a means to have influence.

Many who were once passionate about their calling and sincere in their message, it’s become a job in which they compromise the truth and responsibility of sometimes upsetting the congregation because they don’t want to lose their income….so they ‘sugarcoat the Gospel’.

And, there are those who could easily post their sermons and sermon series on YouTube for the world to enjoy for free. But instead, they peddle them for a price.

We as ministers must be very careful that we aren’t PEDDLING the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 2:17 (NKJV)

17 For we are not, as [a]so many, (A)peddling[b] the word of God; but as (B)of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

Yes, ministers are free to share their thoughts and creativity in books and other creative outlets beyond the church, but they must always remain true to their purpose and calling.

Whether a little or a lot, any minister in it for the money is ‘peddling’ the Gospel.

Our focus, passion and priority must always be making disciples, building the Body of Christ, and unselfishly shepherding God’s flock.

1 Peter 5:1-4 (ESV)

5 So I exhort the elders among you, (A)as a fellow elder and (B)a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 (C)shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] (D)not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b](E)not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not (F)domineering over those in your charge, but (G)being examples to the flock. 4 And when (H)the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the (I)unfading (J)crown of glory.

4 WAYS TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PREACHING & A PERFORMANCE…

REMINDER: PREACHERS HAVEN’T PERFECTED EVERYTHING THEY PREACH…

BEWARE OF PREACHERS WHO PROMISE, “THIS IS YOUR SEASON” EVERY NEW YEAR!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

MAYBE THIS WILL HELP SOMEONE WITH THEIR FEAR OF DEATH…

Those of us who have faith in God through Yeshua the Messiah, with confidence, look forward to the promise of eternal life…

John 3:16 (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

However, Christians, even though some may not admit it, can still experience anxiety and fear from the fact that none of us have ever died before. Even though we are eternal, spiritual beings who are simply occupying our current temporary bodies, its difficult to see beyond what our consciousness has allowed us to experience.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NKJV)

Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.

We are only ‘aware’ of when God allowed us to step into the continuum of ‘time’ and the physical world when we were born.

Many people think about the thousands of years that occurred before we lived and the fact that we have no consciousness of those years.

Many may sometimes wonder if we will return to the ‘nothingness’ of before the moment when God ‘quickened’ us into consciousness or gave life to our spirits and we stepped onto the stage of the world.

But, think about this…

None of us can remember the day we were born or even our first birthday, but we were all most certainly aware, conscious and ALIVE.

None of us can remember when we were in our mother’s womb, but we were most certainly aware, conscious and ALIVE.

So, our existence can’t be limited to what we can remember experiencing. The fact that eternity is something we can’t currently comprehend is confirmed in the word of God…

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him

Now consider this…

How many times have you gone to sleep and slept for hours and when you woke up, you didn’t even realize how long you had slept? You couldn’t even remember what you dreamed.

Have you ever been ‘put to sleep’ with anesthesia? If so, all you remember is possibly counting backwards and waking up. You remember nothing about the surgery and activity going on around you while you were ‘out’.

Why?

Because in both instances, just like God, your temporarily existing outside the continuum of time. You have no concept of seconds, minutes or hours. You have no concept of time or the physical world around you.


Our consciousness while we sleep is a partially spiritual consciousness.


Notice what the bible says about what will take place when Yeshua returns…

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NKJV)

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [a]asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who [b]sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [c]asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Those who are dead in Christ will be resurrected first. So, it’s very possible that just as when we go into a DEEP SLEEP and don’t notice how much time has passed, it’s very possible that when the Lord returns, those who died 2000 years ago will be no more aware of the time they were ‘sleeping’ than someone who died 20 minutes ago.

It’s very possible that as soon as you ‘die’ you immediately experience waking up to Christ’s return even if it’s 1000 years from now. You’ve just simply stepped out of ‘time’ and the ‘physical’ world.


God is preparing us for death each time we go to sleep.


So, if you feel some anxiety or fear of when you experience your last moment in this body, don’t be too hard on yourself. God knows that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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