(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 97: Why Was It Necessary For Paul To Preach Without Pay? (II Corinthians 11: 11-)
Peace be unto you. As always we first come giving thanks to Almighty God our Father which art in Heaven and to His Son our Divine Savior Christ Jesus and for the righteous indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Brethren let it be written that the days and nights of the righteous are long and short. For there is comfort and peace in prayer as evilness and the wicked ways of the world are all around us.
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing servant of Almighty God in service to Christ writing for the Freedom Journal April 21, 2007.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
We continue our discussion of Paul teaching about false Apostles in his 2nd letter to the people at Corinth. (II Corinthians 11: 11-).
Paul realizes that there were many false Apostles claiming to speak for God. They also wanted the church to support them financially. For the record Jesus teaches in Matthew 10: 10 that those that minister are to be cared for. (Also see I Corinthians 9: 7-10 and I Timothy 5: 17-18). However we advise you to pay heed to what Jesus initially taught and then seek to apply that to compensation for ministers, teachers etc. today.
For the record the compensation for ministers has gotten out of hand as we look to these contemporary times. Therefore we should understand why God through Christ as the Holy Spirit insured Paul to render the message we now note taken from II Corinthians 11.
Paul believed that if he asked for financial support from the Brethren at Corinth it may be misunderstood. For example he didn’t want to present the idea that he only came to preach for money. He knew that there were many false Apostles (Just like today) that only come spreading false doctrines only to get paid. Therefore Paul did not want to be mistaken for one of these people. (For a cross reference to verse 11 see II Corinthians 7: 3; 12: 15 for verse 12 see I Corinthians 9: 12).
II Corinthians 11: 13: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” (Also see Galatians 1: 7).
The false teachers then and the false teachers in today’s world mislead many people in the church by various schemes of trickery. For example the Prosperity Preachers are skilled at developing teaching series on audio and video tapes (for sale) that are supposed to motivate you to give with a built in return from God that is double are triple what you gave are sowed to the church/person etc. Meanwhile Paul teaches as we relate this message to the present condition of the church that these false teachers make people believe that they represent Christ.
Turn with us to Philippians 3: 2-3 for a powerful message that impacts greatly on our subject.
Philippians 3: 2-3: “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.”
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”
The figurative reference to dogs is seen as a man with an impure mind. Paul calls them evil workers, these were the judazing teachers. The word concision is defined as mutilation and this refers to circumcision.
We would be remiss at this point if we did not make several additional statements on circumcision. Circumcision that was a national mark of the descendants of Abraham was later included in the Jewish system as a religious ordinance. However the Gospel System replaced (Also replaced the Tithe) this religious feature and it now remains a fleshly mark for the Jews only. Gentiles were never given this rite thus it is unlawful for Gentiles to be circumcised at birth as it violates the law of Christ and Paul calls it mutilation.
Revelation 2: 2: “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
The church at Ephesus had many problems. However they were faithful in identifying and exposing false teachers (see also I John 4: 1: II Corinthians 11: 13 and Revelation 2: 19).
However most churches today relish in embracing false teachers. Thus the world has not invaded the church but has been allowed in by the teachers/preachers/pastors and the various lost congregations.
Meanwhile when these churches identify someone (FreedomJournal) that stands on the true Gospel they are banned and forced out of the church. For some reason these people believe that they can build their own road to Heaven and re-write the Bible.
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