A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS REGARDING MY YOU TUBE MESSAGE “2015 GOD WILL SUPERNATURALLY PROVIDE FOR YOU”
First, I don’t mind being challenged about what I say! Nor do I mind being legitimately challenged to defend what I say on the basis of the Word of God, which is our final authority. No Bible teacher is above the Word of God and neither am I. However, as I glance through the criticisms stirred up be one or two people, I see that what I communicated is being critiqued dishonestly. Thus the criticisms about the content of my message are based on a lie. I am being challenged for saying things that I did not even remotely say or teach. The Bible says very clearly that all true “Christians are to speak the truth in love.” This means first that if you are challenging someone’s message, you at least listen to the message and criticize its context accurately.
So let’s begin my looking at the criticisms of my message. There are a number of people who are falsely claiming that simply because I used the phrase “God Will Supernaturally Provide for You,” that I am implying that true Christians will never suffer lack, be persecuted, suffer poverty, have sickness or die for their faith. I never said that or even remotely implied that. I simply used in the title that “God Will Supernaturally Provide for You,” which is a true statement. In addition, a title is just that a title and not the entire message. If those who have manipulated what I said out of context would bother to hear the entire message along with my many other messages and books, they would discover that I very clearly teach that true Christians will suffer all kinds of things in this life such as poverty, sickness, persecution and death. In fact, I have written and given countless messages on the Biblical errors in what is termed the “Health and Wealth Gospel.” So the people who are criticizing me are doing so on the basis of a lie. In other words, whether they realize it or not (I am giving them the benefit of the doubt which they did not give me) when you take one someone says out of context, distort it or attempt to make it say something it does not say, you are lying.
When I used the term, “God Will Supernaturally Provide For You” in a title, I could have used the Scripture verse, “My God Shall Supply All of Your Need According His Riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.” Those who criticized me, if they are intellectually honest would have also criticized God’s Word because it is saying the same thing I just said and they would have criticized God just as much as they criticized me. Why? Because they would have criticized God by taking a verse out of context and choosing to ignore His other words a such as, “All who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
In addition, in my message title, “God Will Supernaturally Provide for You,” if you actually bother to listen to the entire message and read or watch my other teachings. I clearly explain that Christians are not immune from financial problems, poverty, lack, persecution or even death. For example, I believe that God calls us to pray for the sick so that they may be healed, but sometimes that healing is being taken to heaven and being given a no body.
Finally, I teach the entire Bible and I often teach from Romans Chapter 11, which is the chapter on faith. Many of the verses in this chapter deal with the miraculous things God will do in response to faith. But, as we read Romans 11:35-40 we see that true faith in Christ may mean we will be given the grace to endure torture and persecution. None of this negates, the title, “God Will Supernaturally Provide For You,” because all of my messages teach that all of this is done according to God’s will which is from an eternal perspective.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mocking’s and scourging’s, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
As a Bible teacher and a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not called by man, but by God, I am going to speak the truth to you in love. I am not judging your motives or heart, nor am I accusing you of anything since I cannot see into your heart. When you accuse any brother or sister in the Lord of something, including those that teach God’s Word, you have a responsibility to accurately communicate what you claim they have said. If you are not being accurate, then you are bearing false witness against your brother or sister. Finally, Jesus Christ said that the world would know we are Christians by our love for one another. That is why we are to speak the truth in love. I am not speaking of anyone in particular here because I think it is commendable that despite the criticisms everyone used their real names, which I believe is honorable. Christian blog and websites are filled with mean spirited comments from people who hide behind false names because it gives them a sense of power. The very fact that they attack others and do not use their real names is proof that they are in the darkness. Also, many of these people are not Christians. Those who walk in the light will always give their real names because they do not fear accountability.