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A Preacher of God is Prohibited From Enriching Himself

A Preacher of God is Prohibited From Enriching Himself

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Published by: Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano on Oct 29, 2007
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A Preacher of God is Prohibited from Enriching himself 
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
ELIGIONS HAVE MANY HIDDENfaces. What you see and what you know isdifferent from the real state of things. Theirfaces show us something, which is differentfrom what they really are. This is what
 II Corinthians 11:13-15
says,
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for satan himself istransformed into an angel of light. Thereforeit is no great thing if his ministers also betransformed as the ministers of righteousness . . .” 
 There are really masks worn by manyreligions. Even satan is capable of transforming himself into an angel of light.That is why, the many depictions of satan that he looks ferocious, with tail andfangs, and fierce eyes, are wrong! Those who picture satan that way are without biblical understanding. On the contrary, satan is good-looking, because he will notsucceed in deceiving people if he looks horrible. Remember he is a deceiver. Heis pretending to be an angel of light. It follows that his ministers and cohorts also pretend to be ministers of righteousness.Today, you will notice that most preachers look very meek. But a person’smeekly appearance could just be put on. A person could always pretend to bemeek and sincere but deep inside, he is a deceiver. Definitely, he will not showother people his true color. He will not use biting words whenever he speaks,otherwise he will not be able to fool other people. A lot of people accuse me of using harsh language. That may be true, but do you know why? It is because I donot want to deprive the people of the truth, no matter how painful the truth is! Butisn’t it that the word of God also hurts? His commandments hurt. “Thou shalt notkill! Thou shalt not commit adultery! Thou shalt not steal!” All of those words aretough and cumbersome to the murderers, adulterers, and thieves. However, preachers, who are not being true to other people, conceal these truths. Theyspeak of nothing but favorable and candy-coated words. They cater to the tasteand preference of the people.Actually, if we will speak of human preferences, men do not really like God’scommandments. Basically, men do not want to be given restrictions because he isunder the power of sin. The Gospel, the doctrines of God, is against the pleasureof the flesh. This is what
Galatians 1:10
says,
“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
 Do your pastors read you this verse? According to St. Paul, preachers who serve
 
A Preacher of God is Prohibited from Enriching himself 
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
the pleasure of men are not really servants of Christ. Why? Why did St. Paul saythat? If you are preaching the way Christ wants you to preach, the people will not be pleased with you. They will detest you, especially the wicked. Let us proceedto
Galatians 1:11: “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man." 
 So, that is the reason. The Gospel that He preached is not after the will of man.The Gospel did not come from man, and neither was it based on the standards and preferences of man. This is the reason why many people will dislike you if youwill preach the true Gospel. If a preacher is only after pleasing men, he should not be a servant of Christ. St. Paul said in
Galatians 1:11-12: “I certify you, brethren,that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
 Therefore, the Gospel did not come from man; it was not received from man.Instead, it was received by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Just try to analyze the books published by the different religions, and you will see that they conform tothe standards and will of man. They were not inspired by God.But if you are going to read the Bible, you will see that it is against the principles,ideologies, and culture of men. That is why many people do not readily accept theGospel. You will notice that, from its inception, the Bible has been an object of many persecutions from the unbelievers, as well as from people who pretend to believe the Bible but actually reject what it says. That is why it has been myardent desire to possess the spirit that the first preachers of Christ had. I do notcare if you are not pleased with me; I do not care if you get mad at me. My mainconcern is to proclaim the truth in the Bible for you not to be deceived andmisled. You may refer to your respective copies of the Bible, and see for yourself if the verses that I am citing are there, or not. We are here to tell you the truth,whether you join our group or not. We will tell you the truths which other  preachers do not teach.First and foremost, we do not accept, nor solicit, money from anybody. That isagainst the teachings of Christ. When you preach the Gospel, you do not preachfor profit. A preacher of the Gospel does not preach for money.
 II Corinthians11:7 
says:
“Have I committed an offense in abasing myself that ye might beexalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?”
Preaching is an act of humbling oneself. It is an act of abasing, or humbling,oneself if you preach the Gospel without monetary gains. St. Paul said, hehumbled himself “that ye might be exalted” because he preached the Gospel of Christ freely. There was no money involved when he preached the Gospel. A preacher of the Gospel should not make the word of God a commodity, or merchandise. That is bad! Other preachers do not teach this to their members, butlet us read
 II Peter 2:3, “And through covetousness shall they feigned words makemerchandise of you …”
 
 
A Preacher of God is Prohibited from Enriching himself 
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
The crooked pastors make their members their sources of livelihood. They getfrom them the food that they eat, the costly apparels that they wear, the luxurycars that they ride, and the money that they spend in their vices like women,cigarettes, as well as in the other luxuries in life. Many pastors have madethemselves very rich at the expense of their members. They just capitalize on theword of God in the Bible. But St. Paul preached the Gospel not to earn money.When the Apostles preached the Gospel to the Gentiles, or the unbelievers, theydid not ask a single centavo from them. This is what
 III John 1:7 
says,
“Becausethat for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.”
They didnot take anything. When the Apostles of Christ went to the Gentiles to preach,they did not take even a centavo from them. The Bible said,
“they went forth,taking nothing of the Gentiles.”
But do you know that there are religious organizations asking money from passers-by in public places? Do you know how the Bible calls these people? Theywere called “greedy dogs”. Why? And how greedy are they? This is what
 Isaiah56:11
says,
“Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and theyare shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain . . .”
 This is one verse that many preachers today do not read. That is why we aretrying to expose to you things that are not exposed by other religious leaders because most of them, indeed, preach for money. They are not prophets, but profiteers, racketeers, and extortionists. They are not ashamed to collect moneyfrom people in the streets, and they even accuse their members of robbing God if they do not give tithes. And this is accompanied by threats that you willexperience misfortunes and illnesses and condemnation in hell should you refuseto give tithes. That is their way of deceiving their unsuspecting members. These pastors are not being true to their members. Brothers and sisters, please, do notforget the verse that I am going to cite. This is a law of God to safeguard your  properties and your soul. This is written in
Matthew 6:19: “Lay not up for  yourselves treasures upon the earth …”
 Does your pastor read this verse? Just what is your understanding of “(do) not”?Does it not convey “prohibition”? If you had been prohibited from doingsomething, you are, in effect, being commanded not to do it. And our Lord JesusChrist himself said, do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon the earth. He wastalking to His apostles – the preachers. Let me complete the verse:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and wherethieves do not break through and steal.”
 But here comes your pastors telling you that if you will give tithes, you will surelyamass riches. The members are being given false hopes. That is why they blindlygive them their money. But have they really grown any richer? No! There aremembers who have been giving their pastor tithes for the last fifteen years, yet,

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