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Covetousness In The Church

 

By Dr. Richard Ing

April 25, 2008

COVETOUSNESS IN THE CHURCH

There is so much pride and division in the body of Christ today.  Pastors and other leaders compete against each other for recognition and wealth.  There is much covetousness.  It is present from the highest level to the lowest level of leadership.


In some countries, we are welcomed to come and preach what God is saying and doing today.  People will nod in agreement, smile and even clap.  But we also have come across many proud pastors that will stand at the back of the room and say, “We already know that.  We can cast out devils too.  I’m not impressed with him.  I’ve done better.”  They have come up to us and ask how large our church is and how much money we are making.  Our staff members have come weeping to me more than once because of those kinds of questions and remarks.


These leaders are so full of pride that they can not hold back their tongue of conceit and criticizing.   They lift themselves up and compare themselves to us.  Of course, they are bragging.  If we were a huge church, they would listen; otherwise, they want us to listen to them instead.  The back of the church seems to be their favorite place.  They can congregate there and gossip and criticize.


One pastor with several other pastors under him sat down with me and talked about himself for thirty minutes but never bothered to ask a single question about who we were and what we did.  He was so full of himself and self-importance that he was completely uninterested in us.  He wanted us to know who he is.  A couple of his fellow pastors walked out of the seminar after lunch, claiming that they knew everything already.


At another place, the pastors refused to participate in a team practice session until we finally persuaded them to help pray.  They couldn’t cast out the smallest demon.  There was absolutely no manifestation of demons and they claimed that the demons had left.  After the team practice, a young man they had prayed for came to the front to ask for prayer.  He had not received deliverance from the group of pastors.  We called several of our students to take him to the back of the room and pray for him.  Within seconds, he fell to the floor and was screaming as demons fled.


At one place we held a crusade meeting at the request of the host pastor, and there were fifteen pastors and seventy-five total persons in attendance.  I was informed that we needed to change the crusade meeting into a revival meeting since there were no unbelievers there.  Imagine: there were over eight churches represented and no one was interested in bringing a friend or family member to be saved.  “Anyway,” the pastor said, “we usually have a revival meeting every Friday night.”  They played music for an hour and a half and were revved up.  After all the bragging and criticizing, not one pastor or member had brought even a single person to the meeting to be saved.  Obviously, their weekly revival meetings were useless.


At almost every seminar, pastors will leave after exclaiming that they already know what is being taught.  They question and challenge and refuse to change.  They are covetous, competitive and proud.  Yet, when put to the test, they are unable to deliver.

 

ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

In Europe, our host pastor had photos of Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen on his living room walls and he played a video tape of a huge crowd being preached to by a prominent American televangelist.  He smiled and gave us great love, but also exclaimed, “We’re not changing!” when he thought none of our people could hear.  His church featured a choir with beautiful gowns and he put their music and services on CDs.  He also wrote books and publicized his programs.  He patterned his church after American televangelists’ organizations.  They acted interested and were loving and cordial, but had no intention of changing their ways.


At other European churches, pastors asked me about Joel Osteen and other Christian leaders.  They wanted to emulate America’s richest pastors.

 

HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF AGAIN

 

History is repeating itself once again and Babylon is coming to destroy God’s temples and people.  In the days of the prophet, Jeremiah, he lamented the fact that the prophets and priests were covetous of each other.  “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealteth falsely.” Jer. 6:13; Jer. 8:10.


Worse, they taught their followers to be covetous too and to desire worldly fame and money.  Churches are filled with people that put up a good front of holiness but inside their heart they desire only the good life that their leaders have.  In Jeremiah 33:31, the Lord spoke about the people who pretended to be interested in what the prophet had to say.  They showed great love outwardly, but inside they were covetous of the good life and had no intention of following the ways of God.

 

Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.  And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them, for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.  And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  Jer. 30-32.

 

The same is true today.  People all over the world will invite teachers to come and speak and teach, but it is all false pretenses.  They are playing church and have no intention of changing the way they live.  It is only a false front to draw people to their church and to pretend that they are on the cutting edge.  But, when they leave, it is business as usual.


Charles and Francis Hunter, famous healers, came to the Philippines and claimed to have trained 24,000 workers in their healing techniques.  They felt that it would spark a revival in the Philippines.  Alas, we have not met a single Christian in the Philippines that is healing people with the Hunter teachings.  At the same time, we have used the Hunter’s methods with amazing success.  People all over the world welcome the Hunters but when they leave, nothing happens.

 

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

 

We do not have much hope that people will listen to us as we warn them of war and the need to pray and repent and confront the demonic kingdom.  However, God has sent us out for a purpose.  For most of the people that listen to our message, it is a time of judgment.  Having heard the message, they cannot say that they did not know or were not warned.  God has a habit of sending prophets or teachers to warn the people before He brings judgment.  It is God’s last act of mercy.  He has been incredibly long-suffering and patient, but the church has not responded to His warnings.  Babylon is coming!

 


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