1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom. 12:1-2
I am thinking that if I were a writer of fiction, the title that I have come up with for this post – The Ruse – would bring in all the big book publishers crawling at my feet. Just thinking, though.
But what I am about to write in this post is stranger than fiction. Let me begin by saying that I am really peeved by the lie that prosperity preachers use to justify their incredible wealth and excessive lifestyles. They use the phrase: “We’ve paid our dues!”
To which my response is that as far as the gospel is concerned, there is only one way to pay your dues. It’s right there in that scripture above. The only due you owe God is to be transformed.
Jesus said much more, of course. He said to go sell all that you have. And please don’t ask me what scripture that is, you can check them all up in the Bible, they are so many.
But let’s backpedal just a little bit… What do these preachers mean by “I have paid my dues?”
I cannot answer for them. But I do know for a fact that this is a line that they use to draw in easy-to-fleece Christians. They tell them: “I can afford to buy a $16,000 dog because I have paid my dues to God. See? You are failing to even eat two solid meals a day because you have not paid God His dues.”
It’s a ruse.
Because, poor people, when they hear that someone can afford to buy a $16,000 dog because he ‘paid his dues’, they do the mathematics and they cannot believe how much more they can receive from (wherever) if they were to “pay their dues” also. So they go and clean out their bank accounts and bring the money to these wolves in sheep’s skins!
Believers swallow this ‘paying dues’ ruse hook, line and sinker. Particularly if the preacher is gifted with a gift to entertain (from the devil, of course). And many of these preachers have more than the gift to entertain. Some can even lie barefaced. You ask, ‘Where can I find a genuine, bona fide barefaced liar preacher?’
My answer: the best place to find them, especially the big ones, is on TV. And on the internet, of course. They are there 24/7.
One other thing: these preachers have the gift of sinning. They are professionals in that art.
People, it requires one to have crossed the lines of believing in voodoo-ism for one to believe that prosperity preachers are preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ! For even an ordinary drunkard seated with his beer at the bar will tell you that these ‘preachers’ are nothing but fraudsters and swindlers.
There is nothing like ‘paying your dues’ in the gospel. Probably there is such a thing in the world; but not in the gospel.
In the gospel, we have been saved by grace. And that grace – through the revelation of the cross – teaches us that, “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Tit. 2:12)
In this blog I always come back to the reason the Apostle Paul would preach no other gospel except Christ, and Him crucified. We can walk all the way to the Antarctica and back, but we still will find the cross waiting for us. It is best to choose to humble ourselves, at whatever stage of our salvation we are at, and take up our cross and follow Christ – that we may become partakers of God’s grace.
[Below: The Ubungo Intersection in Dar es Salaam]