That is, they preach whatever gives them the best monetary return. This would otherwise be obvious based simply on their “success” but deceived congregations are spiritually blind to this truth.


       Most are willingly blind. They choose their church leaders and denominations, support them, and take great pride in them. They feel good knowing they belong to the right church teaching the right doctrines. Their leaders, knowing where their support comes from, preach only what their congregants want to hear. That is why, of course, their congregants are there. If they didn’t like what goes on there they wouldn’t be there. If they were not there their money would not be there either.

         This dynamic creates a synthetic non-Scriptural symbiotic giving-receiving relationship allowing only that which is acceptable by those giving financial support. These are usually comprised of the greater percentage of the congregation, though it is often the case that the few give the most. Anything which the financial supporters reject must never be taught. In this way both parties are pleased and satisfied and the relationship contract is fulfilled. The “leader” who gives the teaching receives monetary compensation. The “followers” who receive the teaching give monetary compensation. As long as the leader gives the correct teaching, that is, the teaching that the givers want, he will be compensated. The more he pleases them the greater he will be compensated.


         Real Christians understand right away that such a model is inherently flawed in that the Word of God cannot possibly work its wonders to convict people of sin under such an arrangement. Without conviction of sin there is no need for repentance, that is, admitting one’s guilt and subsequently getting right with God. This means sinners masquerading as Christians come to church with sin and leave with sin. They are never separated from their sin. Their sin is coddled. This only leads to more sin and the acceptance of greater forms of sin. Sinners find these places comfortable. Their sin is never revealed. Nobody cares about it including the preacher (or priest or reverend or minister or whatever).

         “Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the LORD, “who execute a plan, but not Mine, and make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, in order to add sin to sin.” [Isaiah 30:1]

        Successful preachers who partake of the false giving-receiving relationship rarely or never preach about sin. To do so could possibly anger their partners who would then likely withhold their support. In their estimation it is better to have compromised Christian sinners who support them financially than anyone who does not or cannot. Of course, in the Lord’s eyes congregations are not supposed to be made up of sinners. But if one never preaches sin, how will anyone ever be convicted of their sin and thus seek a solution to their conviction?

         If one never preaches the full teachings of the Lord Jesus, how will anyone ever learn the truth and act upon it?

         Real Christians know the New Testament definition of sin. They are aware of the many sinful practices mentioned or listed in the Word of God. The Lord Jesus certainly preached against sin and instructed His disciples to do the same. They were interested in bringing people to salvation. They were not there to make a living. They were not interested in money. They were not bought or controlled by money. If you supported them financially they would preach the same pure Word of God anyway. Whatever they received monetarily had no bearing whatsoever on what they would teach and preach.

         We know, however, that they did not receive so much. The Lord Jesus set the perfect example by his frugal lifestyle that He could be supported with next to nothing. Imagine that. The Lord did incredible things. Thousands were saved, set free from sin, and delivered. He was always performing miracles to help people. He could do anything. And it would cost you nothing. He did it all for free. He was fasting all the time and thus took food sporadically. He slept outside except for those occasions when he was in a village and stayed with a supporter. Other than food his stay added no additional expense to a household. And whoever did anything for Him was blessed many, many times over.

         I remember once, when I was a spiritual rookie, a young missionary family visited our church. I was already thoroughly enmeshed in the Word of God and well aware of the frugal practices of early Christianity. When I thought of missionaries I thought of hardy souls doing without and subjecting themselves to the rigors of preaching the Gospel and making converts in a foreign and often hostile land. The “missionaries” who showed up that night were nothing of the sort.

         They were well-fed, well-clothed, and appeared better off than many of the people in the congregation. The man was somewhat effeminate and soft (but he played piano very well).

         There was a hint of entitlement and smugness. These people were certainly none the worse for wear. I found out later that their “missionary” activity consisted in merely administering a conventional church plant. The denomination had simply created an American church building and grounds in a Latin American country in a relatively good area and called this missionary work, a far cry from early Church examples. They likely had more money and comfort than converts.

         I knew from my own “missionary work” in witnessing to pretty much everybody, that a man could get slammed and have his head handed to him in a heartbeat. It went with the territory. But I mostly had a great many enjoyable experiences telling people about the Lord and attempting to help bring them to salvation. And this was coming from a young man with little money working fulltime and going to church four or five times a week. To me it was always a labor of love and this is how it should be. And after working all week and witnessing “in the field” you would go to church and get preached at (slammed) and the Lord would make more progress through the Word to conform you to His will. It was not easy. And I always gave what was required freely and with a good conscience. I had no control whatsoever over the preaching.


         The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron… [1Timothy 4:1-2] [1]

          At this point in American history the majority of conventional churches and ministries are abject spiritual failures. Many, however, are financially successful. Many preachers are very well off. They preach to money. American Christianity in general has thus also become an abject failure. There is more sin in the country now than ever before and it is growing exponentially. All of this happened on their watch, that is, the watch of those who refuse to preach the real Word of God but instead work for money and success. And it continues to happen on their watch. They have failed the Lord. They have failed the country. They are responsible.

         But they are not convicted. Like their supporters, no-sin preaching has lobotomized their own minds as well.

          © 2019 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on November 8, 2019, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Reading through this post makes me so, so thankful for my preacher dad, and for other pastors I’ve had, who spoke truth as God laid it on their hearts and did NOT preach to the money! They’re still out there. They just aren’t the glitzy glamorous ones. Thank God.

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    • I think the good ones are becoming relatively scarce. It is becoming much harder to operate according to past traditional means when Christians had a higher dedication and morality index. We now have open sinners in pulpits. Most congregants have no voice whatsoever and are given a “take it or leave it” attitude. Far too many Christians are stuck in the trap of believing they must be in a “church” even though good churches are so hard to find. They end up accepting whatever they can locate close by. It would be better to simply get a good group together and start anew with excellent Biblical standards and true fellowship.

      Regarding most of the high profile mega church pastors and TV preachers, they have long since sold out to money because they cannot exist without great sums. They are compromised. Their doctrine is watered-down. They have no spiritual power. Their ministries are largely much ado about nothing. They have a different agenda. They don’t look like the Lord.

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  2. Sad but true.. I listen to Charles Lawson from Temple Baptist Knoxville.. he has not been comprised.. Someone decided to put his sermons on You Tube and he wasn’t even aware how many people were watching until he started receiving letters.
    It grieves God when people scatter the sheep or preach for filthy lucre..


    • Thank you Mary Ann. I appreciate the visit.

      There are certainly honest ministers who desire to walk in the light they are given, but sadly, are in the minority. Many years ago I heard a minister who visited the church I was attending at that time. I could see right away that he was somewhat out of place. He was older, probably in his sixties, and grandfatherly. He wore a neat beard and had a ready smile, but bore a wearied appearance. I could easily sense that he knew much more regarding New Testament truth than what he could share in most churches. He chose his words carefully. This man had undoubtedly been through many spiritual trials to go along with the regular trials of life in attaining his age. I was able to meet him later, but we spoke only briefly before he was whisked away for something or another. I never saw him again. I have forgotten the subject matter but will never forget that look in his eye. Though I was much younger we seemed to be kindred spirits. It was as if he was telling me to soldier on.

      This is what honest ministers must do. Their road will be harder. Most will not recognize or appreciate their efforts. It is not only because so many ministers are compromised but also because so many Christians are as well. A lack of love for truth impedes spiritual vision.

      Blessings to you.

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      • Amen, you are so right.
        The Gospel has been watered down and compromised.. I have heard pastors say when they are invited to speak at a church, you are asked for an outline of what you will be preaching, and advise you if they do not agree. I feel if you preach from God’s word, it may offend some listeners, but it is better to be offended and seek to repent, than to believe a lie.


        • Thanks Mary Ann. Requiring outlines and preaching points insuring one never mentions anything in God’s Word which is unacceptable seems to have become standard procedure in some places. It is not surprising since they do the same thing to the Lord.

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