Emperor Worship

St. Peter addressed Simon Magus who attempted to convert the laying on of hands into a “for profit” (first mistyped “for prophet”, which would fit) enterprise:

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” – Acts 8:20-23

Three false doctrines bow before the dais of emperor worship: 1. God wants you to be wealthy, 2. The wealthy politician is truly blessed by God, 3. The politician is god. Prosperity preachers serve as priests at this altar dispensing sacraments of “dough” and the “fruit of the wallet.”

The first Beatitude of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount did not teach, “Blessed are the winners, for they shall never hang with losers.” Rather Jesus taught, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3).

You may say, “Pastor Jim, are you a flaming Lib?” No, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Vote your conscience. I am pro “First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me” (Ex 20:3), which includes politicians and megachurch pastors in Texas.

You may say, “Pastor Jim, are you a flaming Lib?” No, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Vote your conscience. I am pro “First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me” (Ex 20:3), which includes politicians and megachurch pastors in Texas.

Be Blessed,

-Pastor Jim

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