posted on Dec, 28 2007 @ 05:56 PM
An article I wrote a while back for our ministry newsletter:
Angel of Light - Angel of Darkness
And no wonder! For Satan himself is disguised as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
As a minister I’ve heard many people talk about Satan disguising himself as an angel of light. Typically, it most often occurs when people hear
something they either don’t like, don’t want to hear, or disagree with. Before I get into exactly what that Scripture means and for arguments sake
(and the sake of an eye opening examination) let’s take a look at a handful of the most popular and influential preachers and ministers in the U.S.
today. (Statistics below were obtained from Wikipedia)
One with a 30,000 person congregation has a ministry which emphasizes positive thinking, success and wealth, spent $95 Million to revamp an arena in
which to hold services, and continually sells out huge arenas across the country where people must fork out $10 per ticket to see him.
Another has not only a ministry, but an enterprise and lives in 4,000 square foot home with a guest house and a three car garage. The Ministry took in
approximately $40 Million dollars in 2006.
Yet another is on TBN regularly doing faith healings for which he says he needs “your love gifts”, so that he can go on preaching and for
“miracles” that not a single doctor’s note has ever been produced to back up his claims. In 2006, those “love gifts” amounted to $36 million
And how about the one who is the founder of not only a non-denominational ministry, but an enterprise which is the parent organization for an
international ministry as well as a record company AND magazine? Again, this is yet another preacher that focuses on “prosperity theology” that
has netted him two Rolls-Royces, three private jets, a million dollar home and a $2.5 million dollar apartment in Manhattan. His message is that
faithfulness will be rewarded by material wealth and also says that “Jesus didn’t come as God, he came as a man, and he did not come perfect…he
grew into his perfection.”
Are the prophets for God or prophets for profit? Why are their ministries focusing on what we can have NOW rather than what we have to DO now for what
we can hope to achieve later in Christ’s Kingdom? In my humble opinion, preachers such as these do more damage to Christianity than the most
committed Atheist. And the list goes on and on and on…
So what do all of them have in common, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. They, like so many other shepherds out there, are preaching what the
people of today want to hear. And why are they doing that? Because it brings them glory, popularity, prosperity and lines their pockets with the hard
earned money of the people who come to see them. Their “prosperity theology” is exactly what people want to hear because it’s in fact what they
themselves want AND it keeps them from coming under close scrutiny by their congregations because they preach that faithfulness will bring great
wealth. Those looking on see a man or woman on a stage who obviously must be VERY faithful servants because they also see them wearing designer
clothing, jewelry, driving Rolls Royce’s and living in multi-million dollar homes.
At John 6:22 in the Scriptures, Jesus is talking about how He is the Bread of Life and explaining all that must be done in order to obtain eternal
life. At John 6:60 many of His disciples are complaining, saying, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?” and many of them deserted Jesus.
You see, in that day and age and especially in today’s day and age, people simply cannot accept that there is much more to obtaining eternal life
than simply tithing or being baptized. The fact that it takes hard work and true dedication is scary and even a turn off for many. So, if preachers
like the one’s mentioned above were to preach the TRUTH as Jesus did, and followers deserted them in the same way they deserted Jesus, who would be
left to line their pockets with gold? This is why they preach what people want to hear. But did Christ seek popularity and prosperity? Did he ever
charge anyone a penny for the right to listen to what he had to say? No, he didn’t. He sought only to teach the Truth. He sought to educate those
who would listen so that they could obtain eternal life, not make his life on earth more comfortable by obtaining material things. He sought to serve
And now back to 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself is disguised as an angel of light.
What does it mean? Does he mean that he will physically appear as an angel of light? No, it does not. It means that Satan tickles the ears of those
who will listen and tells them what they want to hear. He does the complete OPPOSITE of what Christ did. Christ did not come to preach that
everything’s okay and God really isn’t mad at us and it’s going to be a quick and easy many roads to salvation in which we will all spend
eternity with Him and His Father. He told the TRUTH. He warned and He prepared us for what will come. He suffered and then died a horrible death for
our sins so that we too would be able to obtain eternal life. His dieing for us did not automatically mean that we would definitely go to heaven. What
He did was show us the way so that we could decide how to live our lives. His disciples took His example and then went on to endure long, arduous
ministries and ended up dieing for what they believed so that WE might have a chance. There was nothing easy or prosperous about Christ’s ministry
at all. They relied on God and not the sales of tickets, tithes or donations to support their ministries. They spoke and lived by, Truth.