God, the Mighty One

“God wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas and creativity… It’s going to happen… Suddenly, your situation will change for the better…He [God] will bring your dreams to pass” – from Your Best Life Now, by Joel Olsteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston Texas (The LARGEST church in the United States!)

Gad, or God, is an ancient mighty one of fortune.  His name comes from the idea of distributing.  As a matter of fact, YHWH condemned Israel for worshiping him.

“But you who forsake YHWH, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Gad (pronounced God, who is the mighty one of fortune) and fill cups of mixed wine for Meni, I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.” – Isaiah 65:11-12

The Israelites were delighted to forget YHWH and serve “God” and “Meni”, because through them they would expect fortune and good luck in their futures!  It seems that many today are also delighted to serve “God” for the very same reasons.  The most popular form of Christianity worldwide is focused on the concept of gaining material fortune through serving “God.”

3 of the 4 largest churches in the United States teach that “God” will bless them financially if they serve him.  The largest organized church in the world, Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea (253,000!), teaches this as well.  Many of the pastors in these churches also send their message on television and have many who believe their message remotely.  While it may be true that “God” may bless them, YHWH is not doing so!

The Master Yahushua told a very different story about riches and earthly fortune:

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of the Mighty One.” – Matthew 19:24

“You cannot serve the Mighty One and wealth.” – Matthew 6:24

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

Still not convinced?  Watch the video below.  The 2 men at the end of the video are the senior pastors in 2 of the United States’  4 largest churches.

“God” is truly happy with this!