Acts 1:8 declares, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
Designer clothes, upscale homes, sleek cars, huge bank accounts and living the good life were not measures of spiritual success. Instead, sheep skin and goatskin rags, wandering in the desert, mountains and living in caves and the holes of the earth, suffering and even death for the sake of Christ were evidences of real prosperity for them. Hell feared them. Demons trembled before them. Satan sought to destroy them. Selfless sacrifice was the banner that was raised high over them. Multiple millions were transformed by their message and their authentic lives. The sick were healed, the dead were raised and the sinner was forgiven. What an incredible impact they had. They turned the world upside down. They were an honor to Christ and to the Holy Spirit.
What about their 21st Century Counterparts?
Their message is "gain is a sign of Godliness." They invite you to give sacrificially (to them) in order to be wealthy. Wear the finest, drive the best, live in the upscale in order to demonstrate to the world that you are blest of God! You can have the GOOD LIFE NOW!"
Heaven weeps over them, Hell laughs at them, and the world is lost because of them!
The precious Pentecostal Movement, which has energized the lives of countless millions of Christians, has been hijacked by these false prophets or should I say "profits." They live the life of royalty in their lavish palaces, ranches and great estates. Their garages are full of the most expensive luxury cars and recreational toys. Rolex watches, expensive jewelry and the finest of clothing adorn their bodies. All of this has been made possible because of the "seed faith" gifts of the faithful! What a mockery, what a disgrace!
The cry of the hour is, "Oh that YOU would rend the Heavens and come down! Purge the House of God like you did long ago. Overturn the tables of the merchandisers. Drive out the money changers. Restore your church, Lord! Raise up shepherds after your own heart! Return the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit to your church again. Raise up a selfless generation of believers who are willing to give all for the sake of the Gospel."
Let our prayer be that of the true prophet of old when he cried out: "O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known."