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Snares and scams await the gullible

As a child, my very wise mother taught me a lot of sayings, among them: “A fool and his money soon parted.” “If it seems too good to be true, it is.” The longer I stand in the pulpit, the more I shake my head at some of the schemes and scams I see Christians falling into in an attempt to buy blessings from the Lord.

Why haven’t we Christians learned by now that God’s blessings are not for sale? The holy water from the Jordan won’t bless you. The prayer shawls won’t heal you. Neither will giving the “healer” a larger offering as he requests.

And why do Christians fall for pyramid schemes? I’ve had good Christian folk try to sell me all kinds of health products they have been talked into buying by high pressure “Christian” hucksters, which they are then to resell to recoup their investments.

God does have a financial plan to protect and increase our finances and pour out blessings upon us. It’s found in Malachi 3:8-11. And it doesn’t involve lining the pockets of religious charlatans.

If you are a Christian and have been the victim of one of these, rest assured God will deal with the false prophets, saying, “I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness” (Matt 7:23).

But the sheep also bear a responsibility to not be drawn into the snare of greed. God has a warning for us clearly printed in His word:

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (1 Tim 6:9-11 NAS).

The Rev. Anne Barber, pastor of My Father’s House Church, 7215 U.S. 301 N. Ellenton, can be reached at 776-9016 or by visiting www.myfathershouseinc.com. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.

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