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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 09:56:58 -0600
NOTE:  David Ravenhill (-who is Leonard Ravenhill's son) will be
our keynote speaker at the "JOHN THE BAPTIST" Conference
that we are holding here in March. (-Entry is NO-CHARGE. Further
details to follow in my next email).  David has carried on his
father's fearless preaching of TRUTH and REPENTANCE.  Below
is a recent article that he wrote about 'Money-Changers' in the church:

-by David Ravenhill.

I’m convinced that the carnal, cunning, conniving, crooked crooks
that Jesus drove out of the Temple are still among us today.
These modern day moneychangers are forever devising new and
deceptive doctrines to defraud God’s people out of His/their
money. These masters of deceit have now set up their changing
tables throughout the Christian television industry.

I’m absolutely certain that if Jesus returned today He would walk
into the vast majority of these television studios and overthrow
the cameras, lights, monitors, and soundboards. He would
unplug the microphones and scatter the makeup colors around
as He went about destroying the stages and backdrops.

Several years ago now, a nationally know prophetic voice was
told by the Lord, “I’m sick and tired of the prosperity message”.
If that was true then,  how much more today.  As far back as
1986, the top seven media evangelists took in over 750 million
dollars. Now with the increased manipulation of ‘seed faith
teaching’ that amount has no doubt been dwarfed by comparison.

Only a few days ago I was appalled as I watched and listened as
Pastor Steve__________ zealously  twisted  and distorted the
Scriptures to his own advantage. This ‘brother’ dared to distort
the most sacred truth of all Scripture. He used The Day Of
Atonement, that day when Jesus Christ the Lamb of God shed His
blood for the sins of the world, to teach that how we give financially
determines how God will respond to us throughout the coming year.
My blood boiled as I listened. This ‘brother’ had finally crossed the
line and was now on the verge of blaspheming the atoning work of
our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not to mention lining his
own pockets with the proceeds. He might as well have been
selling indulgences by inferring that God’s favor toward us was
based on our giving rather than God’s unmerited grace and
forgiveness through the gift of His Son.  What made matters worse
was that this same ‘charlatan’ was the guest of one of the nation’s
best known charismatic personalities.  Within a day or so he was
teaching the same message on a local Christian telethon. Neither
the evangelist nor the network sought to correct his aberrant
teaching – after all, the show must go on and that takes money,
so how you raise it doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

Why does almost every single Christian program have to end with
some type of ‘seed faith teaching’?  If these men and women of
faith really believed what they taught, they would practice what
they preach and teach; after all what’s good for the goose is good
for the gander. Imagine how shocked you would be if your favorite
televangelist and covenant partner were to send you a check in
their next mailing for the amount of $1,000.00 with a personal
note telling you he/she just wanted to sow into your life. Perhaps
then I could believe that these men/women really believe and
practice what they teach. Not only that, but they would never
have to appeal for money again as God’s return to them would
result in a hundredfold increase. At least that’s what they would
have us to believe.

On a recent ministry trip to the Northwest, I was told by a pastor
friend that his church had received a call from a well known and
anointed teacher in the Body of Christ. The caller was asking
them for a contribution towards the purchase of a jet for their
ministry. What a far cry from what the Apostle Paul taught when
he prefaced his teaching on ‘sowing and reaping’ with these
words; “ For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction,
but by way of equality.” (II Cor. 8:13-14)

Many pastors measure their success in terms of numbers –the
larger the church the more successful their ministry.  Itinerant
ministries, not being able to brag about size, seem to fall for the
notion that having one’s own jet is how success is determined.
(Once it was the Rolex watch).  By the way, if you love and
appreciate this fine teacher, pray that he won’t get the desires
of his heart - it will only lead to the leanness of his soul.

This is one man’s attempt to appeal to the Body of Christ. Stop
pandering to these moneychangers. These men and women live
like kings while spending your money to buy mansions and jets
for themselves. They dine in the finest restaurants, wear the
latest designer fashions and then have the audacity to tell you
that you can live the same way as long as you give to their ministry.

I opened my Bible the other day to Zechariah’s wonderful prophecy
concerning the first coming of Jesus, our great and glorious King.
Listen to his words; ‘Behold your King is coming to you; He is
just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey,
even on a colt the foal of a donkey.’( Zechariah 9:9 ) What a far
cry from the televangelist who comes high and mighty and traveling
on his own jet!

If you are as sick and tired as I am about this waste of God’s
money, then for heaven’s sake STOP SUPPORTING THESE
PEOPLE. Give your money to your local church. There are tens
of thousands of needy missionaries who barely have enough
support to keep themselves alive. They are laboring long and hard
under some of the most difficult and trying conditions. They would
rejoice at the thought of an extra $10-30 dollars a month support.
These are the real heroes of whom the world is not worthy. Help
Together we can make it happen. Please forward this to as many
people as you know.


-David Ravenhill.