ERROR OF MONEY REQUIREMENT FOR ORDINATION – Acts 6:3 KJV
Acts 6:3 KJV
“Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”
For ordination, I believe according to the scripture, money should not be primary condition but it (money) should be secondary and last to be considered when to ordain any person as minister in the church as it was done in the early church, the first church in the Bible. The requirements should be: (1) The person should be of honest report (2) The person should be full of the Holy Spirit and (3) The person should be full of wisdom of God – Acts 6:3 KJV “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” Even in this scripture money is never mention as requirement or precondition for the ordination.
The other requirements are mentioned by Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 3: 1 – 13 KJV “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
In all the above requirements, there is no place money is giving priority over them! But because of the tithes (money) hundred percent (100%) intact of all the ministers going to the headquarters (control centre), financial capacity/influence has been given priority over both the spiritual maturity and impeccable character as the god of mammon is in charge of the prosperity gospel church.
All the spiritual and impeccable character standards have been compromised! You will find out that those ministers whose their money was considered over their spiritual maturity level before they were ordained were not broken at all – their brokenness is zero. Some of them are “title” crazy to the extent that if they call them brother or sister without calling them deacon or deaconess, that is, adding titles to their names, they would feel offended. Their brokenness was not considered before they were ordained but money influenced the spiritual decision of the church authority.
It is the money that qualified them for ordination because spiritual merchants are in charge of the ordination. As demons can never be redeemed, there are some things in our lives that need to be broken before ordination: pride, self-will, stubbornness, sinful habits, etc. God is interested in the brokenness of the ordained ministers because genuine ordained ministers do pass through the phase of brokenness before He (God) will use him or her. When you come to the end of yourself (surrender all to God, most especially pride becomes zero), this is brokenness.
Tithes (money) should be downplayed in the place of ordination. Fame, status, position and connection in the society should be downplayed when people are being considered for ordination in the church.
When God was recommending Job to Satan, the Almighty God did not refer to money (riches and wealth) at all as one of the excellent qualities and great achievements of Job, though he (Job) was the richest and wealthiest man as well as “the greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:3 KJV) as at that time: Job 1:3 KJV and Job 1:8 KJV “His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east…And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
Job had six excellent qualities in the sight of God and money was never included: (1) Job was a servant of God (2) There was none like Job on the earth (3) Job was a perfect man ( he lived a holy life – holiness) (4) Job was an upright man (he lived a righteous life – righteousness) (5) Job had the fear of God (he did the will of God) and (6) Job eschewed evil (he had nothing to do with evil).
Furthermore, Let us see how Titus explained criteria for ordination:
Titus 1:7 – 9 KJV “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” Look at this underlined phrase carefully “not given to filthy lucre”; it means that “not to be money hungry “or “not greedy for money”
Please read NEW KING JAMES VERSION (NKJV ) for a sound understanding : Titus 1:7 – 9 NKJV ” For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
But all the prosperity gospel pastors are money hungry today! The Bible (the word of God ) has given us the qualities to guide and follow for the ordination. The Bible is the highest authority – not the General Overseer or any pastor.
Even these money making pastors or better still the prosperity gospel pastors (pastorpreneurs) don’t have those above qualities (requirements) mentioned Titus 1:7 – 9, because apart from money, they are proud (they brag a lot), they are quick-tempered (easily angry), they are not self-controlled as they curse a lot from the pulpit if anybody challenges their wrong doctrines or unchristian practices in the church, etc.
The worst place you can get insulted is the church where your anger and self – control will be tested. But these prosperity gospel ministers or money making pastors (pastorpreneurs) curse a lot when they are insulted – they lack self – control. When it comes to money, they curse to express themselves when someone scripturally challenges on the issues of money and its uses in the church.
The generational curse is for the church members while the generational blessings in terms of riches and wealth are for the General Overseers and their senior pastors with their wives and children.
The generational curse of the poor church members gives birth to the generational blessings of riches and wealth of the General Overseers and their senior pastors with their wives and children.
They have oppressed the poor church members, they have scammed them of their hard earned money, they have robbed the church members through the powerful tools of brainwashing, manipulation and misapplication of the scriptures, in fact they have no mercy for the poor and needy in the church and they wrongfully oppress the stranger (oppressed the stranger /foreigner without justice).: Ezekiel 22:29 KJV “The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.”
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Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”