Pastors have to deal with quite a bit of criticism. Some of it is unfair. Like when they don’t show up to visit a person in the hospital who hasn’t been to church in 20 years. Some of it is deserved. Like when Creflo Dollar went on the Internet to ask people to buy him a $65 million private jet.
When criticism comes his way, the pastor can deal with it and move on.
Or, as in the case of Creflo Dollar, he can address it in a sermon where he blames the whole thing on the devil.
“The enemy, like he always has, is trying to stop the preaching of Jesus. And we’re not going to stop.”
Creflo is right. Satan is always trying to stop the preaching of the gospel. But at World Changers Church International, the devil’s work is already done. The gospel isn’t preached there. At least, not the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in a sovereign God who came to kill sin and give new life to his people. The gospel of Bentleys, mansions, seed offerings and claiming away cancer is preached at World Changers International Church.
And Satan is not bothered by that.
The prosperity gospel of health and wealth, no matter how passionately it is preached, is no threat to the kingdom of Satan. Satan will let Creflo fly all over the world and tell people about Jesus, as long as it’s the version of Jesus that died to make us rich. As long as it’s not the real Jesus.
Preachers don’t scare the devil.
So to the devil, a preacher without Jesus is an easy target. Or, more likely, not a target at all. Why bother. What’s the threat?
I have no doubts that Creflo will get his plane. But it won’t be a gift from God. The devil will do anything he can to stop the spread of the gospel, whether that means cutting off the heads of Christians or funding the spread of Creflo’s gospel. So if Creflo wants to give the devil credit for anything, it should probably be that new plane when it finally arrives. It will just be another one of Satan’s tools that he will use to turn people away from the real Jesus.
Creflo goes on to say that his dreams don’t stop at a private jet. No, there might be life on Mars. And those people will need the gospel too, which will require a space ship costing somewhere near a billion dollars. No, I’m not making this up. I’ll let you know when a GoFundMe account starts up for Creflo’s space ship.
“Just ’cause the world don’t have it,” Creflo told his congregation, “Don’t mean you can’t have it. You are children of the Almighty God. Dream! Dream!”
In the Bible, genuine faith is never connected to space ships and Mars, Rather, it is marked by action (James 1:27; 2:14-25). It is seen in a suffering servant who draws his strength from Christ, not himself (2 Corinthians 12:1-10). And it is demonstrated by a poor evangelist who has learned the secret of hanging on, no matter what the bank statement says (Philippians 4:10-13). That’s a lesson that Creflo would do well to learn.
So Creflo, if you’re reading this, stop blaming the devil for your love of money. Instead, repent.
Repent for misleading so many people.
Repent of the sin of trying to reduce the Sovereign Creator of the world to an ATM.
Repent for leading that money cult that you call a church.
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:2-10 (ESV)