By Patrick Hawthorne
I’m a Charismatic. I know I’ve started the last couple of posts with this statement, but I do not want there to be any misunderstandings. Being a Charismatic, I am part of the group that receives a lot of guff from the “Oh Woe is Me,” committee of the Church of Forever Dead. Thus, I would like to write a letter.
Dear Oh Woe is Me,
This letter is being written for the purpose of setting your committee straight as it pertains to the Prosperity Message. It would seem that your committee is notorious for lumping all Charismatics into the group of “Name it and Claim It,” better known as the “Blab it and Grab it Bunch.”
Yes, I do subscribe to the prosperity message, but not for the reason you insist. You see, there are two type of Christian’s. There are those who go and those who send (Romans 10:15). The Apostle Paul spoke to this in Philippians 4:15-19 when he commended the Philippians not only on their partnership in giving to his ministry but in receiving as well. In verse nineteen, because they had partnered with him, he said, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Notice that in order to receive in verse nineteen, the Philippians had to first practice verse fifteen.
Now, Oh Woe is Me, to further clarify my position, it must be understood that God has not personally given me the assignment of traveling to the many far regions of the world. Therefore, if I am not called to go, it only stands to reason that I am called to send those who do go. But, in order to send them I need the resources. But how, when my paycheck is such that I can’t do as much as I would like? Well, according to the Word, I can plant a financial seed into fertile ground and watch it grow. In other words, I can trust God for the finances.
[Insert the bewildered, “What strange doctrine doth he preach,” look upon the Oh Woe is Me group]
I imagine your head just tilted dramatically with the fertile ground comment so I will clarify using the Word of God. Paul, in 2 Corinthians 10 said, and I paraphrase, “May God who supplies the seed to the sower, and bread for food SUPPLY and MULTIPLY the seed YOU HAVE SOWN…” If you back up from there, Paul is referring to being a giver with a happy face…not the grumpy face as seen by many members of your Forever Dead congregation.
So you see, Oh Woe is Me, I give in order to get, in order to give, in order to get, in order to give. It is a continuous cycle that God has put in place and established on the basis of sowing and reaping; in that order. No, this is not so that I can be a hoarder of wealth but so that I can be a giver. I’m sure we can both agree that God does not give a rip about me having a new Dodge 2500 pickup with a Hemi…even though I would sure appreciate one…in dark blue.
Now, Oh Woe is Me, I simply ask that you respect my right to be a giver for the Kingdom of God as I honor your right to maintain your Whine and Complain Doctrine. If you will respect my position of joy, I will respect your position to maintain the status symbol of a lowly worm if you so desire.
Blab it and Grab It