Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Now just take a second to reread the verse and envision in your mind all that was going on that miraculous day. Now can you also image what that same day of miracles would have been like had Jesus told the disciples to charge a months wages for the miracles?
This power to heal was given under the terms and condition that they freely give what they freely received. In other words, the disciples were not permitted to keep it amongst themselves. It was a gift of God meant to be distributed to the people of the day.
It’s a good thing they didn’t charge them a compound usury fee for every healing they received. Get cleansed today and go to jail next month for not coming up with the full payment due.
One of the main purposes of these healings was to show the world that Jesus had indeed come to fulfill the scriptures. It also showed the disciples the power of faith and trust in Jesus, not to mention his love for humanity. The world would surely know that the messiah had walked among men in the flesh.
Christ told the disciples freely ye have received, freely give to these people in need. Modern day Christians have become the biggest extortioners who I liken to the tax collector in biblical times. Who were severely hated of the people because of their shady practices.
Always charging extra taxes so they could pocket their own unfair share. Those who had nothing or just chose not to pay, would be sold into slavery to pay their so called debts to society. It was a lucrative business to say the least even though it was dishonest as all get out.
It seems as though pastors of late have acquired a particular fancy for the “Freely give” part of this scripture. How many times does the collection plate need to be passed around? Does the pastor really have to talk about money before, during and after each service? They keep saying, God can do it,” well when is he going to…..as soon as you stop fleecing the flock.
Let’s not even get into the multimillion dollar false prophecy and healing ordeals that have become prevalent with the mainstream televangelist. The so called anointed dancing around on money being thrown on them while they perform their money dance on the platform. The laying on of empty hands on empty heads makes for one great big circus side show.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
These days one has to pay for a prophecy, prayer, bible study, music, teaching, blessing or healing…but what happened to the “Freely give” as you have “Freely received?” At this point I’ve got to ask myself, “Is salvation actually free?” But why is it that no one ever questions these unbiblical antics?
Luke 17: And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
According to todays standards, Jesus wasn’t in tune with God because he “Missed it.” Jesus had the opportunity to charge that filthy good for nothing leper double. Because not only did he heal him of leprosy, he also made him whole.
The modern day prosperity preacher would have said, “Jesus, now why’d you have to go and do that?” And Jesus would probably reply with something like, “Depart from me ye worker of iniquity.”
When God blesses any one of us with an office, we should never use it to take advantage of others. I truly do question anyone in the church that promotes such thievery. These are Gods holy scriptures, we’re supposed to be the called out ones preaching to a lost and dying world. So why are so many insistent on withholding what God has freely given? Stop holding out for a nominal donation and release what God has intended to be freely given.