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"Father of the Faith Movement
said it had gone too far!
 
 
Rev. Dr. David P. Griffiths investigates
 
 
Anyone who has watched Christian T.V. will know that there are occasional programmes that seem to be a cross between what one can gain from a market stall with a strange kind of Christianity that declares that the “price has not yet fully been paid”!
 
These are the programmes of what have been known as “prosperity teachers”, but teachers in my view who have gone to an extreme of believing that money is the most important thing in their ministry.
 
It may surprise many to realise that the so called “father” of the faith movement Kenneth E. Hagin before his promotion to glory sought to address these issues in what can be only described as a classic of balanced teaching: The Midas Touch.  We examine the hot issues Hagin has raised as a plea to the movement to withdraw from the excesses as they are hurting many people wondering why they have had no return from their seeds. Hagin introduced his book by asking the following questions:
 
1)    Should believers expect a 100 fold return on what they give?
2)  Is “supernatural debt cancellation” biblical?
3)  Is the wealth of the wicked laid up for the just?
4)  Are Christians entitled to an “end time transference of wealth”?
5)  Is “naming your seed” biblical?
6)  Should you believe God for the double portion?
 
In the commercial world of some parts of the “Word of Faith” movement people have been persuaded by charismatic leaders to expect a return on their offering which to a degree is true, but not to the extreme so commonly presented. Hagin therefore sets about addressing these extremes seeking a balance down the middle of the road rather than rejecting prosperity principles altogether.
 
The reference to Midas is simply referring to the mythical King whose touch turned everything to gold – a reference prevalent in some “Word of Faith” circles where the emphasis has been on the created rather than the Creator.
 
In Chapter One Hagin quotes the Psalmist who cries out to the Lord to “send now prosperity”.
 
Psalm 118 
 
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 
 
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. 
 
Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. 
 
God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 
 
Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Correctly Hagin identified that we all require material and financial blessing his explanation of III John 2 being in this area of there being God’s provision materially, physically and spiritually. I would say he is absolutely correct.
 
III John 2 
 
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
 
Further in the Chapter Hagin identifies the main qualification for walking in prosperity, this being obedience, Moses not putting material things first.
 
 
Isa 1: 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
 
Hebrews 11:
 
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
 
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
 
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
 
Hagin gives a great summary of this quoting Psalm 1:
 
“One qualification for prospering is to esteem earthly things lightly.   ……
No, it’s not wrong to have money. It’s wrong for money to have you.”
 
Psalm 1:
 
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
 
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
 
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
 
Hagin took a strong moral stance in presenting his book. It is clear that his heart was moved out of compassion to those he felt were being taken apart by those who would often play on the emotions. These vulnerable people often feel unworthy before God and out of this unworthiness feel the need to plant financially so as to gain some kind of supernatural favour.
 
Looking to establish a basis for his clear concern Hagin looked to ascertain what the God given purpose of prosperity was. He pointed out that Jesus:
 
*  Did not live in a Palace full of Gold
 
*  Did not live a lavish or extravagant life
 
*  Was not driven by possessiveness or greed
 
*  Did live in an oppressive political regime (Roman Empire same as E.U.???) Jesus personal needs met!
 
*  Had access around the country supporting his staff too!
 
Jesus activities were outlined too by Hagin:
 
*  Walking the streets & touring the towns
 
*  Paying his own way
 
*  Mingling comfortably
 
*  Helping the Poor
 
*  Not worrying – (Sermon on the Mount)
 
What is commendable here is that Hagin who at the time of the putting together of the book was running a worldwide ministry, saw it right to emphasize the importance of the local Church when it came to the giving of the tithe. I would say he was right to do this whilst understanding the plight of so many Christians who because of Commercial Babylon cannot find a local Church unblighted by the “god of this world” to give the tithe over to. He, therefore, related his comment as being a “general principle”.
 
Within this context Hagin sought to establish scripturally what the tithe was for coming to the following conclusion:
 
*  The plug into what God is doing
 
*  Supports Church outreaches
 
*  Getting people saved
 
*  Building up the Body
 
*  Ministering to the poor
 
*  Supporting missions
 
*  Radio/TV
 
*  Providing a living for Full Time Ministers
 
The tithe is established as an action of faith by Hagin rather than law as we are of the seed of Abraham, and may I add a point here – Abraham did give his tithe to the Table of the Lord. What has that to do with the Law – this is an act of Covenant.
 
Gen. 14:
 
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God
 
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
 
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
 
21 And the king of Sodom said untoAbram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
 
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
 
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
 
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
 
Gal. 3:
 
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
 
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
 
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
 
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
 
It is clear therefore that the tithe is to be given at the place where you most partake of the Table of the Lord as this is the symbol of our labours to the Table of God.
 
Hagin in his exploration of this subject clearly shows that he has taken out self interest and replaced this with what God is truly saying and that is to bring a balance into this whole area.
 
Should Preachers Prosper?
 
 
In his chapter that asks the question whether preachers should prosper or not Hagin emphasizes the correct importance of properly supporting the ministry, Hagin citing cases he had known when Pastors had not enjoyed the same standard of living as members of the congregation. This is clearly incorrect and Hagin is right to address this issue. He gives two sides of the discussion stating that on one side the ministry would flounder if the Ministry was not properly catered for. He points out that on the other side it was not right for a Minister to abuse the congregation for money through greed and manipulation.
 
I Cor. 9:
 
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
 
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
 
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
 
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
 
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
 
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach gospel should live of the gospel.
 
Gal. 6:
 
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
 
I Tim 5:
 
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
 
Abuses and False Practices
 
 
 
The Introduction and first five chapters of Hagin’s book lead up to a grand crescendo with a Chapter which identifies Abuses and False Practices going on in ministry. This is a very important area to Hagin as he had clearly seen his teaching being distorted to bring serious abuse to many followers of ministries that had left the balance. These ministries had pursued greed not only in themselves but also by promoting covetousness in the minds of their followers.
 
Hagin’s exposure of falsehoods initially deals with the area of designated offerings stating that they should go exactly to the area it was said they were going to go! The manipulations and controls are then dealt with in Hagin’s list of gimmicks he had seen designed to increase offerings to a ministry. These are:
 
 *  “Blessed purse” that causes money to multiply  
 
*  Magic pictures  
 
*  Prayer Carpet  
 
*  Holy Oil or Holy Water  
 
*  Cloths that change colour  
 
*  Blessed nails, pictures, sawdust (Angel walked on this!!!!!)  
 
*  Barrel of water an angel has troubled  
 
*  Bottled demons
 
 
It is pointed out that the Reformation began with Luther making a mockery out of this kind of garbage, Hagin then going on to quote Donald Gee who he later describes as “The Apostle of Balance”.
 
But this revival can be greatly retarded if there is a continual auctioneering for money in the campaigns. There are some who are short-sighted enough to have destroyed their usefulness to the kingdom of God by an offensive handling of finances. Hagin K.E. Midas Touch p. 135
 
I Cor. 10:
 
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
 
The teaching that if a ministry is not blessed financially then it is not of God is exposed by Hagin as akin to the teaching that if a person is not healed then it is because the person lacks faith. I have heard so often the teaching that what God orders he pays for but what I find in the Bible are the called of God battling through situations even to the point of crying to the people to bring their tithes into the storehouse!
 
Hagin points out that if finance was a sign of God’s blessing, then what about “lucky winners” at Las Vegas and on the Lottery? The doctrine Hagin points out also makes drug dealers spiritual giants! Hagin gives scriptures to correctly prove his point there being a distinction in the blessings of God between material wealth and spiritual blessings.
 
Proverbs 10:
 
22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
 
James 1:
 
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass  he shall pass away.
 
2: 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
 
I Tim. 6:
 
6  But godliness with contentment7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
 
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
 
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
 
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
 
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
 
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
 
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
 
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
 
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting
 
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
 
Prov. 15:
 
16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
 
Prov. 16:
 
8 Better is a little with righteousness
 
Prov. 28:
 
6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
 
Another popular teaching of “giving to get” is exposed by Hagin as taking a basic truth and making it extreme. This practice commonly relates to situations where a car is given to get a better one or a suit is given with the same reasoning. Within this context Hagin refers to the offering plate becoming a vending machine with some folk giving away their car for a life of walking!  What shall I get this time?????
 
 
The game of “Name Your Seed” is featured next, the game that uses the logic that a farmer names his corn to get corn!
 
Hagin recognises the logic in this but logic does not mean it is scriptural as Hagin seems to have failed to find a scriptural reference to this activity, although he does say that sowing is right; Deut. 28. Hagin described “naming seed” as a gimmick!
 
In his presentation, however, Hagin is not completely dismissing the practice of sowing. What he is addressing is the extreme and the motives in the extreme laying down the main priorities why a ministry should take an offering:
 
*  To get people born again  
 
*  To get people Baptised in the Holy Ghost  
 
*  To get people healed  
 
*  To establish believers in faith  
 
*  To present Ministry for financial support
 
I have witnessed in my own ministry a lady responding to an offering with a £1000 cheque seemingly for the sole purpose of it being a seed to clear her mortgage off and it is this area Hagin next addresses stating the following as the correct motives for giving:
 
*  Because I love God  
 
*  Because I want to obey God  
 
*  To support Great Commission & the Church  
 
*  See people blessed  
 
*  Planting seeds for own needs
 
The hundredfold return is interesting too as nowhere in the Bible has it ever related to money.
 
 
Mark 10:
 
28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
 
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 
 
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
 
We had a marvellous time in Church out of this having gone through financial battles in the ministry; we had even wondered if we were of God! That is the condemnation many of the “faith” teachers place on you but God showed us something very special. He said that Peter had made the statement that he and his colleagues had left all to follow Jesus.
 
We in our ministry have lost thousands over the years – possibly even a million pounds and houses and homes and seemingly lost everything but God showed us something that brought a great release – the hundred fold! “Look”, he said. “All over the world you have houses, brethren, sisters, mothers, children and lands” and indeed we have had persecutions too.
 
We have abundance but not in the way people think for although because of financial battles we have had to curtail missions trips, God has grown so many missions contacts that has given us all of those things in the hundredfold. We are not failures – but more than conquerors through him!
 
We are not failures!!!!!
 
Hagin emphasizes in all of this the importance therefore of interpreting the Word of God correctly. We had listened to others when we should have listened to God!
 
Other unscriptural techniques are shown by Hagin as gimmicks just like the one to promise a financial hundredfold from an offering. He cites preachers who talk of there being a “debt breaking” or “money multiplying” anointing present, the “anointed” preacher having the power to bring this about. Hagin seems to describe this as being a scheme of the preacher to make money for himself! This is because the ability for the “debt breaking” or “money multiplying” to occur seems purely on the basis of the victim having to give his money to the preacher to make this all happen!
 
Formula Christianity
is Sons of ScevaChristianity!!!!!
 
There is no scriptural basis whatsoever for this formula for getting out of debt. For most people getting out of debt requires hard work, diligence and good money management, the blessing of God coming by faith – not by a miraculous trigger that takes off through an offering to the Preacher! Hagin describes such a preacher as being in danger of being led “deeper into error.”
 
Hagin looks also into the area of giving to the poor saying that some ministers represent themselves as the Lord within the giving context whereas the Lord himself said that the poor represented him just as much as any five fold minister!
 
 Matthew 25: 34-40
 
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 
 
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 
 
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 
 
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink
 
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 
 
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 
 
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
 
 
 
In the latter part of this chapter dealing with abuses Hagin turned his attention to what is often described as “The End Time Transference of Wealth.” He states that often the doctrine is based on this scripture:
 
Proverbs 13:
 
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
 
Hagin’s problem with this “end time” phenomena is that the scripture often used does not have the notion as particularly being for the end times and that there is no other scripture to support the belief.
 
Dangers in the “end time transference belief” are pointed out by Hagin as being the following:
 
*  Danger of coveting the world’s money!  
 
*  Focus should be on winning the sinner’s heart – not his wallet!
 
The belief seems to have focussed participants on what the World has and coveting this rather than stating that if all the Church tithed and gave offerings as the Lord led there would be more than enough to fulfil The Great Commission.
 
The very final part of this remarkable Chapter looks to show what the heart of the Minister needs to be like – not in a job to make money – but in a calling – a calling of God that does not have greed in the equation but has a heart to minister His Word even without payment.
 
II Cor. 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not your's but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
 
III John 7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
 
In the following Chapter Hagin gives warning to keep away from ministries that manifest in the way he highlights:
 
*  Exertion of pressure to give –
Comments like “you must give now!”  
 
*  Suggestions of guilt/condemnation if you don’t give!  
 
*  Hype, emotionalism, spiritual manipulation  
 
*  Silly promises –
everyone who gives gets a 100 fold return – or debts cancelled!  
 
*  No promotion of local Church – theirs only ministry worth supporting!  
 
*  Spends more time raising funds than doing the work of the ministry  
 
*  Money appeals around gimmicks & sensationalism!
 
 
Summing All This Up!
 
Hagin declares that the Epistles have given him principles that relate to money, giving and prosperity and he outlines these in Chapter 8. What one has to ask is whether those who have taken these doctrines to the extreme are realising there is an important balance in the scriptures which Hagin clearly highlights. One also has to ask if Hagin was “got at” himself by the commercial Babylon for on more than one occasion he refers to the false scriptures of Egypt, although in our presentation here we only use the Holy Bible.
 
Principles from the Epistles as summarised by Hagin:
 
1)  Believers are not able to give anything to God
that did not originate from God.
 
Romans 11:
 
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
 
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been counsellor?
 
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
 
In illustrating this point Hagin recites the story of David gathering material for the Temple but does not see what he has gathered as being his own:
 
I Chronicles 29:
 
11 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
 
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
 
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
 
14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
 
15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
 
16 O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
 
In presenting these principles Hagin is showing Biblically how meetings with offerings need to be conducted – with balance. It needs to be shown that giving God something does not mean one can arrogantly demand something in return – rather giving is to be conducted in a worshipful manner – so the correct attitude is one of gratitude.
 
2)  Some Believers operate in a special grace of giving.
 
Romans 12:
 
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy,  let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
 
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
 
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
 
Extra grace in a given area is shown here.
 
3)  Believers are called to be diligent in business.
 
Romans 12:
 
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
 
4)  Believers are called upon to be responsible toward their financial obligations.
 
Romans 13:
 
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
 
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
 
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
 
5)  Believers have a duty to minister financially to those who have spiritually blessed them.
 
Romans 15:
 
25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
 
26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
 
27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
 
Gal. 6:
 
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
 
6)  Ministers have a right to be supported financially by their work in the ministry.
 
I Cor. 9:
 
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
 
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
 
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
 
7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
 
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
 
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
 
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
 
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
 
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
 
13 Do ye not know that they whichminister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
 
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach gospel should live of gospel.
 
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
 
Hagin presents Paul stressing the right of ministers but gives an example of forfeiting that right rather than be accused of abuse.
 
I Timothy 5:
 
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
 
18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
 
7)  Love must motivate the believer’s giving
 
I Cor 13:
 
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 
8)  Christians should practice consistent and systematic giving
 
I Cor. 16:
 
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
 
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
 
9)  Giving is a “grace” that can be exercised in the midst of challenging circumstances. Giving is reflective of a life given to God and is rooted in the Person and example of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
II Cor. 8:
 
1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
 
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
 
3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
 
4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
 
5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
 
6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
 
7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace
 
8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
 
9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
 
10)  God wants all of us to do our part and to “carry our weight” in giving.
 
II Cor. 8:
 
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
 
15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
 
Hagin shows that in many churches a few carry the burden – people earn different amounts – but God looks for equal commitment.
 
11)  Ministers should be ethical and above reproach in their handling of church finances.
 
II Cor. 8:
 
20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
 
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
 
12)  Paul clearly teaches the law of sowing and reaping.
 
II Cor. 9:
 
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
 
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
 
Gal. 6:
 
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
 
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
 
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
 
Phil. 4:
 
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
 
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
 
16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
 
17 Not because I desire a ggift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
 
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epahroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
 
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
 
13)  Paul sought people’s hearts, not their money.
 
II Cor. 12
 
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not your's but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
 
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
 
16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
 
17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
 
18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
 
 
14)  Paul was eager to give to the poor.
 
Gal. 2:
 
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 
 
10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
 
15)  Paul and John encouraged Christian charity among the brethren.
 
Gal. 6: 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
 
I John 3: 17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
 
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
 
16)  Paul exemplified and taught a strong work ethic.
 
Eph. 4:
 
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
 
Eph. 6:
 
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
 
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
 
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
 
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
 
Col. 3:
 
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
 
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
 
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
 
I Thess. 2:
 
9  For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
 
I Thess. 4:
 
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
 
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
 
II Thess. 3:
 
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
 
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
 
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
 
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
 
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their bread.
 
 
17)  Paul advocated contentment and denounced covetousness
 
 
Phil. 4:
 
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
 
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
 
Hebrews 13:
 
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
 
I Tim, 3:
 
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
 
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
 
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
 
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
 
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
 
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
 
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
 
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
 
Titus 1:
 
7 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;
 
 
18)  Paul stressed the individual’s responsibility to provide for his family.
 
I Timothy 5:
 
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
 
 
19)  Believers are not to love or trust in money.
 
I Tim. 6:
 
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
 
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
 
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
 
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
 
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
 
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
 
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
 
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
 
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
 
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
 
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
 
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
 
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
 
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
 
 
20)  Believers in the Early Church considered their material possessions of much less value than their faith.
 
Hebrews 10:
 
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
 
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
 
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
 
 
21)  Believers were strongly warned against favouritism and partiality based on wealth.
 
James 2:
 
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
 
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a goldring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
 
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
 
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
 
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
 
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
 
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
 
 
22)  Exploitation of the poor by the rich is condemned.
 
James 5:
 
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
 
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
 
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
 
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
 
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
 
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
 
 
23)  “Making merchandise” of the saints by ministers is condemned.
 
 
II Peter 2:
 
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
 
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
 
II Peter 2:
 
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
 
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
 
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
 
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.
 
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
 
 
24)  God wants his children to prosper.
 
 
III John
 
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
 
By giving these principles and by stressing in his summary at the end the importance of “walking in the light” we see a genuine attempt of Hagin to bring correction to the Church but has Commercial Babylon gone too far?
 
There seems little evidence of these “faith” ministries showing repentance, remembering of course that not all the ministries have gone astray – Hagin clearly giving the signs to look for of the ones that have!