Selling The Word of God ~ “Freely You Have Received, Freely Give”

Selling The Word of God ~ “Freely You Have Received, Freely Give”

42910Why does it seem that everyone who claims to have the secrets of God want’s me to buy their book to find out what it is. It seems like today even just to hear a bible teaching / sermon it will cost you five bucks.

A man just recently claims that the churches belief in the rapture for the last 2000 years is wrong. And he can prove it by the scripture, only one catch, when you go to his site. All you find is a marketing plot, great sales pitch to lure you to buy his book to get the “truth” of God. Really.

Today We have to many pastors who sell their sermons, if you go to their church websites and you want to hear one of his sermons, it will cost you $2.99 to download the mp3 or $5.99 to get the CD. Really!

I recall the words of Jesus every time I see these things, “Freely you have received, freely give” Mat 10:8. And being these guys always claim God gave them the secret, the truth about the bible or whatever, but you must buy their book to learn what it is. Pastors claim that it is God who gives them their messages. That they are under the leading of the Holy Spirit when they preach. As any pastor should be. Then the message is not theirs to begin with is it, it was “freely” given to them, so they have no right to sell it anyway, it’s Gods given to them to freely give to others.

Did Jesus go before a crowed and say do you want to know the secret of prayer. Then Pick up my latest scroll “The Lords Prayer” at the tables as you leave, only 5 denarius today. Do you want to know Gods truth about being happy get my scroll “The Beatitudes” on sell for 6 denarius, today only get both for only 8 denarius.

Image Paul on Mars Hill saying to the crowed “To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you” that for only 10 denarius for my set of scrolls you can learn about who this unknown God is, learn who the real God is. Act now they are going fast.

Or him saying to a church body; If you really what to know how to live as a Christian in Christ pick up my scroll titled Ephesians for only 9 denarius, you can’t live without it.

How about: “And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I beg you, of whom does the prophet speak this? Of himself or of some other man?” Image Philip saying for 3 denarius I will teach you what that verse means.

You might say those are ridiculous scenarios, not so fast, what men are doing today I feel is just that. I always think of Jesus cleansing the temple every time I go to a seminar or even some church and see all the tables of book, CD’s and DVD’s for sale. “And Jesus went into the temple of God and cast out all those who sold and bought in the temple

Something to think about.

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  • Carolyn Blue
    Posted at 15:50h, 30 November

    See Micah 3:8-12… The Bible is revealing Israel sin.
    Preaching for pay is a sin according to Micah Words of truth. (Israel Sin) The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for pay, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

  • ken
    Posted at 13:59h, 30 August

    Hey Dennis,
    I agree with you completely. They have a wonderful cloak these days that they wrap their sales with. They say, “For a donation of only 30 dollars to the ministry, we will send this to you right away” They say this for a sermon CD that should truly cost nothing more than one dollar. Consider music CDs with 12 to 15 songs, sometimes they cost like fifteen bucks. And these musicians work harder to compose and produce one song than most preachers would on a sermon…

  • Reilly
    Posted at 20:36h, 07 January


    i totally agree! God has given me His zeal it grieve my heart so much to see God’s word sold in books and even music. And God has revealed the fruit of the spirit of Balaam that has decieved many of His people. I believe it grieves God’s spirit and grieves our blessings of fruitfullness when we go and buy a book fo God’s truth. Not that books are bad they should just be freee i think. And they would probably be more true if they were free too haha. I think people think the scripture a laborer is worthy of his hire. Not sure what that means but there has to be a line drawn haha. God Bless! love in Christ Reilly. keep lovin!

  • Olivia
    Posted at 15:35h, 21 February

    When someone really does give the truth away, not asking for support of any kind, and that continues to be the case over a long period of time, you can be sure that the Spirit is truly behind it. This is a way to decide who to listen to and who to be suspicious of. “What is supporting this message?” is a good question to ask of any information that comes our way. It is one of the keys to finding the Truth.