(Eze 34:1) And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(Eze 34:2) Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
(Eze 34:3) Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
(Eze 34:4) The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
Feed themselves instead of the flock
There are many ways in which the shepherds are ‘fleecing the flock,’ as it were. Here are some areas:
using psychology to get the people to give their money
not talking on scripture at all
preaching doctrines of devils
We all know how these so-called ‘shepherds’ are feeding themselves – in the millions of dollars they take in each year. Some of those ‘wolves in sheep’s’ clothing are: Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, and others. If you are going to church, does your preacher do any of the above?
If you look at verse 3 of Ezekiel 34 – killing them that are fed, not actual murder. It’s like
talking to pastor privately about the Identity truth, they admit that we are Israel, but he does not preach this. So that person tells others in the church, the preacher tells them to quite down, if not, that person is told to leave. The person that leaves, the preacher then gives a sermon on that person, in effect trying to destroy that person’s reputation. “Anyone who believes in that ministry is noright in their head,” the preacher might say. etc.
A preacher of years ago, Jack Van Impe, says that God’s return is near, but what does he do? He said he’s doubling the budget. This means – give him more money! No call for repentance. No preaching about Jesus. No scripture reading. They have a different gospel. He says that America will not be healed, it will be destroyed. So, what do they do? Feed themselves. Of course, they talk about the Rapture – which mean we shouldn’t care about what is going on in the world as we won’t be here.
Compare that to the Gospel – that we are the Israel people, that it will be us that will be healed. These big ministries have people on their staff to contact those on their email list to get them to donate and even to change their Wills. One minister actually asks for money when he says that Jesus might even come tonight!
Oral Roberts knew psychology, he knew how to manipulate the people (he’s dead now). One person who worked for him says that Roberts knows everything about psychology. He didn’t study it but somehow knows. “He has an innate uncanny ability to know how to motivate people,” this is a quote from Roberts’ assistant. To me, this sounds like possession of some kind. If you know about people who allows them to be controlled by evil, they some how get abilities that cannot be explained. Big musicians in the past, when interviewed about their talent and success, they admit that they made a deal the ‘devil’ so to speak.
If you watch modern day preachers on TV such as Joel Osteen and Benny Hinn, they attract people who have a real hurt in life: family, relationship, health, finance. All these preachers say at some time during their sermon, “That something good is going to happen to you.” Or, the say that God will reward them IF they give money first.
Everyone who is in need stays tuned to what that preacher says; they want something good to happen to them. They hit on the the problems that most people have such as: relationship, family problems, health, finances, etc.
Just do a search on YouTube to see one of Oral Roberts’ sermons. If it’s taken from the beginning, he starts each sermon off the same – as he was a master of wringing money out of people.
90% of the people have some sort of a problem; everybody has a problem of some sort, and this is what Baal priest rely on.
No scripture, no preaching about Jesus, no Bible – just psychology, psychology. Hitting the people in the wallet.
These preachers say send for free booklet that usually talks about some problem that most people have. Then you will be getting other letters telling you if you want something you have to have faith – ‘seed faith,’ you send in something to God first and then He will reward you! The ‘seed’ of course is your money. This is followed by ‘testimonials’ examples of people giving money. So, people send in their money.
Here is what the Bible says on false prophets:
(Jer 14:14) Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
(Lam 2:14) Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
(Mat 7:15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(Mat 24:11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
(Mat 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
(Mar 13:22) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
(Luk 6:26) Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
(2Pe 2:1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
(1Jn 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.