MISTAKEN IDENTITY

By Ken Blue
July 2nd, 2010. Filed under: ARTICLES.

GODLINESS OR GREAT GAIN

GodlinessBy Ken Blue “…supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” 1 Timothy. It is noteworthy that the text is found in the Pastoral Epistles, and the context is speaking of pastors and teachers. One of the ways God allows men to deceive themselves is their assumption that any kind of gain indicates their godliness. This is where the end is built on the wrong premise. The pastor should realize that there is little relationship between material success and godliness. Some of us have been around long enough to discover that most of the godly pastors have very little in the form of material possessions. There is the deception that men build large ministries because they have some secret connection with God. That is not the case. Godliness is one thing; material prosperity is quite another. All of us know men who have built large ministries, while living in gross immorality. The problem is that talent and personality are mistaken for godliness.

…godliness with contentment is great gain!

Christian, do not envy the successful. Keep your eyes in the Book and on the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t be fooled or infatuated with pastors who are dynamic speakers or have a ministry larger than yours. You keep your heart right with God. That is what matters. Men do not have larger ministries because of godliness! Godliness is based on your walk with God. Church growth is based on other factors. These do not have to be in conflict or opposition, but they are not the same. They simply need to be understood and identified. Remember, gain is not proof you are godly; but, godliness with contentment is great gain!
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1 Response to MISTAKEN IDENTITY

  1. Spencer Baker

    I thought this was realy good. Bro. Murphy sent it to me and i sent it to a few preacher friends. Thanks for putting these little esays up, as i read them often. I would love to have you and your wife up this way some time. Let me know if you would like to come. My father in law will be with us next week with his fam. Thanks for your calls.

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