Today’s Scripture: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. Titus 1:10-11

I sat in amazement staring at the TV. Was I hearing this correctly? The preacher said God wanted me to be rich – God owns everything, and I’m His child, so He wants me to have His riches. He said that Jesus had three houses. That quickly jolted me back to reality. ‘Where did he get that?’ I wondered. Jesus said himself, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”  (Matthew 8:20) If He had three houses, I’m sure He could have had a place to lay His head. Then the preacher said that we can’t out give God. That’s true, but not in the way he implied. The preacher said to send in money, and God would reward my giving a hundredfold. God does promise to bless our giving, but nowhere does it guarantee our blessing will be in the form of monetary gain.

The sad thing is there are many people who teach this way. “Why?” you might ask. It’s because they are seeking money. Maybe they promise riches; maybe they promise happiness; maybe they promise your prayers will be answered, or you will be healed from a sickness. The problem is that God doesn’t always give riches, or a care-free life. He doesn’t always answer every prayer the way we want or heal every disease. In fact, many times He uses those things in our lives for His glory. Promising something on God’s behalf that He is not obliged to give is foolish and wrong.

They are vain talkers and deceivers, not preachers, yet many esteem them as great men of God. God says that they subvert whole houses because they teach things which they shouldn’t for the sake of money. Many people are led astray through the false teachings of these men. We need to know God’s Word and compare what we hear from any preacher with what the Bible really says.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder