Ask yourself who stand to profit from the message?
That’s easy when it’s a TV commercial.
A commercial about a Whopper will profit Burger King. When the new Tundra is in an ad then Toyota and the local dealership will profit.
The manufacturer of weight loss pills will profit when you buy them but will promise that you will profit by using them by loss of weight!
You are bombarded with hundreds of messages everyday and someone stands to profit from each of them.
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. 2 Cor 4:5
There are many preachers and evangelists out there – and I’m one of them.
But is the message you hear benefit the preacher or the Lord Jesus.
Like the weight loss pills, each of us will say, “If you listen to what I’m saying – you will benefit from it!”
And that’s true. The message of the cross has the power to transform your life.
But there are also the charlatan’s that seek worldly profit from preaching and evangelism.
Though the message may be Biblically based or contain bits of scripture, does the message continually point to Christ or someone else.
Does the message end with the way of salvation or does it end with an encouragement to buy my book or send your money.
Who stands to profit.
What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him… Phil 3:7-9
Abba, let the words from my mouth always be the message from Your heart! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN