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Making Merchandise of the Word

People throughout the history of mankind have tried to turn a profit on worship of whatever deity to which they ascribed. This can be seen worldwide in any religion at which you may care to look. The temples of the pagan deities in the Mediterranean area show this to a degree that is very clear. The pagan priests in that area were obviously supported in their lifestyles, and those lifestyles were usually very opulent, by the people of the area. Most of the time those living in the area had no choice in the matter but paid their "taxes" to the ruler and he gave a portion of it to the pagan priests and their temple. Sometimes the giving was voluntary as seen in Athens and the temple of Diana. The point is that all associated with the pagan religion as "priests" or manufacturers of idols made a very good living doing what they were doing. It did not matter if they believed the doctrines of the pagan religion or not, they still participated in the profits.

This same attitude of profit making by so-called Christian leaders and their associates has carried over into the modern world as well. Look at the TV evangelists who live in magnificent houses, drive expensive automobiles, and even have jets and yachts, all paid for by the gullible people who think they are "men of God." Yahushua said He did not have a place to lay His head and He walked wherever He went. Should these evangelists do any better than that if they are truly following and preaching His word?

How many "churches" with magnificent architecture, stained glass windows, and vaulted ceiling are you aware of in this world? Now look around those buildings and see how many homeless people you see lying on the sidewalks nearby. Is this what Yahushua taught? Should millions of dollars be spent on such buildings while the poor are allowed to suffer in the cold and damp streets? Should the evangelist be eating from a banquet table while these people have no food for themselves or their children? Should the evangelists be wearing thousand dollar suits and Rolex wristwatches while the poor wear rags? If you believe they should, maybe you should rethink your relationship to our Savior.

Take note that the money to build these magnificent structures and buy all these luxuries for the preachers comes directly from the people who consider themselves Christian and attend services held by those preachers in those buildings and from the poor people who see these guys on TV begging for the money to support their lifestyles. Oftentimes the people who are sending money to the evangelists do without food for themselves in order to send that money.

While those structures have no semblance to the "House of Yahuwah" as these guys would have you believe, the principle involved is the same. They beg for money based on the error that what they are building is a "house of god." In fact the only "House of Eloah" that exists today is in the hearts of the true believers in Yahuwah. This is seen many times in scripture, for those who care to peruse that book. I will not go into detail here on that matter but will gladly discuss it and point out the scriptural references to any that desire to look into them.

With that thought in mind, let us look at what our Savior, Yahushua haMashiach (the Anointed), had to say about what was transpiring in His (and our) Father’s real house of the period.