Someone, once commented that when the church was started in Palestine by Jesus Christ it was a relationship. When it went to Greece, it became a philosophy. When it went to Rome, it became a religion and when it came to North America it became a business. The statement may not be entirely true, but I completely understand what they were trying to say.
Im telling you that in many churches theres no mention of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the lordship of Jesus Christ, the worship of Jesus Christ or the service of Jesus Christ. It’s entirely possible to attend church and not hear anything about salvation and deliverance from the bondage of sin.
What we have masquerading as the gospel is a selfish, self-cantered, watered down, message thats completely focused on making the hearers happy and rich. There’s no mention of sacrifice, service or submission.
The greed and lust for money have invaded the lives of many Christians and upon closer examination, Jesus Christ is not the Lord of their lives. If Jesus Christ is not Lord, then who is Lord? Lets see what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6 vs 24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon; Before I comment any further, I would like to make reference to something thats quite familiar to farmers. It’s entirely possible to plant a crop and not reap the rewards because the field is invaded by a parasite that destroys the crop.
The church is being threatened by a parasite which is drawing away people by the millions, choking the life out of them, its name is & Mammon Jesus Christ said that it’s impossible to serve two masters and then out of all the things that he could have identified, he mentioned that it not possible to serve God and Mammon. Jesus Christ recognized that Mammon presented one of the greatest threats to the believers and so he was making it abundantly clear that we must make a choice. So, lets find out whether we are serving God or mammon. We know who is God, but who or what is Mammon? Mammon, biblical term for riches, often used to describe the debasing influence of material wealth. The term was used by Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount and also appears in The Gospel According to Luke.