Joe M (24 Jan 2011)
"Christian TV and Breakthrough"


How are you all today?  Well, I hope.

If you don't mind, I have a little bit of a bone to pick.  It's not that I don't like Christian TV.  I do.  My issue is with the word 'breakthrough'.  It has been used regularly at revival type meetings or fundraiser programs.  In fact, if you hear a message and early on the word breakthrough is used, grab a hold of your wallet.  It'll take a while, but that's where it's headed.  In the sales world, there's certain techniques they use to get people to buy something.  But when it crosses into Christianity and it zeroes in on hurting people, then I have to speak up.  If anyone out there is involved in Christian TV, please consider what I'm saying here.

When it comes to the concept of paying tithes and giving offerings and being blessed by God, that is Biblical.  However, if you want to give a special offering and receive a blessing for it, please consider where your money is going.  Remember the rich man who asked the Lord this question:  Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?  The Lord Jesus told him to sell his possessions, give his money to the poor, and to come and follow Him.  The rich man wanted the ultimate breakthrough, he wanted eternal life.  The Lord Jesus told him to give his money to the poor.  So, I would say if you want a breakthrough in your personal life, or financial life, consider making a gift to your local church or to your city mission.  The city mission has the poorest of poor people to care for.  If, however, you give your money to a ministry on TV, atleast ask they what percentage goes to help poor people.

My concern is this, what if your money is going elsewhere and not to help the poor.  Are you going to get the blessing your hoping for?  Be discerning.  Be wise in your giving.  Many people in the church are really hurting and really need a breakthrough.  But to play on that in an effort to get their money is wrong.  The word breakthrough isn't even in the Bible.

Joe M