The Betrayal of Pentecost – by Michael Edds

Acts 1:8 declares, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

The fulfillment of that prophetic word is recorded in Acts 2:4 when a rag-tag group of refugees met in an upstairs room in Jerusalem. It states, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. I guess these could be called “the first Pentecostals.”

The First Century Church was given this supernatural power in order to evangelize the world, and evangelize the world they most certainly did! From tiny Israel to Asia, Europe and around the world, this revival company became a channel through which the message of salvation was given to a lost and helpless humanity. The Book of Acts records the massive revival that swept the known world by those whose souls the Holy Spirit had set on fire. Millions were swept into the kingdom of Heaven because of their powerful witness.

This Holy Spirit – endued group aroused the fury of Hell. All-out-war was savagely waged against them. The Hebrews 11 records, “….(They) were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, and, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tried by temptation, they were killed with the sword. They went from place to place in sheepskins or goatskins, enduring want, oppression and cruelty … of whom the world was not worthy; in deserts wandering, and in mountains, and in caves, and in the holes of the earth…” The more the dark forces of Hell killed, the more the Early Church grew. What a legacy drenched in their blood they have left for the church of the 21st Century!

What have the Pentecostals of the 21st Century done with this legacy? For many of their televangelists, the message is PROSPERITY! The message of self-sacrifice, of giving all for the salvation of others has been replaced with “seed faith,” a self-centered creed that encourages people to give to God (or their ministries) in order to get back even more. It is an appeal to one of the baser elements of the fallen nature of man……greed.

Michael Scott Horton, teacher at a seminary in California, made this observation:

“Some of these people are charlatans. Others are honestly dedicated to one of the most abhorrent errors in religious theology.”

Quite a spectacle on television today! On our tv screens, we see miracle water being offered that will cure all, books, tapes, dvds for sale full of secret scriptural codes on how to get rich and prosper, and televangelists’ appealing to give to their “ministry” with a certainty to receive much more financial gain in return. While “speaking in tongues,” a female televangelist “prophetically” stated that God had given her the number 777. She told the people who were viewing that “God told her” that they needed to quickly give to that particular “ministry” money according to those set of numbers…. $777, $7777, and on up. They were promised a great return on their “seed faith investment.” Another televangelist labeled people as stupid who question his prosperity doctrine. He declared, “Hell will be full of these stupid people.” He further stated, ” I can handle the flames (of Hell) but not being with stupid people for eternity.”

“Can’t pay your bills, you rent, utilities, and medical bills? The appeal is, “take what you have and send it in right away!! Within a few days, you will receive a hundred-fold, more than enough to pay all of those bills! It is like playing a “divine lottery” in the hopes to get rich quick. Sadly, gullible people give by the millions.

Quite a contrast between the early Pentecostals and those of the 21st Century.

The first were revolutionaries filled with a holy fire to bring the message “Jesus Saves” to a lost, dying generation. They counted it an honor to give away all and expect nothing in return in order to save a lost soul.

Beatings, imprisonment, mockings and even death for the sake of the Gospel were signs of spiritual prosperity for them.
Designer clothes, upscale homes, sleek cars, huge bank accounts and living the good life were not measures of spiritual success. Instead, sheep skin and goatskin rags, wandering in the desert, mountains and living in caves and the holes of the earth, suffering and even death for the sake of Christ were evidences of real prosperity for them. Hell feared and trembled before them. Satan sought to destroy them. Selfless sacrifice was the banner that was raised high over them. Multiple millions were transformed by their message. The world was turned upside down by them.

What about this latter group of Pentecostals?

Their message is “gain is a sign of Godliness.” They invite you to give sacrificially in order to be wealthy. Wear the finest, drive the best, live in the upscale in order to demonstrate to the world that you are blest of God!

Heaven weeps over them, Hell laughs at them, and the world is lost because of them.

They preach “another gospel,” which is beamed around the world. Millions are being led astray by their apostasy. Multitudes end up on the trash heap of disillusionment when their false theology does not work. They are blind guides leading the blind. They have disgraced the precious Holy Spirit and His gifts. They mock and blaspheme Him and use His gift in error. They teeter on the brink of blasphemy. They have trampled under foot the legacy given and paid for by the blood of martyrs.

THEY HAVE BETRAYED THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!! THEY HAVE BETRAYED PENTECOST!!!

The cry of the hour is, “Oh that YOU would rend the Heavens and come down!” Restore your church, Lord!! Raise up shepherds after your own heart!!

My heart yearns for what the prophet of old longed to see:

“O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known.”

What do YOU think?

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About Michael Fackerell

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  1. warrior daughter says:

    My personal opinion of the prosperity gospel is that it stinks. God tells us that we are already rich when we are in Him. He has given us everything that we need and just for good measure He gives us more. The ones who are into the prosperity gospel have a spirit of filthy lucre and have not given this part over to the Lord so He can clean it up. I am not a person who has extra money but what I have is very sufficent for me and all of my needs are taken care of. God gives us a life that is abundant and His abundance is all that we need and not more of earthly things in our life.

  2. Sir,
    Just let me tell you one thing how do you know its Bad.
    Sir did you fall in to it hung line sinker?
    will i did and you are so right it is bad.
    when you have men of God begging for money and have three houses and clouse they wear coust more then one mans wage for a week yes it is very badone can just read the Bible and see what kind of men they are. so sir i so believe what you have said

  3. findtatyana says:

    Just wanted to note that I agree with you.

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