Here’s some good news: you can be released from a spiritual death sentence if you send televangelist, Paula White, pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, a mere $1144. That’s what she said so it must be true. She’ll even through in a prayer cloth with magical powers. Better yet, I’ll give you a discount; I’ll knock off $144. I don’t have the prayer cloths, but my promise of spiritual life is every bit as reliable and valuable as hers. What a bargain…
I wonder if Ms. White knows about this event:
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Matthew 21:12-13)
When you pray, at a house of prayer or back home in private, you ask God to provide. Money changers set up booths in the temple to make a profit (possibly an exorbitant profit) in order to provide for themselves. If Jesus got so worked up about those guys, calling them “robbers,” how do you suppose He would respond to Paula’s offer to sell spiritual life for $1144?
If she charged 50 cents, it would be a ripoff. Jesus gives spiritual life, eternal life away for free. You don’t pay for it. You pray for it.