The Bible does say in Hebrews 10 not to forsake the assembling of your self together, as the manner of some is… I guess God wants us to be on close fellowship with other believers.
The tithe is required in both Old and New Testaments. Jesus did preach a positive Gospel – “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” “I (Jesus) have come that you may have life and that more abundantly.” Paul said he knows how to live abased and how to abound.
Many people are quick to judge, and judge we should. Jesus said, that when we judge it should be a righteous judgement, but warns to be careful because how we judge others it will be measured out to us in the same way – so we need to be careful. In Romans 14:4, it says, “who are you to judge the servants of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
God blessed many people in the Bible with prosperity, David, Solomon, are two prominent ones, but others are mentioned as well. Even Jesus had a home. It was in Capernaum (see Mark 2:1). God is not against prosperity but he warns against attatchment to it – the eye of the needle scripture.
In Olsteen’s altar call he did hit sin and repentance and turning from sin. I have every confidence that there are “cell groups” or “home groups” or those kinds of things taking place where people can receive further ministry, including making sure the people are truly saved.
Make sure ya’ll are not hanging on to your “things” too tightly. A person can be poor and still be materialistic. Jesus said that we would always have the poor with us but he didn’t expect everyone to be poor and he didn’t make poverty a special “anointing.”
In the parable of the talents he expected increase, actually. He praised those for doubling what had been entrusted to the stewards. The only one who was reproved was the one with an evil heart of fear and unbelief, the man did not trust for increase.
I would suggest doing a word study on favor. And what God has to say about it.
See how God expected the Temple to be built with all the fine gold and jewels. He did not get these from the poor people. He got them from the rich. So neither riches, nor being poor is wrong or bad, but what we do with what we have and with what we are entrusted. And, God expects an increase in the harvest. The widows mite was as significant to God, actually more so, than the riches that others put him out of their excess. This also helps us see a balance from God’s perspective.
We need to be careful about judging another person’s message and we need to look to our own and make sure were doing what we know is right. Then we need to leave the others for God to judge since they are his servants. I believe Romans bears this out. Jesus said that those who preach in his name were to be left alone because those people will not soon turn around and speak against him. Are you a disciple of Jesus? Then, “Take heed how you hear.” Jesus didn’t say, “take heed WHAT you hear” but, “… HOW you hear.”
Not all soul winning is done from the pulpit. Actually, more is done on a one-on-one relationship with people. We can see in Ephesians chapter 4 and 1st Corinthians chapter 12 through 14 what is expected to happen in the church. Also see Romans 12:3 – 21 for the attitude that is to prevail in the church – among Christians. I like the part where it says, “outdo one another in showing honor.”
Much of what happens in the church is for the believers. It is for edification and for training and equipping in preparation to do the work of the ministry. Encouraging God’s people to trust him more. To believe him for bigger and better things is not wrong, that too, is building up the believers so they can more effectively do the work of the ministry.
God’s servants stand before him to be judged whether their works are good or bad. Judging others was a self-righteous spirit won’t be pleasing to the Lord. “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”