A very interesting book! He wrote it to attempt to correct the abuses he saw regarding money. I read it is mandatory reading at RHEMA after the book was written. Rick Renner wrote a book as well Merchandising the Anointing (Rick Renner)
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Here are a few excerpts I found important from The Midas Touch!!
Will There Be an EndTime Transfer of Wealth?
There has been quite a bit of discussion in the last couple of years about a coming transference of wealth from the world to the Church. The idea is based on part of a scripture that says, ” . . . the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just” (Prov. 13:22).
Apparently, some have interpreted this to mean that the day will come when God’s people will have plenty of money for the work of God—money transferred to us from the wealth of the worldly. First of all, I really don’t see anything about this in the New Testament, especially in terms of what we are supposed to be actively believing God for. And I’m always wary about building a doctrine or basic belief on a single scripture.
Jesus said, “. . .in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may he established” (Matt. 18:16). I’m sure that as the Church does its job and gets people born again, there will be more people giving their tithes and offerings for the work of the Lord. But I think we need to be careful about coveting the world’s money. We shouldn’t be so concerned about getting sinners’ money transferred into our hands. Our concern should be getting their hearts transferred into the Kingdom. We should be focused on their receiving what we have (eternal life), not on our receiving what they have (material goods).
Paul said to the Corinthians, “I seek not yours, but you” (2 Cor. 12:14). As a minister, he was not focused on their money, but on their souls. The Apostle John said the following about some ministers who traveled with the Gospel: “Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles” (3 John 7). Other translations of this verse emphasize the point: “… accepting nothing from the heathen” (Goodspeed) “. . . taking nothing from the people of the world” (Beck) “.. . and declined to take anything from pagans” (Moffatt) “… and they accept no help from non-Christians” (Phillips)
Our job is not to try to get the wealth of the world. Our job is to faithfully use the wealth we already have to get the Gospel out. If all Christians would simply tithe and give offerings, the Church would have more than enough funds to accomplish whatever it needs to do. Statistics indicate that twenty percent of church members provide eighty percent of church revenue and that the average American Christian gives only six percent of his income to the Lord’s work. Imagine where we would be if those percentages were where they ought to be! The Bible does teach that when the Church returns with
Jesus after the Tribulation and He sets up His Millennial Kingdom on earth, we will be inheriting all of the wealth of the sinners at that time. I don’t see anywhere in the New Testament where we are supposed to be focused on getting their money now. Instead, we should be concentrating on seeking the hearts of the unsaved and faithfully using the finances we already have. The Use of Gimmicks
Looking back over more than sixty-five years of ministry, I can remember a lot of gimmicks preachers have used to attract attention and get a larger response from people to their ads and appeals. Although you might suppose there are a lot of new gimmicks today, a great many of them have been around for decades. I’ve seen some of them come and go two or three times. Some gimmicks are absolutely ridiculous, and the fact that they seem to work just illustrates how unlearned and superstitious many people are. They are prisoners of the soulish realm and do not live in the spiritual realm.
Interpret the Word of God Correctly
Please understand that I am not trying to be cynical, nor am I trying to take away anyone’s faith concerning God meeting his needs. But I believe it is important that we be realistic and sound in what we teach.
We must “rightly divide” the Word of God and carefully seek the truth in interpreting the Scriptures. Overemphasizing or adding to what the Bible actually teaches invariably does more harm than good. Over the years, I have seen believers leap to false and totally unrealistic conclusions regarding teachings such as the hundredfold return.
Feeling that they have been promised remarkable, extraordinary, and phenomenal returns, some have ended up disappointed and disillusioned when the result didn’t materialize as they envisioned. Going back to the original question—should a believer expect a monetary payback at the rate of one hundred to one when he pays his tithes or gives an offering? Absolutely not!
Then why do some preachers teach that? Well, ministers are just human, like everyone else. Sometimes we make mistakes. Every now and then, an idea or concept comes along that sounds really exciting; people are really taken with it and eager to respond to it. It’s easy to just jump on the bandwagon and go along with the crowd without taking the time to search out the Scriptures and examine the idea in detail. Several years ago, I made that mistake with the concept of the hundredfold return. I picked up on what others were saying
and started saying it too. When I took an offering, I would pray that God would bless the people’s giving by sending them a hundredfold return. It sounded good. And people seemed excited and enthusiastic about it. But every time I said it, I felt vaguely uncomfortable. Something wasn’t quite right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. One morning I was getting up to come teach a class at RHEMA.
I was sitting on the side of the bed putting on my socks. I had one on and was starting to put the other one on when the Lord said to me, “No one has ever received a hundredfold return yet on all their giving.” Well, that stopped me in my tracks—with one sock on and one sock off. I thought, Did I hear right? I believe I know the voice of the Lord. I’ve heard it many times. “Well, Lord,” I said, “Jesus talked about the sower who went out and scattered seed. Not all of it produced good results, but some produced a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirty.”
The Lord pointed out to me that the parable I was referring to was not talking about money. The seed is the Word.
The stony and thorn-infested ground has no return at all—some who hear the Word do not respond. But even in good ground, the amount of return differs. Some Christians don’t grow and develop much —maybe thirtyfold. Others may develop more. And some become great, devout, faith-filled, productive Christians—the hundredfold folks. In other words, they receive the maximum benefit from the Word of God they have heard. And the other commonly used hundredfold passage that we looked at earlier isn’t about giving money, either. Mark 10:28 through 30 is talking about Christian service. Jesus wasn’t talking about multiplying tithes and offerings. I believe it is quite possible that there may be some individuals who have given a certain amount and received a multiplied return on it, perhaps even a hundredfold—but not on
every dollar they have ever given to the Lord! God’s word to me was that no one has ever yet received a hundredfold return on all their giving. Have you? If your tithes and offerings last year were $5,000, did you receive a hundredfold return of a half million dollars? If you gave a total of $20,000, did you receive $2,000,000? Do you expect to? I think you get the point. I did, too, and that’s why I no longer tell people to expect the hundredfold return on their offerings. I just stay with what the Word of God says: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over . . . ” (Luke 6:38). I always claim the “running over” blessing. A ‘Debt-Breaking’ or ‘Money-Multiplying’ Anointing
From time to time, people ask me about some preacher who either claims—or is said by others—to be especially anointed to “break the power of debt” over people’s lives or to be able to “multiply people’s money back to them.” In most cases, this special anointing or ability can only be activated by giving an offering to this minister or the organization he represents. There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid that it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved. We need to be extremely careful about elevating certain ministers to higherthan-human status. Our focus should be on God rather than man. Certainly, money can be more productive for the Kingdom of God when it is sown into a productive ministry. And there are
gifted ministers skilled at building confidence and motivating people. But Christians should be giving to help get the Gospel out and to do God’s work, not to get some “highly anointed minister” to multiply their money back to them. I’m reminded of Paul and Barnabas. When they ministered in the city of Lystra, a lifelong cripple was raised up, leaping and walking. When the people of the city saw what had happened, they cried, “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.” They called Barnabas Jupiter, and called Paul Mercurius. The Bible says the priests of the city brought oxen and garlands to offer a sacrifice to them (see Acts 14:8-18). In order to restrain the people from worshipping them, Paul and Barnabas had to run among the people and testify that they were just men in the service of the Living God. It seems there is something about human nature that wants to elevate certain people to god-like status. The Greeks had a mythical legend about a king named Midas who lived in the eighth century B.C., from the same general area as Lystra. You probably remember his story as the king with the golden touch; everything he put his hands on turned to gold. Well, just as the people of Lystra asked if Jupiter and Mercurius had come down amongst them, today it seems some people are asking, “Is Midas in our midst?” Unfortunately, too many are ready to believe that if they put money into the hands of a preacher with the Midas touch, so to speak, he will somehow, magically, bring increase and multiplication of their finances. This can quickly degenerate into wrong motives or covetousness. Some people may be tempted to give, not just to bless God’s work, but out of greed for the material gain they hope to get for their own selfish purposes. A person who feels that he is in bondage to debt may give a
minister most or all of the money he has out of desperation. He hopes against hope that the minister will help him get such a miraculous return from his offering that he can pay off his debts and get a fresh start. I’ve heard of people with large credit-card debts or medical bills who had been told to expect “supernatural debt cancellation.” Then, through a computer mistake or human error, they received a statement showing that they no longer owed anything or owed a substantially smaller amount. In some cases, a bank deposit was posted incorrectly, giving them credit for a larger amount that was enough to pay off an indebtedness. There is nothing “supernatural” about these kinds of events. Trying to take advantage of them will only lead to more trouble. If some kind of mistake is made in which a Christian is credited with money that he knows doesn’t belong to him, he has a moral, ethical, and biblical obligation to rectify the matter. It’s been said that as a young man, Abraham Lincoln worked as a clerk in a store. A woman came in one day and purchased some items. Lincoln added up her bill, and it came to two dollars and six and a quarter cents. She paid the bill, was entirely satisfied, and left. Later, Lincoln began to question his calculation. He refigured it and realized the bill should have been two dollars even. That night when he locked the store, he walked two to three miles to her home and paid her the six and a quarter cents. The Bible says, “If you see your brother’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to him. If the brother does not live near you or if you do not know who he is, take it home with you and keep it until he comes looking for it. Then give it back to him. Do the same if you find your brother’s donkey or his cloak or anything he loses. Do not ignore it” (Deut. 22:1-3 NIV). For most people, getting out of debt is not an instantaneous
or overnight process. They don’t experience a single miraculous “breakthrough” in which God dumps a big lump sum in their lap. Usually it involves many months—maybe years—of hard work, diligence, good money management, wisdom, living within one’s means, and the blessings of God that come through faith. The minister who claims to have a “debt-breaking” or “money-multiplying” anointing is in danger of being led deeper into error. Instead of presenting a balanced message of the full Gospel and fulfilling the call of God on his life, he may become a narrowly-focused “specialist,” dealing only with money and financial gain. He may even develop into such a skilled fundraiser that he becomes a “hired gun,” brought in by other ministry organizations to raise money for them (for a “cut” of the “take”). Instead of living to bless people, strengthen local churches, and advance the cause of Christ, such a preacher runs a great risk and faces great temptation of focusing only on what he can get for himself and his purposes. Somewhere along the way, his original call and mission gets laid aside. The Apostle Paul said, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27). That is much too high a price to pay for money.
What Jesus Said About Giving to the Poor
Some of the money-oriented doctrine going around implies that only highly anointed ministers represent the Lord. Let’s read in the Gospel of Matthew to find out who represents the Lord. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. —Matthew 25:34-40 Notice here that Jesus said He was represented by the poor! When Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus, who was persecuting the Church at large, He said to him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:4). In this instance, Jesus said He was represented by the whole Church. Jesus Himself, in unmistakable terms, declared that poor Christians and the whole Body of Christ at large represent Him just as much as a fivefold minister!
Is Giving to the Poor a Good Investment?
It grieves my spirit to hear that there are some ministers teaching—or at least giving the impression—that giving to them personally will bring a greater blessing to the donor than giving to the poor or supporting the local church’s ministry to the poor. Again, these individuals imply that because they have a “special anointing” like Jesus, they have a gift—a Midas touch—to
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multiply money back to the donor and impart great blessings. Some of these ministers actually suggest that there is not much blessing in giving to the poor by quoting Proverbs 19:17: “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” “That’s not too good an investment,” they say. “Giving five dollars to a poor person is a loan to God, and He will pay you back five dollars. You get back just what you ‘loaned’ to God. But if you invest that five dollars in a ministry with a ‘higher anointing,’ you can expect a multiplied return.” Then they will say, “You know, Jesus said you will always have the poor with you . . .” (John 12:8) implying that the poor aren’t worth much, that they’re a dime a dozen. This teaching is totally wrong and thoroughly unscriptural. Such suggestions are completely false interpretations of Proverbs 19:7 and John 12:8. The idea that “loaning” a dollar to God by giving it to the poor will only bring a repayment of a dollar is not consistent with other Bible examples. John 5 tells how Jesus “borrowed” Peter’s boat. He got into the boat and asked “the big fisherman” to put out from the shore a ways so He would have a platform to teach the crowd of people who had thronged about Him. Then Jesus repaid Peter for the loan of his boat. Let’s look at the following account in the Gospel of Luke. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
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—Luke 5:4-7 (NIV) How much was the use of Peter’s fishing boat for an hour or so worth? It wasn’t worth nearly as much as two overflowing boatloads of fish! Without question, Jesus repaid the loan with interest! He certainly wasn’t a scrooge. In the very next chapter of John’s Gospel, we find the account of the feeding of the five thousand. You know the story: A little boy gave his lunch of five small barley loaves and two fish to Jesus, who multiplied them to feed the multitude of hungry people. When everyone had eaten, the disciples gathered up the leftovers—twelve baskets full! (see John 6:8-12.) I’m of the opinion that Jesus gave those twelve baskets of bread and fish to that little boy who had given his lunch to the poor, “loaning” it to God. Several people must have had to help him carry all that food back home. He was repaid for his loan with bountiful interest. You see, people often quote just one verse of Scripture on a subject that seems to give a certain impression, but they ignore many others. You can’t build a doctrine on any one scripture. The Bible says, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word he established” (2 Cor. 13:1). The Bible has much to say about helping and ministering to the poor. Let’s start with the verse some ministers misuse. In John 12:8, Jesus says, “You will always have the poor among you.” What Jesus really meant is disclosed in the Old Testament verse He was quoting: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land” (Deut. 15:11 NIV). So what Jesus was really saying, in essence, was this: “There will always be poor people to help, and you should help them as much as you can. You’ll always have opportunities to help the poor, but I’ll only be here a very short time.”
Don’t Abandon Practical Wisdom and Common Sense
Not only should we as Christians apply biblical teaching and spiritual principles in our day-to-day living, but we also must not abandon practical wisdom and common sense.
There must be balance in this part of our lives as well. The faith walk does not ignore the natural laws of the universe, which actually are God’s laws.
As a rule, God does not supernaturally perform what we have the power to do for ourselves. Most people discover that only after they have done all they know and have the power to do does God step in and do what only He can do. For example, there is no question that God can miraculously heal our human bodies. I personally was raised up from my deathbed and made completely whole. Over the years, I have seen many people healed of everything from headaches to cancers. Just because God can and does heal doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t use common sense in taking care of our bodies, eating the right foods, exercising, working in a reasonable way, and getting proper rest. Nor should a person with a disease stop his medical treatment and abandon all reason and common sense. It would be folly, not faith, for a person with diabetes to keep eating large quantities of starchy, sugary foods, saying that he was trusting God to heal him.
In the same sense, it would be ridiculous for people to try to “look prosperous” by buying all kinds of luxurious items and charging them to credit cards that already have payments they can’t afford. “I believe God is going to provide the money to pay off my debts somehow, some way,” they say. “I’m expecting a miracle blessing. Maybe He’ll help me to win the lottery!”
Obviously these people’s expectations are based on mistaken understandings and wrong motives. There is no balance between faith and reality in their lives. With so little wisdom and spiritual discernment to draw upon, these people are easily deceived and led further astray by misguided or unscrupulous religious promoters. Is Prosperity Tied Solely to Giving?
In teaching prosperity, too many preachers seem to communicate the idea that receiving financial abundance is totally and exclusively tied to one thing—giving.. .usually to thern!
Don’t misunderstand me. I believe in giving. I believe that giving is important. But it is not the only key to prosperity.
My son, Rev. Kenneth Hagin Jr., is pastor of RHEMA Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. From time to time, he preaches about prosperity to his congregation, which includes a large number of young people, many of them students at RHEMA Bible Training Center. Ken includes a lot of scriptures from the Word of God that define prosperity and show that it is definitely included in God’s will for His people today. As part of the Bible lesson, Ken teaches about tithing and giving as vital elements of biblical prosperity.
He also stresses that knowing and doing what the Bible says has a direct relationship to our prosperity. Joshua 1:8 declares, “This book of the law [the Word of God] shall not depart out of thy mouth; hut thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. You see, the Bible doesn’t just speak about God prospering us. The Bible also speaks of us making our own way prosperous.
That’s why Ken doesn’t deal with just the spiritual aspect of prosperity. He also encourages young people to identify their skills and interests and to then seek God as to how He might be leading them vocationally. They should get the best education they possibly can and gain a broad range of knowledge about the world they live in.
He advises adults who would like to advance on their jobs to take classes and get extra training. Ken also teaches people to work hard and to be diligent in performing their duties on their jobs. In most cases, workers who take an interest in their work and do a good job are recognized and rewarded for what they do.
It’s true that we should trust in God as our Source rather than placing all our confidence in a job or the economy. But that doesn’t mean that financial prosperity is totally unrelated to a person’s occupation. While God can channel blessings to us from many sources, much of the time He uses our job as the primary channel. Typically, there is a direct relationship between one’s personal financial prosperity and the amount of responsibility he or she takes on at work.
Folks who work harder and in more specialized, skilled fields—those whose abilities ate in greater demand—receive a greater financial reward. Paul told the Thessalonians, “. . . work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing (1 Thess. 4:11,12). He also declared, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Col. 3:23). Another important lesson Ken teaches his congregation is the importance of good associations. You can’t stay around people who are filled with doubt and unbelief without doubt and unbelief nibbing off on you.
You can’t be with people who are critical and complaining all the time without being affected. You can’t associate with people who lie and cheat without being tempted to compromise your own moral character. Back in the days when people burned wood or coal in stoves, there was an old saying, “You can’t handle a stove pipe without getting your
The Whole Counsel of God’s Word
I believe pastors and teachers have a responsibility to teach the full Word of God, not just one part. All of the things Ken includes as part of his teaching on prosperity help bring a balance to the subject that isn’t obtained by just talking about giving.
Some people become religiously imbalanced, stressing and practicing only certain truths and neglecting or ignoring others. Sooner than later, we need to learn that the Bible doesn’t teach a lopsided, imbalanced message regarding prosperity.
There is much more to the message than constantly saying, “If you want to be prosperous, give! If you want to be prosperous, give! If you want to be prosperous, give!” Ministers who do this are not teaching the whole counsel of God.
In my personal opinion, they do an injustice to the Word of God by emphasizing just one side of the issue.
They give understandable grounds to those who charge that their motive is to get people to give to them. Is it possible that their full confidence is not in the promises of the Word and they feel they have to “help” God, constantly trying to raise money by asking for it from others?
Another crucially important issue is that ministers should never suggest or lead people to believe that prosperity means conspicuous, lavish wealth. It simply is not true that everyone who has faith for prosperity will live in a palace, drive a luxurious car, and dress in expensive, designer-label clothes.
Prosperity is relative. For some people, being able to pay their bills and provide the basic comforts of life for their families would be a great blessing—a definite step up. In some countries, being prosperous might mean having a bicycle or motorcycle