I wrote a post about one wrong reason to reject Christianity. You can read about it here. I’m going to make a similar argument here but put a slightly different spin to it.
This post was prompted by a story I heard. A couple went to see a preacher who called himself a ‘prophet’ of God. At the service, he called them out to prophesy over them.
To prophesy is to foretell or predict future events.
The ‘prophet’ told them that the wife is going to be barren. They would be unable to have children because of this condition. There was however a way out of the dire situation. If they gave a certain amount of money to his ministry in a particular time frame, God would lift the curse, and her womb would become fruitful again.
Here is the definition of Fraud:
Deceit; deception; trick; a strategy intended to obtain some undue advantage; an attempt to gain or the obtaining of an advantage over another by imposition or immoral means, particularly deception in contracts, or bargain and sale, either by stating falsehoods, or suppressing truth.
This preacher was a false prophet, a fraudster. Why do I say that?
- He attempted to gain financially.
- Prophesy is meant to encourage individuals not fill them with dread. If it was true that this woman would be barren for a time, then he should have said something like, “I see you are having trouble conceiving a child. God has shown me that it is only for a season. I would like to pray asking for peace and patience while you wait upon the Lord.”
- He misrepresented God. God doesn’t need your money to achieve his plans. It’s His anyway and if He wants a particular organization or church or charity or family to have more money for some reason, He wouldn’t have His representative lie, or scare someone into giving it up.
- Nothing he said lines up with scripture. If you want something from God just ask. You may not get it but I guarantee you won’t have to pay someone off for it.
So, should charlatans like this preacher cause someone to reject Christianity. Is the fact that Christian leaders are caught in adultery, pedophilia, tax fraud, theft, and the like, a good reason to rebuff the faith?
Of course not!
Judging Christianity by the actions of flawed people is ridiculous. What you have to do is get to know Jesus.
Christians do have the responsibility to represent Jesus well. We are His ambassadors on earth. But will we screw up now and then? Absolutely!
But not Jesus. The founder of our faith was and is perfect in every way. And everything He did, He did out of love. His ‘motive’ is pure and right. Look at Him and judge Him and make your call on Christianity on that.
I dare you!