David E. Taylor Under Investigation For Criminal Charges, Spent $50,000 In Donations Upgrading Mercedes to Limousine

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The purpose of this article is to present additional evidence that David E. Taylor is a false apostle and a false prophet. This article could also be considered a Biblical analysis of David E. Taylor.

Ephesians 5:11 says, “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead expose them;” 

If you visit David E. Taylor’s official website, then navigate to —>About—>The Man—>Biography – Chronicles of Life, it says that he serves in “all the five-fold ministry offices as an apostle.”

Right off the bat, the biography exalts Taylor as someone who is extraordinarily gifted by God and in the “upper echelon” of the Kingdom of God. He isn’t just a preacher, just a pastor, just a prophet, or just a teacher. . . he’s so much more than that. . . he serves in ALL the five-fold ministry offices as an apostle.”

This exaggerated claim is intended to make him seem “spiritually elite” in the minds of his supporters, because many people are impressed by someone who allegedly functions in “all of the five-fold ministry offices,” and many people believe that the title “apostle” is the highest ranking title or the highest ranking ministry out of all of the spiritual gifts, and that an apostle is the “highest authority” in the body of Christ.

I remember back in the day, many people believed that the title “bishop” was the highest ranking title or the highest ranking ministry out of all of the spiritual gifts, and that a bishop is a “higher authority” over pastors, preachers, teachers, and multiple congregations in a region. It seemed like everyone and their grandma was seeking after the title “bishop” and being “ordained” as bishops, thinking that it elevated them to a higher level in a religious chain of command.

The same thing is happening today with the title “apostle.” It is the new “I’m higher up than you are” title that everyone is seeking after and this is one of the reasons why we see many people today calling themselves “apostles” to seem greater than they really are, impress others, and gain a higher status, greater prominence, and unearned undeserved credibility.

By claiming to serve in “all the five-fold ministry offices as an apostle,” Taylor portrays himself as spiritually-superior to other Believers and in a separate (higher) spiritual class.

As we continue to examine his biography, we will see more examples of how Taylor paints himself as spiritually elite and “greater than an ordinary Believer” in the minds of his supporters.

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Taylor’s biography says that he has a unique ability to help people experience the Lord’s intense presence through worship and to receive extraordinary miracles in their body and lives during services.”

The word “unique” means “being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.” Why does Taylor claim to have the unique (one of a kind) ability” to help people experience God’s presence through worship when Hebrews 6:19-20 says that Jesus is the one who has the unique ability to lead us “through the curtain” or “beyond the veil” into God’s presence, because He has already gone in there for us.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

Some of you might not think this is important, significant, or even see a problem with it. But I consider it a red flag when someone claims to have a “unique (one of a kind) ability” to usher people into God’s presence, because Scripture teaches that Jesus has already ushered us into God’s presence as a “forerunner” who entered into God’s inner sanctuary before us, and split the curtain from top to bottom by His death and opened up the way to the throne of grace.

Considering that Jesus is the forerunner who went before us to open up the way into God’s presence by His death on the Cross and sent the Holy Spirit (His Advocate) to help us experience God’s presence — how can anyone claim to have a unique (one of a kind) ability” to do what Jesus has already done for us and what He continues to do for us via the Holy Spirit?

The reason why I am pointing this out is because you will notice a pattern throughout Taylor’s biography, in which he claims to usher people into God’s presence and even bring people into the physical presence of Jesus Christ. Something that seems insignificant becomes significant when it is a pattern.

Taylor also claims to have a unique ability” to help people “receive extraordinary miracles in their body and lives during services.”

The word “extraordinary” means “very unusual or remarkable.” The miracles of Jesus were extraordinary. He regenerated and restored body parts, gave sight to the blind, gave mute people the ability to speak, resurrected the dead, healed leprosy, gave cripples the ability to walk, gave paralyzed people the ability to move their limbs freely, gave deaf people the ability to hear, healed terminal illnesses from long distance, cast demons out of people, and miraculously fed thousands of hungry people from only five loaves and two fish. And He did all of this on the spot, in front of eyewitnesses — including some who were His enemies.

Considering that Jesus performed extraordinary miracles — How can Taylor say that *he* helps people receive extraordinary (very unusual or remarkable) miracles” in their bodies and lives? What miracles has God allegedly performed through Taylor that qualify as “extraordinary” and therefore can be placed on the same level as Jesus’ miracles?

Where is the evidence of these extraordinary miracles”? I searched high and low online and I wasn’t able to find any medical evidence verifying that anyone has received “extraordinary miracles” in their bodies and lives through David E. Taylor. When Jesus healed people, even His enemies saw the evidence. So where is Taylor’s evidence?

And even IF there were any evidence, the spiritual source behind these alleged “extraordinary miracles” is highly questionable due to the fraudulent and corrupt behavior, message, and financial activities of David E. Taylor.

There is nothing “unique” about a leader claiming that people have received “extraordinary miracles” through him. There are thousands of leaders all around the world who say the same thing. There is nothing special about this. Leaders like Taylor are a dime a dozen. Yet Taylor describes himself as having a unique ability” and extraordinary miracles” being performed through him, because once again, it makes him seem “spiritually elite” in the minds of his supporters and as if God is doing something exceptional through him.

It’s not about evidence, substance, and reality, but about giving people an illusion that he is very spiritual, very powerful, and very important in the Kingdom of God. Human beings are more prone to believe in illusions and delusions than truth, reality, and evidence.

Are you impressed yet? If not, then hold onto your hat, because Taylor also claims to see Jesus “face to face” in person “on a consistent basis.”

“the part of the ministry that the Lord has entrusted him with that he prizes the most highest is, the special face to face appearance relationship and friendship with Jesus personally.”

I’m the type of person that pays close attention to words. Why? Because Jesus said that our words (what we say) flows out of our heart (Luke 6:45). You can learn a lot about a person if you just sit and listen to what they say. False apostles and false prophets tell on themselves all the time just by TALKING. The problem is that many people don’t pay attention to what they say and examine/discern their words under the magnifying glass of Scripture.

Taylor says that he has a “special” face to face “appearance” relationship with Jesus. The word “special” means “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.” What makes Taylor’s so-called “relationship” with Jesus better, greater, or different from what is usual? He allegedly sees Jesus face to face and you don’t.

See. . . your relationship with Jesus is “usual” because you don’t see Him face to face. You know Jesus by the Spirit and by faith like every other “ordinary Believer.” Taylor on the other hand isn’t an “ordinary Believer” because he has a “special” face to face relationship with Jesus. Yet Jesus said “. . . Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (John 20:29)

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Taylor’s biography goes on to say, “The glory manifested out of this friendship is what flows over into the peoples lives and brings them to meet with the Lord, face-to-face in person, just like it says about Moses life and ministry… “and he brought the people to meet with God.”

He claims that the “glory” from his “special face to face relationship” with Jesus flows into the lives of his supporters and brings them into face-to-face encounters with Jesus too.

Once again, Taylor is exalting himself into an elite spiritual class of his own. He is pretty much claiming to be some sort of “channel” or “conduit” through which God’s glory flows into the lives of others and ushers them into the physical presence of Jesus.

This is meant to give the impression that Taylor is very special in the Kingdom of God, if not the most important person on earth. After all, Jesus has allegedly chosen him out of billions of people on earth to appear to face to face, and usher others into His physical presence.

What are people actually experiencing? An emotional high. Jesus doesn’t appear as you will see in the video below. It’s just a Jedi mind trick. There is no one on the stage.

Notice also that Taylor exalts himself to the same level as Moses by claiming that he brings people to meet with God. I call this the “Moses-complex” which you can read more about by clicking here.

By exalting himself to the same level as Moses, Taylor places himself in the position of Christ, which is Anti-Christ. Why? Because Moses was a type or shadow of Christ. His life and ministry were Divinely-designed to illustrate the life and ministry of Jesus.

In Deuteronomy 18:15-19, God told the children of Israel that He would raise up a prophet like Moses — this prophet is not David E. Taylor, it is the Lord Jesus Christ. So here we see a contradiction: Taylor says that he is like Moses. But Scripture says that Jesus is like Moses.

Just like the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, Jesus knows the Father face to face. Just like God put His words in Moses’ mouth, Jesus spoke the very words of the Father. Just like Moses performed extraordinary miracles, Jesus performed extraordinary miracles. Just like Moses inaugurated a covenant with blood, Jesus inaugurated the New Covenant with His blood. Jesus (not David E. Taylor) is the prophet who God raised up to be like Moses.

Taylor’s biography says, “Humility and the meekness of Jesus characterizes David’s lifestyle in person,”

First of all, if someone is truly humble, they won’t announce it because, well, they’re humble, and their fruit speaks for itself. Humble people don’t seek to draw attention to themselves by talking about how humble they are — prideful people do, because they have false humility.

Second of all, Taylor claims to have the humility of Jesus because once again, he is exalting himself to the same level as Moses (Moses was noted in Scripture for his humility). Numbers 12:3 says that Moses was more humble than anyone on earth. Jesus, who is like Moses, was also noted in Scripture for his humility (Philippians 2:5-11).

It is the height of hypocrisy and quite ironic for Taylor to claim to have the humility of Jesus in order to lift himself up and portray himself as “great” before the people. Feigning humility to glorify self is contradictory. Humility does not exalt itself, pride does.

“But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

Let’s think about this for a minute. If someone truly saw the Lord of glory face-to-face in His majestic heavenly form — do you really think that they would leave His presence full of pride, boast in how many “five-fold offices” they function in, emphasize alleged “extraordinary miracles” that God performs through them, claim that their relationship with Jesus is greater or better than other Believers, exalt themselves to the same level as Moses, claim that they are a conduit of God’s glory and bring people into the physical presence of Jesus, and tell others how humble and meek THEY are? I think not.

If you read the Scriptures where people saw God’s heavenly glory, God’s throne, angels of God, and had face-to-face encounters with the risen Christ in His majestic heavenly form — you will notice that they were all humbled, afraid, in awe, in shock, rendered speechless, to the point of fainting, and saw how sinful they were in the presence of a holy sinless God.

They did not leave God’s presence talking about how spiritual they are, boasting in their encounter with God or the vision He gave them, or build a business “ministry” teaching others how to have visions, dreams, and face-to-face encounters with God. But rather, they left His presence in worship, preaching and prophesying His word, sometimes with great grief and mourning for the people’s sins, pointing people to God and not themselves.

Taylor’s biography, behavior, and lifestyle is not indicative of someone who has had a face-to-face encounter with the risen Lord. His fruit is not indicative of someone who knows the Lord at all.

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In Matthew 24:4-5 Jesus told His disciples Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.”

Many professing Christians think that Jesus was only warning us about cult leaders who say the literal words “I am Jesus” “I am the Christ.”

Cult leaders who make the literal claim to be Jesus would be included in that warning. But Jesus was also warning us to watch out for a more deceptive type of leader who–in a very slick crafty manner–puts on sheep’s clothing and portrays himself as if he is a “messiah” by exalting himself to the position of Christ.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing, as Jesus called them in Matthew 7:15-20, do not say the literal words “I am the Messiah.” But rather, they claim to be your personal messiah in a more subtle manner, which is why we must pay attention and use discernment.

In the church, false messiahs claim to be Christ through the use of glorified titles that lift them up and cannot be rightfully applied to anyone but God, through the use of false teachings that place them in the role of the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit, through the use of practices, rituals, and traditions that center the attention on them and seduce people to worship them, through the use of alleged “miracles,” “visions,” “prophecies,” and “Divine encounters” that make them appear “larger than life” and “more special” in the Kingdom of God, and through the use of various statements such as claiming to be “more anointed” than others and claiming to be “the head” of the Church.

David E. Taylor does these things.

In his biography, he claims that Jesus openly appeared “in Washington State in the sight of three million people at one time over three whole regions in 2006. This appearance lasted for an entire hour and was captured by the secular media on television, in photographs and in print. This type or some similar manifestation happens where ever the Lord sends David. In whatever city or church David enters, he is accompanied by the special privilege of the Lord personally working with him.”

If you are a born-again Believer, a huge red flag should have went up in your Spirit.

In Matthew 24:23-27, Jesus said that if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s elect. So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes.

Taylor’s false claim that Jesus returned and appeared to millions of people in Washington State is a prime example of what Jesus warned us against in the passage above.

If you are a Taylor supporter, you HAVE to get this, because your soul is at stake. Life is but a vapor and you have no time or emotional energy to waste defending personalities in the pulpit, putting on a superman cape for leaders who do not even know you nor care about you, and wrap your spiritual identity around some leader so that when someone tells you the truth about them you get offended and act like someone is attacking you personally.

This is not a personal attack or an “attack from the devil.” This is a warning based on the word of Christ which can save your soul if you receive it and let go of the lie. The Lord loves you so much that He told you in advance what David E. Taylor would say and do so that you wouldn’t fall for it. He told you that false messiahs and false prophets would say that He physically appeared somewhere on earth. This is a lying wonder meant to deceive you. Don’t believe it.

Jesus said that when He returns, it will be like lightning flashing across the sky from the east to the west. If lightning flashed across the sky from the east to the west, everyone would see it. In like manner, when Jesus returns, everyone will see Him. It won’t be a secret. There won’t be people in the world who don’t know that He returned, and David E. Taylor most certainly won’t be the center of attention.

Consider Taylor’s claim, “This type or some similar manifestation happens where ever the Lord sends David. In whatever city or church David enters, he is accompanied by the special privilege of the Lord personally working with him” 

Once again, pay close attention to the words that are being used. Taylor said that he is accompanied by the Lord working with him. The word “accompanied” means “to go somewhere with (someone) as a companion or escort.” For example, if I go to the State Fair and my friend Alicia accompanies me, this means that she came >>WITH ME<< or tagged along with me as a companion to keep me company.

Why am I pointing this out? Because it’s very telling that Taylor said whatever city or church he enters, the Lord accompanies him, as if Taylor is the main person on this mission and Jesus is just tagging along with him. Biblically speaking, if we are ministering to people, Jesus is not accompanying us — it’s the other way around, we are accompanying Jesus. He is “the main Man” and we are following Him and accompanying Him as we follow His voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Also notice that Taylor said the Lord is “personally working with him. This is very telling as well. Jesus does not work with us. We work with Him. Do you understand the difference? If someone says that Jesus is working “with them,” that makes it sound like they have set out to accomplish something and Jesus has come alongside them to execute whatever they are doing and go along with their idea. It makes it sound like Jesus has entered into their labor. However, Jesus does not accompany us and roll up His sleeves and work with us. It’s the other way around. We enter into His labors and He works in us and through us, the will of God.

To speak of Jesus as if He is tagging along with us from city to city, church to church, and working with us reverses the roles. It elevates us to His position and subordinates Him to our position.

This was important for me to mention because false apostles and false prophets often speak and behave as if they are the “main man” and Jesus is just following them around, tagging along to do their bidding, and performing manifestations to confirm their “ministry.

Taylor makes it sound like he is the centerpiece of the work of Christ and that Jesus is just following him everywhere that he goes performing manifestations. Does this sound like “the humility of Jesus” to you? It sounds more like pride and narcissism. Jesus does not center his ministry around any one man. Nor does He follow anyone around performing manifestations that lift them up and make them the focus. The Lord is the centerpiece of whatever work He does and we are suppose to be following HIM.

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Back in 2014, Taylor falsely prophelied that the Broncos would win the 2014 Superbowl.

As we know, that prophecy failed, which makes him a false prophet according to Scripture.

“If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.” (Deuteronomy 18:22)

True prophets of God never miss the mark, because God is precise, exact, and knows the future. His word never fails and it always accomplish exactly what He desires.

Taylor did post an “apology” for his failed Superbowl prophecy, but it was only damage control to repair his tarnished image and make himself look “humble” to his supporters. It wasn’t sincere and there was no genuine fruit of repentance.

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On top of failed prophecies, Taylor is now being investigated for criminal charges including charges related to financial corruption.

In the video below, Taylor is being questioned in court by a member of the Michigan Bar and he does not seem to know where his business offices are located.

It is not normal for the founder of an organization to not know where their business offices are located.

Notice how he attempts to duck and dodge the lawyer’s questions and avoid giving her straightforward answers. His was very evasive throughout the deposition.

In the video below, Taylor does not seem to know who the members of his board are besides himself and a woman named Michelle Brannon.

It is not normal for the founder of an organization to not know who the members of his board are. This is all very strange.

The video below reveals that $6,000 in JMMI donations were spent on a Disneyland vacation for Taylor, his children and staff. When asked if this vacation was reported on his taxes as a paid vacation, Taylor said that he didn’t know.

He said that he doesn’t know much about his finances which is odd — but he assured the lawyer that he isn’t doing anything illegal. How can he assure anyone that his finances are being handled lawfully if he doesn’t know much of anything and someone else handles his finances for him?

This court transcript shows that a David E. Taylor supporter and volunteer named “Debbie Frazier” [aka Deborah Hoskins] donated $1.2 million dollars to JMMI. This violated a court order which stated that Debbie was not allowed to give any money to Taylor/JMMI.

There are court orders stating that Debbie is not allowed to bring her children to St. Louis and participate in JMMI.

As a result of donating over one million dollars to Taylor/JMMI that she couldn’t afford, Debbie ended up in dire straits financially, put her housing at risk, and cut back on seeing her children. She also has a huge IRS bill.

The lawyer asked Taylor if he would be willing to give Debbie some of her money back considering that she is destitute. Taylor’s response? “I would love to do that if we have the money, presently we don’t.” Which raises the question, where did the money go?

The lawyer asked, “When Deborah Frazier volunteers, do you pay her travel costs when she comes to St. Louis?” Taylor responded, “No.” The lawyer, “She’s on her own?” Taylor, “Yeah.”

So here is a woman who is now financially destitute as a result of donating $1.2 million dollars to Taylor/JMMI, is at risk of being homeless, and has pulled back on seeing her children. Yet JMMI spent her hefty donation and does not pay her travel costs when she comes to St. Louis. “She’s on her own” as Taylor said. This is cold-blooded.

Mark the words of Jesus, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

This same transcript, as well as the video below, reveal that Taylor claimed an unknown dependent on his taxes and that his father prepared his taxes in 2012. If Taylor is claiming false “dependents” on his taxes, that is tax fraud and it shows dishonesty and a lack of integrity. It is also problematic for his father to prepare his taxes, because it presents a conflict of interest due to personal bias.

The video below shows that from 2013-2014, Taylor spent over $30,000 in JMMI donations on a designer wardrobe (Versace, Gucci, Monsieur Clothing in New York, Armani, Louis Vuitton, and Italian Collection Clothes).

Take note that the donate page on Taylor’s official website requests donations under the false pretense of “furthering the work of the Lord Jesus Christ” and “taking the life-saving and miracle-working power of Jesus Christ to the world through broadcasts, mission outreaches, and world wide crusades.”

Expensive luxurious designer clothing does not fall under the banner of “the work of Jesus Christ” or “life-saving.” It is a sign of greed, vanity, and materialism.

The lawyer rightly asked Taylor, “. . . you don’t see that there’s any problem when you’re ministering to the poor or the sick, the needy, to be appearing in Louis Vuitton and Versace?” Taylor responded that he’s a “very frugal person.” Yeah right.

The video below shows that JMMI owns three luxury vehicles: a BMW, a Mercedes, and a Bentley. $50,000 in JMMI donations were spent on converting a Mercedes into a limousine for the purpose of driving guests around.

Taylor said that JMMI has two drivers who serve him as glorified armor bearers “adjutants.” The lawyer asked if they are being financially compensated and Taylor said that they are unpaid volunteers. Their “compensation” is that they are “blessed by his ministry.”

The lawyer then asked, how do they pay their bills if they are serving him all day? The answer is that Taylor doesn’t care. As long as his bills are paid and he’s able to buy $5,000 designer belts, that’s all that matters to him.

The video below shows that Taylor owns a $2.5 million dollar home as an asset, as noted in his report. But when he was confronted about it being listed as an asset, he states that it should be listed as a liability.

Jesus warned us that many leaders would come to us in His name/authority, claiming that they are the messiah. He said that they would deceive many. Are you in this number? Have you overlooked the characteristics of a false messiah and fallen for one? If so, the good news is that you still have time to repent, withdraw your support, and take up your cross and follow Jesus.

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lord your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)

This man [the lawless one] will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

“Apostolic Submission” Or False Tradition? [Demetrius Sinegal]

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The gentleman in the image below is Demetrius Sinegal.

His official website says that he is a “senior prophet,” “senior pastor,” “chief apostle,” and “presiding bishop.”

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On July 29th, 2014, Sinegal posted the following statement on his official Facebook page:

“There should be no greater voice in your life than that of the one who’s covering you profess to be under. You can’t be under one’s covering, and be consecrated/affirmed by another. You can’t be a member of one church yet tithe to another. Submit where you are submitted. Apostolic covering, sonship, and/or relationship does not mean daily conversation, it means daily covering. Something done in the heavens, manifested in the earth. True covenant relationship means you treat those you are in COVENANT with equal to or better than a “big name” you honor or are impressed by. It means KNOWING the value of those you’re in relationship with.”

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Since Sinegal has an on-going series for people who are tired of church, I thought it might be helpful to explain some of the reasons why Believers are tired of church using his own words as an example.

1. Believers are tired of leaders who exalt themselves to the place of Christ.

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There should be no greater voice in your life than that of the one who’s covering you profess to be under.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

This statement would be true if Sinegal were saying that there should be no greater voice in your life than God’sBut that is not what he is saying.

He is saying that there should be no greater voice in your life than his which amounts to idolatry because he is exalting himself to the place of Christ. This goes directly against Scripture which teaches that there should be no greater voice in our life than God’sSee Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 13:4, John 10:27, and Hebrews 3:7-8.

If there is no greater voice in your life than Sinegal’s, then he has successfully usurped the voice of the Lord Jesus in your life which is Antichrist.

The term “Antichrist” not only means an adversary of Christ or an enemy of Christ. It also means “in the place of Christ,” as in someone or something that exalts itself to the place of Christ as a false messiah.

In a church-setting, the spirit of Antichrist masquerades as someone or something very holy, and insinuates itself to a place in your heart that only Jesus should have.

While it is true that we should listen to Biblically qualified elders (Ephesians 4:11-12), their voice is not greater than God’s. Nor is their voice greater than any other Believer’s including your own, because we are all equal as children of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26-28).

To say that “There should be no greater voice in your life than that of” Sinegal’s contradicts the word of God and goes far beyond the Biblical role and authority of elders.

Some of us are practicing a version of Churchianity that is based on the Old Covenant where God primarily spoke to the children of Israel through prophets (Hebrews 1:1-2). It is time to come out of the old and into the new. In the New Covenant, God has filled us with the Holy Spirit and given us the ability and the privilege of hearing Him directly and obeying His voice.

If there is no greater voice in your life than Sinegal’s, not only have you allowed him to become your “personal jesus,” but you have shortchanged yourself of the New Covenant blessing of personally hearing from God.

As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” (John 6:45)

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)

Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the assembly.” (Revelations 2:29)

If you are a leader and you are interested in running off Believers — teach people that there should be no greater voice in their life than yours.

2. Believers are tired of leaders playing God and smothering them with “spiritual covering” dogma.

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Throughout Sinegal’s statement, he referred to “covering.” But he wasn’t referring to the covering of God’s Spirit. He was referring to the “spiritual covering” dogma which exalts a man to the place of God as your “covering.”

Nowhere in Scripture does it directly state or remotely imply that spiritual leaders function as a “spiritual covering” over God’s flock. But instead, the Scriptures teach that God is our covering:

“I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert [covering] of thy wings. Selah.” (Psalm 61:4)

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4)

“O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.” (Psalm 140:7)

And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert [covering] from storm and from rain.” (Isaiah 4:5-6)

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 16:8)

“I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.” (Ezekiel 16:10)

“And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)

Spiritual leaders can do many wonderful things such as teach, preach, counsel, prophesy, reprove, warn, watch and pray. But they cannot cover your soul.

In order for a person to cover your soul, they must be omnipotent (all-powerful), ever-present (everywhere that you are), and omniscient (all-knowing). Spiritual leaders do not possess these qualities, only God does.

God is the only one who has the ability to cover your soul everywhere that you go, protect you from unseen spiritual forces of darkness, and guide you through every situation because He knows the past, present, and future. Spiritual leaders simply do not have the power and knowledge to cover your soul.

If you believe that Sinegal is your “spiritual covering,” then who was covering you before you met him? Who was covering you when you first got saved? Wasn’t it God?

If God was covering you before you met Sinegal and when you first got saved, then why do you need Sinegal to “cover” you now?

Who convinced you that you need somebody new to cover you? It couldn’t have been God, because His word says that He is our spiritual covering. It had to be a man who convinced you that you “need” him to “cover” you. Oh, and also send him 10% of your income.

God was Adam and Eve’s covering.

God was Abraham’s covering.

God was Isaac’s covering.

God was Jacob’s covering.

God was Joseph’s covering.

God was Moses’ and Aaron’s covering.

God was the prophets’ covering.

God was John the Baptizer’s covering.

God was the apostles’ covering.

Yet modern-day leaders teach Believers that they are our “spiritual covering” and that if we say God is our covering we are in “rebellion.” Well, here is what God has to say about that:

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Isaiah 30:1)

God said “woe” unto those who cover with a covering that is not of His Spirit. He called it a sin, because trusting in the flesh for covering is idolatry.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9)

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:5)

The “spiritual covering” dogma cannot be found in Scripture nor the writings of early Believers. It came from the Discipleship/Shepherding Movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s which tried to make Believers “accountable,” but resulted in cases of spiritual abuse.

While spiritual leaders do serve an indispensable role in the body of Christ, their role is not to function as the “spiritual covering” of God’s flock. That role belongs to the Spirit of God alone.

Many Believers find it offensive and off-putting when we come together to fellowship and worship God and find ourselves dealing with a leader who tries to insert themselves over us as a “spiritual covering.” As if to imply that we were “uncovered” and exposed to the attacks of the enemy before we attended their church.

Who was covering us before we walked through the door? And how on earth can a mere human being cover an entire congregation? Can they project some sort of magical forcefield over everyone and cover our souls everywhere we go? The very idea is mystical, pagan, and unbiblical.

If your goal is to repel Believers, then teach man-made doctrines that aren’t in Scripture like, “You can’t be under one’s covering, and be consecrated/affirmed by another.”

3. Believers are tired of greedy leaders trying to control what we do with our own money.

You can’t be a member of one church yet tithe to another.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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One of the biggest “church repellents” are leaders who contradict what the Scriptures teach about tithing and giving, and dictate how much money Believers “must” give, and where we are and aren’t “allowed” to give our own money.

The false doctrine of “tithing your income” is unbiblical and contradicts the tithing laws in Scripture. It is a mutation of Biblical tithing and violates the New Covenant doctrine of cheerful giving:

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

There is no tithe or 10% in the New Covenant. We each decide how much to give.

And when we give, we give voluntarily and gladly of our own free will — not because we felt pressured to give.

We give in proportion to our income, which means that those who have more are expected to give more and those who have less are expected to give less, so that no one will be burdened while others have it easier. This brings equality in the body.

Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.  Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.” (2 Corinthians 8:11-14)

If you would like to see examples of cheerful giving in the New Covenant, read Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37.

Notice that in both passages, the saints were not commanded to give a tithe or 10%. No set percentage was given. Instead, they gave in response to their sense of unity and shared life in Christ and in response to the preaching of the Gospel.

The apostles did not tell the saints to “tithe” and tell them that they were “robbing God” and “cursed with a curse” if they failed to do so. They testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is superior to the tithe, the Old Covenant system of Law, the Levitical Priesthood, and Melchizedek. He is greater than the tithe and He produces more spiritual growth and more fruit than the tithe.

When leaders reach back to the tithe, they are going back to something that is inferior to Jesus in order to provide for their organizations, agendas, and lifestyles. Just because a certain method brings in money doesn’t mean that it is the best method, the most effective method, a Scriptural method, or acceptable to God.

Many organizations bring in money, but their methods are not Biblical, do not build up the faith and character of the saints, and do not please and honor God.

Preaching the Good News motivates a higher level of giving than the tithe, because the tithe binds people to 10%, whereas the Good News sets people free to give everything they have for the Kingdom. Leaders will never successfully emulate what happened in Acts 2 and 4 by teaching the false doctrine of “tithing your income.”

Spiritual leaders have authority to teach what the Scriptures teach about giving. They have authority to encourage Believers to give generously and be rich in good works.

They have authority to instruct Believers to provide materially for evangelistic efforts (the local and global preaching of the Gospel), widows and orphans, the sick and shut-in, the elderly, the persecuted and imprisoned, the homeless, and saints who are in need.

They have authority to instruct Believers to provide materially for their own households, pay off their debts, be good stewards of their finances, and leave an inheritance for their children.

Spiritual leaders do not, however, have authority to dictate how much Believers must give. They do not have authority to bind Believers to 10% or any other amount in the name of God. They do not have authority to forbid Believers from giving to another church.

If a Believer regularly fellowships with one church and decides to give money to another church, that is their right to do so. Forbidding them from giving money to another church is divisive, sectarian, greedy, and Satanic.

Nowhere in Scripture does it directly state or remotely imply that if you regularly fellowship with one church, you are not allowed to provide materially for another church. We are all one body in Christ, with one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism. So when we give to a Church, it benefits the same body of Christ that we are all a part of and brings glory to God just the same.

Sinegal sounds like he is attempting to hoard his supporters’ money all to himself by forbidding them from helping other churches. This is a divisive religious mentality and Paul the apostle spoke against it in his first letter to the Church at Corinth.

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)

The apostles encouraged the saints to give generously to different Churches in need. Sinegal does the opposite. He reminds me of a man named “Diotrephes” in 3rd John. Diotrephes forbid the saints in his fellowship from helping Believers outside of their group.

Fortunately, God is using social media to connect Believers around the world and across the nation, and bringing the truth to light through Biblical discussions about tithing, giving, and financial accountability in the church.

From what I am hearing, many Believers are burnt out and fed up with false teachings about “tithing their income,” “sowing a seed,” “firstfruits offerings,” and man-made prohibitions like “You can’t be a member of one church yet tithe to another.”

Leaders who persist in promoting such nonsense at the expense of sacrificing truth and integrity do so to their own detriment and create more Believers who are ‘tired of church.’

If you would like to study about the history of tithing in Scripture and New Covenant giving, click here.

If you would like to discuss tithing and giving, I invite you to join the following Facebook group by clicking here.

4. Believers are tired of leaders using “submission” to control them.

Submit where you are submitted.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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I believe in Biblical submission, which is first rendered unto God, and secondly unto man (e.g., your spouse, fellow Believers including elders, and civil authorities).

Scripture teaches that submission in the body of Christ is mutual and conditional.

Mutual means that our submission is reciprocated. It goes both ways. The attitude that “you have to submit to me, but I don’t have to submit to you” is carnal, worldly, prideful, and contrary to the teaching of Christ. In the body of Christ, we walk in humility and submit to one another.

Conditional means that our submission is based on conditions, certain requirements being met, or certain terms. The conditions or requirements being that we are submitting to the word of God and the will of God.

Our submission to man is conditional, because man is capable of evil, sin, abuse, error, deceit, wandering astray, and rebellion.

If we submit to someone who is in error, we will end up in error with them. If we submit to someone who is a blind guide, both of us will end up in a ditch. If we submit to someone who is in rebellion to God, they will lead us into rebellion. If we submit to someone who teaches false doctrine, we will become a participant in their evil deeds and God will hold us accountable.

If submitting to a person puts us in disobedience to God, we do not submit to that person. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) 

Submission comes with consequences and God will hold us accountable for who or what we submit to. For this reason, it is critical that we use discernment in our submission and do not blindly submit to anyone just because they are a leader.

The problem is not with Biblical submission. The problem is when the words “submit” and “submission” are intermingled with false teachings and used to control Believers.

The words “submit” and “submission” are trigger words in the minds of many professing Believers. These words are used to provoke or initiate a desired course of action — the action being a slave-like, docile, passive, servile, subservient position of blind unthinking unquestioning obedience to leadership.

As Believers, we must keep our thinking caps on and use discernment at all times. Do not assume that a teaching is Scriptural just because it is sprinkled with the words “submit” and “submission.” If/When a teaching has error in it, do not submit to it. And do not submit to leaders such as Sinegal who promote false teachings and desire to be the greatest voice in your life.

5. Believers are tired of “spiritual father” wizardry.

Apostolic covering, sonship, and/or relationship does not mean daily conversation, it means daily covering. Something done in the heavens, manifested in the earth.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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I already addressed the subject of “covering.” Man does not possess the ability or authority to cover someone’s soul. Only God does. Putting the word “apostolic” in front of the word “covering” doesn’t magically make it Scriptural. There is no such thing as “apostolic covering” and the original apostles would detest the very idea because it exalts man to the place of God.

Now to address this hocus pocus called “apostolic sonship”. . .

The false apostles of our time promote a bastardized heresy called “apostolic sonship” wherein they elevate themselves as “spiritual fathers” and subjugate their supporters as “spiritual sons” and “spiritual daughters.”

They normally promote this heresy by ripping Scriptures out-of-context from Paul’s letters and mashing them together with Old Testament Scriptures.

The Scriptures overwhelmingly emphasize the Fatherhood of God and our sonship to Him. This is important because one of the reasons why Jesus sacrificed His life was to reconcile us back into peaceful fellowship with God the Father as sons and daughters. Not “apostolic sons and daughters” — but sons and daughters of God.

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become sons of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (John 1:12-13)

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father! The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:14-17)

And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)

 “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father! Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7)

Also see 1 John 3:1-2.

Once again, the Scriptures overwhelmingly emphasize the Fatherhood of God and our sonship to Him. Yet the false apostles of our time overwhelmingly emphasize “apostleship fatherhood” and “apostolic sonship.”

They elevate themselves as intermediaries or “middle-men” through whom we receive our Divine inheritance, anointing, and ministry. This contradicts the Scriptures which teach that there is only one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, and it is through Him that we receive our Divine inheritance, anointing, and ministry.

This sinful tendency of man to elevate himself above others as an intermediary between God and man through the use of honorific titles such as “apostolic father” is precisely why Jesus rebuked and warned against such behavior:

They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew 23:7-11)

For the most part, the concepts of “apostolic sonship” “apostolic fathers” and “apostolic covering” reinforce an unbiblical caste-system in the church, infantilize Believers, and ‘birth’ illegitimate sinistries ‘ministries.’

They try to justify their doctrine of “apostolic sonship” by paralleling themselves with Paul the apostle and his relationship with Timothy, yet they do not preach the same Gospel that the apostles preached, they are not training anyone to be disciples of Jesus like the original apostles did (they train people to be disciples of themselves), they do not take care of the poor like the original apostles did (they talk more about people taking care of them), they preach themselves not Christ and Him crucified, and they do not risk their lives to bring the Gospel where it has never been heard before and raise up new Churches.

Their sinistry ‘ministry’ websites are full of self-promotional advertisements, glamour shots of themselves, quips, quotes, cliches, and man-made doctrines, NOT the unadulterated doctrine of Christ. They are NOTHING like the original apostles. Nothing.

In the body of Christ, we are all brothers and sisters and sons of God the Father. Our sonship is in Christ Jesus, not in any man or woman with a superiority-complex claiming to be an “apostolic covering, father, or mother.”

6. Believers are tired of bondage created by unbiblical covenants.

True covenant relationship means you treat those you are in COVENANT with equal to or better than a “big name” you honor or are impressed by. It means KNOWING the value of those you’re in relationship with” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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The phrase “covenant relationship” is another trigger word.

This phrase brings to mind an agreement or partnership that is entered into with various commitments and obligations spelled out.

Many leaders use this phrase to bind people to themselves and their organizations, and obligate people to financial commitments and other man-made requirements, rules, and regulations.

In many cases, these “covenant relationships” are used as tools to control what people think, believe, feel, say, do, where they are ‘allowed’ to fellowship, what they are and aren’t ‘allowed’ to listen to/watch/or read, what they wear, where they live/work/attend school/and socialize, who they marry, what they are or aren’t ‘allowed’ to do in their marriage, how they run their own households, whether they are ‘allowed’ to leave or stay in a certain church, and how they spend their money.

In my experience, research, and observation — “covenant relationships’ are legalistic and facilitate the abuse and micromanagement of Believers. Nonbiblical covenants unto leaders and organizations have a tendency to supplant the role of the Holy Spirit and infringe on the blood-bought freedom of the saints.

When leaders speak of “covenant relationship,” use discernment and ask yourself if they are talking about the New Covenant or a marriage covenant, because these are the only 2 covenants spoken of in the New Testament.

The New Covenant was instituted by the shedding of Jesus’ blood. We entered into this Covenant by faith in the Son of God and His redemptive work on the Cross. A marriage covenant is instituted by God and unites a man and woman in holy matrimony.

The New Testament says nothing about entering into “covenant relationships” with leaders and organizations. This is an unbiblical concept.

Our covenant is with God through the shed blood of Jesus. And if you are married, you are in a marriage covenant with your spouse. There are no other Divine covenants instituted and acknowledged by God in the New Testament.

Mr. Sinegal seems to be more concerned about being treated “equal to or better than” the popular pulpiteers of our day. This is not the mentality of a real servant of God and a real apostle, but the mentality of a high maintenance Narcissus.

The fact that he thinks he’s being “mistreated” by people giving THEIR OWN money to someone other than him shows that he has NO IDEA what it means to suffer for Christ.

While true men and women of God suffer persecution overseas, false apostles in America are more concerned about whether their supporters treat them equal to or better than T.D. Jakes.

I leave you with the words of our Senior Pastor and Chief Apostle — no. . . not Demetrius Sinegal — the Lord Jesus Christ.

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

“. . . whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

“Sow A Seed” Manipulation [False ‘Apostle’ Sylvia W. Cunningham]

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Before I get into the main topic of the article, I’d like to make two things clear:

Number 1. I firmly believe in, teach, and regularly practice New Covenant giving.

A simple definition of New Covenant giving is giving like Jesus.

This means ministering to people free of charge and meeting urgent needs (e.g., food, clothing, shelter, evangelism/mission work, visiting the sick and imprisoned, medical care, transportation, educational needs, and helping fellow Christians who are suffering persecution).

I believe that generous giving should come naturally for Christians, because we have received God’s generous free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

The greatest act of giving was Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. In it, God demonstrated His love, mercy, grace, and generosity towards us. I believe that this should be the centerpiece from which our giving flows in the New Covenant.

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion–how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:16-18)

I felt the need to state my position on giving, because some professing Christians will judge your motives and assume that if you speak against “sow a seed” manipulation, then you must be “stingy, selfish, greedy” and “you don’t believe in giving.” Well, that isn’t true. I believe in giving and I encourage God’s people to be generous.

My goal is not to persuade anyone NOT to give. My goal is to urge professing Christians to use discernment and recognize when they are being persuaded to give through manipulation and false teaching.

Many professing Christians seem to believe that as long as they give money to a “church” or “ministry,” then that’s all that matters and they have done their service unto God.

They don’t use discernment and inspect the teachings and methods that are used to raise funds. All it takes is a Bible quote and an emotional plea, and like well-programmed robots, they automatically and unquestioningly fork over cash.

Professing Christians are more skeptical and wary of people who ask them for money outside of church. But when it comes to giving to a “church” or “ministry,” they tend to set aside their common sense and logic, and ignore all of the warnings in Scripture about false shepherds making merchandise of men.

There is a reason why Jesus told us to be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves. It is because we are like sheep in the midst of wolves.

The people of God need to be more careful and discerning when anyone asks us for money, whether it’s someone outside of the church or someone with the title “pastor, bishop, apostle, prophet, evangelist, minister, reverend, etc.”

It is important that we give. But it’s also important that we give according to the truth of God’s word, not manipulation and false teaching.

God is big on giving — and He’s also big on TRUTH. Do a Bible search on the word “truth”, and see how many times it appears in Scripture. The results will show you that truth is of utmost importance to God. Is the truth important to you? Do you have a love for the truth?

Jesus said that He is the Truth (John 14:6). He said that those who worship the Father must worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

In John 8:31-32, Jesus said that if we abide in His word, then we will know the truth and the truth will set us free.

Truth and freedom go hand in hand.

Galatians 5:1 says that it was for freedom that Christ set us free. If someone is manipulating you to give them money based on a lie, then they are putting you back in spiritual shackles and infringing on your freedom in Christ.

God wants us to give freely — not in response to manipulation, intimidation, threats, scare tactics, or greed.  

When we give freely and cheerfully according to the truth of God’s word, it glorifies our Father in Heaven, builds up the body of Christ, displays Jesus to the world, and reaps a bountiful harvest. This is the type of giving I support.

But I do not support the type of “giving” that is based on false teaching, manipulation, and misleading people. No born-again Christian in their right mind should support that.

Number 2. This article is not an “attack” on Sylvia W. Cunningham. She is not being “bashed” “slandered” or “persecuted by the devil.” She is being held accountable to the truth of God’s word.

Ms. Cunningham has a public platform. And when a religious leader manipulates people publicly, they will be addressed publicly. A public platform brings public scrutiny.

Many religious leaders seem not to understand this. They think that they can say and do whatever they please with no accountability, and that anyone who addresses their error is “attacking” them.

Oh, they love to talk about others being “accountable” to them, but when the tables are turned and they are the ones being held accountable for sinful conduct and false teaching — all of a sudden they play the victim and claim that they are being “persecuted by the devil.”

They claim to be so anointed, spiritually mature, and humble. But when people admonish them and reprove their errors, they become extremely prideful, angry, and childish. Honestly, I find this sort of behavior shameful for people who claim to be Christian leaders.

Being corrected on Facebook is not persecution in the slightest. Persecution is suffering for righteousness sake — not being reproved for teaching error.

Christians overseas are suffering real persecution, while religious leaders in America claim that the “devil is attacking them” because someone corrected something that they said on Facebook.

As children of God, we must learn the difference between persecution and correction, and learn how to accept both.

Moving onto the main topic of the article. . . .

Sylvia W. Cunningham is the founder of Ecclesia Worship Center located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

ef5c9c_4e56ca4647384918b7c294f70bc06495.jpg_1024On August 5, 2014, Ms. Cunningham posted a status on her Facebook page stating that one of her supporters came to Ecclesia Worship Center two weeks ago and made a donation, and now, this supporter’s settlement check is on the way. See the screenshot below.

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Ms. Cunningham’s post suggests that this person’s settlement check is on the way because she “sowed a seed on the altar.”

At first glance, this would seem to confirm or prove the seed-faith teaching that if you “sow a seed” (give money) to a “church” or “ministry,” then God will be so pleased that He showers you with financial blessings.

People who don’t pay close attention may find Ms. Cunningham’s post convincing and be persuaded to “sow a seed” into her religious organization — hoping that they too, will receive a financial miracle. Well, not so fast. . . .

I am glad that this person’s settlement check is on the way. However, it is misleading for Ms. Cunningham to suggest that this person’s settlement check is on the way because she made a donation to Ecclesia Worship Center. Why is that?

If you look at the comments in the screenshot, on August 7 the supporter posted an image which shows a portion of the letter.

The letter shows that the settlement amount of $6,097.52 was previously agreed upon by the insured and the claimant. Therefore, the settlement was already on the way, and this is not an example of someone “reaping a financial miracle” because they “sowed a seed.”

Even if the claimant never gave one penny to Ecclesia Worship Center, she still would have receive a settlement check of $6,097.52 because it was already agreed upon by the insurer.

Sylvia W. Cunningham is not the only religious leader who has falsely claimed that someone received “miracle money” or some other miracle as a result of “sowing a seed” into a religious organization.

Many other Word-Faith leaders have made similar claims that someone gave money to their organization, and in response, received financial miracles, healing miracles, and other miracles.

These false testimonies create false hope and are used to manipulate people to fork over cash, increase donations, and increase the personal wealth of false teachers and false prophets in the church. This is misleading, dishonest, and manipulative.

“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. . .” (Matthew 7:15-16a)

“But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

The Truth About “Sowing A Seed”

A lot of this chatter about “sowing a seed” comes from the Word-Faith doctrine called seed-faith giving.

Some professing Christians would say that “seed-faith giving is a Biblical teaching based on the spiritual law or principle of sowing and reaping.” But the truth is that it’s a mixture of truth and error, which makes it a religious deception.

While it is true that God is pleased by our faith and obedience, it isn’t true that we must fork over cash to a “church” or “ministry” in order to get God to bless us or move on our behalf.

While it is true that generous giving reaps blessings, it isn’t true that these blessings will always be material (money, good health, houses, cars, etc). Nor is it true that these blessings will always be received in the here and now. There are eternal rewards that we will not receive until the world to come.

Paul the apostle said that God has good things in store for us that we cannot even imagine. Seed-faith giving takes the focus off of the eternal, and places the focus on temporal earthly things.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

Seed-faith giving teaches that “if you have a need, then sow a seed” — the ‘seed’ being your money. The message is, if you want God to bless you or move on your behalf, then you need to pay up.

This teaching does not come from God and the Holy Scriptures, but from the late Oral Roberts, a popular Word-Faith leader.

This “sow a seed” scam has raised an obscene amount of money and quickly spread like cancer throughout the church world.

Even religious leaders who would not describe themselves as Word-Faith teach seed-faith giving because it such an effective way to rake in loads of cash.

One of the problems with seed-faith giving is that it is based on Word-Faith heresy.

Word-Faith heresy teaches that God wants us to be wealthy, healthy, and happy, and if we think positive, speak positive, and most importantly, give LOTS of money to Word of Faith leaders — God will be so pleased that He blesses us and makes us rich. If you believe this false ‘gospel’ and you do not understand what is wrong with it, I encourage you to watch A Call For Discernment by Justin Peters.

Word-Faith leaders claim that if you want to receive this prosperity from God, then you need to give them your money as a “seed.” It is a very slick way of leeching free money from unsuspecting people under a false pretense of “sowing into the kingdom.”

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Jesus Never Defined Seed As Money

In every Scripture where Jesus used the word “seed”, He never ever defined it as money. Yet many religious leaders speak of ‘seed’ primarily as money. This is a problem.

In Luke chapter 8, Jesus taught a parable about a farmer who went out to plant his seed. But the seed wasn’t money — the seed was the word of God.

This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word.” (Luke 8:11)

In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus taught the parable of the wheat and the weeds. In verses 36-43, He explained the meaning of this parable and He defined the good seed as the people of the Kingdom– not money.

Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.”

In 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, the seed was the Gospel message, the word of God — not money.

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”

1 Peter 1:23 the “imperishable seed” is the word of God — not money.

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

2 Corinthians 9 & Seed

In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul used the word “seed” in reference to material assistance.

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)

It’s important to note that Paul didn’t tell the saints at Corinth to “sow into his ministry.” The collection wasn’t for him. It was for poor persecuted Christians in Jerusalem. NONE of the offering was spent on operating costs and luxuries. ALL of it went to Believers who were in urgent need.

Seed-Faith Giving Encourages People To Give Out Of Selfish Motives

When we give, the most important thing is not how much we give, but WHY we give. In other words, our motives. God is not looking at the amount, but at our heart.

Our giving should be motivated by love, grace, mercy, faith, and a desire to glorify our heavenly Father. But seed-faith giving encourages people to give out of selfish motives — in order to get something for themselves.

When Jesus said Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” He was not talking about money and implying that if we give money to a religious organization, God will make us rich and wealthy.

If you read the entire chapter, Jesus was talking about how we treat others and being compassionate just as our heavenly Father is compassionate. The way that we treat others will be measured back to us. If we don’t forgive others, then God won’t forgive us. But if we’re merciful, God will show us mercy. “The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38)

Word-Faith leaders have taken a passage about showing compassion to others, and twisted it into a false teaching about giving THEM money in exchange for earthly riches, good health, a happy marriage, etc.

The Seed-Faith Heresy Contradicts The Gospel Message

The Gospel message teaches that God saved us by grace through faith — we didn’t earn it. It was a free gift of God’s love and grace. Grace means unmerited favor and unearned blessings.

The seed-faith heresy turns the Gospel message of grace on its head by teaching people that they have to “pay up” to buy God’s favor.

Christian giving should reflect the Gospel message of grace. But it isn’t grace when money is given out of selfish motives.

A gift is something given voluntarily without payment in return.” If you donate money hoping to earn a blessing from God, your donation is not a gift. A gift is given voluntarily, freely, and without any strings attached or an expectation to receive something in exchange.

Let’s say for example that it’s your friend’s birthday and you buy them a gift. Do you expect them to give you money in exchange for their birthday gift? Does the gift have strings attached and you expect them to do a favor for you in exchange? Of course not. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a gift — it would be a business transaction or an attempt to manipulate your friend into giving you want you want. This is not how God operates and this is not how God wants us to operate.

We give freely because we have received freely. We give to show others the love and grace of God. We give because we believe in the Son of God. We do not give because we are trying to receive something in exchange.

Seed-Faith Giving Portrays God as a business or a prostitute who performs favors in exchange for money

The teaching that “if you have a need, sow a seed” misrepresents God as a business or a prostitute.

A business will only provide goods and services if you pay them. A prostitute only performs favors in exchange for money. But God does not take care of us in exchange for money. He is not a business or a prostitute.

If you think that you have to fork over cash in order for God to bless you or give you favor, may I re-introduce you to the True and Living God, Jehovah Jireh — the Great Provider.

He is a gracious, merciful heavenly Father who provides for us and meets our needs because He loves us, not because we give Him anything.

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In Matthew 7:26, Jesus said “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”

In the surrounding context, the Lord was teaching us not to worry about whether our needs will be met, and to trust God to provide for us. Jesus pointed to the birds of the air as an example of how God provides. The birds of the air don’t sow any seeds, yet God provides for them.

Aren’t we more important than birds? Yes we are. But sadly, some of us have been taught that God won’t provide for us unless we “sow a seed.” This distorts who God is. If the Lord doesn’t require birds to “sow a seed” before He meets their need, then He most certainly won’t require His children to “sow a seed” before He meets our need. As we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, He will take care of our needs because He loves us.

In John 10, Jesus said that He is the Good Shepherd who takes care of His flock and leads us to good pastures. Jesus did not say that we must “sow a seed” before He leads us to good pastures and gives us abundant life. We receive “life more abundantly” by grace through faith, not by our own works.

Even during the Old Covenant, when the children of Israel traveled through the wilderness God took care of their needs. He provided them with water, quail, manna, shelter, and kept their clothes from wearing out.

At this time, the children of Israel had not even tithed yet or given a firstfruit offering (they did not give their first tithe and their first firstfruit offering until after they entered the promised land). Yet God provided for them in the wilderness because of His mercy and kindness.

Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)

The book of Galatians speaks against the idea that we can earn God’s favor and blessings by doing religious works.

We do not give money to earn God’s favor or get Him to move on our behalf. We give because we love God and we love people. Giving is what we do because God has provided for us and we want to “pay it forward” by providing for others, not because we are trying to get God to provide for us.

God even provides for unrighteous people who don’t serve Him — that is how kind He is. He shines on the just and the unjust. If we think that we have to “sow a seed” to earn God’s kindness, then we do not understand who God is.

Oh how I pray and yearn for God’s people to know and embrace His love for us. It is not based on what we put in the offering plate. It is simply who He is. For God is love!

Seed-Faith Giving Leads People To Give Under Pressure

2 Corinthians 9:7 says “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 

God wants us to give cheerfully, not because we feel pressured to give.

But when a leader has trained you to think that “God won’t move on your behalf” “meet your need” or “release your blessings” unless you “sow a seed”, that puts you under a certain amount of pressure to give.

You feel like the Lord won’t answer your prayers and bless you unless you fork over some cash to a “church” or “ministry.”

Your desire to see God move in your life becomes tied to your ability to give money away. God doesn’t want us to give under this sort of pressure. We are not walking in our blood-bought freedom if we are under bondage and pressure to give money away so that God will meet our needs.

Next time a religious leader tells you to “sow a seed”, ask them to “sow a money seed” into your bank account and see what they say. If they refuse to sow financially into your life, then why are you sowing financially into theirs? Where is the reciprocity?

If they claim that they “sow spiritual things” into your life and you support them by “sowing money” into their “church” or “ministry” — direct them to the New Testament where Jesus and the apostles sowed spiritual things AND material things (food, clothing, money, etc) into people’s lives.

Leaders are suppose to lead by example, and not just by preaching at you. So if they are constantly telling you to sow material things into their “church” or “ministry,” but they are not sowing material things into your ministry and helping you in your time of need — they are actually using you to serve themselves instead of serving God by serving you.

Some of these leaders should have more than enough money by now. Some of them have six figures or seven figures in the bank. Why do they still “need” you to “sow a seed”? Who is in greater need? You or them? Who has more resources at their disposal? You or them?

If they have more money than you, then why are they asking you for money? Shouldn’t they be sowing into your life? Does it make sense for someone who has less to “sow a seed” into the “ministry” of someone who has more?

If seed-faith giving really works, then why don’t these leaders give away their entire savings? Theoretically, they would reap a greater amount in return, right? But we all know that they will never give away their entire savings, because they know that seed-faith giving isn’t true and there is no guarantee that you will become richer by giving money away.

The purpose of seed-faith giving isn’t to enrich those in the pews. It’s meant to enrich those in the pulpit who tell everyone else to “sow a seed” into their organization.

Instead of giving to false apostles who manipulate their supporters with false testimonies, give to those who are truly in need and support ministries that are honest, Biblically sound, and financially accountable.

You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.” (2 Corinthians 2:17)

We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.” (2 Corinthians 4:2)