Will these people ever learn?
If the recent 14 count federal indictment of Bishop Anthony Jinwright of Charlotte is any indication, the answer is no. Jinwright has denied all the charges and legally he is innocent until proven guilty. But we’ve been down this road so many times before and its almost certain that it will have an unfavorable end for Jinwright. Look here, here, here and here.
The scriptures explicity require that bishops/pastors not to be greedy after filthy lucre (money, mammon) but it seems like some are intent on bucking God’s word and in the process he allows them to fall to punishment. There are signs everywhere warning us against trying to appease the money god, but some in the church continue to blindly ignore those warnings. Its not that pastors are any different than other people, but because they are leaders, the scriptures set a higher threshold of responsibility.
Consequently, such pastors are poor examples of episcopal integrity. Todd Pruitt at 1517 blog explains why:
The sinister “genius” of the prosperity preachers is that they have devised a way not merely to excuse their lust for wealth but to celebrate it. Their multiple mansions, private jets, and lavish expense accounts, they declare, are the very signs of God’s blessing upon them. They have “gotten” it. They have learned to live in “victory!” They have sown their seed and it worked. Now, if the rest of us would just buckle down and sow our seed in their ministries then we may be fortunate enough to reach similar heights of blessing.”
Below, Jinwright, claiming to be a spiritual grandfather threatens not to consecrate men who are not “spiritual sons”. Read more about this false teaching (which helps to rake in more cash) at Im Speaking Truth.
There are plenty more Anthony Jinwrights out there in churchland and just as many more wannabes. Over and over God shows them how this type of behavior will end. But they ignore it believing that it will be different with them. They are anointed, smart and working their plan. Please, if you read this, abandon your lust for money, fame, and influence. Is your soul (and freedom) really worth driving leased luxury cars, renting luxury homes and lying about the money the people of God gave you?