I recently heard the news about the separation of Wendy and Rory Alec of God TV. Unfortunately I was not surprised at the news, not because I had inside information about the state of their marriage, but because I have inside information about the result of promoting false doctrine and rejecting Biblical truth (Romans 1).
At first glance my statement may seem to be harsh or even unloving. I assure you that it is neither. As Christians we have a mandate to uphold the truth revealed by God in the Scriptures. We do not have a mandate to agree with heresy and every false doctrine of demons that enters the church or the airwaves. The church is awash in a tidal wave of deception and the God TV saga is just another example of the damage that false doctrine does to the body of Christ and how it besmirches the reputation of Christians and God himself.
So what is the problem with God TV?
The Bible states categorically that we are to have nothing to do with the works of darkness but that we are to expose and rebuke them.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
This Scripture is particularly interesting when we read it in the context of the chapter in which it appears (Ephesians 5:3-5)
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
Of particular importance is the reference to covetousness, and idolatry in relation to my commentary in this video. The prosperity gospel falls foul of these warnings on both counts. See The False Paradigm of the Prosperity Gospel for more information.
God TV provides a platform for biblical heresy and what the Bible describes as ‘doctrines of demons’. When Christians are encouraged to love money and to love themselves, disaster and judgement is sure to follow. God is not mocked, as Todd Bentley discovered. Judgement begins in the house of God and soon we will see a purge in the church as the Holy Spirit begins to destroy the man-made idols that have been erected in Christian churches in the name of God.
It is a startling thought that Timothy warns that at the end of the age, before Christ returns, men will become lovers of self and money. more than lovers of God. The worship of self and the good things of this world is idolatry and constitutes worship of false gods and spiritual adultery (see the book of Hosea for more on this subject). 2 Timothy 3:3-9 states:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.”
Unfortunately these Scriptures describe the self indulgent proponents of the prosperity gospel and the mega churches in which these false gods have been erected and receive worship every Sunday. Revelation 3:17-22 provides a stern warning to the affluent, self-centered, so-called prosperous church …
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. “
Of the seven churches referred to in the book of Revelation, I will focus on two of the three.
Pergamum: “Yet I hold this against you: You have held to teachings of traitors, ate food sacrificed to idols, committed sexual impurity, etc. You are leading (encouraging even) people away from the teachings from Jesus and moving people toward idolatry: putting created things before the creator (to be interested more in the temporal than in the spiritual). This leads to immoral behaviour.”
Laodicea: “Yet I hold this against you: you have such an exaggerated opinion of your importance and effectiveness, that it has become misleading. You are not even close to being the church that you think you are.”
The warning and instruction to each of the seven churches–except for the church in Philadelphia–is that it was time for repentance; specifically, for the church in Sardis, it was time to awaken to reality. For the church in Laodicea, it was time to repent. Without repentance, the church would cease to be a church.
I close with a final word of warning found in Philippians 3:18-20
“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”