The Error Of Balaam

The error of Balaam.

There was a time in his life when Balaam was a good prophet. There was a time when he served God with total integrity of heart. There was a time when he waited patiently to listen for the voice of The Lord before he made any move or gave a prophecy. There was a time when Balaam the prophet walked the narrow path of honesty and integrity, shunning covetousness and seeking to be a blessing to the people to whom he was sent as a prophet.

But, there came a time when Balak, the king of Moab, summoned Balaam urgently to come and place a curse upon his enemies, the Israelites. Balaam prayed and was instructed not to go. He was told that the people were righteous and cursing them would be a waste of his time and energy. In fact, he was told that ‘any curse or enchantment against them would be neutralized and rendered useless.’ So, Balaam refused to go with king Balak’s envoys. He said, ‘the Lord refuses to give me the permission to go with you.’ But the king was persistent and sent more regal princes with greater promises of wealth and glory, if only he would disobey the Lord, come with them and place a curse upon the people who posed a threat to their nation. At one point, Balaam even said that even if his house was full of gold and silver, he wouldn’t go with them.

But after a great deal of pressure, Balaam’s resolve began to weaken. He began to see the promised riches in a different way. The book of James said that we are tempted when we are seduced by our own lusts. Balaam’s weakness for money and the material things of life finally had an opportunity to manifest itself in his life. The spirit of greed and covetousness gripped his soul and he capitulated. He gradually began to succumb to the wishes of king Balak of Moab. Covetousness and greed moved him to mount his donkey and head in the direction of error. May the Lord deliver us from error, in Jesus Name. You can read the story in the book of Numbers, chapters 22 to 25. It is all there, how Balaam compromised his ministry, was seduced by covetousness and sold his soul for money. Balaam was the one who taught the children of Israel to worship idols and commit immorality. He did it for the money.

Like Balaam, there are people who are in ministry today simply for the money. There are many who teach Christians to worship idols and live unholy lives just because of money. These men and women probably didn’t start out in error, but along the way, after a few years in the ministry, their weak character and greed finally caught up with them and they invented ways to steal from the sheep. These men and women do anything to get the money out of the pockets of the people in their congregations. There’s nothing wrong with people giving freely to support the work of the Kingdom but there’s a great deal wrong when preachers bend the scriptures to manipulate the ignorant and steal from them. Men and women who have been entrusted with feeding the sheep now regularly fleece them. They steal with such audacity that even Balaam himself would have been ‘impressed’ with their high-tech, advanced methods of emotional and spiritual manipulation.

Like Balaam, they teach that ‘godliness is gain’. They teach that having lots of money is a sign that God has blessed you. This is so not true. Are all the drug dealers, criminals, thieves in society ‘blessed’ by God because they have money? Of course not! It is interesting that such agents of mammon never teach their congregations that godliness with contentment is great gain-1Timothy 6:6. They never remind them of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 12:15 , ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, because a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ Please take a moment to answer this question sincerely: has your pastor EVER preached a message on contentment? Ever? If he has, please send me his name and the address of his ministry. But if he hasn’t, you may have already been seduced by the error of Balaam and need to cry out to the Lord for mercy and deliverance.

Ministers who are caught in the shackles of greed, preach covetousness instead of contentment. People are infused with a spirit of greed every Sunday morning in the name of prosperity. Every prayer point is connected to some ‘seed’ or financial offering which would ‘activate’ the results you desire speedily. People are promised great riches if they give to their pastor, a man like themselves, who was called to serve them and not to become a demi-god. People rush to bestow their pastor with more money than he would ever need in his life time or in the life time of his children. Christians are erroneously taught that ‘giving a man of God money will make you rich.’ It is a lie! Financial breakthroughs are promised to the gullible if they will empty their hard earned money at the feet of covetous pastors. Greedy believers flock to the churches of these ‘money magicians’ who promise riches if you bring your money to their coffers. There is nothing wrong with giving money to a ministry as long as it is from your heart, to the Lord, for the poor, out of love and not as an ‘exchange.’

Prominent American and African preachers have perfected the erroneous message of exchange. They preach that you can exchange money for the blessings of God. What an error! They show off their cars, mansions, jewelry and riches which they allegedly got through the ‘laws of exchange’. They deceive the gullible and the greedy with their erroneous teaching and set them on the path of destruction. People are erroneously encouraged to give money, expecting to receive huge returns. It’s like a huge spiritual game of Roulette in a casino! They are taught that giving money will make them rich. But any right thinking individual can see through such a lie. Giving does not in any way or manner make you rich. It can enrich your heart and your soul. It can bless you spiritually and emotionally, but it will not make you rich. Anyone who tells you that giving money to his church or ministry will make you rich is a bold faced liar. If giving of money makes you rich, why then do we work? Why don’t we stay at home, give our money to some ‘money magician’and expect the ‘returns’ to come to us in our living rooms? The reason we wouldn’t do that is simply because it wouldn’t work. It is a lie!

If you want to attract money, work for it and invest your money wisely. That is the way people have made money for eons. If you would spend your time reading the book of Proverbs, you will discover that the diligent person, who applies wisdom in his or her work, attracts money. Making money has nothing to do with how spiritual you are. Some of the most unspiritual people have lots of money. Atheists have lots of money. Making money has nothing to do with what you give or don’t give. It has nothing to do with how well you have prayed or not prayed. Money is a product of bringing value to the market place of life. The market is no respecter of persons. It does not respect religion, colour, ethnicity, race, education or gender. The market respects and responds only to value, and money moves in the direction of value. If you want more money, then offer more value in the market place. Giving money to a church or ministry will not make you rich. Shatter that lie over your mind now and be totally liberated.

These con men and women of the pulpit go a step further to threaten you with a curse if you don’t bring your money to their temples of mammon. They paint such a picture of disaster and calamity in your mind that you begin to wonder if you are in a church or in the cavern of the high priest of some demonic deity. It is sad how far people will go to manipulate your money out of your pocket. Never capitulate to the sweet sounding words of a spiritual con artist. Unless the Lord directs you to give, never be intimidated by the empty words of a spiritual con artist who threatens to ‘curse you.’

Child of God, redeemed by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there is no curse whatsoever upon your life. Jesus Christ has redeemed you from every curse-Galatians 3. If the reason you give is to avoid ‘a curse’ coming upon your life, you have been deceived already and you are in bondage. The Bible in 2Corinthians 9:7 says, ‘Every person should give according to what is in his heart, not grudgingly or by compulsion. God loves a cheerful giver.’ If you want to give, do it because you love the Lord, not because you are afraid of a curse coming upon your life. If you believe in a particular ministry, cause or project, pray about it and let the Lord direct you to be a blessing to it with your financial and material resources. Give to the poor. Give what you have, not what you don’t have. Never give to impress anyone or to gain favour with a man. Give with sincerity and honesty. You must understand that everything we own, including our very soul, belongs to the Lord. When He instructs us to give, we should obey quickly. There are blessings attached to swift obedience.

If you are called to serve in ministry, you don’t have to follow the error of Balaam to attract money to run your ministry. You don’t have to bend the scriptures to manipulate people to bring their money to your ministry. You don’t have to teach a lie to excite the minds of the covetous so that they can give you their money. The Lord who called you to ministry will ensure that the money you require to meet the legitimate needs of your ministry is channeled in your direction.

A brother in ministry recently gave a testimony about how a stranger walked into the church and gave them a cheque of some millions of naira. The ‘mysterious man’ said that the Lord sent him to give them that cheque and he left. I have heard this testimony repeated over and over again by many brothers and sisters in the Lord, from different Nations. People in ministry share how the Lord met their needs through total strangers, in a supernatural manner. There are so many ways the Lord will meet your needs in ministry. Money will never run out of the mouth of fishes. The Lord still uses ‘ravens’ to feed his Elijahs. The miracle of multiplication of loaves and fish still exists today. When the Lord sends, he provides and protects supernaturally. You can do the work of the ministry with total integrity and peace of mind. God’s purpose for your life will be fulfilled. Simply live by His Word and obey His Holy Spirit. Don’t compromise your life’s purpose by following the error of Balaam.

Blessings.

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30 responses to “The Error Of Balaam

  1. Indeed Christians are tired of these money,money preachings,,Thanks for the advuse!!!!!!!!!!

  2. abiola

    PRAISE GEORGE! The battle line is drawn indeed!!! May God deliver us from error in Jesus’ name!

  3. Grace Louis

    Yes Sir. My paster preaches on contantment sir. I worship with winners family” living faith church”. Pastor Emmanuel agi, pastor Ken okpara, pastor samuel oludele………………. They do Sir. God engrace you the more.

  4. I am a pastor and I absolutely agree with you, I mean absolutely. It may sound odd but you are correct. Though, you almost conclude that riches comes as a result of hard work only……1Samuel 2:9 “…for by strength shall no man prevail” Psalm 127:2 “it is in vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep” John 15:5 Jesus said “…..without me you can do nothing” your intelligence and expertise notwithstanding. There are some spiritual activities like giving that draws heavens attention to your situation, especially when lead by the Spirit of God and done correctly as you have said. E.g Abraham after wanting to sacrifice Isaac, God said in Gen 22:16-17 “And said by myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing…..”. Giving is even a ministry, Rom 12:6-8. So the problem should not be that people give to God, the problem should be that every money given to the work of God be used for His work and His work only. Some people are addicted givers and I pray they should understand perfectly your point, they should not be discouraged to assist the worke of the ministry. I sold my car to assist our church building some months ago even as the pastor, I am not the G.O, my church is full of great people….I don’t care and I don’t want any assistance from anybody, I love my God passionately and am ready to do anything for Him, if He ask me for more I will do, this world is not my home. We came with nothing and we will go with nothing. Whatever you have use it for God, and the expansion of God’s work and give correctly as you have said. God bless you sir.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and post a comment. The Lord is not against us having money, he is against covetousness, greed and worshiping mammon. I pray that the Lord will birth a fresh move in your heart, as you continue to walk with Him, in Jesus Name. Blessings.

  5. Rudo

    Amen ! Thank you for this.

  6. sir u ar a blessing 2dis generation

  7. Kitan Gold

    may u live longer dn anyone expectation!!!!!AMEN

  8. Offonze Chiedozie Solomon

    God bless u sir.
    He that has ears to listen let him hear and ponder with understanding.
    Cheers.

  9. Ernest ogbile

    From d beginning it was not so. God help us 2 overcome d world.

  10. Ernest ogbile

    From d beginning it was not so. Father deliver us from greed.

  11. The majority of ministers appear to be of God. They profess to believe God wrote the Bible. Yet, not understanding it, they twist verses to fit preconceived ideas. In fact, theological institutes and seminaries of this world have developed a systematic way—and this can be done consciously or unconsciously—of spinning or dismissing God’s plain words and plain meaning in favour of making passages appear to say what they need them to say. These theologians and religionists sell false teachings through use of specific verses—wrongly understood and often taken out of context—that purportedly support their ideas. This permits them to come from a basis of supposed Bible authority for beliefs. And it helps them to much more easily snare the unwitting and unwary.

  12. May d almighty gv us more strenght against all odds and errors in total fellowship wit him
    To u sir d almighty wil enrich u wit more wisdom and undestandin.ur highly favoured in Jesus name.AMEN

  13. Lawrence

    I consider this a great article and i quite agree with a lot of the points raised here despite having a different viewpoint in one or two areas. Firstly, Greed is fast becoming an epidemic both in the pew and the pulpit. As a pastor i have come across ministers who have sold their ‘souls’ for money. In the bid to achieve ‘success’ and become wealthy, they entered into strange covenants with demonic beings and still minister in the name of Jesus. This is not hear say, i have met at least one of them. Jesus said ‘ you cannot serve God and mammon’. Jesus wasn’t just referring to money here, he was referring to a spirit entity called mammon in those days,, he was drawing a line between God and the spirit of mammon. Mammon is the Syrian god of money, it is the spirit that governs trade & commerce and stimulates inordinate desire for riches. It is the spirit that makes people do ‘whatever it takes’ to be rich even if it clearly violates God’s word and endangers the lives and well-being of others. This spirit manifests itself everywhere, in homes, churches, mosques, businesses, corporate organizations, government establishments, etc. It is the spirit that controls the system of this world, that inspires people to sacrifice relationships for money, sacrifice godly values and principles for money, sacrifice family for money, sacrifice integrity for money, sacrifice truth for money, offer human/animal sacrifices for money, kill for money, etc. The question is what or who determines your attitude towards money? Is it the scriptures or the value systems of this world?
    Secondly, they are charlatans in every profession. Unfortunately the pulpit is not immune to their activities, they have always been there right from the bible days as Praise George mentioned. Gehazi, Judas, Annaias & Saphira, the list is endless- they sacrificed their lives for money those days and they’re still doing it now. They abuse their offices and use their ministry gifts for personal gain-Apostle Paul spoke about them in Philippians 1. Every believer has a responsibility to protect their hearts from the corruption that exists in this world.
    Thirdly, as much as our giving as believers must be motivated by our love for God and the desire to please Him, it is also important to mention here that while the spirit of mammon operates through greed God’s system fundamentally operates by the principle of seedtime & harvest. This dates back to Genesis 1, Genesis 8: 22, and it is refereed to in numerous portions of the new and old testaments. Paul said ‘he who sows little will reap little-he was talking about finance (2 Corinthians 9). Jesus said when you give you shall receive in good measures (Luke 6:38). Its the cardinal point of God’s system and its jurisdiction covers every aspect of our lives, relationships, finance, health, career, academics, etc.- what we sow is what we reap! In the secular world it is called the law of cause and effect, for every effect their is a cause. God instituted it and He says it will not fail as long as the heavens and the earth remains. So when i give i dont give just because a pastor said so, i give because God expects me to give, i give because it is required in the this new kingdom that i belong, i also give because my supply is directly connected to what i give according to the system of God’s Kingdom based on His written WORD. I will not discountenance God’s word or treat any part of it as trash because of other people’s disobedience and greed-NO. Furthermore, as a Pastor i teach contentment a whole lot in my church and i practice it and that’s one of the things that God has used in keeping me sane and sound despite all the pressures and distractions around. Nevertheless i also teach the people that they can be rich without compromising God’s word. This is important because part of the challenge we have sometime is balance. A few decades ago poverty was synonymous with spirituality- the poorer you are the closer you are to God (WRONG). Then afterwards some people went to the other extreme and claimed that the quality of your faith & spirituality is measured by how much money you have (WRONG). The point is God wants us to practice the system of the Kingdom that we belong to, Satan wants us to practice the system of the world that we live in- THE CHOICE IS YOURS whether you’re a pastor or a layman!

    • Thanks for reading and dropping a comment. We are delivered from error and set on the path of righteousness when leaders like you rightly divide the Word.
      However, I beg to differ on this statement: ‘I also give because my supply is directly connected to what I give according to the system of God’s Kingdom based on His written WORD.’
      The way we attract money is by industry, not by giving of money to a charity or a church or a cause. It is the diligent hand that attracts money. The rich on the planet are primarily business people who add tremendous value. These people bring value to the market place and are rewarded for their contribution.
      The purpose of giving is not primarily to receive. Luke 6:38 is not talking about money. It is about love. If we want money, we should work or invest for it, like any other person on the planet.

      • Lawrence Onochie

        Once again i highly commend your desire to expose and possibly correct some of the prevailing errors in the body of Christ. Some of these errors have turned many away from God and I believe the time has come to correct them and bring a CLEAR balance on the subject. I have always maintained that no one can effectively correct an error by negating a TRUTH. The bible is ABSOLUTELY clear about the principle of sowing and reaping, it doesn’t matter how much abuse it is subject to it is still the WORD of GOD! All through the ages God’s word has been subject to all kinds of abuse, people have used it to justify slavery, justify poverty, justify immorality under the guise of grace, justify all kinds of wickedness. but the good news is that God’s word has never and will never CHANGE! Long after we have all gone God’s word will still be here-saying exactly what it has always said! Isaiah 40:8 ‘The grass withers, the flower fades, But The Word of Our God Stands Forever.” For clarity purposes, by God’s grace and to His glory as a Pastor i have given more towards God’s kingdom in my local assembly than any single individual, i am not on salary and i do not ask for any special donations for me. We feed the poor, we clothe the naked, visit the sick and pray for them, help those in need, etc. Yet i am aware of those who see ministry as business opportunity, exploiting and merchandising the gospel of Christ. Jesus had 12 disciples and one of them was a thief, does that discredit the rest of the disciples? Absolutely not. Infact you’ll hardly hear any of the Apostles refer to Judas in their write up, why? He is not important. As mentioned in my previous post, they are far too many scriptures on the principles of giving and receiving both in the old and the new testament that it should really not be subject to criticism. Yes i agree that excesses should be straightened out, but not at the expense of negating God’s CLEARLY established principles. Yes the law of sowing and reaping may not make much sense, well salvation by believing in Christ and confessing His Lordship doesn’t make sense either, baptism in the Holy Ghost doesn’t make any sense, none of Jesus’ teaching in Luke 6 and Matthew 5-7 makes any sense at all. The point is if God says it that’s all that counts whether it makes sense or not.
        The following scriptures are just a few examples:
        Proverbs 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
        Proverbs 11: 24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. 25 The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.
        Philippians 4: 15 now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. (AMP) 15 And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time. 17 Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].

        2 Corinthians 9: 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have abundance for every good work.
        (AMP) 6 [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [[z]that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. 7 Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He [a]takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. 8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and [b]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [c]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. Haggai chapter 1 also makes for a good reading on the subject.

        Furthermore:
        The various arms of government have their tax systems, they collect tax from the citizens for various purposes. they tell us that the tax is use to provide and improve infrastructure and also to take care of the administrative cost. But we all know that this is not entirely true! In Lagos state 10% of the tax collected goes to a particular individual in this state- just one person! other people also have their interest catered for from the remaining 90% and the balance is used to do what the revenue was originally designed for. Would you now decide that paying tax should be scrapped and possibly default in your tax payment because of this abuse? God will judge everyone including the people who use His name to advocate and perpetrate greed and covetousness, but i will never allow my obedience or compliance to God’s word be subject to other people’s error-NEVER! I highly commend the need to correct the excesses, but it should be done without creating another challenge that may take many more years to correct. That is the reason for my response and i guess any true believer who is interested in this subject should search the bible for themselves and find out what God’s mind is on the matter. Well done Praise.

      • With all the talk about ‘giving and receiving’, how many Christians are involved in philanthropy on a world class level? Giving of money will not make anybody rich. It will move the Kingdom agenda forward, but the primary purpose is not to make us rich. When we put our talent to work in the market place of life, we attract riches. It is that simple.

  14. Razaq Olusola

    I totally agree with you.I am a Muslim and the same thing happen in my faith.Infact many notable cleric are magicians and herbalist just because they want to make money and drive big cars they translate the scripture to suit there life style.May God save us from the so called men of God and we also should not be too desperate to make wealth in these world.God said help the needy and my cause,not to give money to cleric as a means of seeking God favour.

  15. Eddie imishue

    Nice one sir,

  16. J.O

    Fantastic piece. Informative. Eye opener. I used to be a catholic but moved to pentecostal churches about 10 years ago. After reading this well researced piece, I see that 80% of our pentecostal churches sadly have these traits. But, not the catholic church.
    Your piece has made me delve more into the bible to find out some things myself. But Praise George, 90% of the preachings on money are biblical. Feels wrong when its being preached but its biblically backed up.

    • People can use the Bible to move their personal agenda forward. You must be able to compare spiritual things with spiritual. You must be able to discern between truth and falsehood. If a particular teaching does not add up, it means that something is seriously wrong somewhere. It is your duty as a Christian to find out the truth from the Bible. And, 90% of the preaching on money are not biblical, they just seem to be so. Read your Bible again.
      Blessings.

  17. Quite apt and revealing. As you noted, some of these men started well, which gives me hope that God can still grant them repentance to acknowledge the truth. I think one of the reason why a man like Balaam missed it was because he had no one to intercede for him, whom God could have spoken through to rebuke his madness. How do I know this? Nowhere did the bible said someone spoke to him like Nathan spoke to David. God had to speak through a donkey! But these men have people around them who can intercede for them and through whom God can speak to correct them. It will be a different thing if when they are told the truth, they refuse to take heed. I think some of the errors of these men who started well in the Lord can be partly due to the failure of the men around them to uphold them in prayers and upraid them for their error. We are in the Kingdom for such a time as this.

  18. Omoyajumoney mayor

    God bless for your spiritfilled write-up, you an addition to this generation. l prayed that His anointing upon you will never run dry and the ministry that the lord has committed into your hand will continue to achieve its God given purpose. SHALON

  19. I am lifted in my spirit. I feel so tall in my spirit.

  20. Olabisi Oluwafunsho

    I wish everyone would just read and meditate on the book of”Ecclesiastes”Then you’l know everything under the sun is Vanity…We will all have a different knowledge of everything we all long for….Pastor Praise,I pray the Lord’ll give u more insights and the grace to draw people to the Kingdom Jesus brought to the World!!! God bless u sir.

  21. adore

    I believe in giving to the work of God….and it works…….all the time.

  22. Sunom Garba

    wonderful article sir. yes my pastor hammers on d issue of contentment all d time,his name is Rev Dr Joshua Talena of Shepherds House Assembly abuja

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