Riches Profit Not in the Day of Wrath

An open letter to all concerned – as brother Leonard Ravenhill would often say: “Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy!”

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Dear ___________________

Although you have presented this SMT opportunity to me – and to “my church” [believers are the Church not a building] – and as I am aware that there is a “huge” possibility of me making a lot of money or being rewarded with gifts and prizes, my decision to decline this offer and not promote it to the world is my love for God! I also place before you why you should also re-consider your stance on how you view business and how you try get others to be “go-getters”, which include your very own family members, complete strangers and even those within the ‘churchianity system’, the reasons are for the sake of conscience and the Day of Judgment! I do realise that I will be addressing believers in God, believers in gods of their choosing, and unbelievers alike, but I do ask that all hear the full matter, as it is written:

Proverb 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Many people – including my very own family – will not agree with what I am about to write, but I would rather they be angry with me this side of eternity than for my loved ones, and that includes my neighbours who I do not know, to be angry with me before God Almighty on Judgment Day for not speaking up, warning and calling out all who have chosen the ways of this evil and wicked world than the ways of your Creator GOD!

I do hope that everyone will receive this treatise in love for that is my only intention is to warn boldly, but with much love. What has been written, as quoted hereunder, is deception and is not the truth! The full quote, as it appeared in an e-mail addressed to me and others dated Wednesday January 30, 2013, is recorded hereunder for ease of reference. My response will follow thereafter at the end.

Is Your Prospect Really Just A Quitter? Here’s A Simple Test To Find Out Fast… 

E-mail dated January 30, 2013

Firstly, I will not be using man’s books, manuals, advertising, traditions, customs, commands, conferences, thinking, mind-set, or psychology, BUT the Word of God! It is the only, sufficient and complete training manual one can ever use to find out “the whole duty of man” as we read, for it is written:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

And secondly, I do hope that all who read this will examine themselves against what is written and know that there is one Lawgiver and Judge – and that is God Himself. However, the Lord Jesus Christ, the only True God, gives commandment that judgment can be made, but it is to be righteous judgment, as we can read, for it is written:

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

The righteous judgment that will be made here deals with how all things line up against God’s Holy Word.

We are told in Scripture that there is a Judgment Day, where the small and great will stand before the Great White Throne of God and give an account where “the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” The full Scripture in context reads in Revelation:

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Throughout the Holy Bible, mankind is warned to Trust and Obey God in all He commands. For we are also warned by the Psalmist:

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

However, throughout the aforementioned quote dealing with network marketing or sales industry (incorporating business and entrepreneurship), man and what he should do is exalted and this my dear friends is idolatry in the highest. Idolaters shall have their part in the lake of fire, for as it is written:

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Scripture also warns about man gaining riches and losing his soul. In many parts of the Scriptures the Lord Jesus Christ spoke often about riches and how hardly rich men would enter into the Kingdom of God. To have the love of money is a sin. It also creates a covetous spirit like those who lust after more and more wealth, not satisfied with what they have in life. God is the provider, but man runs after the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. To be covetous is to crave more and more, not ever being satisfied. It is those who will wager everything to get more and more, never truly being satisfied, because they are driven by greed and an insatiable lust for something they do not have. These also include gamblers, those that play the lotto and frequent the casinos or bet on horseracing or dog racing.

Let the Word of God speak for itself on this issue:

Proverb 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. [Mammon = riches]

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Luke 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. [Mammon = riches]

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

There are many more Scriptures that confirm what God commands of men, and especially those that profess to know Him. That is why if any believer is duped into chasing after riches and bringing it into the churches, causing brethren to covet and lust for more wealth, be warned:

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Stop pampering to the lust of the flesh trying to satisfy its desires. Scripture is very clear that what is in a man’s heart is what defiles the man. We read a parable which deals with the Pharisees and scribes questioning Jesus’ disciples about eating bread with unwashen hands, as we read how Jesus explains to His disciples the parable:

Mark 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

Mark 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

Mark 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mark 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

We also read in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 when the apostle Paul was speaking to the believers in the Corinth church about who will NOT see the Kingdom of God. Look who is mentioned. Do you fall in this category?

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

We also read in another parable about a young rich ruler who came to the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, seeking a way into eternal life. This is a good illustration of the Law and the Gospel – the Justness of God and His Good News.

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Mark 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

Mark 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Mark 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Mark 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Mark 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

Mark 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

People, do not be deceived and do not mock God! Jesus tells us the way:

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

To day, stop and do business with GOD! Repent and believe upon His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, if God is speaking to you this day! Do not harden your heart in the day of His visitation. This is your only hope.

In Christ’s service,

Gary Stephen Crous

SOLI DEO GLORIA

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One Response

  1. Just as I thought and just as our Lord Jesus Christ says:

    Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
    Luke 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
    Luke 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

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