A satirical article rebuking those who make merchandise of the saints of God by allegedly ministering spiritual gifts, personal prophecy, and impartation by laying on of hands for money given. This smacks of earthly lust and greed for money and power, not Godly wisdom and righteousness from the Spirit of God.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (Amplified Bible):
The phrase make merchandise in the Greek is emporeuomai. Strongs Definition is to travel in (a country as a peddler), i.e. (by implication) to trade. Vines Expository Dictionary says this about the verb: emporeuomai primarily signifies to travel, especially for business; then, to traffic, trade, (Jas. 4:13); then, to make a gain of, make merchandise of, (2 Pet. 2:3).1. But also [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrinesdestructive heresieseven denying and disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
It sounds like these false teachers travel around peddling their self-proclaimed spiritual gifts and self-imposed titles to make money from those who name the name of Christ.
Peter the apostle says, (KJV) And many shall follow their pernicious ways ...
Whether you are selling these false teachings, or you are buying these false teachings, this shameless conduct before God will reap a sentence of condemnation and eternal misery for you.
Scriptural support for opinions stated is provided in this article.
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Diversities diairesis, is literally, to take apart. It signifies to divide into separate parts and distribute. It is translated diversities here and in verse 6, and differences in verse 5. In verse 11 dividing is diaireo, same meaning. Gifts charisma, here and in verses 9,28,30 and 31 show spiritual endowments manifested, by Gods grace. This is through individual believers by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit, as disclosed in verses 7 through 11, are separated and distributed by Him as He wills. In Hebrews 2:4 the word for gifts is merismos, a separation or distribution. It should read and distributions of the Holy Ghost referring to His gifts, but not explicitly stating the word gift. These manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and of Joel 2:28,29 are given by the Holy Spirit. They cannot be imparted to another.
Deuteronomy 34:9 is quoted as proof that one can impart a spirit of wisdom by laying on of hands. The following verses, however, make it clear that the spirit of wisdom spoken of in these passages refers to the Holy Spirit.
Exodus 28:3: And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aarons garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priests office.
Isaiah 11:2: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
Ephesians 1:17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
With this understanding, we can better understand Deuteronomy 34:9 and Numbers 27:18-20 as laying on of hands for receiving the Holy Spirit, or a fullness, or baptism of the Holy Spirit, Who is the giver of all gifts.
Deuteronomy 34:9: And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.
The parallel account of this incident is in Numbers 27:18-20:
18 And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.
20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
Note that Joshua was a man in whom is the spirit. After Moses laid his hands upon him he was full of the spirit of wisdom.
Honour is hod, splendor; majesty; authority. The following is excerpted from Vines Expository Dictionary: In many cases hod focuses on dignity and splendor with overtones of superior power and position but not to the degree seen in oriental kings: And thou shalt put some of thine honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient (Numbers 27:20) the first occurrence of the word. ... In every use of the word the one so described evokes a sense of amazement and satisfaction in the mind of the beholder.
Genesis 48:10-22 is also quoted as proof of impartation. However, the context indicates laying on of hands for blessing in response to a subsequent prophetical utterance.
In Romans 1:11 when Paul said that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift the word impart is metadidomi, meaning to give a share of, as distinct from giving. Verse 12 explains Pauls intent.
1 Timothy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6 are also used as proof of impartation.
1 Timothy 4:14: Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
2 Timothy 1:6: Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Apparently, Paul is speaking of the same incident in these two verses. 2 Timothy 1:6 really explains that, whatever the gift was, it was the gift of God.
Examining 1 Timothy 4:14, the gift given to Timothy was given thee by prophecy which makes it clear that it was a Holy Spirit inspired utterance that conveyed the information that the Holy Spirit was giving Timothy a spiritual gift. The word with is meta, a primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly, denoting accompaniment.
After having announced that Timothy was receiving a spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit, it was accompanied by the ceremonial practice of laying on of hands by the elders. In 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul is reminding Timothy of the incident and speaks only of himself putting on of my hands but not mentioning the other elders present.
The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says this about the phrase by the putting on of my hands in these versesIt is with [not by] the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. The apostle was chief in the ordination, and to him by is applied. The presbytery were his assistants; so with, implying merely accompaniment, is said of them. Paul was the instrument in Timothys ordination and reception of the grace then conferred; the presbyters were the concurrent participants in the act of ordination; so the Greek, dia and meta.
In other words the symbolic act of laying on of hands was done by Paul, with the presbytery (elders). This same principle holds true for all such incidents recorded in the New Testament.
An excerpt from Ungers Bible Dictionary regarding men already possessed of delegated power and authority tells us that Not that the mere act [of laying on of hands] could confer any special spiritual power, but it was employed as a fit and appropriate symbol to denote their full and formal consent to the bestowal of the divine gift; and, being accompanied by prayer to Him who alone can really bestow it, might ordinarily be regarded as a sign that the communication had actually taken place.
We have the problem of accepting this logical explanation or of accepting the fact that the Bible contradicts itself in 1 Timothy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6 when compared to 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 and Hebrews 2:4:
1 Corinthians 12:8-11:
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts [read: distributions] of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Its clear from these texts that by the Spirit and by the same Spirit and the selfsame Spirit and according to his own will mean what they say.
Laying on of hands for Holy Spirit baptism, blessing, healing and deliverance and raising the dead is scriptural. However, scripture is equally clear that gifts are given by God the Holy Spirit only.
This is a basic understanding concerning Godly wisdom which involves understanding and intelligence of Gods word and Godly principles. This Godly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial and sincere. With a Godly lifestyle of peacemaking it will result in a harvest of righteousness. This Godly wisdom brings righteousness and life. Earthly wisdom will bring unrighteousness and death.
Righteousness A Prerequisite
Those whose lifestyle is not biblically righteous will come to us to minister with earthly wisdom and will bring unrighteousness and death to us.
Those who minister to us and those who minister must have this Godly wisdom operative in their life, manifesting righteousness and bringing the fruit of life. They must be prudent, upright, understanding and intimately related to divine knowledge, selecting proper ends for the proper means for their accomplishments in the natural world and especially in the economy of redemption. They will have Godly practical skill, quickness of perception, keenness of mind, discernment and insight into the righteousness of God and will minister in a fullness of the Holy Spirit of God that those who do not have this Godly wisdom cannot possibly attain to.
You must responsibly determine the lifestyle of those who minister to you. And you must responsibly follow Jesus in every way possible in thinking as He thought, speaking as He spoke and doing what He did.
The ministry of Jesus was the Father, and He did only what the Father told Him to do, and what the Father told him to say, and where the Father told Him to go. He was constantly attuned to the wisdom of the Father. As a disciple of Christ, that is also your responsibility.
(Excerpted from Prophets And Prophecy.
Americans religious faith in self and church, not Christ. Americans religious faith is in self and church, not Christ, the Bible or God as biblically illiterate people obey flesh strongholds not the Holy Spirit.