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Electronic communication and entertainment have changed our lives, though not all the changes are good. Several decades ago, people realized that television provided an excellent medium to spread the message about Jesus. Billy Graham and others spoke to large crowds and also broadcast their events. Eventually, preachers developed regular religious programs and a new word entered the vocabulary, televangelist.
There have been may famous televangelists over the years. Some have been honorable. Others fell in scandal. Some preached about following Jesus and doing good, but others emphasized the Christian life as a means to financial wealth.
How do we sort through all these messages? We should remember the words of 1 Timothy 6:3-5, “If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” (NIV 1984)
Paul goes on to tell us that godliness is a means to gain, when it is accompanied by contentment. We should pursue a godly life, not in an attempt to become rich. No, the gain of godliness is knowing God and pleasing him.
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