Former persecuted pastor Saeed Abedini strongly rebuked churches and ministries who seek profit over the kingdom.
In a Facebook post, Abedini writes:
I have seen many people who have masters in any or all these areas of life. Why?
The Bible tells us it is for PROFIT.
In today's world most of us don't believe in divination any more, like what Lydia was doing for her master.
But the same spirit is still especially working among Christianity in the United States and still seeking PROFIT.
We see people get famous from it and lose their fame because of it.
Ministries exist for it and get destroyed by it. Competition is a way of business in churches and ministries everywhere.
The pastor, who was imprisoned in Iran for more than three years, points to Acts 16:16-20 as an example.
"Why is it in today's world that we see proclamations change so quickly in the media and in churches and politics? Is this something new in our modern world or is it as scripture says, 'there is nothing new under the sun'?," Abedini writes. "The Bible tells us that some have served other masters their whole life. It can be parents, your business, your boss, your church, your pastors or a ministry. It can even be your country, like someone who commits themselves to some politicians."
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