Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini has warned that some ministries are putting profit, fame, and love of money before God, which leads to failure.
“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,” Abedini, the exclusive director at Saeed Ministries, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“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,” he continued.
“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 has continued his ministry following his release from Iranian prison in January, where he was held as a hostage and tortured for three and a half years due to his Christian faith, used examples from Act 16 and James 4 in his message, warning Christians against selling themselves for attention and profit.
He reflected that people, including churches and countries, all too quickly change their views because of the lure of profit.
“They say this person is amazing and the day after they say the person is terrible. Then we see fights and conflicts and destruction everywhere,” he wrote. … read more