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Most are familiar with the ever-popular concept of "sowing a seed." Mr. Word-Faith Charlatan needs your money. He needs to convince the confused, unregenerate masses to willingly hand over their money. The masses—narcissistic, worldly, sinful, fallen, gullible, lost people that they are—will do anything to attain the fleeting treasures and comforts of this world, and Mr. Word-Faith Charlatan knows it. So he makes promises.
"Need healing? Have faith. Sow a seed."
"Financial trouble? Trust God with your finances. Write the first check to Him and the rest will be cared for and your debt will be paid in abundance. Sow a seed of faith today."
Of course, when the deceived television viewer writes his check to "God," he is told to write it to Mr. Word-Faith Charlatan's ministry because said ministry is doing "God's" work. Yes, just sow your seed and you will be repaid thirty, sixty, perhaps even one hundredfold.
Wait—doesn't that sound familiar? Who else promised a crop of thirty, sixty or a hundredfold?
He began to teach again by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, “Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:1–9That's right, it was Jesus. Well, then, if those are Jesus' words, then Mr. Word-Faith Charlatan must be speaking truth! Right? Not so fast. . .