Buy the Truth?
(Buying the truth, i.e. having to pay money to hear the Word preached faithfully, is a heresy promoted by Jeromy Visser to con his followers into giving him money.)
Proverbs 23:23 (Amplified)
Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding.
Does this verse mean we should pay preachers to tell us the truth, CI preachers for instance?
If you don't already know the answer to that question, then I regret to inform you you're more stupid than I am.
Let me exaggerate a point to prove a point here. If the preacher telling us the truth is only giving us a half-truth, are we entitled to a fifty percent discount?
We should never, ever, under any circumstances pay anyone to expound on what is set down in Holy Writ. Christ (remember Him?) said that freely have you received and freely you should give (Matthew 10:8). I don't read anything there about withholding our preaching services until those hungering and thirsting for righteousness hand over their dosh, do you?
Proverbs 23:23 also says not to sell the truth. How the people who cite this verse to make a few easy bucks get around that part of it beats me. After all, if they're charging for the truth, it follows they are selling the truth. How can you demand payment for something, a product or a service, you're not selling? The reality is you cannot.
The directive to buy truth is a metaphorical one that is used to impress on the reader how important and valuable the truth is. It is not meant to be taken literally. If it were, then we would have to reimburse financially everybody in CI who has ever preached the truth to us. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't have money to buy a teaspoon of peanut butter if that were the case. And what would happen if the person supposedly preaching the truth turned out not to be preaching the truth? Would Yahweh arrange for us to get our money back?
But how do we know for sure that the commandment to buy truth is metaphorical?
Because the verse also tells us to get, i.e. buy, discernment. Who but Yahweh can give us discernment? Or do the purveyors of "truth" who are offering to impart it for a fee toss in discernment and all the other stuff for nix?
As you can see, this deliberately misleading interpretation of Proverbs 23:23 receives no support in Scripture and crumbles into dust when the simplest logic is shone upon it.
The Bible states that we own no man anything but to love one another (Romans 13:8). Love, true biblical love comes freely, emphasis on the free. Like the song says, money can't buy you love--and it can't buy you truth either.
Anyone, anyone who demands payment for preaching isn't giving you the good oil, he's giving you snake oil and ought to be shunned by everybody who sincerely loves the truth.
Obie and out.