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False Gold or Fools’ God

Not long ago, I had a conversation with a Christian financial advisor who openly stated that the Lord tells him where to invest. For example, some years ago he claimed that the Lord told him “to sell stocks in 2005.” During the more recent conversation, he told me that the Spirit told him to put all his clients into gold and that the euro was going to fall apart because France was going to leave the European Union in 2011. He advertises his services heavily on a Christian radio station.

Recently, while attending a Christian conference, I listened to a presentation from a financial advisor. It was an hour of predictions and opinions, charts, stories and secular wisdom. While he did not claim that the Lord gave him his predictions, some people would likely have thought that his views were divinely endorsed. After all, he was an advisor invited to give his views at a Christian conference offering apologetics and prophecy instruction from some well-known teachers. This advisor heavily promoted the purchase of gold bullion. The fact that he had recommended the purchase of gold throughout the 1980s and 1990s (a long period of declining gold prices) was conveniently ignored.

Understandably, neither of these men was dispensing infallible prophecies. In the case of the first advisor, his forecasts have also not proven to be accurate in the past. As it was, U.S. stock markets continued to soar another three years until 2008. In the case of his most recent “prophecy,” that France would leave the euro in 2011, yes, it surely is possible that some countries could yet exit from the euro. However, any non-spiritually-guided analyst can already see that possibility.

The second advisor mentioned only two Bible verses throughout his presentation … and these, popularly, from Proverbs. Other than that, I could not distinguish this presentation from perhaps thousands of other sales pitches and stories that I have heard in the secular world. Moreover, the advice was not suitable for the vast majority of people at the conference.

We can be reasonably sure, therefore, that neither advisor is likely to be accurate about the future (though it is true that a stopped watch will be correct at least twice a day). The fact that the price of gold has been rising in recent times, only serves to make these advisors more dangerous, as people will be inclined to chase after their “godly” advice without regard to the fact that they have been wrong in the past. Unfortunately, many Christians are prey today, though the teachings of the Bible should protect against this. The Bible counsels: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).To read this entire article, please register and it will be opened up to you

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