The following is an excerpt from Hondo’s much-anticipated book, “Saved from What?”
When I was a boy, I went to a Christian School. My father was an excellent businessman and a very Godly man. He loved the Pastor at the church that we went to. There was a family that came to our school and church, and they lived in the back of a bread truck. It had bunk beds in it. They had quite a few kids. Their clothing looked like rags. They were so poor that the plates on their truck were expired. Everyone was talking about how these people were ‘real spiritual’ because they neglected all the world’s goods. They went around from church to church singing. I went home and told my dad about it, and he went to the Pastor. He said, I’m sure my son was wrong when he said to me about this family, but the Pastor said, no, this is what they believe. My father became angry. He said, “Why don’t you stop this? It isn’t Biblical, God didn’t ask the family to live this way, and those children are going to grow up scarred by poverty, some of them may even walk away from God.” The reason my dad was angry was that people were giving God a bad name. It is time for us to defend God’s honor; there are too many Pastors that preach falsehood and lie about Jesus.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.” Isaiah 61:1-2 NASB
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.” Acts 10:38-39 NASB
Jesus preached the Gospel everywhere He went. He preached salvation, blessing, and healing. The curse is three parts, sickness, poverty, and spiritual death (hell), but the blessing is prosperity, healing, and salvation. If you are a Pastor, don’t preach the curse. You can preach to let people know what it is but teach the blessing. People are tired of being preached at. They want to be educated so they can learn something.