“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
We have all seen them. They wear expensive, designer clothes, drive around in luxury cars, and walks around with the biggest smile on their face that you would ever see on a person.
They fool many, however they sometimes give you clues regarding their true nature. You might catch them being too friendly or loving with a person of the opposite sex. Every Sunday, you notice that they’re preaching a sermon about paying the tithes or what you have to “sacrifice” to receive a blessing from God. You may notice the arrogance in their demeanor and how they negatively conduct themselves away from church. For them, it seems like having the title of reverend or pastor makes them superior than the average person.
No, your senses are not deceiving you. You may be looking at a false prophet, whose only purpose in life is to obtain profit and status.
Now does that mean that every preacher that wears nice clothes and have nice things are false prophets? Absolutely not, but you should question their behavior if they are living like millionaires and their congregation can barely pay their bills.
My point is this: the preacher cannot help you live your life, however they can give you the tools (their knowledge of the Bible) to help you survive and get the resources that they have access to. So if your pastor is telling you “Jesus will provide for you if you pay your ten percent” and you are constantly struggling to pay your bills and put food on your table, you should consider finding another church.