The Rented Veil: The High Cost of
About the Title
behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from
the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the
--Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45.
The title of this book is based on
descriptions of the crucifixion of Christ. It is said
that, when he died while hanging on the cross, the veil
that separated the priest and the congregation from the
holiest of holy place in the temple ripped open from top
to bottom. Behind the veil were the sacraments and
purification vessels that only the priest could handle.
This area was so holy and so set apart that, in case the
priest had sinned and had not repented or did something
unpleasing to God while behind the veil, a rope was tied
around the priest in order to pull him out in case he
dropped dead as punishment from God.
Christ’s death on the cross, in effect,
ended the intermediary of the past. No longer did the
faithful need the priest; Christ had opened the door for
direct access to God.
Regrettably, a veil has been hanged again
across the divide. But in this modern Christian era, the
separation occurs in an area that many find very
uncomfortable and that is in the subject of money. Why?
Most people, if not all, have aspirations
of acquiring wealth—even great fortunes. If not striking
parvenu, certainly the majority of people, if not, all
would enjoy living comfortably—having enough to take
care of their needs without struggles. Countless books
have been written on just such a theme and many more
movies have been produced to illustrate such fantasy. No
doubt the people of faith are not excluded from this
sentiment. It is here that the problem occurs.
Sadly, many ministers in this modern
Christian era are exploiting this basic human instinct
and now hold the scripture ransom to their designs.
Sunday after Sunday, and on many weekdays, people fill
up sanctuaries, convention centers and hotel ballrooms
to hear very charismatic men and women of God pour their
hearts out about the mysteries in the scripture and then
believe that only if they (the believer) would have a
little more faith, reach a little deeper, and give
sacrificially. They hope to reach the next level that
God is trying to get them to by proving that they are
equipped, demonstrating that they are ready and, most
importantly, committing to tutelage presented by the
minister. Then and only then, they believe, will God
grant them their financial blessings. The only way to
cash in on the celestial windfall is for the faithful to
commit to following the prose bellowing from the lips of
this new authority on scripture.
No one should be beholden or held captive
to a spellbinding overture that offers never-ending
promises of eternal winnings. We need no intermediary
between God, or money and what and how God intends to
bless us in our finances. He set in motion His
intentions from the beginning, where the first gifts
were presented: one from Cain and the other from Able.
Both had to work the land and both had to bring in the
harvest; both had to “save” and give an offering.
God did not hide His will from His
people, and he is not hiding it now. The veil has been
rented; it is open.