Why the Prosperity Gospel is Wrong

by Tim on October 3, 2011

The prosperity gospel (or health and wealth gospel) started as a movement in the 1940s.  It teaches that God wants Christians to be prosperous financially, physically, spiritually, and in every other aspect of life.  The supporters of this gospel have influenced millions of eager listeners who are desperate to hear the promising message of the prosperity gospel.

If you’ve ever listened a prosperity preacher, you’ve probably heard some of the outrageous lines, often broadcasted to millions via televangelist and Christian radio shows.  I won’t be quoting any names, but here are some lines that I’ve heard while listening to the prosperity message:

“Money Cometh to the Body of Christ” 

“If you don’t give, you’re not giving the blessing anything to multiply” 

“Allow the blessings to multiply your material investments.”

 “We are totally free.  Free from habits, addictions, fear and worry, discouragement, poverty and lack.” 

And the tagline for the prosperity gospel… “Name it, Claim it!”

Could anything be more opposite to the teachings of the Bible than this!  There aren’t too many things that bother me more than watching the Word of God get twisted as prosperity preachers lead thousands to literally run to the alters at churches, leaving money on the stairs with the hope and anticipation that God will multiply and lead them to a prosperous life.  The reasons for giving shouldn’t be based on what you can get back in return; rather, we’re challenged in the Bible to give with a cheerful heart, not out of reluctance and under compulsion (2 Cor. 9:7)

Prosperity in the Bible

There’s no denying that the Bible is full of scriptures that tell us of God’s blessings.  Unfortunately, when we solely focus on the good endings of these stories, we can miss out on the not so glamorous parts of scripture that put things into perspective.

I think it’s worth referencing a few commonly used scriptures that take God’s Word out of context in order to promote the prosperity message.

Genesis 39:2-4  The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.  Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.  This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant.  He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.

Let’s not forget that Joseph was disowned by his own brothers, sold into slavery and thrown into prison.  Even after this encouraging verse showing God’s favor on Joseph’s life, we read how Joseph was falsely accused of sleeping with Potiphar’s wife.  He was put back into prison and then released again later to become ruler of Egypt.  Here’s a perfect example of someone who had the blessings of God on his life, yet still faced unimaginable troubles.

Psalm 1:3  They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.  Their leaves never wither and they prosper in all they do. 

The Bible uses hundreds of agricultural references and the example of bearing fruit is a reflection of righteous living.  It’s just as we would read in Matthew 7:17 as Jesus teaches us that good fruit cannot come from bad trees, and that good trees cannot produce bad fruit.  It’s an encouragement to study God’s Word so that our actions (our fruit) will be good so the message of God’s love can be shared to everyone.

Deuteronomy 28:11 The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 

When put in the context of the Old Testament covenant between God and Israel, prosperity was used as a sign of God’s approval and blessing.  Today, we don’t live under the requirements of the law – we live under the freedom of God’s grace according to Romans 6:14.  We have an even greater covenant with God and an even more prosperous promise through His son Jesus Christ.  To say that material possessions, riches, health, and worldly wealth are promises from God is to completely discount the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made.  Christ is our promise, not wealth, health, or success here on earth.


Here are a few more scriptures that are often taken out of context by prosperity gospel preachers.

Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple.  If you do, I will open the windows of heaven for you.  I will pour out a blessings so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!  Try it! Put me to the test!”

Matthew 25:14-30  The Parable of the Ten Talents

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Why The Prosperity Gospel Is Wrong

The prosperity gospel says that it’s OK to pursue riches and that worldly wealth is a sign of God’s blessing.  Here’s the thing – the Bible is clear in telling us that riches are a dangerous thing to pursue.  It’s not that money is evil in itself.  Money can be used for great things.  But as soon as we make riches and prosperity our pursuit, our priorities get all screwed up.  That’s exactly the point behind the story of the rich young ruler and Jesus found in Matthew 19: 16-30.

It wasn’t enough for the rich ruler to keep all the commandments.  Jesus specifically brought up his wealth because the young ruler made it a priority in his life.  It was so much of a priority that he valued it more than following Christ.

When we turn our focus away from sharing the Gospel message and promote the promise of prosperity in health and worldly wealth, we are clearly forgetting the purpose of the Gospel.

Jesus said if we want to be his disciples, we must to take up our cross daily and follow him.  The phrase take up your cross means that you will face suffering in this life.  Being a follower of Christ isn’t well taken in a world that is full of sin.  There will be difficult times for everyone – that’s a reality.

I listened to Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church talk about the prosperity Gospel.  In his message he made four excellent rebuttals to common prosperity gospel promises that often get twisted.  The prosperity gospel quote is bolded and his rebuttal (paraphrased) follows.

1. God wants you to always have great relationships.

Jesus’ family disowned him, his friends abandoned him, Judas betrayed him and the crowds screamed Crucify him.  Jesus appears to have had occasional relational strains.

2. God doesn’t want you to have pain. 

Did Jesus ever suffer pain?  He was beaten, whipped, and crucified – one of the most excruciating ways to die.

3. God doesn’t want you to be a victim, but a victor.

Jesus was a victim: false accusations, false witnesses, trials, condemnation, an execution.  Sounds like Jesus was victimized, doesn’t it?

4. If you really trust God, you won’t have anything to worry about and you won’t have any anxiety.

Remember the Garden of Gethsemane?  Jesus was stressed to the point of sweating blood.

I’ll finish with one of the most powerful verses that help us to understand the role of wealth and contentment in our lives is found in 1st Timothy 6:6-9

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.  After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.  So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.  But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

What are your thoughts on the prosperity gospel?

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Sher@KNS Financial October 3, 2011

I agree with the points you made, and what was most in my heart was the last scripture you used in 1 Timothy regarding the importance of contentment. I believe the prosperity gospel also steals away the focus of our endurance, which is our heavenly home. I’ve heard health and wealth preachers say, “You’re so heavenly minded, you’re no earthly good” – convincing people that they shouldn’t be looking forward, and upward. It’s sad, especially when the truth is that we are sojourners here, and the rewards and promises that we are assured are awaiting us beyond this life. Hebrews 11:13-16 talks about the OT ‘fathers’ (who all attained earthly wealth), and explains that they all died w/o receiving the promises, making it clear that the true rewards were not on this earth.

Christians need to have a sojourner mindset again – I believe that would correct our thinking about many issues with which we get ensnared.This is just one small piece of the many other problems I have with the prosperity message, but I am glad for all that you have shared. Great article, Tim!

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Tim October 10, 2011

Thanks Sherrian

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Bruce March 26, 2012

The prosperity message is perhaps the most dangerous thing in the church today from within. It wants to the promise you the exact 3 things satan tempted Christ (who vehemently rejected) with in the desert. 1 John 2:15-17 I am just a very common person. Here is my take. R.I.C.H.E.S. Riches Inherently Cause Havoc to Earthly-minded Sinners. Read 1 Timothy 6:9-10 Our flesh automatically desires all the health, wealth, and prosperity we can get. Dying daily to self relives that torment in our lives.

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Tom October 3, 2011

I just finished rereading Becoming a Millionaire God’s Way by Dr C. Thomas Anderson. I got this book a few years ago after attending a church gathering that also included Robert Kiyosaki, T.D. Jakes and others.

One scripture I like is Matthew 19:23-24. Assuredly I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

For someone knowledgable of the Bible, it’s essential to also be knowledgable about money. It’s easy to lose track of the two and then have money become your god.

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Tim October 10, 2011

Hey Tom,

Yes, that scripture is a good one. I wrote about it here Eye of the Needle…Can the Rich Go to Heaven?

Excellent point about money becoming your god – that’s exactly what it shouldn’t be!

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Miranda October 3, 2011

Great post! I think one of the things the prosperity gospel fails to remember is that God promises that we will have what we NEED when we follow him and when we are good stewards of what he has given us. Sometimes that means that we find ways to pay our bills and be frugal. Sometimes that means we go through trials that give us strength. But what we NEED isn’t necessarily going to be worldly wealth. When we start seeing worldly wealth as a sign of righteousness, we’re treading on very dangerous ground indeed.

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Tim October 10, 2011

Excellent point Miranda. Worldly wealth is NOT tied to righteousness in any way. It’s always a good reminder to know that God supplies all our needs, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

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Bob Swaney August 24, 2013

Have you looked at Proverbs 13:21? I believe it makes a link between righteousness and prosperity, but many righteous people have rejected the prosperity that was available to them because they didn’t believe that verse, and others.

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matt October 6, 2013

Not sure what your point is but this scripture is talking about hope not prosperity

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Bob Swaney November 19, 2013

The Hebrew word translated prosperity in the NASB in Prov. 13:21 is “tob.” It means “good” in a broad, general sense. So the verse is saying that the righteous will be rewarded with good, or they will be benefited. When God chooses to bless someone with much good, or benefit them greatly, the word prosperity is certainly fitting.

The word “tob” has nothing to do with hope. The only two nouns translated hope in Proverbs, in the NASB, are “tocheleth” and “tiqvah.” This is true in the KJV also.

“Tob” is translated six times as prosperity in the KJV, and in all six cases, Deut. 23:6, I Ki. 10:7, Job 36:11, Eccl 7:14, Lam. 3:17 and Zech. 1:17, the NKJV does as well. We can discuss shades of meaning, but “prosperity” is a very reasonable translation of “tob.”

My point in my original post was that those who believe Prov. 13:21 make themselves eligible to receive the benefit of that truth – “according to your faith be it unto you,” Matt. 9:29 – and those who disbelieve that truth remove themselves from those who are the possible beneficiaries of it. This explains all the comments that it doesn’t seem that Christians prosper more than non-Christians. My experience has been that most born-again Christians and most Evangelical Christians don’t believe Prov. 13:21 teaches, and provides the possibility of, divinely provided prosperity. Of coarse prosperity comes in many forms, and it is not limited to ones finances.

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Ron Haynes October 5, 2011

The problem with the prosperity gospel (as well as many other modern day teaching) is that its proponents USE Scripture rather than teach it.

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MGalloway October 8, 2011

True…but an even bigger issue is widespread Biblical illiteracy. In other words, a lot of well meaning believers are not even reading their Bibles on a regular basis and instead relying on others to interpret for them. It’s an even bigger tragedy considering how widely available the Bible is nowadays…whether it is in printed form, in audio form, or even video form.

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Guest August 28, 2012

Your short statement was very right on and profound.

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Joe Plemon October 7, 2011

Tim,
Well done! I appreciate all of the comments too. You have some astute readers! I agree with Ron Haynes that the prosperity gospel preachers USE scripture instead of teach it. If they were correct, we would need to rip 1 Timothy 6:6-9 out of our bibles.

On a sort of side note…Mark Driscoll is a good one to listen to!

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James October 7, 2011

First, most proponents of the so called PG maintain that prosperity is not the gospel in and of itself but rather an intrinsic part of the gospel available to you after you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The primary thing that is wrong with the teaching of prosperity is its over emphasis to the point of excessiveness.

Secondly, I have found that scripture teaches many things of which are fundamental truths and balance (for the lack of an appropriate word at this time) in most things pertaining to this life, especially when you speak about prosperity or other controversial christian issues. Most, if not all christians do not espouse a lifestyle of poverty and would rather be “…..properous and in good health.”

Thirdly, I find it very strange that christians who view prosperity from the negative perspective of PG teachers seem to thank God when they are blessed financially. That requires a hummmmmmmmm……..

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Darren June 23, 2012

No, the thing that is intrinsically wrong with the prosperity gospel is it puts man at the center and not God — how can God bless me. And if God sovereignly chooses to bless us financially, of course we thank Him.

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James Benford June 24, 2012

NO, RATHER THE CONNECTION GOD WANTS TO MAINTAIN WITH MAN, HIS “VERY GOOD” CROWNING CREATION MADE IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS GOD IS, JESUS ONLY. IN MY HUMBLE STUDY OF SCRIPTURE, HAD ADAM EATEN FROM THE “TREE OF LIFE” THERE WOULD BE NO QUESTION OF PROSPERITY. HOWEVER, SINCE ADAM’S CHOICE WAS TO PARTAKE OF “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” WE CAN HUMBLELY DISAGREE SINCE WE ARE LIVING THE RESULTS. NEVER-THE-LESS, THOSE WHO HAVE MATURED IN CHRIST REALIZE THAT IN AND OF ITSELF, PROSPERITY IS TOTALLY MEANINGLESS WITHOUT JESUS!

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Guest August 28, 2012

Could be that we thank God when he blesses us with money because we have money but money does not have us.

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mabu October 8, 2011

Been a christain in Nigeria a developing economy where half the population are living on less than a dollar and are overwhemly christain. Prosperity message is a sell out understandably so riding on poverty of million to built supperich pastor who are refusing to preach the messege of the cross or christ and member that have poor kwonlegde of the word of God. Am praying for them everyday join me brother.

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Paula @ Afford Anything October 10, 2011

Wow, I love the way you finished this post. I’ve often heard the quote “for the love of money is the root of all evil,” but I’ve never read 1st Timothy 6:6-9 until right now, in this post. What a beautiful passage.

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Melissa October 30, 2011

Tim- I wholeheartedly agree with most of what you’ve said in this article. God is NOT a slot machine and will NOT bless us in our disobedience, and, since He knows our hearts, He knows our motivations for tithing and such. However, you said at one point, “To say that material possessions, riches, health, and worldly wealth are promises from God is to completely discount the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made. Christ is our promise, not wealth, health, or success here on earth,” and I am curious as to why you included health in this list? My experience has been exactly the opposite.

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Jeff November 27, 2013

Tithing is not required of Christians, as such a requirement is not in the New Testament. Paul said that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7), but not even Jesus said, “If you follow Me, you must give 10% of your before tax income and an offering.” You will not find that in the Bible, the same as you won’t find “Thou shalt not judge.”

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Bryson G. Baylor November 10, 2011

In defense of the teachings of prosperity and health…
“Wealth and riches” are not worldly nor evil inherently. Nowhere does the bible say that. To make wealth and riches “worldly” and evil is contradictory to the person, nature, and environment of God. Phi 4:19 says God supplies our needs according to HIS RICHES in glory. Scripture says in Haggai 2:8 that “the silver and gold” is God’s. It also says in Haggai 2:7 that God’s desire was to fill the temple with the “wealth of all nations.” God’s understanding of “worldly wealth” is not something to be denied, avoided, or rejected, but He thinks its so good and godly that he wanted to build and furnish His temple with it- the most holiest place in the planet.

What i’m trying to express is that “wealth and riches” are not ungodly, evil, or demonic in God’s eyes. What scripture is saying from a holistic and systematic perspective is that WEALTH IS GODLY. It’s akin to sex. In God’s economy and system (marriage), sex is holy, beautiful and meant to be enjoyed abundantly. However, in the devil’s system (world system) it becomes perverted, misused, and the means of evil. To hate “health and wealth” is to miss out on the blessing of what Jesus came to release in the church. Prosperity and abundance is intrinsic in the Kingdom of God. Faith and obedience to God’s laws and systems concerning prosperity and healing will cause them to manifest.

Additionally, the only thing that can cause anyone (rich man or poor man) not to be able to enter the Kingdom is FAITH. Not how much money one has, but how much faith that person has. In Mt 19:23-24 and Mk 10 (the stories of the rich young ruler), the emphasis isn’t on how much money he has, but how much faith. The reason why Jesus says it’s harder for the rich to enter heaven is because faith has to be released in the person. It’s hard to find a “need” for God when you have things. It doesn’t mean you worship money, but faith isn’t as easy as a poor person (in many instances). Your bank account is not a detriment to entering the Kingdom. It’s all a matter of faith. Perfect example, Abraham. Abraham was very wealthy and rich. However, God called him friend. Why? Because Abraham had faith. This is why we are even called children of Abraham as believers.

The bible is clear that the gospel Jesus preached and had the disciples preach was divinely connected to natural manifestations. A critical part of the great commission is to heal the sick (Mark 16:15-18). The idea of “health and wealth” is extremely tied to the gospel message. To remove them is to invalidate and neuter the gospel message and the assignment of Jesus. Scripture says as Jesus sent the disciples out preaching the GOSPEL it included (Luke 9:1-6).
The presence of the gospel in our lives always is to produce a physical manifestation and reality.

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Mandi November 21, 2011

I couldn’t have said this better myself!

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Bob Schilling January 17, 2012

The contextual recipients of the promises here are the 11 apostles.

A helpful method of evaluating these verses is to compare the post resurrection narratives in a blended or parallel manner. Note the “unbelief” that characterized all the apostles.
Luke 24:10–11 (ESV) 10Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
Mark 16:10–11 (ESV) 10She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
So also to the two on the road to Emmaus: Luke 24:25 (ESV) And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Matthew 28:16–17 (ESV) 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
And last of all Thomas: John 20:24–25 (ESV) 24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Jesus is not promising that all these “signs” will accompany/follow whoever believes their gospel. He is promising his unbelieving disciples that just as He had said, He would not leave them and would send His Holy Spirit to empower them – validating their commission and message with these signs – “if they would believe.” Now reread the entire account:

Mark 16:9–20 (ESV) 9Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went and told [those who had been with him], as they mourned and wept. 11But when [they] heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, [they would not believe it]. 12After these things he appeared in another form [to two of them], as [they] were walking into the country. 13And [they] went back and told the rest, but [they did not believe them]. 14Afterward he appeared to [the eleven themselves] as they were reclining at table, [and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed] those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to [them], “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany [those who believe]: in my name [they] will cast out demons; [they] will speak in new tongues; 18[they] will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; [they] will lay their hands on the sick, and [they] will recover.” 19So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to [them], was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And [they] went out and preached verywhere, while the Lord worked with [them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs].

Verses 15 & 16 are speaking about the response of those who hear the gospel. Verse 17 refers back to the 11 apostles – as confirmed by the prounouns used through the rest of the passage.

We see this confirmed in the ministry of [the apostles]:
Acts 5:15–16 (ESV) 15so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Acts 8:7 (ESV) 7For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. (also 16:18)
Acts 19:12 (ESV) 12so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.
Acts 2:4 (ESV) 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Luke 10:19 (ESV) 19Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Acts 28:4-5 (ESV) 4When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.

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sealed February 26, 2012

Unwavering faith in Jesus also brings martyrdom and severe persecution for many. It’s terribly misleading to tell people that the Good News physically manifests wealth, health, and prosperity. The Good News of Jesus is that He prospers our souls to endure and perservere.

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Darren June 23, 2012

Well said!

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Teresa Cantrell March 26, 2013

Well said & I couldn’t agree more!

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Swann August 2, 2012

Well said. Apponents of the PG often miss the detials of the scripture. I often wondered why God used men who were rich like Abraham, Jacob, Job, and Solomon(Billionaire) as examples for our lives if we are to be satisfied with poverty. And why would a loving God place us in world of abundance and not let us enjoy it while still putting him first. I think we are dealing with the Pharisees of the 21 st. century.

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Guest August 28, 2012

What?? Abraham experienced 2 famines and Jacob lost his beloved Rachel in childbirth and Jacobs daughter Dinah was raped & Solomon’s son lost more than half the Kingdom cause of Solomon’s sin. It is also written Solomon said Meaningless and chasing after the wind in Ecclesiastes to describe all his material wealth

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Guest August 28, 2012

The (fake) tithing Pharisees were the ones Jesus rebuked for being hypocrites and fakes and they were under the tithe law before Jesus died on his cross. So if anyone is a Pharisee it would be those making money a god.

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Guest August 28, 2012

Years of these fakers teaching get more money and the economy has worsened not gotten better. Read the hand writing on the wall! Hello!

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N.F. November 18, 2011

Lusting for money is the modern day Golden Calf. God help us!
Sow seeds (money) to reap a Harvest. Yeah they are reaping a harvest alright but it’s the Prosperity teachers reaping the cash. The economy is on a down turn. God will have no other gods before him, not even materialism and money.
Matthew 6:24 “you cannot serve two masters, you will either hate one and love the other, you can’t serve both God and money.

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N.F. November 18, 2011

My friends Pastor made fun of her raggedy car. He only wanted shiny new or expensive cars in the church parking lot to prove his tithing and sowing money seeds message worked. The Church has fallen prey to materialism and mammon. Now we are judged by our bank accounts and this is the measure of God’s approval. Too bad they don’t realize Jesus said deny yourself and take up your cross if you want to follow him.
I don’t think he meant the cross on the chain that goes around the neck. Most of the Apostles and early church fathers suffered or died Martyrs. How does this line up with get money dollar bills gospel of prosperity teaching?

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James November 18, 2011

Prosperity, as with health, as with “every good gift and every perfect gift is from the Father……” I’d rather hear a prosperity gospel than a gospel teaching and preaching by someone teaching I must be in poverty and live a lackluster life. Even the world knows that poverty, sickness, and evil are not acceptable; and, as we recall what Jesus said which is still very telling today, “the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.” Also, the original intent of the Father was that his kids live as he lives, and that definitely is not in proverty, lack, sickness, or evil. Again, I think those who hear and understand the prosperity message have to mantain balance and discern who the teachers of false doctrine are and be the like the Bereans. In this world, most christians should neither seek riches, nor take a vow of poverty…..however we should, as Jesus has said, seek the “true riches.” The “true riches” can only be found by careful study of the Word of God and clearly revealed by the Spirit of God.

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Guest August 28, 2012

No one is saying be in poverty. God must not be please with these prosperity pimps in the pulpit cause the economy is getting worst not better after 40 yrs of these liars promising a ton of cash to whoever sows into their ministry. I suspect as the economy tanks some more and if false prophet following Pres. gets in ofc. the economy will tank some more. Read how it tanked when ever Kings had false idols and false gods in the Old Testament.

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Gideon Owojori February 9, 2012

There is absolutely nothing you can say to a person blinded by the god of this world about the truth in the bible that he/she will understand. Many people are already deceived and are blinded by the god of this world. Let us all pray that the God in heaven and of our Lord Jesus Christ remove the scale on their eyes and the blinds on their hearts to see the truth but nevertheless those who will be lost will be lost. In the book of 1 Tim. 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of the devils.” Friends, many shall be lost to the satanic gospel spreading like wildfire but we must also intervene and intercept to reduce the number of people that will be lost and we cannot do this unless we are also radical like wild fire. Remember Heaven suffers violence, and the violent ones takes it by Force.

For those who are in earnest expectation of the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ, read Col. 3:1-4 and even the whole of it. Be encouraged brothers.

Your brother,
Gideon.

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Teresa Cantrell March 26, 2013

Excellent point!

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Brian Jewell February 11, 2012

I agree that the prosperity gospel is a dangerous idea. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t mean for His people to prosper, though — there’s plenty of evidence in Scripture that He does. But that prosperity comes as a result of diligent work, righteous living, and faithful generosity.

I really hate it that so many people who embrace the prosperity gospel also seem somewhat adverse to good, hard work. Working hard is the first step in reaching Godly prosperity. I have a whole post on the idea over at my blog “God, Money & Me” — http://godmoneyme.com/2011/12/01/providing-it-starts-with-work/

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Jamal October 5, 2012

Hi Brian, I like what you said that is true.
Personally I think you should smart and hard too many of us work hard but not smart lol.

I don’t the Prosperity Teaching is really wrong however they do twist scriptures. Jesus was a victim but later He became the Victor. Jesus was under stress because He was about to bear sin upon His body.

You have to remember that sickness, poverty and all discomfort was a result of sin and it was not God’s will for man to fall but can use those things to manifest character but that was not His will for sickness, poverty, and all the bad things that happen that’s where I do agree with the Prosperity Message. Even when you look Jesus anybody that came to Him was healed you never heard Him oh it’s not my will to heal you. You never see that in scripture and when somebody didn’t get His response was because of their unbelief. It’s plain as day in the scriptures but we make excuses when somebody gets sick and die we say it wasn’t God’s will to heal. I will not believe that for one minute so I am not against being well and financially prosperous isn’t even made of streets of gold there is no more sickness, death or discomfort of any kind and didn’t Jesus say in the Lord’s prayer that His will be done on earth as it is IN HEAVEN is there sickness in HEAVEN or POVERTY no because those things are a result of the fall of man.

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Jackp March 28, 2012

Its a scam by church leaders to milk more money from you. Prosperity gospel tells you to “invest” in God. What a phoney! Name it, claim it. They’ll just tell you that there’s nothing to lose when your prayers (to satify ones’ covetousness) aren’t answered.

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S.M. April 10, 2012

The false declarations of the prosperity Gospel.
(1) Those teachers pretend that tithes and offering are formula for those who are seeking to get rich and material wealth. Therefore you need to give money to the preacher or pastor to make him rich first.
– They use the story of Elijah and the widow (1King17:8-14) to pretend that church people should overwhelm their leader with all the money if they want to see material blessing. Please (first), it is no sin to give to our church leaders, but in the case of Elijah, he asked for a <>, not a mansion nor a Jaguar nor a Mercedes, but a <>. Elijah was not greedy!! (second) The miracle for the material need took place immediately to cope with the immediate needs of the widow. Elijah had the grace of God to bring such a miracle but within reasonable time frame comparable to the needs. Today’s preachers will take your money and stay with it for years and years, without you seeing any outcome and feed you with promises.
– Jesus multiplying the bread from the young boy (Jhn6:1-16). Jesus did not even take the bread to eat for himself first like Elijah did. He took the break thank God and multiplied it. Without being the one to fill his stomach first. Again the miracle took place on the spot without delay. Jesus did not eat and ask people to wait for the miracle some day.
– Jesus Multiplied the FISH for Peter and his friends (5:1-11). The fishermen never gave anything to Jesus, he just have compassion of them. And they fished more than what they ever fished before. Again the miracle took place on the spot within reasonable delay to meet the prevailing need. They never made Jesus become rich first, they never gave Him anything.
– More examples are (1) Moses with the children of Israel, the Manna fell for everyone, the people did not give Moses abundant money or bread first BUT God sent the material blessing for all (2) Joseph in Egypt, the material blessing came to all the Egyptians (3) Elisha with Prophet’s widow, the widow never gave anything to Elisha and her needs were met by the miracle (4) Jesus with water turned into wine (John 2), people gave nothing to Jesus yet Jesus performed the miracle to meet their need in time. and more….
Conclusion:
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All the miracle related to those who commanded such a grace for material blessing took place within the time frame that meet the need with no unnecessary delays. The doers never requested to be filled with any material for the miracle to take place. — The miracle was for the benefit of a large group including unbelievers, such is the case for Moses, Joseph, and Jesus.
— Today many prosperity teachers pretend to command the power or the grace that looks strange, they seem to be more interested to fill their own pockets. And the miracles never take place within the time frame related to the needs.

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S.M. April 10, 2012

The false declarations of the prosperity Gospel.
(1) Those teachers pretend that tithes and offering are formula for those who are seeking to get rich and material wealth. Therefore you need to give money to the preacher or pastor to make him rich first.
– They use the story of Elijah and the widow (1King17:8-14) to pretend that church people should overwhelm their leader with all the money if they want to see material blessing. Please (first), it is no sin to give to our church leaders, but in the case of Elijah, he asked for a small cake, not a mansion nor a Jaguar nor a Mercedes, but a small cake. Elijah was not greedy!! (second) The miracle for the material need took place immediately to cope with the immediate needs of the widow. Elijah had the grace of God to bring such a miracle but within reasonable time frame comparable to the needs. Today’s preachers will take your money and stay with it for years and years, without you seeing any outcome and feed you with promises.
– Jesus multiplying the bread from the young boy (Jhn6:1-16). Jesus did not even take the bread to eat for himself first like Elijah did. He took the break thank God and multiplied it. Without being the one to fill his stomach first. Again the miracle took place on the spot without delay. Jesus did not eat and ask people to wait for the miracle some other days.
– Jesus Multiplied the FISH for Peter and his friends (5:1-11). The fishermen never gave anything to Jesus, he just had compassion of them. And they fished more than what they ever fished before. Again the miracle took place on the spot within reasonable delay to meet the prevailing need. They never made Jesus become rich first, they never gave Him anything.
– More examples are (1) Moses with the children of Israel, the Manna fell for everyone, the people did not give Moses abundant money or bread first BUT God sent the material blessing for all (2) Joseph in Egypt, the material blessing came to all the Egyptians (3) Elisha with Prophet’s widow, the widow never gave anything to Elisha and her needs were met by the miracle (4) Jesus with water turned into wine (John 2), people gave nothing to Jesus yet Jesus performed the miracle to meet their need in time. and more….
Conclusion:
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All the miracle related to those who commanded such a grace for material blessing took place within the time frame that meet the need with no unnecessary delays. The doers never requested to be filled with any material for the miracle to take place. — The miracle was for the benefit of a large group including unbelievers, such is the case for Moses, Joseph, and Jesus.
— Today many prosperity teachers pretend to command the power or the grace that looks strange, they seem to be more interested to fill their own pockets. And the miracles never take place within the time frame related to the needs.
Imagine a servant or a baby sitter who is sent to take care of the children but urges those children to fill his stomach first? Will the master take pleasure into such a servant?.

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Rebecca July 22, 2012

How about Stanley Tam, Henry Parsons Crowell and R. J. LeTourneau, when believers use their wealth to build and provide for others, does that glorify God?

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herber July 28, 2012

this is good to tell all over the world this gospel of prosperity is false and bad. please stay away from it, how can i get those involve out from it may GOD save their soul.

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Truth August 2, 2012

Thank you for such sound words. I too have become so concerned with this manipulation of the word of God that I am writing a book deception or discernment. I believe that the book of Jude is a warning relevant more now than ever when we seem to have abandoned the truth of God’s word for a great big lie. The problem with the lie is that it is mixed with pockets of truth so the deception is not so easy for some to identify unless we are alert and are living the word. If we do not rightly divide the word we will be taken in by those who preach a doctrine that is not of Christ

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Bruce August 24, 2012

Bottom line, friends: G – O – D does not stand for “Gimme On Demand.”

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Guest August 28, 2012

True and that is why after 40 yrs of this kind of teaching America and the economy has worsen not improved. But these tares can’t wake up because they’re not real wheat. No one in Christ continues in false doctrine or cultish theology. Jesus said those that are his KNOW his voice and will not follow a stranger but runaway from a stranger.

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Guest August 28, 2012

I used to be deeply concerned for all the bible illiterates and gullible carnal Christians following these Prosperity pimps and turds among the body of Christ. Then I read where Jesus said his Sheep know his voice and a stranger they will not follow. I also read if the gospel is hid it is hid from those who are perishing (unsaved).
In essence these Prosperity teachers are filling up mega churches with tares because the Word of God is true, no one in Christ follows liars & false doctrine, at least not forever. Therefore, since they are not victims of these prosperity frauds they’re willing participants so my tears and sympathy for them has turned to disgust because they volunteer to be defrauded by lusting after this message of get mammom instead of Jesus & holiness.

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Guest August 28, 2012

This is one of the best articles on these prosperity word of fake uh faiths frauds ever written. With all that money they have gullible people sowing to them to try to reap of harvest in blessings the economy is still on the decline and researchers report the least wealthy of the bunch of religious folks are pentecostal. Something something just aint right and I don’t think God will allow a lie that he must be paid via these false teacher will profit.

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P August 29, 2012

Hello, ..I want to comment, …..from my study of the scripture, I discovered that it appears tithing is only under the law, and did not come into the new covenant past the cross of Jesus. I also discovered that the great financial blessing that Abraham received from the Lord, becomes every believer’s through Jesus Christ, ‘that the blessing of Abraham comes down on the gentiles, through Jesus Christ.” Scripture tells you itself, if you rightly divide it. All of these made up names of diff. belief systems ie. prosperity gospel. My advice is to totally avoid all of that, labelling kind of thing, and just study the scriptures, asking the Holy Spirit to SHOW you where to rightly divide the Word of God.

For ie. the ‘Name it and Claim it’ group etc. or whatever that is called, this ‘name and claim’ is from the scripture, something Jesus practiced, many times, God did it, and we are told to ‘imitate God as dear children’, therefore, naming and claiming are two scripturally supported things and should NEVER be used as topics of ridicule by unread and seemingly illiterate so called bible people, if they were knowledgeable about the bible they would recognize that this practice, COMES FROM the BIBLE!

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P August 29, 2012

Scrolling up to read the above comments, I am horrified by the words written here,…
…..those who say prosperity is not for the new covenant believer, cannot be a real and true student of the scriptures,….pls explain the covenant blessing of Abraham, and God making him, bible quote ‘very very rich’, and then explain from scripture, how this was not given to every believer in Christ, ‘that the blessing of Abraham come down on the gentiles through Jesus Christ.’

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P August 29, 2012

Everything given to Abraham, was given to every believer in Christ, because believers are joint heirs with Jesus, and everything given to Jesus (who is the SEED-singular) is given to each JOINT HEIR (SEED-plural)
You can make up all your fancy little criticism -name callings, of these teachings,…yet it is clear to me (and I am not an attendee of the prosperity gospel particular part of the church) It is just clear to me from study of the scripture that prosperity for the church is completely scripturally sound, -there can be not even one doubt about it, as the bible does not lie, and lays it out in no uncertain terms.
DID ANY OF YOU ABOVE EVER STUDY THESE CONCEPTS FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT I AM REFERRING TO, AND I THINK THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS, TO ME, ANYWAY.
i AM NOT A PROSP. GOSP. PERSON, THEY BELIEVE THE TITHE IS FOR TODAY, I FOUND JUST BY STUDYING MY BIBLE THAT THE SCRIPTURE SHOWS THE TITHE IS NOT FOR TODAY, AT ALL.IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR. SO YOU CANNOT SAY I AM ‘ONE OF THEM’ MEANING PROSPERITY GOSPEL PEOPLE OR WHATEVER YOUR TERMS ARE.

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P August 29, 2012

All of the people in the scroll up above who made the criticisms you did, are lacking in scripture study. Instead of asking the H. Spirit, you repeated what you read, heard, or already knew was criticized, instead of STUDYNG TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED, A WORKMAN WORTHY…

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P August 29, 2012

The bible is clear on what constituted “the Curse”, old testament, and also what constituted “the Blessing” old testament. The bible says the Old Testament was written for people in the new covenant to learn from. The new covenant makes it very clear that Jesus ‘became THE CURSE’ on the cross, for all of us. ‘became the curse’ is a direct bible quote. This means that Jesus bore EVERYTHING LISTED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AS THE CURSE, SO WE DONT HAVE TO BEAR IT, GUESS WHAT IS LISTED THERE AS ….THE CURSE….
P O V E R T Y , L A C K , S I C K N E S S, and many many more things.

Guess what, scripture again proves the point, that it doesnt matter what kind of little pet names you have made up about preaching you have HEARD AND NEVER BOTHERED TO LOOK UP in the bible to find out yourself it if was scripturally correct or not. you just repeated criticisms from others, instead of studying for yourself to show yourself approved to God, a workman that doesn’t need to be ASHAMED.

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Iaian Thompson September 23, 2012

I think the “Prosperity Gospel” has been misconstrued and misrepresented here. The prosperity gospel isn’t about seeking riches but about blessing and love. First, I’ve only heard folks who are against it label it as “The Prosperity Gospel”, those of us who believe in love, blessings, and the authority Jesus has given us simply call it “The Gospel. If we pursue people and love them and bless them, we know that we will be blessed. We also believe that if we do give, we will receive, because it’s what God promised. We, demonized, “prosperity Gospel” believers, are very cheerful givers and in the next verses that follow 2 Cor 9:7 we are given a promise to go along with our cheerful giving. Just look up 2 Cor 9:8-15. It’s especially good in the Amplified Bible… I’d also like to know what version of Malachi 3:10 your reference came from. It’s interesting how your version has a challenge from God in it. The NASB and the AMP do not but I can tell you that in the following verses it talks about how He will rebuke the devourer (in the Greek, Boreas, which means The North Wind or the bringer of Winter, or Satan and in the Hebrew the word is “akal” signifying to eat or consume or to burn up) This seems like a very physical promise for a very physical blessing. In fact we read in Verse 11 that this is in reference to protecting the fruits of the ground. That would be all you’ve worked for. Hmmm… OH, and all this is in reference to tithe.

I think we’re getting lost in the money though. It’s not all about money. It’s about investing. Investing in ministry, in your church, in missions and in people. That’s right people. Making an offering of LOVE to people. It seems we’ve forgotten how to do that. Jesus didn’t go around condemning people. He loved wherever He went. He invested in people’s lives and families and souls. He blessed them. So just accept the blessing. God is the pursuer in this relationship. He is the bridegroom and we are the bride. He longs to bless us and for us to show Him enduring pure love in return. Let him do it. Let Him bless you. With anything and everything. If you give and then receive something material, thank Him for the blessing and use it for your ministry. It all belongs to Him anyway. You know what? He will keep blessing you. The promises are all there.

All the labeling and name calling has got to stop. Yes we do “Name it, and Claim it”. But we have another motto that’s a little better. “Build up, or shut up!”

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Guest October 1, 2012

Bad idea to invest in Ministry using the lust of the eye & the pride of life, as in look at me and my material stuff and if you sow to me you can have all the material stuff you lust and greed for!

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Jp February 20, 2013

The devoured was rebuked at the cross!!! The devourer was rebuked by The precious blood of Jesus Christ. Money will not rebuke devourer. Our giving to God today must be based on LOVE not as a calculation for multiplying money nor for God to rebuke the devourer, the blood of Jesus was not shed in vain. (Colossians 2:14-15).

God gave us His Son based on love, so every act we do MUST be based on love as well otherwise it is useless. God is the greatest giver, because He is the greatest Lover. Giving is not a formula to get rich.

If money was necessary to rebuke the devourer, Jesus or any of the apostles would have taught that, but no one taught that. Those who teach that are teaching the gospel of Mammon. Jesus said IT IS FINISHED (John 19:30). We give based on LOVE!!!!… Not GREED… The church is the bride of Jesus therefore the relationship with Jesus is based on LOVE and GRACE, not LAWS and Formula. it is only in witchcraft and the occult science that people deal with some god based on formula, principles and laws.

Jesus Christ summed up the greatest commandments as LOVE GOD and LOVE your neighbour ( Matthew 22:36-40). So true giving is an act of LOVE, remember the widow’s mite, her giving was appreciated because it was based on love and not on the calculation to get rich. Mc12:41-44.

Get away from the scam of the prosperity gospel.

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Guest October 1, 2012

The Prosperity Gospel promotes the Pride of life and the lust of the eye & lust of the flesh and whoring after the god of materialism. King Solomon with all the money his heart desired called having all of this worlds goods- meaningless (vanity) & chasing the wind in Eccl. chapter one.

1st John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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Guest October 1, 2012

Note all the bragging on what they have next time you listen to Mike Murdock, Creflo Dollar Todd Co Co and the rest of them, if that boils down to the pride of life then I don’t know what does.

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Guest October 1, 2012

Opps Meant
If that doe not boil down to the pride of life then I don’t know what does.
It is tantamount to look at all my stuff and what I have–if you sow money to my ministry or the ones I endorse you can be rich too.
Dummies fall for it every time. Is the money trickling down? Doubt it!

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Revd Prof Dr. Lawford N. 'Imunde. October 28, 2012

I have read with interest the article by Tim and send your media organization the best wish for its work.

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Gloria November 3, 2012

I would like to ask a question:

Would you rather have more faith or more money?

In Hebrews 11:6 it says, “But that without faith, it is impossible to please Him; For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him”. Not, without money it is impossible to please God.

Romans 1:17 “… the just shall live by faith.” Not, the just shall live by money.

James 2:5 “… Hath not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” God hath chosen the poor to be rich in faith. I’d rather be rich in faith than money! The poor are rich. Rich in faith.

Ephesians 2:8 & 9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God — Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Money won’t save you, but your faith in what Jesus did for you on the cross will. Jesus died for every sin that was ever committed by anyone. “Romans 10:9-13

Does the bible say: Go ye therefore into all the world and teach people the importance of money. No the Bible says in Mark 16:15 “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
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Jesus came to fulfill the law, Matthew 5:17-19 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Deuteronomy 5:6 a list of the 10 commandments which are still applicable today. They will not save you, but they don’t contradict anything that Jesus taught.

Tithing is also a biblical principle.

The New Testament fulfills the prophesy of the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, the people were living under the law. In the New Testament, we are living under the grace provided to us by Jesus. “You can’t know your future without knowing your past.” The Old Testament is still totally relevant. Revelations 22:18 & 19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; And if any man shall take away for the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Malachi 3:10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in mine house, and test me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” God says he will give us a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. I’ll take a blessing of faith rather than money. Faith is permanent, money is temporal.

“…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, move from her to yonder place; and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 21:20
As Christians our number one concern should be telling the lost how they can be saved. Heaven and Hell are real. Our souls are eternal. Money and all that it can buy is temporary.

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praveen November 19, 2012

It is interesting to see that even though Jesus referred to Satan as “the ruler of this world” (John 14:30). He never referred to Satan as the alternative master to God, whom people have the choice of serving. When Jesus spoke of two masters whom men could serve, He said that the two were God and Mammon (Luke 16:13). In Christendom, generally speaking, preachers have always urged people to choose between God and Satan. Jesus however urged people to choose between God and Mammon.

Satan is a master schemer. He knows that if people are told to choose between God and Satan, no one will choose Satan. But when the choice is between God and Mammon, Satan knows that even believers will find it difficult to make a decisive choice.

Satan knows that most Christians choose their jobs and their place of residence, etc., based on their passion for Mammon (property and money) rather than on any desire for the promotion of God’s kingdom. Satan knows that all such believers are useless for God’s purposes, irrespective of the amount of religious activity they engage in.

Satan also knows that most of the Christian work in the world is more dependent on Mammon (money and property) than on the power of the Holy Spirit. Satan knows that all such Christian work will not have any eternal value – even if the reports of such work appear impressive when presented attractively by “public relations experts” in colourful Christian magazines!!

We must not be ignorant of Satan’s wiles. It is against Satan’s wiles that we are told to stand firm, and not against his wrath (Eph.6:11). Satan’s wrath has never hindered the work of God at any time. Persecution has only made the church of Jesus Christ flourish in every country and at all times. But Satan has often succeeded with his wiles, where he has failed to accomplish anything with his wrath (see Rev.12:11,12).

Satan is happy to be hidden out of sight, because he knows that he can deceive people better that way. He knows very well that when a believer is influenced by the love of mammon in his decisions, he is actually serving the prince of Mammon, even if he imagines that he is serving God!!

When a believer’s attitude to Mammon is wrong, he will be wrong in every other area too – because he then becomes a part of this world system that our Lord came to destroy. Such a man is a traitor to the Lord’s cause on earth, even though he may not realize it. He is actually working on Satan’s side, without knowing it. This is the fundamental problem with many believers today. They have not understood Satan’s schemes.

Before Jesus went to the cross, He told His disciples, “The prince of this world comes and he has no power over Me” (John 14:30 – Living). Mammon had no power over Jesus. And so Satan could find no foothold in Him and could not touch Him in any way. But Satan finds plenty of foothold through Mammon in the lives of most believers. Thus he is able to divert them from God’s perfect plan for their lives.

Throughout the last 20 centuries, the greatest opposition for the Lord’s servants has always come from “Christians” and so-called “believers” who are Biblical in all their doctrines except the doctrine of “the love of money”! It is not at all surprising that “believers” who worship Mammon oppose God’s true prophets. Jesus Himself faced such opposition from the leaders of the Pharisees who had all their other doctrines right (Matt.23:3), but who loved and served Mammon (Luke 16:14).

Christians who pursue after Mammon have plenty of money to travel whenever they like, and wherever they like. They also have enough to buy whatever they like, whenever they like. Only lovers of Mammon can afford such expensive habits. But those who have an extravagant lifestyle can never be witnesses for the Lord in the midst of a suffering world.

It is dangerous to have money far beyond what we need. It was because Jonah had plenty of extra money that he could afford to buy a ticket to go to Tarshish – in plain disobedience to the Lord’s command. How safe Jonah would have been from such a temptation, if he did not have any excess money available with him at that time.

It was to save His apostles from such temptations, that Jesus left them poor in the world. The Lord Who made Job, Abraham and David rich could easily have made His apostles rich too. But He didn’t. Why? Because new-covenant apostles, unlike Old Testament saints, had to wage war against Satan. And when Satan came against them, it was essential that Satan should find “no love for Mammon in them”? Otherwise the Lord’s purposes could never have been fulfilled through them.

What about you? When Satan comes against you, does he have power over you, because he finds the love of Mammon in you?

The battle against Satan is not fought on earth, but in “the heavenlies” (Eph.6:12). It is there that Satan’s power has to be bound by us (Matt.18:18). Only those who are heavenly-minded can fight this battle. Those who love Mammon are earthly-minded and are useless in this battle. Satan knows that very well, even if believers don’t.

In heaven, the saints walk on golden streets. Heaven has been prepared for those who have learnt to put gold under their feet even on earth. Our fasting and praying cannot accomplish God’s purposes, if we love Mammon and are earthly-minded. It is only the prayer of “a righteous man” – one who has been freed from attachment to earthly things, like Elijah – whose prayers are effective before God (James 5:16,17). This is why God allows us at times, to lose large amounts of money – to deliver us from the love of Mammon and to make us effective for Him.

It will be very difficult for a disciple of Jesus, if he is totally honest and wholehearted, to become rich through his business in a world that is under the dominion of Satan. To become a wealthy man in such a world, one would have to follow Satan’s principles in some area or the other, and disobey the principles of God’s Word. The Bible clearly says,

“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” (1 Tim.6:9). One who seeks to be “rich towards God” can never become “rich in this world” (Luke 12:21; 1 Tim.6:17).

This applies also to preachers who become rich through preaching the gospel and selling Christian books and tapes. Another gimmick these days, is to conduct tours to Israel (“the holy land”??). If a preacher can gather 10 people for a trip to Israel, the travel agent will give him one free ticket. All such preachers are worshipping “the golden calf” and are servants of Mammon, and not of the Lord Jesus Christ. [Someone asked me once if I had ever been to the holy land. I told him I was walking there every day!]

The “prosperity gospel” was invented in the latter half of the 20th century by Mammon-loving preachers who had to find some “Scriptural” explanation to justify their extravagant lifestyles and the immense amount of wealth that they had accumulated from the tithes and offerings of their “devotees”. So they hunted up Old Testament promises that God had given to Israel and began to proclaim those promises as the unfailing mark of God’s blessing today. And money-loving believers gladly lapped up this new gospel!

A secular journalist in the U.S.A., who heard of such a church where the “prosperity gospel” was being preached, wanted to find out if this teaching really worked. So he went to the church’s parking lot and checked out the makes of the cars parked there. He found that the cars parked in the spots reserved for the “Pastor” and “Assistant Pastors” were expensive cars!! But most of the other cars were cheap ones! He concluded that the “prosperity gospel” did work – but only for those who lived off the tithes and offerings of the congregation!! The rest of the congregation remained in the same condition that they had always been in!

Even in poor countries like India, preachers are becoming rich, off the tithes and offerings of poor people, through this counterfeit gospel.

What must the Lord think of the Christian “church” and its leaders today, who have pursued after Mammon, become tolerant of sin, and thus made themselves powerless in the battle against Satan. The gates of Hell have prevailed against this “church”. And that is the clearest proof that this “church” is not the church that our Lord is building – for the powers of darkness can never prevail against that church (Matt.16:18).

Whenever a genuine Holy-Spirit revival comes anywhere, it will be a revival that delivers believers from the love of Mammon. Only such a revival will drive the prince of Mammon out of the church.

Any other so-called “revival” is a counterfeit.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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he that has an ear let him hear what the spirit is saying. November 23, 2012

he that has an ear let him hear what the spirit is saying

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What is a Sermon November 25, 2012

This is a great lesson! I love how you said that God is not a slot machine! The impact that moneys importance has on us is sad. We shouldn’t rely on it, we should rely on God.

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Tom_bgi February 19, 2013

It’s a true article.. Absolutely I agree it.

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Charlotte March 27, 2013

Brilliant post! I would love it so much we could all pray for those who are lost and trapped in this ‘gospel’. A few of my friends (who are in Christ) are being fooled by it :(

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Jon March 27, 2013

Balance sir. Balance. God doesn’t want us struggling anymore than He wants us to hoard and be greedy. Teach balance. Poverty sucks. I have been there….

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