Each time TBN or DayStar Network have a “share-a-thon”, or what ever term they choose to call their fund raising period, you are constantly bomb barded with the message that if you give you will be blessed with wealth, health and prosperity in all areas of your life. They speak of their fine homes and cars and diamonds as evidence of their messages fulfillment in their own lives. (I personal think it is evidence of something far different). You won’t find me arguing against the fact that God takes care of His people, but I believe that the message that God is waiting for a “seed” gift to make you rich is a total mishandling of the scripture and a misrepresentation of the message of God.
The following quotes are on target from my vantage point…what do you think?
“Karen Shugart at CreativeLoafing.com has written a compelling piece on the prosperity preachments of Inspiration TV Network owner Morris Cerullo and his son David.
A few snips:
“In a market-driven religion, that’s the message that sells – that if you love God, he’ll make you rich, so you get to be religious and rich. It’s about what you get, not what you give.
“… American capitalism and American materialism find its way into a movement that says upfront it’s anti-worldly [and that] it’s not going to be taken by the powers of this world … But it does get taken in [with this idea] that somehow the Christian gospel can be turned into a get-rich-quick scheme …
“… as many Pentecostals have moved up the economic ladder they’ve bought into and theologized good old-fashioned American materialism, and given permission for people who said they were not going to be captivated by this world, to be worldly … they’ve discovered … the link between their view of Christianity and a kind of back-door materialism …”” (The Whittenburg Door Insider) You can read the entire article here.