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The Prosperity Gospel

April 12, 2007

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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.

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7 comments

  1. The CoC tended to say everyone who disagreed with them was not a Christian, well everyone who claims Jesus name have some pretty off tasting fruit IMO.

    We need decernment more than ever. WE have lost people to these places who don’t understand what is happening. For them they have Christian on the door and what they say comes from the Bible so…


  2. OK, so if prosperity is an outgrowth of the gospel message, and we can become wealthy by giving, why don’t I see it in the NT?

    Jesus didn’t even have a home.

    His apostles left all (now that is sacrificial giving) to follow him and got prison, torment, and death as their reward.

    Where is this in the lives of the early church?

    These guys are perverting whatever scriptures that they are trying to adapt.

    Jimbo


  3. I am thinking about worldview. Prosperity Gospel worldview tends to be a direct reflection of the surrounding culture except with a “god” bent to it.

    It lends itself to deism, materialism, patriotism and individualism.

    Amazingly enough, I find myself in agreement with most any given single statement prosperity gospelers make, but not once those statements become strung together, and not without some more to the story. I think if you give more, your community will become richer. As a member of that community, you will too. However, I do not see that as a mystical reward plan, just simple math+love. But now I am sounding communist. Look out! So did the church in ACTS.

    Jesus is Lord!!!


  4. Darin, Jimbo and Mike…Thanks so much for your thoughts…all right on. It is amazing how their message changes when they go to third world nations where the political or economic situations come into play.


  5. Lee,

    I totally agree. Great comments too!

    Ben


  6. Evidently those folks listed in Hebrews 11 (“Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”) didn’t watch TBN.

    Wolves in sheeps clothing with lots of glitter and hair spray.

    Grace to you,
    Royce Ogle


  7. Thanks Ben, and Royce I could not agree more!



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