The prosperity gospel is wide spread and pulling crowds from all over the world. In this post, I will unveil one overlooked aspect of the prosperity gospel yet it is a fundamental factor for holiness. According to Zac Poonen, the prosperity Gospel started in America where Christians have not been persecuted as much as it has been in other parts of the world.
If you have watched, attended or heard a sermon where the prosperity gospel is preached, you will know that money and attaining riches is aggressively promoted. The message is on how to live a good life in this world. The strategies to attain the prosperity promote increased offerings of all kinds to the one sharing the message and those in leadership. Guidance of the Holy Spirt and God’s will is never brought forth. There are many things that are contrary to the doctrine of Christ that are attached to the prosperity gospel teachings. This includes upfront fees for special prayers, specific huge amounts of money demanded from those that want to attain such prosperity, selling material ornaments / medicine that will impart the change, etc.
Does the message of the Prosperity Gospel really work? Yes it does for a few who mostly adopt less than godly strategies to pull riches to themselves. Don’t be deceived, the devil will provide sometimes if it will promote his agenda. Christians need to be wise as serpents because days are evil.
The Word of God, through the apostle Timothy reveals that the desire for riches leads into temptation, a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction (1 Timothy 6:9). Such dangers are not unveiled.
When you yield to the call for prosperity, you are out seeking for temptation and embrace from the evil one. Jesus Christ, the model and leader of Christians declared that His followers should pray to God the Father not to be led into temptation. Furthermore, Christians should plead with God for deliverance from the evil one (Matthew 6:13). These two contradicts.
It is surprising how people will ignore this message even when I have presented it in such simple terms. I can expect a lot of opposition and a number of scriptures can be quoted to fight this simple message. Being rich is not sin but how you attain your riches counts.
You are called to choose; do you want to follow Jesus and pray as He commanded or you want to follow an earthly man who promotes something contrary?