The Façade of Prosperity

You may or may not have heard the term prosperity Gospel. So what is it? In a nutshell, it is a message that portrays a God that promises health, wealth and prosperity based on our obedience. It swindles the good news that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was an act of salvation, and it places emphasis on a lie which tells people that God has promised them financial security and physical health.

 

As I have mentioned elsewhere I think that John Piper is a reliable source of biblical wisdom. Below is a video of his strong opinions of false teachings about the message of Jesus Christ. Below that, I have included some links to video sermons of people who, in my opinion, are selling an adulterated gospel message.


Here are a couple of video sermons from well-known preachers that clearly promote a gospel of prosperity. I pray that we will all guard ourselves from this teaching. Please excuse some of these videos in the fact that their up-loader has placed text and audio overtures on them. My goal is not to NAME AND SHAME these people, but rather I encourage you to join me in prayer that these highly influential ministers of Christ will see the truth in His message and will turn away from a message that downplays the true treasures that are found in Christ.

 

 

Look for the lack of scripture proofs, the emotional buy in and the adulterated gospel message. ie: the gospel message is “Be fruitful and multiply”… it makes me cringe.
Could someone you know benefit from seeing this?

2 thoughts on “The Façade of Prosperity

  1. Hi Josh and thanks for your thoughts.
    I agree with you that the prosperity doctrine is a dangerous and saddening misrepresentation of biblical truth. Also, I think that we must also be careful not to limit the prosperity doctrine to finances. I find it sad that in small groups and with people that I regularly catch up with the most regular requests for prayers are regarding study/jobs/illness etc. even these prayer requests continue to be a very inward focused idea of God. Because while it isn’t stated explicitly it is saying “please pray I get a good job – so I can be financially comfortable and get the things I want” or “please pray that i get good marks at uni…so I can feel good about myself and have better chances of employment”
    While I am very happy to pray for people’s uni, employment and health I always frame it “please may God be glorified through (uni/work/health) and when it is God’s will to withhold (uni/work/health) may christians have the faith, strength and courage to continue to give glory, praise and honour to God – in their weakness.

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    1. Great observation Mike. I reckon your on the money… so to speak. Thanks heaps for your comment. 2Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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