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.

Justin Bieber: Put God and family first

The king, Elvis Presley began developing his musical talent in a church. More recently pop-sensations such as Britney Spears, Eminem, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber (among several others) have all at some point claimed to be Christian’s that have come under the spotlight of fame and popularity.

The downside to this is any Google search will reveal the explicit controversies that these super-stars have been involved in. From provocative dancing, drugs, sex and indecent exposure to pregnancy scandals and sexual provocative attire. Are these so-called Christians giving the rest of us a bad name? If so, whose fault is it?

I stumbled across an article titled ‘Justin Bieber: Put God and family first’ (10th August 2011) (link here) and it made me ponder on the absolute misrepresentation of Christians in the media. So what the deal? Is Justin Bieber a Christian or not?

Bieber was quoted saying: “I want to say that anything is possible … You got to keep Go

d first and always remember to keep family first. Jesus loves every one of you!”

When the Rolling Stone Magazine asked him about his opinion on sex before marriage he was quoted: “I think you should just wait for the person you’re … in love with.”

These are pretty contrasting views from the teen pop-sensation. Obviously every Christian knows that God’s view on sex before marriage is a little more stringent than ‘waiting for love’. But all this is old news you say…

So I went a little further and dug up an interview with Bieber’s mum whose name is Patty. Patty had some very interesting things to say. When asked about other teen-celebrities being seduced by the cultures of pop fame she answered:

“We need, in this time more than ever, to lift them up in prayer. They are a mouthpiece for a generation. Let’s pray for them, let’s encourage them. Let’s spur them on to the Lord.”

What a great encouragement that is. She doesn’t accuse these young adults of not being Christians, nor does she depict Bieber to be a saint, rather she sends out a ‘call to prayer’. Encouraging all those onlookers who condemn with judging eyes not to kick them while they are down but rather to lift them up in prayer.

My prayer is going to be that God will grant me the wisdom to not judge things beyond my understanding (like the state of sanctification of people I’ve never met). And that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in the lives of Christians who stand in the spotlight of celebrity fame. That He would continue to convict and lead people like Bieber and I will thank Him for the wonderful works that He has already done in these people’s lives.