Archive for December 9, 2007

The prosperity gospel is the premise that if you are a child of God, you should expect to be healthy and wealthy and should not expect anything less. I will confess that at one point, I was sucked into this type of preaching and teaching. Then as time went by, I got disillusioned when things didnt seem to be happening as they should be according to what I heard. I became like the Berean church in Acts 17:11 and examined the scripture for myself. I took a snapshot of the most prominent Christian in the new testament, Paul the apostle, and compared his life to what we hear today. I will let Paul explain from his own lips how his life was.

2 Corinthians 11:22-33

22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 32 In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

Timothy makes it clear that “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)

Can you see how perverted the gospel message is? The bible warns us about these teachers

1 Timothy 6:3-10

3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

2 Peter 2: 3

And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

This is the very reason why Jesus was angry in the temple (Matthew 21:23-13) Because they were merchandising in the temple and it is no different than what is happening today. We just do it in a more sophisticated way via tele-evangelists, the internet, selling various CDs, tapes and DVDs. Below is an example. I dont know if to laugh or cry.

By the way, if anyone can find the the scripture where you need to buy miracle spring water or a handkerchief to get a miracle, please can you let me know as I would like to buy a new car. I have been searching the bible for ages, but cannot find it.

This preacher is not very happy with these prosperity preachers. Listen to what he has to say

Prosperity Pimps Part 1

Prosperity Pimps Part 2

Prosperity Pimps Part3

John Piper is not happy about it neither

The sad thing about it is so many people follow and defend these preachers and because it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ, many people will have a Christ-less eternity as a result. I pray that like myself, peoples eyes will be opened to the truth of scripture and will turn away from these vipers.

Remember to pray for these teachers.

To Be Continued…

Related posts:

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 1 – A Form of godliness

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 2 – Scripture Twisting

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 3 – The abuse of biblical numerlogy

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 4 – Man Centered Theology

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers (Interlude) – My reason for doing this

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 6 – Denial that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 7 – Signs and Wonders

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 8 – Deconstruction

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 9 – Giving False Hope

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 10 – The misuse of old testament scriptures

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 11 – The Gospel of Inclusion

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers  – The Conclusion