What does it mean to be a Berean in practice? – Part 3 (Mike Murdock)

Posted: November 24, 2013 in False Doctrine, False Teachers

Apologies for taking so long from writing the next blog post in this series. Life has been busy. But below Mike Murdoch talks about the 7 Ingedients in the Prosperity Formula. Let’s measure up what he says to scripture.

Here are some things that I noticed

0.09 – So now there is a formula? The bible never talks about any formule to get things or money or prosperity. There may be some general guidance but never any guaranteed formula

0:28 “God equates poverty with rebellion”. Proverbs 13:18 is out of context. It is NOT saying that everyone who is poor is rebellious. That must mean a lot of Christians in other countries must be the most rebellious christians. This is the result of having a westernised view of Christianity

0:46 He quotes Deuteronomy 28 which is not for us as new testament believers today. Again taken out of context. It was speaking specifically to Israel not every christian today. You don’t believe me? You only have to look at the previous chapter in verse 14 where it states “And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel” Duet 27:14. What he says here is based on a false foundation and a false premise.

1:25 Malachi 3 – He uses that famous chapter in Malachi 3 to justify tithing. Just click here to see what the bible states

1:38 He quotes Isaiah 1:17 about ‘learning to do good’ but this has nothing to do with prosperity. He has just picked out that scripture and twisted it. He quotes verse 19 about eating the good of the land but again this is out of context. If he is going to use 19, he has to use 20 as well that if a person resists and rebel, they will be devoured by the sword. Also, who was this about? You only have to go to verse 1. “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem“. Again we cannot pick this scripture and use it as a promise for us

2.00 “You can only be promoted by someone who gave you an instruction” – As far as I know, there is no scripture to support this but if someone has one, I am willing to be corrected

2.23 “Believe a prophet to prosper”  But Heb.1:1-2 states “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophetshas in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” I do not need to heed to a prophet in order to prosper

2:39 “Everytime you see rebellion, you see loss and pain”. That will give faithful people the impression that if they have experinced loss or pain, they have been in rebellion. This simply is not true

3.03 “It is Gods will for you to prosper”. Obviously the context that he is talking about is money but the bible gives us many warnings against seeking to be prosper financially (not that in and of itself means it is sinful). Just read 1 Timothy 6

4:34 “Where ever you find honor, you find favor and where you find favor you find money.” This is simply not in the bible and he made this up

What he says sounds so biblical and so appealing but the long and short of it is it is deceptive and the bible clearly talks about this

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Related Post:

What does it mean to be a Berean in practice? – Part 1 (Paula White)

What does it mean to be a Berean in practice? – Part 2 (Bishop Tudor Bismark)

  1. olu.scribe@googlemail.com says:

    I respect Mike Murdock as a motivation writer/speaker, but theologically he has nothing to offer me.

    I remember in 2007, he came to the church I was attending at the time .

    The date was 7th of July 2007. He used that as a “prophecy” for Financial breakthrough and we should sow a seed or make a pledge of £777, cos there would not be another date like that for a century.

    Naturally many of us fell for such nonsense cos we were desperate, it sounded spiritual . Thank God for the scales off prosperity gospel falling from my eyes. I eventually left that church.

    Many are still caught in it cos why won’t we want to believe that God wants us to be wealthy and show the world how prosperous following God is.

    With all Christ’s parables on the rich that displeased God (rich fool,rich young man/lazarus & rich man) I’m surprised that we believe such messages for so long. I guess its like the young lady so in love and fantasising about a wedding, that she fails to acknowledge all the signs that the young man she’s taken with is a liar, cheat and abuser.

    Cotton candy reigns supreme and so many sincere Christians genuinely believe it to be the true Gospel.

    May the Holy Spirit open their eyes to the truth cos logical pleas can’t that yoke of deception the prosperity gospel holds on hearts and minds.
    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

  2. glenda says:

    and just to think, i was about to give murdock props for saying that that was his opinion at one point. then he killed it in the next line by saying it was a Biblical standard. lol! of course i’m being funny here but in all seriousness, this is disastrous heresy. =-(

  3. walkingalongancientpaths says:

    I heard this guy say the Lord told him
    everyone who was be watching his show at that moment was commanded by God to send him $1000 immediately – to call now! or God was going to curse them.

  4. annavhamerlik says:

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    If you get a chance, please check out my Christian blog http://www.littleblondebeliever.wordpress.com. Thanks so much!

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