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THE CURSES OF PROSPERITY GOSPEL I
In the day we live in many in Christendom (professing Christians and a good number of preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. And this has resulted in many beliefs, doctrines and practices prevalent in the churches today that are not in accord with the clear teaching of Scriptures. The gospel of Christ has been perverted and down graded to tickle the itching ears of the listeners. Even such error and deception is so blatant and that it could be ignored, these kind of preaching are massively growing in popularity, and they are taken as credible and helpful the many unsuspecting souls being beguiled. The aim of this article will be to show plainly the dangers of the “prosperity gospel”
There is message being preached in in this day in some of the largest churches in the world focusing on individual prosperity. This new Gospel, which is another Gospel, has been ascribed many names, such as the ” the Prosperity Gospel” , the ” name it and claim it” gospel, and the ” health “and wealth” Gospel. The Preaching of such gospel sounds more like the “ American Dream” than Sound, biblical preaching, which focuses on stewardship. The Bible warns of another gospel in Galatians 1:6-9, the Apostle Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes, “ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there would be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
The essence of this new gospel (the prosperity gospel) is; ” God wants believers to be physically healthy, materially wealthy, and personally happy. God wants you to be rich, and you should go in partnership with Him, by faith and pursue riches.” ” you are children of the King, and as children of the king you don’t wear tattered clothes.” and so forth. The justification given to this kind of claim is, ” you can not accomplish much without money.” Preachers of this gospel ( Joel Osteen, and Joyce Meyer, besides dozen others) encourage their followers to pray for and even demand material flourishing from God. This new gospel minimizes sin, and pain and talk only about how well things go for that individual if he follow Christ.
Now what does the Bible say about this abominable teaching and about those who pursue riches? 1st Timothy 6:9 reads, ” But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men into destruction and perdition.” Yes! the desire to be rich, and the craving for material wealth is what is nurtured, cultivated and propagated by the “prosperity gospel” preachers.! These preachers, by their preaching are encouraging this abominable behavior which is suicidal!! (destruction and perdition)
One may ask, ” why are riches suicidal?” because riches are such dangerous things. They are not a blessing usually. They a curse most of the time. People are cursed and destroyed by riches!! Now, please bear in mind that we are not saying that it is sinful to make lots of money; but it is sheer sinful to want to keep lots of money! Bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger bank accounts! expensive clothing and so forth. For with this kind of mentality the conscious gets more and more dark! For the believer his conscious cries to take up his cross and to follow Christ, to deny self, to die daily, and to have to laid down his treasure in heaven! Is it possible for a believer to accumulate wealth, and meet these requirements of the Gospel? no! by no means!! That is why riches could become suicidal!
to be continued……………………………….
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff