Prosperity Gospel Danger Signs
by George W Greene
Following is a list, in no particular order, of some of the teachings a person might hear. If it is normal for you to hear these danger signs then your faith has been twisted and you are listening to the 'prosperity gospel'. Financial prosperity for all Christians is NOT the good news that Jesus Christ suffered and died for.
Nonsense. God does not measure your love for him by how much money you give to your local church institution. That statement is just a way to manipulate people and get them to feel guilty, since most Christians do want to prove their love for God. Christians should be generous of their own free will and not be manipulated into trying to keep an Old Testament Law. A better indication of how much you love God is reflected in how you treat other people. Do you yourself do what Christ commanded believers to do or do you just give your 'tithe' to the church? Jesus taught us to take care those in need.
God is not after your money, but instead he wants all of your heart. Giving to churches and seemingly 'good' ministries does not fulfill our requirement to do the things outlined above. As normal healthy Christians, we should be doing the work ourselves (feeding the hungry, clothing the helpless, visiting those in prison, etc) and not just getting comfortable giving money to some minister that gets us excited about giving. Also notice that money is not a major issue in the above scriptures.
Absolutely not. Sometimes Bible preachers say that God wants all believers to be rich so they can give more to help spread the gospel. That is also ridiculous. The person that is teaching you that is the person who wants to get your money. That is the bottom line. They want your money to flow into their pockets. Unfortunately many believers are impressed with the hundreds and maybe even thousands that get help through these ministries because these ministries can boast that they in turn give a 'tithe' of the money that comes in. You are using the wrong measuring rod. It should be thousands and tens of thousands helped or saved as a result of the generosity of believers.
Teaching that God wants all believers to be financially rich is wrong.
It seems as though most leaders who teach that God wants all Christians to be rich live lavish lifestyles. Is there a connection? You figure it out. What example did Jesus and the apostles set? Jesus and the Apostles did not live extravagant lifestyles.
Many Christians have been taught incorrectly that the following scripture is proof that God wants Christians to be rich.
This is NOT an indication of God's wish for all Christians to be financially
It is hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom heaven. Don't be fooled into thinking that it will be easier for you to enter heaven because you are or want to be a rich Christian. We are warned in the 1 Timothy ...
Verse 9 above is a warning for anyone that desires to be rich - saints and
sinners both. If you have accepted the 'prosperity gospel' then you
believe that you are supposed to be financially rich and desire to be rich -
then this warning is especially for you.
The Bible sure does say that. But, as usual, the verse is taken out of context and twisted to get people excited about getting something as a result of their giving. Unfortunately, it follows the 'prosperity gospel' formula of teaching people to 'give-to-get'.
Let's see the entire verse.
There is nothing wrong with what the Bible is saying, the problem is with the interpretation. This portion of a verse is used to get people excited and looking forward to getting '..the sinner's wealth..'. Stop a moment and think. If this were true the way it is usually taught, then a sinner's wealth would always flow to the righteous. Without trying too hard, you should be able to come up with some names of sinners whose fortunes did not and does not flow to the righteous. Nevertheless, this portion of a verse is used to get people excited and ready to receive this great flow of money that supposedly will come to the righteous real soon. This teaching is usually followed by heavy pressure to give to a church or ministry with the promise that God will bless you. A greedy person taught you to be greedy and God doesn't promise blessings to greedy folks. Greedy folks can convince a lot of people with itching ears to give them money but just because the speaker is wealthy does not mean it is a result of God's blessings.
Using this portion of scripture as an excuse it seems, some very notable ministries have supposedly accepted sums of money from various organizations that seek to compromise the gospel of Jesus Christ and substitute it with a gospel of wealth and comfort. These ministries did not plunder the wicked. Instead they sold out and have become subject to a different gospel.
So then, as a result of this popular teaching, we have Christians lusting after the riches of sinners. There's is something wrong with that. We are warned in the book of Proverbs:
You may be a Christian but the Bible clearly teaches us that it is wicked to desire the riches of evil men. There is no exception. If you have been taught to lust after the riches of the evil, then you have been listening to the 'prosperity gospel' which is often very far from the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Bible does say something like that but it is not a promise for everybody just because they are a Christian. The entire scripture reads:
It is incorrect to teach that the verse quoted above is somehow a promise for everyone. It is not. What is happening here is that the writer is continuing to explain the benefits of being generous. It seems it is often taught incorrectly that after God blesses with great riches that you that you can be generous. That is incorrect. You can be generous while having very little as demonstrated
Generosity is not something that is reserved for the rich. The Macedonian church was noted for their 'extreme poverty' but yet they wanted to share in the '... service to the saints ...'. Generosity is something that everyone can have right now and not wait for some overwhelming blessing from God before being generous.
This is certainly true for Christians that are generous like the Macedonian church. Their generosity was a result of what was in them and NOT as a result of some preacher promising what they could get in return.
WAKE UP!! Shake yourself free from the clutches of some preacher that your itching ears have allowed yourself to get attached to!! Preachers can request and even demand this because you
An Israelite's vow (above) is all there was to guarantee that the correct amount of produce or animals was tithed. There was no 'punishment' from church leaders for failing to tithe. You could not be told 'you can't be in church leadership because you don't tithe'! All the leaders in the church were from the tribe of Levite and their job was to take care of the synagogue and receive tithes and offering from fellow Israelites.
Your church requesting your W2 form is just another way the original Old Testament scriptures have been reinterpreted to supposedly 'fit' these modern times. Tithing was never money. It was was always produce or animals. Contrary to what is being taught elsewhere, all the Israelites did NOT tithe. It was only required of those who owned the land and owned 10 or more herded animals.
Nonsense. Absolute garbage! You don't need to give anyone money to build your faith in God. Hebrews Chapter 11 contains a list of people that were commended because of their faith in God. None of them had to give money to have their faith built. You don't have to give 'seed money' to build your faith in God either. The way to have your faith built is to do the same as the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 - trust God. Believe God. Believe that he
Are you seeking him or are you seeking earthly rewards? Are you giving money because or what you can get out of it? Do you think you can force God to bless you even though you give for selfish reasons? God doesn't bless selfishness no matter how convincing the presenter was.
Author: George W Greene
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