How can you criticize the prosperity movement?

You claim to base your beliefs on the Word of God, but you seem to have overlooked the Scriptures about prosperity, so how can you criticize the prosperity movement?

 

Prosperity in the Bible is not based on what you have, but WHOM you have. It is not about material things, but refers to the prosperity of being God's child and bearing fruit for Him. As His children, we become heir to the riches of God's goodness, glory, grace, forebearance, longsuffering, wisdom, knowledge, liberality, understanding, and of His Christ. His outpouring of wealth and riches transcends any and all environmental elements that limit us to natural pursuits. If the Lord blesses financially, He will do it based on one's level of maturity and willingness to go forth and do His will at the expense of our own.

 

The prosperity doctrine presents a mutated form of Christianity that has brought men and women to their knees before a god of greed. It is earthly, sensual, and demonic; centered around man's ability to get material things and acquire the wealth of this world. Jesus knows what is in the heart of men, which is why He told the rich man to sell everything he owned and follow Him to be made perfect. In most cases, those who possess an abundance of wealth tend to trust in material things and not in God. How have we now changed the Gospel so that the riches are now seen as a sign-off on us following Christ? In Matthew 13:22, Jesus states that one of the most prevalent worldly cares that chokes off the Gospel is the deceitfulness of riches. Despite Jesus' warning, many in the church are falling prey to the devil's doctrine built around the principle of prosperity and obtaining more riches.

 

Why do people fall prey to this delusion? Because they have not put to death the carnal lusts and desires of the Adamic nature. They desire "stuff" more than Jesus, and the ministers are able to make a fortune off of their greed and covetousness. Therefore, preachers can get them worked-up emotionally about getting more material things. Being vain in their imaginations, false prophets create gospels to satisfy the insatiable cry for more. They make God into a genie, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. Just get your wish list, and confess over it daily to conjure up the genie god who will bring you more. What is being taught in the name of prosperity is basic sorcery 101; using the Bible like a magic wand to divine up the power to get what you want. God no longer acts based upon His own Sovereign Will, but merely responds to the dictates of men as they propagate such phrases as: "There is a blessing in your mouth," "Speak it into an existence," "Name it and claim it," and "Call those things that are not as though they were."

 

Men have become overnight millionaires as they proclaim that God and Jesus are rich, and that They want us to be rich also. If Jesus were rich, then why would He have to go to a fish's mouth to get tax money for himself and Peter? Why didn't He just reach into His pocket to get the money or tell Judas to take the money from the treasury? Jesus was not rich materially, but He was rich with the power of the Spirit in Him. The supply line from God the Father was always available to Him because He is an eternal being. The Holy Spirit was able to provide anything He needed at any particular time whether it was material possessions, the power to cast out devils, open blind eyes, or raise the dead. That is why Jesus instructed His disciples to take no thought for what they would eat, drink, or wear. When you walk in the Spirit, God automatically takes care of your needs. Jesus Himself said that the Son of Man had no place to lay His head.

 

Ministers who promote this doctrine are not really interested in your salvation. Instead they focus on the sowing of "seed faith gifts" which only serve to finance the extravagant lifestyles of these false servants. Do not just accept what self-proclaimed men of God tell you without processing their words through diligent study of God's Word. We must hold them accountable to the Word of God - which is the only standard of righteousness. They spin these deceptions to justify their own lusts and extravagant lifestyles, which blatantly contradict their claims of Kingdom service. If true servants of God receive an over abundance of worldly riches, then why did the Apostles say that they were hungry, thirsty, naked, whipped, and homeless? How is it that today, ministers can promote their lavishness as a badge of honor and live luxuriously off of the tithes of the church, when Paul said that a godly minister does not burden the people by using their finances for personal gain?

 

The result is that as people vigorously seek things to secure their position in this world, like wealth and prosperity, they lose the desire to end the world and see the Kingdom of God come online. The devil is preaching the world into the church so that they will be programmed to fight with him against God in the final battle. This is the ingenious strategy of a rebellious, fallen angel looking for a way to snuff out the longing of Jesus' people for His appearing. Through prosperity teachings, many are being led as far away from Christ as the east is from the west. The prosperity doctrine has been formulated by the devil himself to make people crave his world at the expense of God's will, exaltation, and glorification.

 

So, if the prosperity doctrine is false, then why are these ministers so wealthy? In Matthew 4:8-9, Satan boasts that it is in his power to provide Jesus with all the riches of the world. Scripture is clear that Satan is the god of this world, and we know that he is willing to reward his servants (2nd Corinthians 4:4, 1st John 5:19). In Revelation 18:12-13, we can see what this harlot religious system trades in, "The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men." Not only are all manners of riches represented in this system, but lastly, we see that they trade in the souls of men. This is why 2nd Peter 2:1-3 states, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 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."

 

Is it a sin to be rich? No. But it is wrong to make riches the goal or confirmation of the Gospel. Will God bless people financially? Yes, but only for the purpose of propelling the Gospel and not to make individuals wealthy. In terms of riches or any material need, the Bible says, "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:31-34)

 

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