The Prosperity Gospel

For those who think the prosperity gospel is a deception, pray explain this scripture to me…

Deu 8:7 For Jehovah your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills,
Deu 8:8 a land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey,
Deu 8:9 a land in which you shall eat bread without want. You shall not lack any thing in it. It is a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig copper.
Deu 8:10 And you shall eat and be satisfied, then you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which He has given you.

It seems to me both from the old and new testament that God delights in abundantly and exceedingly blessing, both spiritually and materially, those whom he has called and chosen. So why then does it bother you if i wear the latest designer suits, or drive the latest model, or live in the nine-zeroes condo, or fly in my private jet? It seems consistent with God’s purpose and desire for his chosen ones.

That said, i am also acutely aware that this is not the experience of many professing believers. Question then is, is this a rip-off, or is there a principle to be learned and followed?

I believe that God wants me to prosper and be in health even aas my soul prospers. I strongly believe in this message. I may not agree totally with all the methods of the propenents of this gospel, but i can see from scripture that a God who paves his streets in gold doesn’t want me broke and down.

Just a random thought.

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4 thoughts on “The Prosperity Gospel

  1. I guess it depends on how you define “prosperity”. If, by prosperity you mean God wants to richly bless every believer, spiritually, in Christ, then yes, Ephesians confirms that. If by prosperity you mean God wants to make all believers wealthy in material things, then the Bible indicates otherwise in the New Testament.

    Jesus’ parents, for example, offered a young turtle dove, which was the provision God made for the poor in the land. There were also provisions made for the poor such as that you weren’t supposed to glean to the edges of your field, so the poor could gather for their needs. The Psalmist says give me neither poverty nor riches, lest I curse or forget God. Then, when He was providing manna for them in the wilderness, God prescribed that no one take more than they needed.

    In the New Testament, those who had houses and lands sold them to meet the needs of other believers, so that there would be “equality”. James says not to regard the rich more than the poor believer in the assembly, or you are a judge with evil motives.

    Hebrews shows that men and women of faith were sometimes “destitute”, living in holes in the ground, sawn assunder, etc.

    The Bible is filled with instructions and examples that clearly show God’s will for believers is spiritual, not material prosperity.

  2. I believe that God wants us to prosper both in spiritual AND material things, but I also believe Ecclesiastes 3 where it says that “there is time for everything.”

    Even prosperity has its own time. A lot of things happen for so many different reasons, so many that cannot be accounted for in a single comment or story.

  3. The Prosperity Gospel that is being sold today says that if you believe in God then He will bless you continually and all you have to do is A,B,C
    this is false.
    Does God bless His children
    yes He does
    does He answer every prayer in the way they expect
    NO

    it is an insult to say you are a Christian and that the prosperity gospel is something you believe
    It is an insult to those who died in jail praising His name
    it is an insult to the 13 year old girl raped in Haiti who walks to church and still feels the pain
    It is an insult to John the baptist who got his head chopped off

    so yeah
    The prosperity gospel and what you talk about are not the same.
    the prosperity gospel is about blessing all the time in the way the world portrays

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