Some prosperity gospel abundance’s proponents claim God wants everyone to be wealthy and give from their excess or overflow. Their theory is simple. Look after me first. Strive to get materially wealthy. When you become wealthy, then, and only then, you will be ready to give from your overflow. Essentially, these prosperity gospel abundance folks don’t appreciate that this approach means you will give God crumbs. Some will deny and say the excess will be significant. To support their views, prosperity gospel abundance preachers provide no biblical evidence. They take scriptures out of context.
Prosperity Gospel Abundance Teachings Ignore Matthew 16:26
Jesus taught his disciples the opposite. He said we should be ready to give up everything, including their lives, to follow him. He said each of us should be prepared to deny self to be his disciple. In Matthew 16:26, Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” These words contradict prosperity teachings.
Folks don’t realize how much greed and self-centeredness trap them. Folks need to do as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11. They check everything they heard with the scriptures. Prosperity gospel preachers teachings about abundant material wealth are not biblical. Who is getting materially rich from prosperity gospel abundance teachings? Those preachers. And they do so on the back of the poor, to boot!
Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 to follow our rabbi, or teacher, as he or she follows our Messiah Jesus. Beloved, if you are supporting prosperity-teaching charlatans, stop. Get back to the basics! God owns everything. We own nothing. He tells us that when we seek first his kingdom and righteousness, he will take care of life, food, and clothing needs. Six times in Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus says we should not worry about life, food, clothes. Notice, his promise is conditional on us seeking Him first. When you follow prosperity teachings you are not seeking our Messiah first. You are seeking you first. Think about this. Pray about this.
The gospel of Messiah Jesus is not about fulfilling our selfish desires. It is about loving him with all our being. It’s about loving and serving our neighbour. As well, it’s about being passionate about becoming his disciple. Next time you hear wealthy prosperity gospel abundance-teaching TV evangelists asking for money, and promising that God will bless you when you sow into their ministries, look in the Bible. Check their teachings. It’s wrong!
Prosperity Gospel Abundance Teaching Uses Scripture Out of Context
Remember, prosperity gospel proponents will take an isolated Bible verse out of context. They will use it to say what they want you to believe. To make their point, they present a hook to capture your greed nature. Often, they ignore the context. Besides, they forget we have one Bible, with Old and New Covenants that must be interpreted as one.
We do not need to give these charlatan’s money to gain favour with God. The writer of Hebrews tells us Jesus replaced the Aaronic priesthood (Hebrews 7:21-28). Apostle Peter reminds us that each of us is a priest (1 Peter 2:5-9). We do not need intermediaries between us and God. Stop sending your earnings to these folks. They need to go out of business and discontinue their quackery.
When you seek God’s truth you will find it. That’s his promise. Stop supporting prosperity gospel preachers. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you to God’s truth and away from them. God will hold them to a higher standard. However, Apostle James tells us when you know what to do and don’t do it, that’s sin (James 4:17).
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