Why Prosperity Gospel is not about Christianity
Close to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, prosperity preachers hammer on “positive thinking” by saying, “claim it, declare it.” If you do this, think, and act this way, God will bless you. In short, the prosperity Gospel offers you EVERYTHING that Satan offered Jesus.
To good about prosperity Gospel:
- Prosperity gospel inspires us to look at God who provides (Jehovah Jireh). However, it distracts the redemptive work of Jesus, the reason he came.
- These preachers encourage people towards God and to love others. However, it says little or none about daily sanctification. Repentance and faith are two sides of the Gospel.
What makes it not about Christianity?
- It’s centered on utopia as if the world is our final destination. The Apostles tell us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)
- It focuses on health, wealth but sweeps sin and daily repentance under the carpet—which Jesus preached. (2 Peter 3:9)
- It’s all about how a “great God” can give you a “great life” with little difficulties. In contrast, Jesus emphasized we should embrace our cross daily. (Matthew 10:38-39)
Prosperity Gospel offers you EVERYTHING, that Satan offered Jesus.
What Jesus really said
1. Jesus and His followers did not live a prosperous life
Most charismatic preachers say, “It’s not just wealth but health! Only believe, leap, shout and clap—you will land on your feet praising God.” Jesus did say it’s about faith—but His life wasn’t lived like this.
2. Jesus said we will have tribulations
Jesus did not preach how to acquire wealth and good health on earth. He taught the opposite. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have tribulations” (John 16:33).
3. Jesus promised life to the fullest
When Jesus said, “I have come that you may have an abundant life” (John 10:10), He was not referring to a life of prosperity, although that we can have. He offers life in its abounding fullness of joy in knowing Him—and the rest becomes rubbish.
“But whatever was to my profit; I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.“
Ref flags of a prosperity Gospel church?
- “Progressive fake-preachers” are sleek on stage.
- The church uses a lot of performative acts they dub a “Jesus miracle.”
- They twist “Jehovah Jireh” to mean God providing money. It actually means God providing a Lamb.
- They are high on fashion and live in extravagance with huge houses, jets that match what they preach.