Prosperity Preaching

Clay's picture

What is your opinion on prosperity style preaching? Many mainstream Christian preachers have jumped on the bandwagon with the "sew a seed" and reap a fortune from God fad these days. TV Evangelists seem to corner the market with this regard.

Do you believe it is theologically correct in giving more because you want more?

Does this style of preaching tend to be a protestant effort or are there Catholic preachers/teachers involved too?

If you disagree with the above, what do you think the end consequence will be for those involved? Will they suffer eternal damnation for emptying the pockets of vulnerable desperate Christians?

My personal opinion is that Jesus calls me to take up my cross and follow him.



michael_legna's picture

Neither, Catholic nor Protestant.

The whole idea of grace is that we cannot merit anything from God. The whole issue Paul makes against works, is that anything we do to make God a debtor to us is doomed to failure. So the idea is just bunk in my opinion. God gives to us because He loves us, and not just when we are good, as He makes it rain uppn the good and the bad, because He loves all mankind.

In response to your other question I don't know of any Catholic Parish or Priest who has ever suggested this idea has any merit or proposed their members participate in it. It certainly appears nowhere in official Catholic Church teachings. But I don't think that makes the issue a Protestant one, as I don't think most Protestants would accept these televangelists as representative of Protestant teaching.