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

Brothers and Sisters can be misled

Essence said -
The teaching of prosperity teachers is based on so many scriptures that you cannot argue with the word of God.

Well that is yet to be seen as to whether this teaching is supported by a consistent interpretation of all of scripture or if it is just built on a bunch of verses taken in isolation, so as of right now no one is arguing with the word of God.

Essence said -
God has always prospered His people and any good father wants to provide for his children and God is the surpreme Father and if we obey him He promises to meet our needs.

Well not really, the Israelites were not feeling all that prospered when they were enslaved in Egypt, as well as a dozen other examples one could site from the Old Testament. God gives us what we need, what is best for us, and that is what we are told to ask for when Jesus taught us to pray. Does "Thy will be done" ring a bell. Not our will, not our wants. We can't just name it and claim it and end up with a new Mercedes, as some of these televangelists teach.

Essence said -
If you judge these brothers to be only greedy and after money you must check your own heart first. Because God's word clearly tells us that He will provide for us if we are not seeking only to prosper for our own lusts.

Yes, provide! No one is saying anything contrary to that. The doctrine of prosperity (as I have seen it preached) goes way beyond provisions. If you have found a teacher who restrains their teaching to the idea of being provided the necessities, then great. But most of these preachers who make the news are telling people God wants them to be rich, and that is not the message I see in the scriptures.