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.



Ishtvan's picture

Poverty and Prosperity

I think there's a wide gulf between poverty, which is a world problem, and the "financial blessings" that are part of the prosperity teachings. If I read the Gospels correctly, Christ told us not to be concerned with money, and made several examples of people who weren't willing to part with their posessions. I think I'm safe in saying that Jesus spent a lot more time talking about cultivating our spiritual well being.

I think in 2007 it would be pretty difficult to live without any money, but but to focus a whole ministry on it doesn't coincide with what I see as the theme of Christ's message.