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

Well if we have to obey then we are never getting anything.

Essence said -
I said: "...If we obey..." So in the examples that you list, there is a perfect example of what happens to you If you do NOT obey. God very clearly puts a condition on His promises. He demands obedience, as any good parent would. He is also the author of the prodigal son, He uses money to teach us lessons. Prosperity teachers also (sorry to genralize), talk about having a pure motive of the heart. God knows what's in our heart and again if it is just motivated for our own lust then He is not going to answer our prayer for financial blessings.

Well if we have to obey then we are never getting anything.

We all sin, if we think not we are lying to ourselves.

1 Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

So we are all disobedient even after we are saved.

But there are plenty of examples of those who were obedient who did not prosper the way these preachers are referring.

Moses was obedient and went through periods where he struggled mightily just to make it through life, the same is true of the Apostles and especially John the Baptist (unless you consider camel hair clothes and eating locust to be prospering) and the Prophets (unless you consider martyrdom prospering). No I don't think obedience is what God uses to decide to make one prosperous in life or not.

Essence said -
Poverty is part of the curse and Jesus died to deliver us from the curse. So how dare we reject anything He died for......

Do you have a scripture verse to support that poverty was part of the curse or is that just something one of the preachers made up?

I don't think this verse applies

2Co 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

because it is talking about being spiritually rich as in

Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.