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.



Benoitctr's picture

Properity is owned by God and managed by the Church

Paul decribes the order of ownership by writing:

"Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s." 1Cor3,18-23

Once the order of God's ownership is clearly understood by each one concerned, then the depth of personal and communal justice, peace and joy by the Holy Spirit describes the wealth we are given. Peter describes it as being:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1Pe1,3-5

...and also,

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2Pe1,2-4

Personal financial wealth is not what prosperity is about for God's children, but rather, personal and communal sanctification, allowing God's ownership to be manifested by His presence, His will and His joy in our personal and communal spirt and fellowship.

"Man shall not live with bread alone, but with all word that proceeds from the Lord's mouth."

The noise that keeps us from the words of His mouth is what causes poverty to set in, keeping us from our inner inheritance, as defined by Paul and Peter above.

...may all blessings be with us all...

...may all blessings be with us all...