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.



DrDenis's picture


I find that the concept stems from the desire to have "your cake and eat it too" it is of course the appealing to the greed that lies within each person rather that the actual understanding of Scripture. What does Christ mean when he said "the poor you will always have with you"? It is the belief that "we don't want a real pastor/teacher we choose to go in a different direction" mentality that has fostered this easy believism. when Scripture in not understood and those of us who stand in the pulpit declaring "thus saith the Lord" give up and go along with the "church leadership" to keep our "job" or so that we will be liked rather than standing up and boldly proclaiming the Word "rightly divided" that this popular rubbish would go back where it belongs.

Denis O'Callaghan Ph.D., Th.D., Litt.D., D.Phil. D.D.
Director, Scripture Institute