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.



Donolaw's picture

Despite everything

Despite some of the clearly blatant abuses of "prosperity" teaching, God still honors faith and faithfulness. About 5 years ago, my wife and I were on the verge of bankruptcy and through prayer, faith, and also hard work, we were able to avoid financial disaster. There were miraculous things that happened that we had prayed for. I know of others who have experienced similar things when they prayed and treasured scripture dealing with money and finances.

I think there is a balance. There is NOT a formula for wealth, but there IS a formula to prosper. It is a right relationship with Christ, seeking the Kingdom of God. His Word says that "all these things will be added to you," if you seek His Kingdom.

The popular prosperity teaching that is out there will NOT fly to a non-North American audience. Everyone outside of the US knows that it is like a bag of potato chips -- 2/3 air, 1/3 chips.