The subtle deception of “Prosperity Gospel”

We’ve heard a lot about “Prosperity Gospel” …

More churches are getting caught up with it …

A lot more preachers are preaching for it …

There is definitely a lot of attention about it because it has everything to do with material wealth and blessings.

Straight to the point, a difficult inconvenient truth about “Prosperity Gospel” is the subtle deception hidden within its appeal –

 

The use of material blessing to determine and judge a person’s faith in God

 

Means to say, to observe a church leader who is rich, wealthy, and having abundance, people think and assume this person is in good standing with God!

Now that is a deception.

God does bless His people but material wealth is never meant to be a standard measure of a person’s faith and relationship with God.

 

A subtle deception shrouded within the idea of legitimate blessing we need to address immediately!

 

We need to pay attention to the teachings and commandments of Jesus, what are the true values and principles which will help us determine if we are in good standing with God.

 

Psalm 25:14

The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

 

The fear of the Lord is what determines our right standing with God.

 

There are plenty of rich people here on Earth, but not everyone fears the Lord.

And for those who walk in the fear of the Lord, not everyone is rich and wealthy.

Jesus warned us about being deceived by wealth

 

Mark 4:19

but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

 

Such “deceitfulness of riches” is in the mentality, attitude and heart desire of the people.

Money itself is a legal tender, gold and silver are metals of economic values traded in the market.

End of the day it is how we use it, how we manage it and what we think we can do with it that will determined if we are deceived or not.

 

The greatest deception of monies, gold and silver, is when a person thinks he can save himself from disaster with riches and wealth.

 

One thing for sure, no amount of monies, gold and silver can deliver our souls from judgements, sin and death.

 

Luke 21:33-36

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my (Jesus) words will not pass away. Watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

 

This message from Jesus is clear …

There is a worldly pressure to chase after material wealth and we are told to find an escape, not join them!

Avoid being deceived by prosperity and wealth, which the world is chasing after because of worries and expectations.

People work hard to accumulate wealth due to worries and expectations but neglected their love for God.

Jesus taught us to serve God and to be prepared to live with God in His kingdom for eternity, and one of the best options to serve God is to serve the Gospel ministry of Jesus.

 

Matthew 19:21

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

 

Jesus was telling that rich man to follow Him and serve the Gospel ministry, and what was stopping that rich man doing so was his attitude and his heart’s attachment to his wealth.

Jesus was pointing out the subtle deception of prosperity which was holding back that rich man from doing the right thing for the kingdom of God and for his future.

 

The church of the living God is to preach the word of God, not promote prosperity!

Church leaders are to feed the sheep so that believers will learn to trust and obey God every day.

Prosperity Gospel” has brought a lot of deception into the churches and people are losing their heavenly vision.

Jesus did not preach and teach “Prosperity Gospel”, neither should we!

 

Colossians 3:1-4

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

Jesus went to the cross to crucify sin.

We are called to follow Jesus to the cross, to crucify sin.

As Jesus is resurrected and glorified by God, so we too may share in His glory, not the glory of gold and silver.

 

A repeated reminder about the deception of “Prosperity Gospel” –

 

The greatest deception of monies, gold and silver, is when a person thinks he can save himself from trouble with riches and wealth.

 

Prosperity Gospel” is very appealing among Asian churches due to Asian’s aspiration for economic achievement and wealth.

A lot of Asian believes in “saving up for raining days

Question is how much is enough?

We know a lot people end up hogging large pools of reserves due to worries and expectations. Just observe the increased numbers of civil lawsuit filed and fought over inherited wealth after someone passed away, these are factual evident a lot of people accumulated too much.

We know a lot of Asian, as a matter of family responsibility accumulated wealth, but again the question of “how much is enough?”

 

THE answer and wisdom we need is found in the teaching of Jesus

 

Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

The root of the problem is in our heart’s desire.

What do we treasure most in this life?

Right in the center of our hearts, in our most treasured spot, what is it or who is there?

If your heart’s desire is for the kingdom of God where Jesus is, then you are going to be there with Jesus for all eternity.

 

Jesus warned us about “deceitfulness of riches” …

And again for the third time I am repeating and emphasizing this

 

The greatest deception of monies, gold and silver, is when a person thinks he can save himself from trouble with riches and wealth.

 

Beware of “Prosperity Gospel” because this is among the most appealing ideology and belief in our days, and a lot of churches have fallen into it.

 

In-His-Service

David Z