Posted by: Damon Whitsell | April 5, 2013

The ABUSE of the Prosperity Gospel by ShowJesusLight

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SOURCE: I am not against anyone prospering and so isn’t God. In fact there are undoubtedly many clear cut scriptures showing the will of God regarding the prosperity of his people. The problem is with the position prosperity is given in the gospel by us humans. That is where all the issues with prosperity are arising from. What it has promoted is greed and the pursuit of wealth much more than the pursuit of God. God is the source of wealth but wealth will not bring anyone close to God. Even the definition of prosperity has been limited to wealth or largely wealth. While they defend themselves saying they know prosperity is beyond just money their sermons say something else. Let them preach what they claim to believe. True prosperity must be taught closely with the obedience of God. Not just the obedience involving finances but living a holy life through out.

Jesus gave the blue print and showed how all this should work.

Mat 6:19-34 RV  “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth consume, and where thieves break through and steal:  (20)  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  (21)  for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.  (22)  The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  (23)  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!  (24)  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  (25)  Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?  (26)  Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they?  (27)  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto his stature?  (28)  And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  (29)  yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  (30)  But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  (31)  Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (32)  For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  (33)  But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  (34)  Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Emphasis mine).

Compare that with the situation we have on our hands today. What we have is prosperity taking up the largest part of sermons even when the sermon is on a different subject. We have prosperity taking up the largest number of sermons preached year in year out. It’s so easy to hear prosperity being mentioned in any sermon but not the sinful state of church and society that certainly needs attention. God calls different people for different specific missions and calls and gives them the anointing to accomplish that particular call. There are people God has called to help the church deal with finances and prosper just like there are those called into deliverance etc. There are people gifted in medicine, engineering, teaching, IT etc. it’s okay when those called to finances major in finances but they should not shy away from preaching a holistic gospel even while doing what they do best. There however is a problem somewhere when money sweeps over the church and everyone is preaching it for the most time and the more important doctrines are swept aside.

There are plenty of ways to invest in heaven, like using your finances specifically for godly purposes. Jesus was clear on the order. The kingdom and righteousness first, then “all these things” shall be added to us.  Jesus said the gentiles (unbelievers) are the ones who seek such things. It’s certain these are the major concerns of gentiles. It shouldn’t be the same for us. Jesus said we should be different. How? Go after God, he will give you the rest. We have changed the order. There is denial about this but what’s being done proves it. “Things” are sought in the place of God. Like when people get to know every verse about prospering yet few or none are known on the subject of holiness etc. All day what do you think of most? Is it Prosperity or God? That’s a result of too much prosperity sermons that are not holistic. God knows well for man to focus on anything that’s not Him will cause trouble, where your treasure is is where your heart will be. Jesus commands us to store treasure in heaven, to invest in heaven not earth.  That doesn’t mean not having any investment or anything on earth. That interpretation contradicts a lot of scriptures. He says to not lay up treasures on earth for “YOURSELVES”. That is a selfish me me mentality. If you seek God first storing treasure in heaven will be automatic because He will always be your first love and not earthly treasures. If you invest in heaven your heart will continue to be there. If you lay up for yourselves treasure on earth you will be earth minded thus carnally minded.

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