You all – Something is wrong…

Gospel of Prosperity – This ain’t right you all – things have got to change…

Friends, this hurts – mainly because this does not represent all (or a majority of) Christian congregations. Christianity is not about personal “health and wealth”, yet it seems that our society has transitioned (read: mutated) Christianity into a religion about money and riches on Earth.

Let me put it bluntly: No single amount of money or earthly riches will save you. In the end it will be your personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. God asks us to give what our heart wants – there are no promises of relief from the pain of this world – in fact as a follower of Christ, trials seem to come with the territory – God only says that in spite of the evil in the world – there is a better place after ‘this’ – that he has prepared a place for you to spend with him in the end and that he will get you through the trials of the world, although the pain may not go away.

Seriously, this has got to end. Just because you’re popular doesn’t mean you can prey on people’s fears for your riches…

Sigh….

Only the blessings didn’t come. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed the explanation given on television: Her faith wasn’t strong enough.

All three of the groups Fleenor supported are among six major Christian television ministries under scrutiny by a senator who is asking questions about the evangelists’ lavish spending and possible abuses of their tax-exempt status.

— the “Gospel of Prosperity,” or the notion that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches.

One of the teaching’s attractions is that it doesn’t dwell on traditional Christian themes of heaven and hell but on answering pressing concerns of the here and now, said Brian McLaren, a liberal evangelical author and pastor.

But the prosperity gospel, McLaren said, not only preys on the hope of the vulnerable, it puts too much emphasis on individual success and happiness.

“We’ve pretty much ignored what the Bible says about systemic injustice,” he said.


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  • dave

    You got to be a freeking idiot to give money to these thieves in the fiorst place. They all belong in jail not in church!

  • It is a sincere shame that church is being exploited for somewhat ‘questionable’ giving tactics…