Victory Over The Prosperity Gospel

24 Mar


“God Wants You To Be Rich.”

It has to be true because I heard a TV preacher saying that just the other day.  Actually, I’ve heard more than one saying that in the past few months.

It seems to be especially true for the TV preachers.  They stand on stages that appear to be made of pure gold or clear, shiny crystal wearing suits that cost more than most people make in a month.

They preach such uplifting, inspirational messages that are full of phrases like: sow a seed, reap your harvest, fulfill your destiny, receive your kingdom and live your best life now.

God certainly seems to want us to be rich, if you can believe what these preachers are telling us.

But is their message the message of the Bible or is it something they created on their own?

The Lie That Draws Us In

No matter how much we might want something to be true, our desires aren’t enough to constitute Biblical truth. Not even close.

But that’s where the lie begins to creep in.  The very moment we desire something that goes against what God wants for us, our sinful minds begin working out ways that we can justify the actions we want to take to acquire our wrong desires.

And of course, what better way to justify our desires than to use the Word of God itself.  Out of context, misinterpreted, or simply misread, we can easily make the Holy Scriptures of God say anything we want them to say.

We can even make the Bible say things that clearly go against God’s most obviously stated commands.

All because of our own sinful desires.

Back To The Truth

The truth is: there’s nothing wrong with being rich.  In fact, many times throughout history, God’s blessing on a person or persons included material wealth.  If God so chooses to bless you that way, get on your knees and thank Him with a grateful heart.

The problem begins when we twist God’s blessing (which is bestowed on us as a free choice of our Creator, at the time and place of His choosing) into something that we believe we have earned through our service to God, or worse, something we deserve simply because of who we think we are.

God’s blessing on us should always be unexpected! But because of the sins of greed, laziness, slothfulness, arrogance and pride, we have become a people who expect to have everything handed to us on a silver platter.

We have become so haughty that we attempt to blackmail Him with His own Word, claiming promises that aren’t even there.

All to avoid an honest day’s work, in some cases.

Matters Of The Heart

So, how can I know for sure that God doesn’t want me to be rich?

Well, Jesus Himself said that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Would it be impossible?  No.  Would it be easy?  No.  What makes for the difference, then?

The attitude of the heart.

Being rich would make it more difficult for a person to believe that they need the Lord to sustain them each and every day.  They might start trusting in themselves and their riches and would not give thanks and praise to God for the blessings He provides every day in the form of food, water, shelter and life.

Final Thoughts

God does want you to be rich.  Just not in the way you might think.

He left the majesty of heaven to be born in a manger, walk on the earth in perfection, suffer through horrible torture, and be hung on a Roman cross.  Then, the worst came as the Father turned away from Him as every sin that mankind would ever commit was placed upon him.

Every dark and disgusting sin that you or I ever committed was laid upon God Himself as He took the punishment that you and I so rightly deserved.

Then finally came death.  The curse that was placed on mankind for our rebellion against God fell upon God Himself.

But death could not hold Jesus Christ, the Firstborn from the dead!  He broke the power of sin and death so that we could spend an eternity with Him in heaven.

Not only that, but we are going to rule and reign with Him forever.

There’s a mansion with your name on it.  Maybe not here on earth, but for sure in heaven.

So the next time you hear someone talking about sowing a seed, fulfilling your destiny, or living your best life now, know that they are partially right.

We sow a seed by trusting in Christ and yielding our entire earthly lives to Him.

We fulfill our destiny when we pass through death into eternity and hear those beautiful words from our Lord and Savior, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

We will live our best life in the life to come, where God Himself is our light and Jesus Himself will walk among us and we will see Him face to face.

“Come quickly Lord Jesus!”

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Posted by on March 24, 2010 in Discipleship


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