Dear everyone who professes to be Christian,
The Lord has put a topic on my heart that I have really wanted to write about.
This is a warning against prosperity Gospel.
Wikipedia defines prosperity Gospel as “a religious belief among some Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth.”
To be honest, it is sad that this is a thing. Yes, God blesses people, without a doubt. But is this really something that we should focus on? Is financial wealth and the physical well-being all that having faith in God gives you? Having faith in Jesus Christ and believing in him gives eternal life. It doesn’t mean you get a promotion you’ve been wanting. It doesn’t mean you finally get the money to get an Xbox One. WHEN WILL WE STOP TREATING GOD AS A VENDING MACHINE, AND START TREATING HIM AS OUR LOVING YET JUDGMENTAL CREATOR THAT SENT HIS ONLY SON TO DIE FOR YOU AND I! God sent his son to die on the cross for our sins and people are focusing on blessings!? Really? Is that what the Christian life is about?
Mathew 16:19-21 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This verse isn’t saying to focus on materials! The verses is saying not to! Because those materials go away whether moth, rust, or it being stolen. But you know what isn’t affected by these things?! Eternal life. Eternal life is what is promised when you accept Christ. Not a promotion. Not a new game. Everlasting life with your Savior.
An example about a preacher who many people support is Joel Osteen, that yes I do openly speak out against. This is a quote by Joel Osteen.
“God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.” – Joel Osteen
That is wrong! Where did he get that from? Of course God wants us to prosper, but did all of Gods disciples have tons of money? Did Jesus have tons of money?! There was a point when Jesus didn’t have a home. He traveled and preached and healed. He didn’t need riches. He spoke out against riches! Brothers and sisters, I understand I just called out the biggest pastor in America, but I’m not afraid to speak out against someone that sugar coats the Bible with rainbows and unicorns. The Gospel isn’t all about God being happy with you and you gaining blessings as Joel Osteen preaches. The Gospel is about the realization of sin and repentance, separation from your old sinful lifestyle, and grace from Gods Son, whom died for you, on the cross. Not about trying to please God for money. Stop praying to God for whenever you want something brothers and sisters. Change, believers, change. This is a dangerous doctrine that is spreading.
Remember, materials are temporary while Heaven is eternal. Do not focus on things, focus on God.