Prosperity Gospel

Now, many are going to be offended by what I am going to say but this message has been stirring in my mind for quite some time now and indeed I must tell the truth. There is a gospel which is really no gospel at that is being preached a lot to the masses. Preachers all around the world are getting paid to preach this fine mirage that tickles the ears of the lukewarm congregation that never does anything for the kingdom of God. They wouldn’t, of course, because they don’t worship Jesus, they worship Mammon. They bow down low to money and that is all they live for. In my previous post Tithing, I mentioned that most people give tithes not because they are thankful for what they have but for what God is going to give them because they are tithing. I have read the Bible many times but nowhere in the scriptures does it say that God is our ATM. Nowhere does it say that He is our personal genie or Santa Claus. In fact, if I read correctly, it states that we must submit to Him and place our trust in Him.

You can’t serve both God and money…. (Matthew 6:24)

Does not God want us to be prosperous? Yes, absolutely! Does He want us to be rich? No, out of the question. You may think I’m crazy but guess what? Scripture states that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24). Yet in Proverbs 28:25, he who trusts the Lord will prosper. God wants us to prosper but not to be rich. There’s a difference. Prosperity is having an abundance, you have what you need and you give away the extra only for it to be replaced constantly. It is a repetition of God’s grace in your life. Being rich is having what you need and what you want and a ton more sitting in the bank, dormant. It is a repetition of greed. 

Every time we choose money over Jesus, we betray him like Judas…

So what’s wrong with being rich? In Matthew 19:16-24, we find the story of the rich young man. He had everything he wanted. He was young and he had a lot of money, he could whatever he wanted, any girl he wanted, any possession he wanted to attain was his. But he couldn’t have Jesus???? And it was his own choice???? You see, when you become rich, you live for yourself, your desires, your affections. You believe in God but just don’t need Him anymore, your money brings you all the things you don’t even need to pray for. Your trust in God diminishes and eventually, you begin to forget Him. You spend more time chasing money, now you no longer have time for Him. You have a different circle of friends so you compromise your godly standards for gratification. Everything we aim for is the fickle things of this earth. Nothing is worth it, it’s all meaningless goods. And with the millions in the bank, you still won’t be happy…

If the devil can’t stop the Church with persecution, he will use seduction…

2 Timothy 3 states that in the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money ….. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. Today, we have false teachers preaching about having a good life. This was prophesied 2 Peter 2:3. They lie to you, tell you that God wants you to be prosperous, to have a good life. To be blessed and wealthy.

“Make sure you give us your money otherwise you won’t get blessed. You gotta give in order to receive!”

Prosperity Gospel basically demands what is rightfully yours. That’s blasphemy! We don’t deserve anything. What we have been given is by grace and by grace alone. We never earned anything, what we have is freely given by God. God owes us nothing. He died to save us from sin, not so that you could be rich! Preachers out there are making everything about money. It’s time to rise up and live a life of purpose, not chasing the wind…

The real Gospel states that we must surrender and submit to God. Prosperity gospel states that God must submit to us.

I don’t think Jesus followed that motto. He loved us while we were sinners. Died for us when we were still dead in our sins. He loved us unconditionally. God wants you to be blessed and prosperous. But do we even know what that means? And maybe we already are? What about those who are poor? Those with no food? Those who have no shelter? Have these people sinned? Maybe, maybe not, but we are sinning if we are not sharing our blessings with them.


Truth Series Part 7

With the number of sermons that we have on tithing, it is pointless to prove this by scripture. Hands down, the Bible says that 10% of your earnings must be given to God. What I want to get across here is my perception of tithing. My view on it. I am not infallible but I believe that the Bible is. So if you disagree, that’s fine, but I can tell you now, most of the people who will disagree with me are probably pastors!

In the book of Acts, or in the entire New Testament for that matter, there is no mention of the 10% tithe. Why? Because the Christians at that time gave everything they had. They gave all their wealth which was distributed to those who were really in need. They also gave their lives to the cause of God’s kingdom. Needless to say, Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 never end well when they held back a portion of the funds they had claimed to have given. 

C.S. Lewis quoted in his book ‘Mere Christianity’:

C.S. Lewis

“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.”

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

Therefore, we give a certain amount and this eases our conscience. We think we have done enough and that should be alright. We live in a culture where we are not really concerned about giving or helping another. Rather, we use our ‘hard earned money’ to buy things we don’t need that give us comfort. We spend our finances on luxuries so that we can show off on social media and just fit in the trend of the modern world. Don’t feel guilty. We all do it. Giving a buck to a beggar easing our aching conscience of spending thousands on something that we could have done without. No doubt, that amount of money could be used for better use, like feeding 10 people for a week!

But anyway, let’s continue tithing…

So, in the Bible, the Jews would bring the 10% of their produce or earnings and give it to the priest at the temple. Of course, the Levite priests would receive a certain amount of this tithe. The priests had no job or means of earning a living. hence, that’s what the tithes were for. So the priests would take what they needed and the rest was distributed to orphans, to the widows and of course, the poor.

Today, we find millions of dollars are received into churches and what does the pastor do with it? Just think about that for a second…

The pastors buy Mercedes and mansions for themselves. They adorn their lavish lifestyles with unnecessary things and proclaim that God has blessed them. They make their wealth a sign or evidence that God is using them or blessing them. 

Now nobody tithes to thank God for what they have, they tithe in the expectation that God will give them more money as if tithing was a huge gamble…

Some pastors boast of their private jets. For what? Some even have a fleet! All this will pass away. it is clear that they are building their own kingdom instead of the kingdom of God. Your heart is where your treasure is. Surely it is upon this world which will fade away soon…

Case Study

A non-Christian was selling a car. One Saturday, a pastor approaches him with the intention to buy the vehicle. After the seller had told him the price, the pastor replied: “I’m having a church service tomorrow morning, I’ll check my funds and come back to you…”

The money that is received into the church is to pay for all its cost and also for the pastor to live on. Whatever is left over should be used to help the poor. How many people are going to church, listening to a prosperity gospel as the preacher receives a fat lot of money, then go to a home without food?

So let’s think a bit here, out of the box. If the preacher is not doing what is right with the tithes we give, why can’t we refrain from giving money to the church and use that same money to help the poor? It would still be tithing! The only difference is that we will start being the Church for a change. Instead of sitting in the pews like spectators, we will be extending God’s kingdom…