The Lies of the “Prosperity Gospel”

A conversation over the weekend reminded me of the lies of the “prosperity gospel.” Things like, “God wants to bless us in heaven, so He wants to bless us on earth,” sound true enough, but the radical way in which health-and-wealth-ers have redefined God’s blessings makes this statement practially devoid of all truth.

So, for the benefit of those who like to read and listen to the likes of Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and Joyce Meyer, I’m posting a link to a post I did last year about the prosperity “gospel.” Here are ten Biblical facts about this brand of “good news.”

May it even lead many (including myself) to repentance.

1. The “prosperity gospel” is destructive.
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9

2. It is deceptive.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:10

3. It is decisive. You either believe in the things of this world, or you believe in God. One or the other.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

4. It is decrepit.
“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.” Matthew 6:19-21

5. It is decreasing.
“And the world is passing away, along with its lusts; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17

6. It is declarative. Believing in this false gospel says something about your faith.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

7. It is defective.
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life?” Mark 8:35-37

8. It is delightful to sinful ears.
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching, for the time will come when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

9. It is deductive. That is, it takes away from the truth of the Gospel.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

10. It is defeated. The lies about the Gospel are already finished off.
“As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:5
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!” 2 Timothy 2:8-9

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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