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The Prosperity Gospel which claims that God rewards faith and hefty tithing  with financial blessings, was closely associated with the prominent 1980′s televangelists  Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Baker, and is a part and parcel of many of today’s Charismatic movements.  They urge the crowd to dream big, and promise them that women will find husbands, audience members will buy new cars, and the barren will birth twins.

The sad reality of this false teaching and blatant heresy is this: These prosperity preachers do not only speak to Americans, which are already fairly well off!, who are themselves very rich, and want to get a little more richer; but they fly  in their private planes (some worth Ten million Dollars) to Africa, Philippines, and so forth, and they get a stadium full of people (in the range One Hundred Thousand), and tell these people that if they believe in Jesus they will be rich and all their needs will be met, and that their  wives will not have miscarriage and so forth. They encourage and even challenge the crowd to give as much as $200 (the local currency). “Your tomorrow will be better than today”! “there are so many dream killers around you!” ” don’t let them kill your dream!” From the poor Africans they get their pockets full of money and go home! This is wicked!!

Our Lord promised material blessing only in the context of seeking first the Kingdom. As is written in Matthew 6:31-33, ” Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?( for after all these things do the Gentiles seek): for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” In the light this scripture verse, the “propensity Gospel” focuses on self-fulfillment and happiness, in which the individual uses faith so he can have a nice car, home, job, financial security and comfort,  rather than focusing on glorifying God and serving humanity.

The “prosperity Gospel” appeals to using faith to attain material satisfaction, stability and comfort, when the Bible encourages believers to risk life in order to advance the kingdom.  Yes! normal (biblical) Christianity is painful, and sorrowing at times, but always rejoicing in the midst of trials and tribulations. The Scripture is clear that life in this world no matter how it turns out to be is only for a short time, and that ” all that that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”  1st Peter 1:6-7 reads, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though  now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold  temptations; that the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”

Please bear in mind, lest we be misunderstood, that there are healing that are happening in this world. God does heal the sick and that we do not deny that! there are also believers blessed with material wealth and riches. But we deny very adamantly that everybody is going to be healed and every Christian is going to be rich with bank accounts! that we do not accept. Because we do not find that in the Bible. The study of Hebrews chapter 11 (commonly known as the hall of faith chapter), equates faith with  a life of risk and material loss for the sake of Christ.

 It is tragic that one of the greatest exports of the western world, to the third world nations  is the “prosperity gospel”. People are destroyed by it! Christians have been weakened and wrecked by it!  God is being dishonored, souls are perishing because of it, and lots of these “prosperity” preachers are getting rich on it!

to be continued……………………………….

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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