The lie of prosperity gospel…


Prosperity-GospelMatthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

These verses make up the tail end of the passage popularly known as the “Beatitudes” of Matthew chapter 5. What I find interesting is what Jesus promises – and what he does not promise. First, let’s remember to whom Jesus is speaking by looking at the end of chapter 4:

24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them.

These were not the beautiful people in positions of authority. They were sick, diseased, and even suffering from demonic oppression – shunned in normal society. Jesus repeatedly called them “blessed”, not because they received healing (which they did), but because they were loved by God the Father.

In fact, Jesus said they could expect their faith in Jesus to bring them persecution, not the “good life” many people seek in our day. A gospel of prosperity that promises material wealth, freedom from hardship, and overall well-being for Jesus followers is not the gospel Jesus proclaimed himself.

Lord, help those of us who preach your word to do so faithfully – even when your words challenge our materialistic desires and pursuits. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

3 thoughts on “The lie of prosperity gospel…

  1. I’m being serious because I’ve been struggling with this…does this mean don’t buy a lottery ticket? Or just pray to do God’s will with any winnings before/during/after anything happens…?

    • The latter idea I think embraces the kingdom in that we commit all we have to the Lord. Because everything we have is a gift from the Lord. I don’t know that Christians have any better chances of winning then anyone else. In fact the Bible tends to warn us about sudden wealth. Wealth that is earned over a period of many years tends to be a blessing because one’s character and capacity grow as resources grow. Getting rich quickly tends to go badly. That said, no harm in buying a ticket. Just calibrate expectations. Hope that helps.

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