PROSPERITY GOSPEL

False Teachers – False Hope!

KEYS FOR LIVING - PROSPERITY GOSPEL

False Teachers – False Hope!

“For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will leave God behind; while if you are loyal to Christ’s teachings, you will have God too.”

(2 John 9)

What Is “Prosperity Theology”? 

Prosperity Theology teaches that every Christian should always be healthy and wealthy and never be in a state of need. Any “children of the King” who are in need haven’t properly asked the King for what they want ... or they have sin in their lives. 

Prosperity Theology is also referred to as the Health and Wealth Gospel, the Word of Faith Movement, and Name It and Claim It Theology, along with other similar labels. 

Prosperity Theology is based on the premise that Christians are able to “name and claim” whatever they desire because of their faith. Proponents believe they can create a binding transaction with God in which He is absolutely obligated to bless and provide what is asked of Him. 

The underlying principle of all Satan’s tactics is deception. He is crafty and has clever disguises. His deception began in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. He invades the theological seminary and even the pulpit. He invades the church under cover of orthodox vocabulary, emptying sacred terms of their biblical sense.

What is a false teaching?

It is any teaching which is contrary to the basic doctrines of God’s Word, such as those having to do with the Trinity, the virgin birth of Christ, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection and second coming, salvation by grace through faith, the bodily resurrection of all believers, and the reality of heaven and hell.

In contrast to Prosperity Theology, the book of wisdom (Proverbs) in the Bible says ... 

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”

(Proverbs 30:8) 

Wesley Parker was an active 11-year-old boy—a diabetic taking regular insulin shots. One day at church, after hearing a Word of Faith message to confess and claim their son’s healing, Larry and Alice Parker intentionally withheld their son’s insulin. As a result, Wesley went into a diabetic coma. In spite of warnings, these parents believed the “Prosperity Gospel” teaching: Don’t make a negative confession (don’t say he’s sick). Make a positive confession (say he is healed).

Three days later, Wesley lay dead. Because of the “revelation knowledge” these parents believed they had received through Word-Faith teaching, they held a resurrection service instead of a funeral service. In the end, young Wesley was not resurrected.

Larry and Alice Parker were arrested and jailed … then charged, tried, and convicted of manslaughter and child abuse. Though they believed they were right, their thinking was dead wrong. This passage from the Bible tragically fits far too many people who have let Prosperity Theology become central to their thinking. Too many discover too late what the Bible says,

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Proverbs 14:12

What Is Prosperity Theology Not?

Look at Paul, who was 100 percent in the will of God, yet weak and in want … but after—and only after—committing his life to Christ. Paul—whose pedigree was impressive (Philippians 3:56)—later knew little of health and wealth. And rather than “naming it and claiming it,” God’s premier New Testament missionary spoke of …

“Being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Philippians 4:12

If your desire conforms to God’s will, He will look upon your request with favor and allow it to come to pass. Christians are not to dictate to God and to petition (make requests of) Him. In Prosperity Theology, people have become the rulers, and God has become the servant. In the Bible, God is sovereign over the entire universe, and His people are His servants.

In contrast to Prosperity Theology, the Book of Wisdom (Proverbs) in the Bible says, 

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” 

Proverbs 30:8

  • Prosperity teaching: Jesus tells us that whatever we ask in faith, we will receive: “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
  • Biblical Truth: At face value, these verses appear to back up their beliefs. Yet, the apostle John gives us clarification, “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And … we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

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Grace Filled Words:

“At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, . . . ‘Ask what I shall give you . . . Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?"

1 Kings 3:5, 9

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”

Proverbs 30:8

Additional Scriptures:

Matthew 6:33

2 Chronicles 26:5

Ecclesiastes 2:26

1 Timothy 6:3–19

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