I'm sure many of you have heard the term prosperity theology or have heard someone refer to a particular recognised Christian leader as a "prosperity teacher."
So what is prosperity theology and why should I even bother learning about it?
David W. Jones has written an excellent article explaining exactly what prosperity theology is and why it is so dangerous to the cause of Christ. As David says in his article:
"In light of Scripture, the prosperity gospel is fundamentally flawed. At bottom, it is a false gospel because of its faulty view of the relationship between God and man. Simply put, if the prosperity gospel is true, grace is obsolete, God is irrelevant, and man is the measure of all things.”
Sounds like there might be a couple of issues with this theology, doesn't it?
I'm not sure how much you know about prosperity theology but I do know this: people all over the world are falling for this false gospel. People all around the world are buying (couldn't help myself!) into this false gospel and as followers of Christ, this should break our hearts and compel us to join with God in seeing people restored in the truth.
So I want to encourage you today: do your homework and get informed. Read articles like this one from David W. Jones. Read the Bible and all the key "prosperity passages" for yourself and examine and study all of the scriptures in context. Watch videos like this one from John Piper that explain why this doctrine is so toxic and dangerous.
By doing this not only will you guard yourself against this false doctrine, but you will also be equipping yourself with the knowledge to be able to support people who have become blinded to the truth by this theology. After all, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have an important role to play in seeing lost brothers and sisters return to the truth (James 5:19-20).
Join me in this ... for God's glory, for the sake of the Gospel, and for the benefit of every human being on this planet!
Ps Joel Hawting
Posted on Fri, November 30, 2018
by Liberty Office filed under