August 3, 2010

The Hideous Nature of the Prosperity Gospel

Posted in Devotionals tagged , , , , at 9:13 pm by Sarah Bosse

The “Prosperity gospel” is being shared by many missionaries coming from the USA traveling to the rest of the world.  But THIS IS NOT THE TRUE GOSPEL.  GOD Himself should be our treasure, and we must treasure the Giver and not His gifts.  EVERYTHING ELSE will burn up and we cannot take it with us when we die.  God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him… especially in the midst of loss.

I honestly believe that within 1 or 2 decades in the USA, we will begin to see missionaries from other parts of the world come to us and teach us the true Gospel again.  And I pray that their understanding of the Gospel is much more Bible-rooted than that which is touted in many churches in the USA today.

1 Timothy 6:6-21

6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 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. 10 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.

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

Grace be with you.

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