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Is the Prosperity Gospel a false teaching as the apostate ecards state or is this a doctrine for Christians to follow?

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pkay, i would say that prosperity a doctrinal teaching in which the person is greedy and just wants your money...its differnt if their not greedy and asking for money to help advance Gods kingdom...b/c they really will...

Its all about the condition of the heart
---mark_B. on 6/19/07

Also beware of those using religious holidays to fleece you. One such was Paula White, asking for $2006 dollars in 2006 for A "Passover" offering...using the time of Moses and the Children of Israel coming out of Egypt as the scripture text to back up their scam. You were promised that with your money, God would dispatch to you immediately 2 of His Angels. Not sure if that one is still going around. Prosperity teaching is someone getting rich off of your ignorance.
---kathr4453 on 6/19/07

*Actually I have always wanted somebody to define for me what prosperity gospel is...?anybody?*

One sure way of discerning it is when words "Give me this much money and God will bless you with ten times more." is spoken.

You'll find that genuine Godly preachers who ask for donations simply say "please donate to our ministry so we can do so and so to further God's kingdom." It may be a visit to a foreign country, a revival etc.
---Matthew on 6/8/07

Another thing prosperity teachers may do is try to sell you a "miracle item." Like miracle water for example. "Donate this much and you will receive this item, pray over it, and you will receive what you prayed for"

You'll find most preachers/ministries that simply ask for donations and leave it at that do fine. If you are donating to get 10 times back then you are giving the money for the wrong reason. What ever happened to for God and for God only(not for me)?
---Matthew on 6/8/07

Actually I have always wanted somebody to define for me what prosperity gospel is...?anybody?
---pkay on 6/8/07

Concerned, Read other posts of mine and you'll find I totally dislike the prosperty gospel teachings. Yes their fleecing the sheep. Tearing the fleece right off of them. People aren't content with God supplying their needs, they want it all and they want it now. Store up in heaven not on earth. Those that chase riches are most miserable.
---Thomas_D. on 6/28/06

Abraham was rich in souls and in substance....and had barely even begun his journey to the promise land. Our promise land is Christ. Many souls and much wealth is no indicator of how close you are to Him.
---Linda6563 on 6/28/06

Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25; And very revealing of God's opinion of the prosperity movement... 1st Timothy 6:1-10, particularly vs. 5, "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
---daphn8897 on 6/28/06

pkay - Creflo Dollar still is a Prosperity preacher. False teachers we are to have nothing to do with. Bless you.
---Helen_5378 on 6/23/06

Many "islands" out there give to TV ministries and don't have a local Pastor or fellowship...and aren't even praying about that because of a false sense of "being taken care of" because they gave to someone they have no relationship with.
---concerned on 6/22/06

Thomas, yes, and they gave willingly. In that case, those church leaders on the television should be asking other churches for collections and not individual people. When you start messing with individuals, you are messing with someone else's sheep or, even worse, giving them a false sense of security because they gave to "so and so's" TV ministry.
---concerned on 6/22/06

We are to lay up treasures in heaven where they rust not, nor the moths eat. We all came naked into this world on an equal basis and we will take no treasure with us. Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him! That gate is narrow and straight is the path. The bible says there will be few who find their way therein. Silver and gold will pass away, but the things of God will last throughout eternity.
---Rebecca_S on 6/22/06

Concerned, I just might be wrong but after the saints at Jerusalem sold all thrie posessions and they were distributed among the people and they were all equal in this respect, later were other churchs not making collections for the poor saints at Jerusalem? I thought this was done in anticipation that Christ return was near, at the door.
---Thomas_D. on 6/22/06

To which person did Jesus ever ask money he told his disiples to preach and take no money with them. Peter said he had no silver or Gold to give the crippled that he healed peter also told Simon the sorcerer that his money would perish with him for trying to buy the gift of God with money. Why would you offend Gods grace by offering him money for blessings provided by the blood of his Son.
---exzucuh on 6/22/06

Bruce5656............good post!!!
---wayne on 6/22/06

Rickey, we are a family of seven and we have given and given and given out of our hearts, even when it has hurt us to do so...and I don't see anything in our lives that even remotely resembles the wealth of those who are constantly asking for more money. I believe that there is prosperity in Christ but I often wonder how much of this "TV solicitation" is really for the spreading of the gospel and how much of it is for the "padding of the preacher".
---concerned on 6/22/06

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and then you have those out there whose hearts are to give for the purpose of spreading the gospel and cannot because it is taking everything they make just to pay their bills, eat, and put the gas in the vehicles to get to work and to church.
---concerned on 6/22/06

In other words, there was at least an equal beginning for all to at least be given a chance to be a good steward. You DON'T see that in the church world today. They won't even sell their "extra" houses or lands much less the ones they are using to live in or on. Really what you see is the have's and have not's where wordly goods and money are concerned (despite our equal standing with God in Christ)...
---concerned on 6/22/06

"We are to have saint to saint ministry. Meaning as God increases us in our finances, etc. we are to be able to have all of our needs met plus have enough left over to help others. The early church did."

I agree with that also to the nth degree. One little glitch though. The early church sold their houses and lands and brought the proceeds and laid them at the apostles' feet to distribute equally. When all was completed, NO ONE had excess and NO ONE had lack.
---concerned on 6/22/06

Why can't those who are constantly asking for more of what they already have dip into their own "nest" once in a while so that hardworking folks who love God but don't have that kind of wealth can save just a little so that sowing isn't being taken out of their "bill" fund?
---concerned on 6/22/06

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"Some are interpretting the teachings on prosperity the wrong way." I agree. "Churches need money to function."
Absolutely. "How are they going to get the bills paid?"
The freewill offering of the saints without arm twisting or for fear of a curse coming upon them.
---concerned on 6/22/06

Creflo Dollar's followers believe his Rolls Royces, private jet, million dollar Atlanta home and Manhattan apartment confirm prosperity gospel teachings. His lifestyle is proof of the gulibility of his followers. During the divorce of heavyweight boxing Evander Holyfield, Dollar played a role in the transfer of some of the assets of the champion designed to hide those assets. On another occasion, Dr. Dollar made cash payments as a show of "appreciation" to law enforcement officers.
---MikeM on 6/22/06

Thanks for ur answer Helen. I ve been following the teachings of Creflo Dollar lately and it would seem he has embraced a broader definition of prosperity than money only. He seems to emphasize that there is undue emphasis on money when people talk of prosperity.
---pkay on 6/22/06

pkay - The Prosperity Gospel is when the basis of their "message" is money. They tell you to sow a "faith seed" to them and you will get 100 fold return. It is a lie. It is very easy to detect because these false teachers talk a lot about earthly wealth and belongings. Dr. Creflo Dollar is one of them (appropriate name - Dollar preaches Dollars) and Kenneth Copeland and those associated with them.
---Helen_5378 on 6/22/06

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There are horror stories of people who really needed a miracle from God, and relied on these folk.

I wouldn't mind that they do miracles, AMEN to any and all that come, what troubles me is that these miracles require the sending of money.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
---Pharisee on 6/21/06

Prosperity is a real principal, and the word is clear that God rewards faithfulness in giving. HOWEVER, the problem is, people have taken those key scriptures (and quite a few that they have twisted) and built an entire doctrine on it. It's all they study and teach. THAT is what makes it wrong. Prosperity has become THE #1 reason that Christ died on the cross to them, and that is untrue.
---T.S. on 6/22/06

Okay--do you live in the U.S.? I'm assuming you are asking a serious question about what the "prosperity gospel" is.
It is simply the idea that God promises you financial riches. And if you give a certain amount (to the evangelist that is preaching the message) and have faith, you will become wealthy..You may even hear that "poverty", like sin, was conquered at the cross. It seems to work for those who preach it...they often live a lavish life style.
---Donna2277 on 6/21/06

In Acts 4:32, it shows that they shared what they had with each other. We are to do the same. When we pay our tithes & offerings it is for kingdom business, not church business.
---Rickey on 6/21/06

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The Gospel is Jesus centered & included with salvation is prosperity.(2Corinthians 8:9) Some are interpretting the teachings on prosperity the wrong way. Churches need money to function. How are they going to get the bills paid? How are folks going to travel? We are to have saint to saint ministry. Meaning as God increases us in our finances, etc. we are to be able to have all of our needs met plus have enough left over to help others. The early church did. .
---Rickey on 6/21/06

There's a biblical pattern of prosperity in people who follow God in their hearts. It's not about money. They put God first in their hearts. Some doctrines people place upon giving are not biblical. God blesses people because of their heart's motive. Wealth is not evil. I don't go out and give money I don't have unless it is the first fruits...10%. People are blinded to truth and don't ask God esp. desperate or greedy,they're easily fooled. When I need a blessing, I often give extra with joy.
---Amy9384 on 6/21/06

The Prosperity Gospel definitely is a false teaching. Nowhere in Scripture will you find it say to give all your money (or lots of it at least) to a "preacher" and then you will get rich --- THAT IS A LIE.
---Helen_5378 on 6/21/06

The Bible does have a prosperity Gospel. You live for God and take care of those in need and God blesses you. Now what's wrong with that? Just because there are some fools out there that blow it out of proportion doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I think that ecard and many others are judgemental and in poor taste.
---john on 6/21/06

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The wealth of the sinner is layed up for the righteous, Sinners pay God for blessings, the Son's of God recieve them by grace and give like their Father in heaven, exspecting nothing in return.
---exzucuh on 6/21/06

prosperity gospel is fake and a liar. The only gospel that should be preached is Jesus Christ, crucified, rose again, sits on the right hand of God making intercessings for the saved.
---shira on 6/21/06

1 Timothy 6:3-7, "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to...the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain."
---Bruce5656 on 6/21/06

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