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Desire Earthly Things

Matthew 6:19-21 tells us not to desire earthly things, but heavenly. Does prosperity gospel disobey this instruction?

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A place for everything and everything in its place. If we desire earthly things too much it distracts us from heaven. If we are always thinking of heaven at the neglect of earthly responsibilities ordained by God since the beginning of time, that's not good either. Without balance, either way is error.
---j._nonymous on 2/26/08

And so we fix our eyes not on the things that can be seen,but on those that can not be seen.Because those that can be seen do not last,but those that cannot be seen last forever.
---namya3893 on 2/5/08

I don't know what this 'prosperity gospel' is, but I do know that wanting nice things is not a sin in and of itself.

There's nothing wrong with wanting a nice house, a decent car (as opposed to an old clunker), and good clothes. (They last longer than cheap ones anyway.)

What is wrong is putting things before people and thinking wealth equals moral status.

But there's nothing wrong with being wealthy, if one comes by it honorably.
---Nancy on 2/4/08


In the world we live in today, many people just don't get it. It is not about the temperal and matherial things of this world that Satan has people chasing after, because they have been decieved.

Those who know and abide in God's truth know it is about the eternal things of GOD which shall never pass away.
---Rob on 2/4/08

Some do and some don't. May I explain here. If we do not love the things of this world your desire to one day see God up in heaven will be greater. When you die you will be ready because you have not fallen in love with this world or the things in it. Especially your things. So what's the message here. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Enjoy what He gives you. Love Jesus not this world or the things in it. ENJOY.
---catherine on 2/4/08

"Then Peter said, 'Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you,'" in Acts 3:6.
---Bill_bila5659 on 2/2/08

Let him who has ears, Hear what the Spirit of God is saying: The prosperity message has NOTHING to do about money. Why can't anyone see that? "Beloved I wish above all that thou mayest prosper and be in good health even as thy soul prospers." It doesn't say, "even as your soul financially prospers." PLEASE hear what the Spirit of God is saying when you hear the word prosperity. Prospering in Peace, Joy, the Love of God, forgiveness, kindness, long-suffering. Money is never mentioned.
---Donna on 2/1/08

We receive to give, as we give we receive. The principle of seed time and harvest will always be in effect. Father loves a cheerful giver and is able to make all grace abound toward the generous, and they will have, to give, into every good work. Mat. 6:19-21 speaks in opposition to the covetous, self serving spirit of greed and selfishness. To night ones life may be required of them, things stored up will then serve them no purpose. However he that helps the poor honors his maker and is rich toward God.
---joseph on 2/1/08

Look at 1 Timothy chapter 6. It warns that one of the signs of corrupt teachers is teaching that "gain is godliness" (verse 6).

Many who get into the "prosperity gospel" get into it because of greed.

Look at Jesus. He was homeless and broke. According to the prosperity gospel teachers, they would consider him an abject failure as a Christian. But whom would YOU rather follow?
---StrongAxe on 1/31/08

2 Corinthians 9:8-10 is the prosperity that the Lord wants you to hear? He wants us to be prosperous in every way of His Word.

We must hear & accept the prosperity sermons in the Spirit of God, if you listen & think of it as the world and accept it that way then youll go astray?
---Shawn.M.T on 1/31/08

2 Corinthians 9:8-10 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness,)
---Shawn.M.T on 1/31/08

In Matthew this means to me: not to desire earthly things that get in the way of our worshipping and glorifying God. God wants to see His people blessed with what we need. We need earthly things to survive and enjoy our time on Earth. Why not? We are people who want and need things. But our main goals should be to desire heavenly things, above all. If we(Christians) don't have what we need here on Earth, that will lead to killing and stealing.This will most definitely displease God.
---Robyn on 1/31/08

The prosperity message is like any other message, it can be taken too far and the truth that God prospers becomes a get rich scam. On the other hand the poverty message that all I need is enough for me to get along with is at the other end of the scale and is as much a farce. God does promise to prosper and he should be allowed to do it as he pleases.
---john on 1/31/08

You are correct. The prosperity movement will damn themselves and all who follow as they make gods before the Lord. The riches are in wisdom and knowledge in Christ. Not that which fills preacher's wallets while those nearby go homeless. It's not following the parable about one's neighbor and ignores James warnings and the distribution to the poor in Acts and Paul's writings about one's abundance supplying another's need for an equality or just weight and equal balance. It's flat out sin.
---Frank on 1/31/08



That verse is telling us that what ever you treasure that is were your heart will be?

Our hearts needs to be with the Lord in Heaven. To do this we are to treasure only the things of the Spirit of God. If you receive the prosperity sermons with the guidance of the Spirit of God then by definition that is considered to be obedient to Gods Word.
---Shawn.M.T on 1/30/08

Geraldine, This commandment is not about "materialism" .How can you store material things in heaven? Can you drive your new Caddy up to heaven and park it so no one can steal it? These "treasures" are not "things" but your relationship with God! By continuing faithfull and obedient,you are "storing up" the only meaningfull "treasure".
---1st_cliff on 1/30/08

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"Desire" means to want something you don't have. To desire a more productive life for the Lord is not a bad desire. As far as I'm concerned, those who preach the prosperity gospel have their priorities wrong. While academcally most preach a spiritual message, their actions don't exhibit this. They are putting desires for material things ahead of spiriutual growth. There is nothing wrong about wanting material things, but not if the priority is before spiritual growth.
---wivv on 1/30/08

Yes Geraldine, I would say that it does.
---RitaH on 1/30/08

Prosperity...I think of God, and how He would have me see prosperity. See what He has me discover. Prosperity includes my brothers and sisters in Christ. One minute with a real Christian in God's love is worth more than all the gold and silver of a billion universes. And the example of love and the prayer of a real Christian lady does me more good than could be done by all the worldly women of eternity if they perfectly cooperated with me for all eternity.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/30/08

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6) I'd say "great gain" means great prosperity. To be God's own love makes us loving, relating personally with You...this is great prosperity. And all-loving in Your love sharing Heaven's own beauty of pleasant rest with us...while we are all-loving (((o: "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the
Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:5)
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/30/08

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Well, now we see ones with all the glitter which isn't real gold, but can be fool's gold. And so, they do not have the "rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:29) which Jesus guarantees us if and while we obey.

I can see the point of prosperity preaching > how we are not supposed to be in bondage to religion witch has people feeling guilty about having nice tings. God "gives us richly all things to enjoy." (in 1 Timothy 6:17)
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/30/08

You can take any scripture verse out of the the context that it was presented and make it devoid of meaning. This as a typical example.

When you take scripture out of context it becomes a pretext for false teaching and an act of blasphemy.
---notlaw99 on 1/30/08

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