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Are Prosperity Teachers Fake

Should we prosper? Why do so-called Christians call prosperity teachers fake?

Moderator - Prosperity teachers are very real. They are false teachers according to the scriptures.

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---Moderator on 4/2/08

You can live comfortably without the Big Old Gold Bling ring, Bling watch, Merc, BMW Convertable, 35,000+ for ministering in a over seas convention, The Hilton to stay in with your crew all expences paid wilst on your stay, The Minders, Security Guards! ect, ect, ect, Prosperity did not means this kind.
---Carla5754 on 10/19/06

By America's standards, Donna, I am poor. But you know what? I lack for nothing. I know what you mean, but that was not my point. I know that God will meet the desires of my heart when I seek Him with all of mine.
---Crystal on 10/19/06

Alan of UK -- Yes, by "Giver" I meant God. All people find joy when they give to others. The joy of the Lord is what I had in comes from HIM (quite apart from His gifts).
---Donna2277 on 10/19/06

Alleluia, Donna. That makes me want to sing. I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart.
I will enter His courts with praise.
I will say, "This is the day that the Lord has made,"
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
He has made me glad,
He had made me glad.
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
Leona Von Brethorst
---Raine on 10/18/06

Donna ... Presumably you mant by GIVER ... God?
Also, the poor obtain their joy, even though they are poor, by being givers, not receivers, of material things.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/18/06

Crystal -- The third world is full of fervent born again Christians who haven't "chosen" to be poor...yet they are. (by material standards). They might "desire" freedom from hungar, an education, a warm house, even a TV or a car.
They keep their joy by seeking the GIVER not the GIFTS.
---Donna2277 on 10/18/06

I will say this. Did Jesus come in royalty or in humbleness?
---willow on 10/18/06

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." 2 Timothy 3:15-17. God has good plans for His children - every one of them - if we will only live in obedience. He WILL bless, He WILL prosper, He WILL give us the desires of our hearrs. There is a prerequisite to this however. We must seek Him with all our heart! He wants us to have abundant life, Bruce. Some choose emotional and literal poverty, but I refuse!
---Crystal on 10/18/06

To whom was that addressed? What makes you think we can take what God told someone else and apply it to ourselves? If we were to do that we would leave our homes like Abraham and build an ark like Noah and a temple like Moses....
---Bruce5656 on 10/17/06

The Word of God says...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to PROSPER you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:10-12

He does NOT want us to "beg for bread," but that doesn't necessarily mean that we will be rich. Don't let anyone convince you that all Christians are meant to be wealthy. THAT is the false teaching. God knows how much we can handle and WHO will turn and help others.
---Crystal on 10/17/06

Alan and Donna - Ok guys. I missed that one. It shot right past me whistling as it went LOL. :)
---Helen_5378 on 10/17/06

Helen -- Alan of UK....IS JOKING. But he's also trying to make a point.
---Donna2277 on 10/16/06

Helen ... No Helen, I was not joking at all ... I was far from joking.
I was just trying to point to the real unscriptural, unBiblical, and unChristian meaning of Rickeys words.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/16/06

I did not say that preaching financial prosperity is right or wrong. I do believe that it is taken totally out of context of scripture most of the time. I also believe that it is very deceiving for non-believers to hear messages where financial prosperity is the only subject. This is no way to lead people to Jesus. If a Christian is spending a great deal of time learning how to prosper financially instead of spiritually they are in real trouble.
---Susie on 10/16/06

I agree totally with Linda and Susie. If you listen with your spiritual ears, certain prosperity teachers are NOT teaching about prospering financially, but spiritually. You definitely have to have your spiritual ears open to catch what they're saying. Once the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and ears to hear what they were saying, I now know certain prosperity teachers are speaking about prospering SPIRITUALLY-in every area, in peace, in joy, in love, etc.
---Donna9759 on 10/16/06

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Alan8869ofUK - I sincerely hope that you are joking. The true Gospel will point people to the Cross of Christ.
---Helen_5378 on 10/16/06

You are so right, Rickey ... Christians should be rich, and non-Christians poor. That will show them!
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/16/06

Prosperity doctrine wrests bits of scripture out of context to support what people WISH God taught.
Jesus said His kingdom is not of this world.
He never presented financial wealth as desirable...the man who hoarded into barns and risked his soul.. The young man of great wealth, who was willing the follow the law but not part with his riches...the rich man in hell who begged for a drop of water. Jesus didn't exalt poverty. But the SPIRIT of the NT, in toto, is at odds with prosperity teaching.
---Donna2277 on 10/16/06

I agree with Linda & Susie. Prosperity isn't wrong & neither is teaching on it. Jesus became poor so that we could prosper.(2corinthians 8:9) God delighted in prospering His servant in O.T., think about how much more He delights in prospering us, His sons.(Psalms 35:27)
---Rickey on 10/15/06

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Yes, we lead others away from false teachings. Why are you attaching the messenger and ignoring the scriptures given?
---Moderator on 10/15/06

Moderator, you say that "prosperity teachers" are false teachers according to scripture. So you join to lead others astray!
---Okebaram on 10/15/06

Bible says, that you prosper "AS" your soul prospers. Seek 1st the Kingdom...and all things will be added unto you. Prosper messages should 1st help you to mature/know Jesus-who you are. Then walk in the Spirit so that whatever you have does not gain your focus more then Him. Life is in the Spirit with Him, not in what we have. 1st Jesus came to give life. Then blessings. Why would Jesus want to bless the kingdom of darkness?
---Linda3939 on 10/15/06

Prosperity in financial matters is not wrong, but spiritual prosperity is more important. You hear very little preaching about that from those false teachers who are preaching financial prosperity. We believe in tithes and offerings and the Lord has allowed us to prosper in many ways. But, our goal in giving is not to get back in return. Yes, the prison ministry is a great place to give. You don't have to give money. Give yourself and your time. We do and God richly blesses that ministry.
---Susie on 10/14/06

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It is good to prosper. I find nothing in scripture saying we should all grovel in poverty. Yet, should we prosper at the expense of others? Should we become gullible to those who "teach" prosperity at our expense? God gives us a mind and discernment of life. When someone is using you, they are not helping you even if they keep saying "feel the love". Keep God before mammon or emotion.
---mikefl on 10/14/06

Have you noticed that the Prosperity preachers who teach seed-faith invariably teach that their wallets are the fields you should sow your dollars into?

THEY are the ones who prosper, not their followers.
---Jack on 10/14/06

Philippians 3:18-19, "(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things)"

1 Timothy 6:5, "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
---Bruce5656 on 10/14/06

Wealth is a burden and causes worry over who to give to and what to do with it. Prison minstry is a good place to give.
---mima on 10/14/06

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2Corinthians 9:6-he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Concept of reaping what you sow isn't false. Your prosperity depends on what you sow,however it's been taken to a level which is false,name it-claim it, focusing on receiving instead of giving. Giving for getting loses the purpose of the giving,charity-love. Prospering isn't wrong 3John 1:2 I wish above all things thou mayest prosper, but focusing on prospering not God is.
---Darlene_1 on 10/14/06

Do life coaches fall in this same category? Get in touch with your inner child and never grow up.
---R.A. on 10/14/06

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