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What Is The Prosperity Gospel

What is the Prosperity Gospel and is it bad? Please give scriptures not opinion.

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The Concept of the Prosperity Gospel which is TO GIVE AND TO GET is Bribery towards God. Which I also Called Christian Bribery of Blessings. What then is the goal og Christian Giving?
---jude on 10/23/07

The Prosperity Gospel goes against what is written in Acts 8:20-23.
---Rob on 10/23/07

Prosperity gospel is simply give-to-get. Yes it is bad. I can provide no scripture because the bible does not support the prosperity doctrine.
---Ryan_Z on 10/23/07

Here's the thing, the prosperity gospel has now become a religion. There are ministers with a wild-eyed delivery that preach nothing but prosperity. When you take any one Scripture and make a doctrine out of it, it becomes cultish in nature. When you build huge conference centers that preach nothing but the prosperity gospel, you're on a slippery slope.
---Cooke on 4/7/07

Jesus never manipulated lives or situations with a money motive behind them. Jesus did not exalt ministers to super-star status.
We must decrease and He must increase, John 3:30. This does not mean you give offerings to play a prosperity slot machine in hopes you'll hit the big one.
---Cooke on 4/7/07

That form of worship is not much different that building a golden calf. It's worshiping the dollar or gift more than the giver.

If God really wants you to have it all, does this make the Christian in Africa, or South America any less of a Christian?
---Cooke on 4/7/07

I've read many testimonies of people who have followed the path to prosperity. The ones at the top are receiving the gifts. I know one woman who worked for a prosperity preacher for many years and was faithful in every way. She ended up in financial ruins and left standing on the side of the road without a dime.
---Cooke on 4/7/07

Robert, i kinda asked for scriptures, not your opinion
---mark on 4/6/07

The prosperity gospel is a false promise by false prophets and professional ministers who want you money, that they might gain from the blindness of the congregation.

The wages of sin are death.

There are NO hirelings in the Lord's flock.

These are methods of trying the children of God in discernment technique.
---Robert on 4/5/07

The rich said, Good Lord, I keep all of God's commandments, so what will prevent me from going to heaven? Jesus said, There's 1 thing keeping you out of heaven, Go sell all you have, give it to those in need, and come follow me; then you will have riches in heaven. But he couldn't give it up for Jesus, nor give it away to those in need. Many love money or hold tight something more than God. The properous buys whatever they need, rather than pray to God for any need, so they forget God and forget the poor
---Eloy on 4/5/07

You want scripture? How about the one that says we are to build up our treasures in Heaven? Is that one good enough?
---Susie on 4/5/07

The prosperity gospel is not valid. It's a "name it claim it", "blab it grab it" sort of thing. While the Bible states God will meet our needs, there is nothing to prove He will meet our excesses. This has nothing to do with having riches, which is not a sin. But, just to say you want a Lexis car, and go way in debt for it with the idea God will pay for it, is presumption, not faith. The prosperity gospel teaches presumtion.
---wivv on 4/5/07

What is so very wrong about this message is that one can get lost in the Getting and forget the Be- Gotton, what you already have without the riches. Who wants riches anyway! without God you are Poor, wretched, blind, naked and Lost, with God regardless of Riches You Are Wealthy, Blessed, Prosperous,Joyful,longsuffering, patience,loving,peaceful, contented,meek, humble,poor...... Yipeeeeeeeeeeee Saved, from HOW RICH IS THAT WHO CAN COMPARE.
---Carla5754 on 4/5/07

Prosperity is relative. If a homeless person came to a home with nice, comfortable furnishings and two cars, it might appear prosperous to them. If the person living in that home went to a mansion, the owners of that mansion would look prosperous to the middle-income family. The person living in a mansion would see a person living in a palace as prosperous. Prosperity is never really attainable if you look at it financially. It is our spirits that should be prospering, not our pocketbooks.
---Susie on 4/5/07

The Prosperity Gospel doesn't exist. However, prosperity teaching does. Prosperity teachings are based on the reaping and sowing biblical principal which is absolutely correct. However, without balance it became such a self centered principal that went far beyond the bounds of God's will. I would love to see it taught in balance so that people understand that we can live fruitful lives all around, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially.
---tanea8838 on 4/5/07

Mark, Your question has a difficult catch. Was in WoF/prosperity church/movement for 6+ years - and was in leadership. What I can tell you from personal experience is that it is man centered rather than Christ centered - with a disproportionate focus of financial prosperity and "perfect" health. The teaching taking men/women's eyes off their Savior and points toward material things to signify holiness and/or God's favor. God is not their provision... their confession is.
---daphn8897 on 4/5/07

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Bruce and Pharisee - How do you know that it won't work in an impoverished area? Are you saying that if a person got a revelation of God as their abundant provider (John 10:10 for one verse) that God could not provide for them according to their faith because of their location? Would that not be limiting God with your own understanding?
---DoryLory on 4/5/07

I have openly been a supporter of the prosperity teaching because I do see it in the Word of God. BUT ... in listening to teaching about the "Kingdom of God" recently, I was surprised to learn that Jesus never preached a "prosperity" message. If you stop and think about it, it's true. Jesus did not preach a "prosperity" message. Everywhere He went, Jesus spoke and taught about the Kingdom of God.
---DoryLory on 4/5/07

One thing about a kingdom government ... and I am still studying this ... is that it is not run like a democrasy. And until we familiarize ourselves with the operation of a kingdom government, we will always relate to God and His Kingdom from the perspective of democrasy ... because that's all we know. It's a very interesting subject.
---DoryLory on 4/5/07

And so, while Jesus never preached prosperity, what He did say was: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you" (Matthew 6:33).

God doesn't have a problem with His people having things. He has a problem with things having His people. Perspective is everything here. Put the Kingdom of God first in your life, do and be right according the Word, and the King will look after you. That's kingdom government.
---DoryLory on 4/5/07

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Christianity is not anti-prosperity for anti prosperity-sake but it warns very strongly against the dangers of prosperity.
Rather it encourages poverty. When we are poor we have less temptations to distract us from Christ.
And if we are honest: with prosperity comes power and prestiege. At its worst it's an ego / vanity thing, not just greed.
Jesus wants there to be nothing between Him and us. Be careful of prosperity (me too).
---Ed on 4/5/07

"Sow an uncommon seed for an uncommon result".
Your getting will only be as good as your giving.
Sow a seed for the 10, 20... and 100 fold return.
Beg-a-thons, have you thought about the tax exempt status?

If tax exempt status goes under, so will the beg-a-thons.
If a tax exempt business gives you a plane, a train, automobiles, what happened to the call?
John 10:12 The hired servant..neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep.. sees the wolf coming.. runs away.
---Bob on 4/5/07

Jesus gets angry with the money changers in the temple. In this Jesus makes a reference to the Old Testament.
Moses turned his back on the wealth and power of Egypt for the poverty of the desert.
John the Baptist lived in the desert eating locusts.
Jesus commands his apostles to accept poverty: "go sell what you have and give to the poor .....Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff."
---Ed on 4/5/07

First, Mark asked for Scripture, not opinions. Malachi 3:10 Also read Matt6:24-7:11. It says how if we seek God's Kingdom first He will give to us abundantly all things we need. Luke 6:38. I don't believe it is bad as long as you do what God says and use your prosperity for His Kingdom. Besides, it's not money that is the root of all evil, it's the LOVE of money 1Tim6:10 Hope this helps. Read the Word and decide for yourself.
---betty8468 on 4/5/07

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It glorifies material things, like amassing money, riches, houses, cars, expensive clothes, jewelry, etc. Yes the Holy Bible speaks against it: Please read Matthew 6:19-24; 19:16-26; 25:41-46; Luke 12:33,34; I Timothy 6:7-11,17-19; James 5:1-6; Revelation 3:16-18.
---Eloy on 4/5/07

1. The prosperity teachers would have us believe that all Christians should be prosperous (financially) but there are other ways to be prosperous without it meaning money. If what they teach were true there would be no poor (or even just comfortably well off) Christians, we'd all be rolling in money. The fact is that these teachers are rolling in money - at the expense of their congregations, most of whom are not remotely wealthy.
---m.p.a on 4/5/07

2. Why these people continue to believe their pastors and keep pouring their hard-earned cash into such churches I do not know. Perhaps, like the gambler, they think "tomorrow will be my 'lucky' day". A search, using blue letter bible, on the words prosper, prosperity, wealth and wealthy brings up some interesting results You will be more satisfied with the answer you get if you search for yourself that with anything any of us can quote for you.
---m.p.a on 4/5/07

The problem is that gospel is no gospel in a place where the ground is scorched and people live in huts.

Exctly! If it does not "work" there, it is not "gospel" at all.
---BRUCE5656 on 4/4/07

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I believe that Judas would have supported the prosperity doctrine.
It is man centered and obviously geared to satsify the flesh. It also removes the need to trust in God as it relies much on developing your own gifts and abilites rather than a yielding dependence on God.

It also can promote the chasing of rights and claiming Biblical privelages which is also is contrary to the teaching of Jesus regarding 'meekness'.

---Tim on 4/4/07

The prosperity gospel states:
"come to Jesus because He has a great plan for your life that includes your success"

Jesus said "deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me".
Jesus continually described how difficult it was to enter the Kingdom of God, the path is narrow and few enter the gate etc.

The prosperity gospel says all are invited and if you do it our way you will also become very rich!!

---Tim on 4/4/07

do u think that it would be possible that when some people say God wants yout to be prosperous, that they mean that God will fufill your needs, and you'll be prosperous in that way
---mark on 4/4/07

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.
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
---BRUCE5656 on 4/4/07

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The prosperity gospel is a formula that teaches God's greatest concern is for your temporal life when in fact he's far more interested in what that life produces when combined with his eternal glory and magesty in Jesus Christ our Lord.

It's a gospel with too much emphasis on self.
The problem is that gospel is no gospel in a place where the ground is scorched and people live in huts.
---Pharisee on 4/4/07

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