The Real Prosperity Gospel

May 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Posted in False teaching | 1 Comment

            Here is the real prosperity gospel:  “God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory . . .  My purpose is that . . . they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 1:27, 2:2-3)  God wants us to be rich, but we measure riches with the wrong ruler.  We measure riches in dollars and possessions, but God measures true riches in wisdom and knowledge of Christ.  There are many preachers today emphasizing God’s desire for us to have riches and success, but they use the Wall-Street definition of riches and the Madison-Avenue definition of success.  Those false definitions make for a false gospel.  Wall-Street riches and Madison-Avenue successes are confined to this world at best, and our recent economic history demonstrates that they may not even last that long!  God’s riches are eternal.

            It is no accident that the Apostle Paul immediately follows these words with this explanation:  “I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”  And a few verses later, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:4, 8).  Having what the world calls success is music to our mortal ears, but in the end it is hollow and deceptive, for the very reason that it is based on this temporal world.

            Seek the true prosperity gospel, the gospel of knowing Christ in you, for that is a full and glorious richness.  If you struggle with these matters, then this book of Colossians would be a great place to turn.  May you know Christ better today!

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  1. Maybe you got here searching for the truth about today’s popular prosperity gospel. I pray God would lead you to his truth. Check out my posts called “Seven Problems with the Prosperity Gospel,” here:

    and “Problems with the Prosperity Gospel #8” here:


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