Problems with the Prosperity Gospel #8

September 26, 2011 at 10:48 am | Posted in False teaching, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I recently posted an article called Seven Problems with the Prosperity Gospel, but decided to add another point to those thoughts here.  It’s odd that I didn’t think of this when I wrote that article, because this has been one of my major complaints against Prosperity Preacher’s and their message.  So anyway here’s problem number eight:

The Prosperity Gospel causes us, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to focus on the temporal rather than the eternal.  It is a teaching that implies the most important things are what happen next in this world.  It’s a perspective that plays directly into the hands of the secular humanist philosophy.  Jesus’ words are plain: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matt 6:19-20 NIV)  That’s a pretty simple command that tells us to focus on riches that last forever.  The Prosperity Preachers tell us to focus – also in some cases, entirely in others – on this world, on riches that are temporal.  But Jesus doesn’t leave it there; he adds, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (v.21)  We will put our hearts in the temporal if we focus on riches that are temporal.  The implication of this last phrase is that we will be just like the secular humanists, whose message says this world is all that matters.  Paul would later add this thought, “set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”  (Col 3:1-2)  “So,” Paul adds, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18)

See also my article titled Following Jesus with Selfish Motives

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