The Prosperity Gospel: Jesus wants you wealthy and healthy, or does he?
It seems like everyone piles on and trashes the “Prosperity Gospel”. We discuss what is bogus and what is real about Christian prosperity.
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“Have faith and you’ll get what you want!”
The Prosperity Gospel used to be called the “Word of faith” message. Critics called it the “name it and claim it” movement. It made faith a human work and a tool to get God’s blessing. If you didn’t get healed or blessed with money it was because of your lack of faith or hidden sin.
Now the Prosperity Gospel is a motivational, self-improvement message, and Joel Olsteen is the poster-boy.
God wants to bless us beyond our imagination. Jesus also said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven. Jesus went on to say that those who leave everything for the kingdom of God will receive even more in return in this life as well as have eternal life.
Jesus did say we will receive whatever we ask for, if we have faith. Napoleon Hill took this principle and wrote Think and Grow Rich. Dr. Joe Dispenza also wrote about the power of belief in You Are the Placebo. It seems the power of faith works for people even when they don’t have a close relationship with God.
Will the kind of faith and confession work for those in third-world countries? The Prosperity Gospel seems to be uniquely American in its presentation. Jesus didn’t lack for food or power to heal or even get across the lake on his own. Could a poor mother in Asia believe for a brand new car? Perhaps. But probably not.
Jesus did instruct us to ask for what we need. And his promises are hollow if they don’t work for everyone. Our connection to prosperity is the fact that Jesus loves us. You can have that kind of joy no matter where you are or what is happening in your life.