Phil Cooke rocked my world tonight with a great post: “Conversation #4 For 2009: The Prosperity Gospel Is Lost”
Two quotes that slam me:
“Some of the greatest men and women of God were poor and it had no impact on their right relationship with God. So rich or poor, we can all serve God and make an impact.”
“It’s raised a lot of money for sure, but at the same time has created a selfish generation of Christians.”
Flat out. I’ve tried “Magic Jesus” and it does not work. Rain falls on the just and the unjust. We cannot buy God’s favor, and if someone is telling you we can – they are lying.
The prosperity gospel plays off our greed and our selfish desires just like the subprime mortgage lending that now has America in crisis.
The commercialized church is a joke. It does far more harm than good! The commercialized church needs to change or die. My prayer is that in this troubled economy everyone will wake up to what really matters, and discover the real truth about God!
to quote once more from Phil’s post:
“Whatever you think from a theological point of view, it’s time to put prosperity teaching to bed.”
You cannot grow a giving heart when you are always focused on receiving. Bye-bye Magic Jesus. It’s time to pray for other people and not a new Mercedes.