On the one hand, I hate prosperity theology and believe it is from the pits of hell. The health and wealth gospel undermines our faith in God and His Word.
On the other hand, nearly every false doctrine has a true component hidden in it that gets twisted and perverted. We need to understand that it’s not only Malachi 3 where God says He will provide for the faithful giver. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
Sometimes, the more you give, the more it comes back to you, because God is the greatest giver in the universe, and He won’t let you out give Him. Go ahead and try. See what happens. R. G. LeTourneau invented earthmoving machines and gave away 90 percent of his income, but the money came in faster than he could give it away. LeTourneau said, “I shovel it out and God shovels it back—but God has a bigger shovel!”
Now, I don’t mean that always happens in such extremes, or that you’ll never feel your sacrifice when you give (it wouldn’t be a sacrifice if you didn’t), but Scripture is clear on the point that God honors his children’s giving.
But, the health and wealth gospel dishonors Christ because it uses Him to promote idol worship and lust. Prosperity theology is built on a half-truth. God often does prosper givers materially, but He won’t let us treat Him like a no-lose slot machine or a cosmic genie who does our bidding.
God’s payoff is very real, but it comes at the “proper time,” which may not be today or tomorrow but in eternity (Galatians 6:9).
God has given you considerable material blessings. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why has He provided so much?” You don’t need to wonder. Paul tells us exactly why He provides us with more than we need:
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that… (2 Corinthians 9:10–1 1)
So that what? How will he finish this sentence? Prosperity theology would finish it, “so that we might live in wealth, showing the world how much God blesses those who love Him.”
But that isn’t how Paul finishes it. He says, “…you will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.” Paul is saying that God doesn’t provide for us financially to increase our standard of living, but to increase our standard of giving.
God comes right out and tells us why He gives us more money than we need. It’s not so we can find more ways to spend it. It’s not so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children. It’s not so we can insulate ourselves from needing God’s provision. It’s so we can give—generously.
It has been said that you can tell what God thinks about money by looking at the people he gives it to. Serpent Seed Jews, for example, hate Jesus Christ with a passion, yet they possess the majority of the world’s wealth, and they DO NOT give to help people. They only give to causes that are hostile to white people and the Kingdom of God.
But, what about the ‘church’? Well, If every church in America would adopt one needy family, poverty would be eradicated virtually overnight! But, Christians are hypocrites and do not put their money where their mouth is.
As far as the needy go, God will take care of His people. Scripture says, “I’ve NEVER seen the righteous forsaken, nor HIS SEED begging bread”. If you see a white person looking for a hand-out, he is a crack-head or meth-head looking for a fix, or a lazy crook. And, as far as other races go, just look at the billions poured into projects for them and they are still as destitute as they were thousands of years ago. These ‘others’ are NOT God’s people and we should NOT try to help them.
Sure, these false prophets of prosperity can take Scripture out of context and make their case. If you butcher the Bible like they do, you can make Scripture say anything you want it to say. But, the smart person, and the lover of God and His Word, takes the WHOLE of Scripture into account and diligently blends it with God’s other truths shown in nature, and “rightly divides the Word of Truth”.
The wolves of prosperity want you to “give to God”, but the money somehow ends up in their pockets.
Folks, don’t be gullible, stupid, and naive! Do NOT send money to these mega-churches or these TV evangelists. READ MY LIPS – they are ALL crooks. ALL of them – Every…Single…One. Do you actually think a millionaire like Joel Osteen needs your $20? Do you actually think that your 10 dollar check will buy enough fuel for one of Kenneth Copeland’s five private jets? Why it won’t even pay a fraction of his utility bill on his 4 million dollar mansion in Texas. These TV hucksters aren’t rich from their “giving”; they’re rich because sweet (but dumb) little ladies send them their Social Security checks each month. Many of them end up eating canned dog-food while the SOB preacher eats steak and lobster each night.
I once flipped through the channels and heard one of these jerks actually say, “If you don’t send us the most generous gift possible this week, we may not be on the air next week”! As I changed the channel, I said, “Father, PLEASE don’t let that bastard be on there next week”.
While scum-sucking apostates like Kenneth Copeland live like kings in their mansions, The Lord Jesus Christ said:
“And Jesus said unto him (the scribe in Mt. 8:19), Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head” (Lk. 9:58).
Remember the Rich Young Ruler (Mt. 19:16; Mk. 10:17; Lk. 18:18-23)? Christ told him to sell what he had, give to the poor and follow Him. Of course, the young man went away sad because he loved his money. Then said Jesus unto His disciples, “Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Warning to rich men (Mt. 6:19; Mk. 10:23; Lk. 18:24)
Lk. 12:15 “And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Covetousness is forbidden (Ex. 20:17; Mt. 6:19-21; Rom. 13:9; Eph. 5:3; Heb. 13:5; 1 Jn. 2:15-17)
Hatred of it is a qualification of leaders, civil and religious (Ex. 18:21; 1 Tim. 3:3; Tit. 1:7; 1 Pet. 5:2).
It will damn the soul (1 Cor. 5:11; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Tim. 6:9-11; 2 Pet. 2: 3. 14).
It must be killed out entirely (Col. 3:2-6).
10 Reasons Why It Is Hard for the Rich to Inherit Eternal Life
1. Their oppressions of the poor to make themselves rich (Neh. 5:1-13; Jas. 2:6-7; 5:1-7; Pr. 18:23; Jer. 22:13-19).
2. Their lack of trust in God (Job 21:7-15; Ps. 52:1-7).
3. Their trust in riches (Job 31:24-28; Ps. 52:1-6; Pr. 18:11; 1 Tim. 6:17).
4. Their pride over success (Ps. 52:1-6; 73:3-9; Pr. 28:11; Ez. 28:5; 1 Tim. 6:4-19).
5. Their sinful pleasures (Jer. 5:7-9; 27-31; Amos 6:1-6).
6. Their boastings (Jer. 9:23; Dt. 8:17-18; 1 Tim. 6:4-19).
7. Their unwillingness to share with the destitute (Mk. 10:17-27; Lk. 18:22-26; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 1 Jn. 3:17).
8. Their covetousness for more riches (Lk. 12:15-21; 16:13-31).
9. Their high-mindedness (1 Tim. 6:17-18; Jas. 1:10; Dt. 8:17).
10. Their refusal to obey God (Mk. 10:21-22; Lk. 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:17-18; Mt. 6:19-21; Pr.23:4).
Warnings to the rich (Dt. 6:10-12; 8:10-18; 31:20; Pr. 23:4; 27:23-24; 28:8, 20-22; 30:8-9; Ecc, 5:9-19; 6:1-2; Isa.
5:8; Mt. 6:19-21; 13:22; Mk. 4:19; Lk. 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:4-19).
This is just a small sampling of what Scripture has to say about wealth and materialism
If you bless God, He will bless you. It may or may not be with money, but understand that money is an idol that takes your heart away from God. Just ask yourself, how many Godly people do you know who are rich? If they were rich, they would SACRIFICE their wealth for the good of God’s Kingdom and His people.
The Bible tells us how to pray and instructs us to ask for our daily food. It says nothing about asking for money. In fact, Scripture tells us that we ask and do not receive because we “ask amiss, that we may consume it upon our lusts”. We are also instructed to be content. If we are pursuing material wealth, we are not content.
The bottom line is this: God is in control. If we desire anything other than His will in all things, our desires are not good. Our Father knows what is best. If we ask for His perfect will in our lives and seek acceptance and contentment in whatever He might bring, we will do just fine.