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June 10, 2010

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Perhaps one day we'll be graced by a lecture series from Osteen entitled, "Hebrews 11:37: How to Get Sawed In Half in Financial Victory."

Having escaped "Charismania" at an early age, I saw first hand the pit falls of the prosperity gospel.

Today I believe it is Witchcraft, that is, conjuring up the spirits, or in this case, the big Spirit, for personal gain.

I now live a secluded but peaceful life of modest means behind the "Arminian Curtain".

I think that Mr. Osteen would be hard-pressed to find a single hero of scripture who lived the kind of life he preaches. Certainly Paul had a lot to say about that subject in 2 Cor. 10 - 11.

This was a really good post. I have seen people lose faith or have their faith challenged because of their false expectations.

Now in Christ; not yet in ourselves. "Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is" (1 Jn 3:2).

Nicely written.

"How to Get Sawed In Half in Financial Victory"

Nice One Malebranche!

Says everything you need to know about prosperity theology in one sentence (plus it made me laugh).

I have seen/ experienced first hand the devastating effects that prosperity theology "churches" have bestowed on their congregants. I lost a loved one to one such church, called the UCKG ( Universal Church of the Kingdom of God). Most of these pastors promote "perfect sacrifices" of monetary value for deliverance from their difficult situations. Of course there are always a few who seem to achieve success/ deliverance by doing so- these cases they use as "testimonies" and promote them all over their websites and pamphlets and such. Keeping the "dangling carrot" out front, so to speak.
How do we rescue those involved and bring them into the rest that Jesus Christ offers us? I wish there were more resources out there on this specific issue within the Christian church. Any suggestions?

"I said, You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;


.... nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince."


Also, nice to see Pastor Cwirla checking in here.

Better to make the promises unfalsifiable. For sure!

RonH

"The prosperity “gospel,” with its promises of material wealth and temporal bliss, leaves its believers vulnerable to the same kind of heartbreak described above. "

I agree with this and would also add that the same is true of success gospel.

SJS, Robert Bowman has a good book on the subject called The Word Faith Controversy.

1 Corinthians 10:24 (
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.

Why is this so difficult for people? Lust perhaps? Renounce it, don't capitalize on it.

Thank you Sam. I will take a look at it, as well as your blog.

Far too many Christians succumb to unfulfilled expectations of things not promised. I've talked with those on bulletin board forums who are former Christians. They say God didn't do this or they see some supposed contradiction in scripture and this causes them to fall away. In that situation, they expect that Christianity is something where there will be no doubt or it's something that it's not. If you have the expectation that you will know everything in this life or have everything in this life, you'll fall into the trap of unfulfilled expectations of things not promised.

The prosperity gospel has got to be one of the worst false teachings of our day. It has created self-focused, materialistic people coming to Jesus for a promise of riches. No dying to self or taking up our Crosses to follow Christ. Now we have Churches filled with a bunch of ignorant, unregenerate greedy people with a handout from God because they send in their dollars for money, sounds like playing the sloth machine.

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