One of the most popular teachings (under the Christian banner) in the world right now is that God wants you to be rich and healthy.
Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer. You know them.
T.D. Jakes, Jesse Duplantis, Brian Houston of Hillsong. You’ve even liked them.
From Africa to Atlanta to Australia, there is no shortage of preachers willing to tell you that God wants you filthy rich – and to just give a “seed” offering to the ministry so that God can bless you with wealth.
I can hardly think of a more blasphemous, hypocritical teaching. Jesus was poor, His followers were despised and martyred, His people around the earth today are in desperate need every hour, but these snake-oil salesmen would have us believe that’s all just a lack of faith or an illusion we can overcome.
The idea is that God became flesh in order to fulfill all your dreams of personal accomplishment. We’re kingdom people, right?
Right. But what is the kingdom right now? Is it absolute victory over the effects of sin in the world? If you’re listening to voices like T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, or watching TBN, then you probably believe that God is interested in filling your bank account and self-esteem meter to the max.
But what does it mean to be a Christian? It means following Christ in good times and bad… and if you’re following Him faithfully, it’ll probably turn bad in this life.
Yet watch here as T.D. Jakes tells us that if we will just give him our money, that then God will fill our lives with everything we want (quid pro quo/buy your miracle):
Is that Christianity, or is it Christian hypocrisy?
I’d like T.D. Jakes to take Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn over to North Korea to tell the tens of thousands of Christ’s sheep and their families who are locked up in prison camps being starved to death for their faith in Christ that they just don’t have enough faith to be rich and healthy like them.
As a matter of fact, so much has been written on this subject that I feel no need to go much further in my analysis. In interpreting this cosmos, I see an horrific barrier to true faith in Christ and true spiritual health, and it is the pervasiveness of these lies which are rooted in the love of money… and we know about the love of money, right?
1 Timothy 6:6-10
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (NKJV)
How much clearer could it be? You may become rich in this life – but it is for God’s glory and the good of others before yourself… But in a nation built on the pursuit of happiness, is it any wonder these ear-ticklers have gained the platform and deceived the lustful people?
Here are some tremendous resources to learn about this love of money heresy which makes Christ look like a fool:
John Piper hits it out of the park as usual.
T.D. Jakes articles to clarify his spiritual pedigree.
C3 Church Watch which documents the doings of heretic Phil Pringle and his prosperity wealth message.
Apprising Ministries wants to keep you aware of the multitude of spiritual dangers out there.
Let Us Reason handles the truth about Pastor Creflo Dollar.
The Christian Post article about TBN’s recent financial scandals.
And we could go on and on… be content with what you have – Jesus promised two things to His people: eternal life in the forgiveness of sins, and trouble/suffering/persecution/sorrows in this life.
Think about it.
Thanks for reading,