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Prosperity Doctrine

Not everything in life goes as I wish it to. In a real way, I am thankful to God for that. How many times have I looked back at my life and realized how grateful I should be for the times when things didn't go my way. This also means that I may not be automatically blessed in a material sense for any generosity I might show toward others along the way. We are to give because our Lord commands it-- and because we love Him (those who are Christians). Moreover, we should do it with a grateful heart (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Prosperity doctrine has been born out of this idea that we can add to the Word of God anything new that we think comes along from Him-- or want to come from Him. It's too easy to say "God told me this or that" when it suits our purposes (our agenda we may be pushing). I don't know how you can read the New Testament, focus on the words of our Lord (and those the Holy Spirit inspired to write such as Paul) and continue to promote such false doctrine as 'give to get.' How about we simply give to give, as our Lord desires?

Once again, a major 'celebrity' figure associated with prosperity doctrine is in the news and this time the "scandal" involves his desire to purchase a $65,000,000 luxury private jet-- so he can run around the world and "spread the gospel." Once met with the ire of the general public (including, I suspect, many of his followers), he pulled the video solicitation for funds from his Web site. To me, this is both shameful to him and his church, as well as harmful to the spreading of the good news of salvation through Jesus.

Enough of my opinion on the issue. I leave you with these words from 1 Timothy 6 (HCSB):

False Doctrine and Human Greed

Teach and encourage these things. If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness[b] is a way to material gain.[c] But godliness with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
and[d] we can take nothing out.
But if we have food and clothing,[e]
we will be content with these.
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root[f] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

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