Thursday, December 03, 2009


What God Promises

There is a lot of heresy in the world, but I don't often get worked up about it. Most of it does not make a huge difference in the real world. But,as MSNBC reports on the increasing acceptance of the so-called "prosperity gospel" in the wake of recession, I feel comment is needed. I am not alone. BothRod Dreher and Al Mohler seem to agree with me. I rarely quote Mohler in agreement, but his post ends quite well:
In the end, the biggest problem with prosperity theology is not that it promises too much, but that it promises far too little. The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers salvation from sin, not a platform for earthly prosperity.
See, here's what I really think - people flock to it because compared to what we have to offer, it looks good. And that dear friends is mostly because we fail to demonstrate the truth of what Christ genuinely offers. We fail to demonstrate the real prosperity that life in Christ can give us.

The correct way to respond to this "false gospel" (In understand the term, but am growing to dislike it because I do not think "gospel" comes close to describing the totality of Christ) is not to condemn it, but to ask, what are we doing wrong. Why do false gospels look good when compared to the real thing?

This is not an opportunity for condemnation, but for self-examination. If you do not exhibit prosperousness, regardless of your financial situation, then you have not discovered the total truth of Jesus. If we can do that, we don;t have to worry so muh about "false gospels." They will all fall away.

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