For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
At the horizon of the gospel is the gospel of prosperity as some preachers of this modern era convey. But is it only the prosperity of wealth? Some of the preachers have just focused on prosperity of wealth which is nothing but foolishness to proclaim. Jesus just did not come for the prosperity of wealth but he came to the world to give prosperity for spirit, soul and body(3 john 2). Just yelling at the believers to give and in turn they would receive abundantly from the LORD is nothing but just some joke made out of the message Jesus Christ wants to proclaim through his cross.
There is one fundamental truth and Christ our LORD was right by his truth when HE said, “But seek first HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). These believers who don’t seek the kingdom and righteousness first do not know how to be obedient towards the commandment of GOD. Old testament and New Testament is clear about the blessing through obedience of the GOD’s word. Christ Himself is the word. So just asking the believers to plant more in terms of monetary offerings but not teaching them to obey GOD’s command and to lead a holy life will not give any rewards to preachers without good sound doctrines. One TV Preacher is never heard of speaking of sins and there is no doubt how this person will teach the believers of his church to repent of their sins. His teaching consists of being confident in the LORD and encouraging the believers to walk in dreams and success which is similar to motivational teaching found in self-help books written by professionals of worldly educationists and motivational speakers. But the difference is he just introduces Christ, GOD and Holy Spirit in his teaching. Christ himself spoke about the sins and who is this preacher who does not want to utter the word “sin”. He proclaims GOD has given him the responsibility to proclaim prosperity gospel which is a clear none sense. Even the worldly people can be economically successful and they are in the top 100 list and did they follow this sort of prosperity gospel?
The most sad part of prosperity gospel is that most of the believers end up giving their property and economy to the LORD with an intention to have more from the LORD. Sadly most of them end of receiving nothing and drift away from Christianity. They are just obedient to give but not obedient to other commands like “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy: without holiness no one will see the LORD” (Hebrew 12:14). George Muller fed thousands and thousands of street kids, orphans and widows just with prayer with no single penny of his own. He built shelters and provided food for them. Forget all that! He would even support other missionaries around the world with prayer and offerings. He led a holy life and taught his followers to be holy.
However there are some preachers who teach holiness and obedience to the believers and they are prosperous in spirit, soul and body. They cannot be condemned as heresy. Anyone who condemns them as heresy will be taken serious action by the LORD. It is very sad news to hear that especially world-renowned Pastor dying of the car accident. He condemned all the ministers of LORD who had been successful in terms of economy. How ever all the successful Pastors don’t just teach to give but they teach the believer to be obedient and to be holy in Christ due to which the believers are prosperous in spirit, soul and body. These ministers don’t teach prosperity gospel, they teach gospel of CROSS of CHRIST which of course leads to prosperity. So any one who condemns and judges them will be judged and condemned by LORD in a serious ways.
The gospel missing cross of Christ is to be omitted and not to be followed. There is no gospel called prosperity gospel in Bible. The books by Moses is the best books in the Bible to be refereed to see the causes of prosperity. Moses summarizes the prosperity through faith and obedience to GOD not by economic abundance. In the New Testament without Cross of Christ prosperity counts to nothing. Prosperity is not out of what we sow and reap. It is ” For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through this poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9)