010: Prosperity Gospel
Today the guys are back in the studio to talk about the prosperity gospel. A false gospel preached by some very famous people, who, coincidentally, have grown extremely wealthy off of this false teaching.
The fundamental problem with this "gospel" is that it elevates gifts over the Giver of those gifts (God). It tells listeners that if they have enough faith then God is essentially obligated to give them what they want.
We reject this quite heartily.
Faith in God does not equate to material blessing. In fact, Jesus (who was the epitome of faithfulness) was a poor carpenter and died a gruesome death. His faithful followers were beaten and also died in horrendous ways.
The guys try to provide some helpful ways of recognizing this false teaching (thanks to some help from this TGC article).
If you have a minute (2:48 to be exact), check out John Piper’s indictment of the prosperity gospel here.
Although this is not an exhaustive list (that would be nearly impossible), the below are some of the largest names associated with the prosperity gospel:
- Joel Osteen
- Joyce Meyer
- Kenneth Copeland
- Pat Robertson
- Paula White
- Benny Hinn
- Creflo Dollar (ironic?)
- Kenneth Hagin
- Oral Roberts
- TD Jakes
It's helpful to know the notable teachers of this false gospel for two primary reasons:
- Matthew 7:15 calls us to be on guard for false teachers. We should work to guard ourselves from false teaching, and lovingly (that's important) point others towards the truth (Ephesians 4:15).
- It should lead us to pray that God, in his grace, would reveal to these false teachers their error, lead them to repentance, and replace their love for material gifts with a deep and profound love for the true gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Scriptures.