“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 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. 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. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” 1Timothy 6:6-11 NKJV
The prosperity gospel is spiritually bankrupt. Advocates of it are essentially encouraging people to become self-centered. When the emphasis ought to be on Jesus, it is on worldly wealth instead. Give in order to receive, they say. Yet the Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (see Acts 20:35). Prosperity gospel preachers perverse the meaning of God’s blessing in that they essentially state that how much you have determines how blessed you are. Of course, what they really mean by what you have is how much of the world you possess. Though they won’t put it so blatantly, the accumulation of worldly wealth is what they have in mind, not the fruits of the Spirit.
People who follow such worldly-minded pursuits are deceived into believing they are doing God’s will. Yet it’s really not God’s will they’re following, but the will of a false minister who wants to live lavishly at their expense. In throwing their money at the feet of these false teachers they go without while these greed driven shepherds eat out at fine restaurants, buy expensive clothing, go on exotic trips, fly in private jets, live in mansions, and drive expensive cars.
Some, who have been taken for a ride by these modern-day moneychangers begin to become doubtful in that they question when God’s blessing will come. What they fail to see, however, is that the blessing already came when Jesus gave His life for us! But as soon as the wolves whom they have given their money to catch wind of these doubtful feelings, like the ruthless predators they are, they quickly snatch them up with more lies, telling them that they don’t have the things they want because they’re not giving enough. Yet it’s more likely that they don’t have such things because they are essentially buying them for their false teachers!
No doubt, God wants us to have good things; but the good He wants us to have comes from the Spirit, not the world. Don’t be deceived by cunning voices. If you want to know what being blessed really means, and what a man of God is supposed to look like, then all you need to do is look at Jesus. The testimony prosperity preachers are sharing with you is not the same story Jesus told through His life example.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24 NASB