Weekend Worship :: The danger of the prosperity gospel


This week I want to show another video clip of a message. This one is by Dr. John Piper from last year’s Resolved Conference. In this clip, in a short period of time, Piper debunks the prosperity gospel. I am studying for my message on Sunday and will be briefly touching on this and this clip helped crystallize my thoughts. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He's Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he's a debtor to grace.

7 thoughts on “Weekend Worship :: The danger of the prosperity gospel

  1. Micah, I didn’t mean to add Ben’s name to my apology. But aside from that this is a great quote from Marie von Ebner-Escenbach, “To have and not to give is often worse than to steal.”
    We’re having problems with our computer so we didn’t get a chance to see the video but we saw a different one a while back. It was beautiful in the sense that I hope I never become like that. I love that scripture in the book of Proverbs. “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:7-9 (NIV)

  2. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Four principles flow from this:

    1. Genuine wealth is in heaven not on earth.

    2. Wealth on earth can dissipate in an instant.

    3. What means the most to me will be what I set my heart upon.

    4. A heart set on earthly things will blot out the light of eternity.

    Money is a transient part of this temporal world. If my focus is on money, I lose my eternal focus. My life on earth, as compared to eternity, is very short. My focus should be on the real future, eternity with Christ, rather the leading marker of this life, money and wealth. Paul wrote to Timothy,
    “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

    I would suggest that those who follow the prosperity gospel have wandered far from the faith, and will, in the end, pierce themselves with many griefs. The regrets of standing before God having distorted and corrupted his gospel will be profound.

  3. John Piper is my hero!

    I have seen first hand the devistation that the prosperity gospel produces in a Christian’s life. I belonged to a church that preached this message and I watched as countless Christians became discouraged and fell away from the Lord. The message goes hand in hand with the Word of Faith gospel that also teaches God is all for YOU and if you pray this way and just have enough faith God will give you whatever you want, afterall he owes it to you. The focus of these gospels is not God, it is self. It is a self exhalting gospel disguised in the garments of Christianity.

    I have been out of that church for over 6 years and I still find myself dealing with some of the issues of faith that prosperity and word of faith gospels teach. John Piper is a breath of fresh air. When I was crying out to God for the truth he gave me Louie Giglio and John Piper. Both of these men have been instrumental to pointing me toward the truth of the word of God that is so much more glorious than the Prosperity gospel can ever create it to be.

    True Christianity shows God for who he really is, All Mighty, Powerful, Infinite, Sovereign GOD. And just as beautiful it shows us for who we really are, depraved, small, unworthy to even carry the sandals of Christ. But somehow in God’s mercy he found the Grace to send his son to pay the penalty of our sin and thus we are now Children of the Most High. I am so humbled!!!

  4. I HATE the proserity gospel. It is not the gospel, it is spiritual strictnine. Instead of a desire for God it is a desire for what perishes. It makes God look like a cosmic vending machine. This verse plus that verse equals whatever I the heck I dang well please, O, in Jesus name of couse, as though that sanitizes it. I studied this teaching because I used to believe it. When I started digging into the history of it I was stunned. You look up E.W. Kenyon, this man shaped some of my early ideas, he is the true father of this teaching. This guy is where Kenneth Hagin Sr. learned his theology. Kenyon was educated at Emerson College in Boston during the 1890s. This school’s curriculum was steaped in New Thought Metaphysics, and Transendentalism. What Kenyon basically did was import the three main tenants of New Thought metaphysics aka Christian Science. Namely the denial of sickness, the belief that it is always God’s will for us to prosper, and an inflexable belief that through the power of the spoken word one createds his own experiance, either positive or negative. This is exactly what Word Faith preachers believe.

  5. Micah,

    I apologize. It just dawned on me I did not introduce myself in the above comment. My name is Sarah, my brother and sister-in-law Ben and Monica introduced me to your blog a short while back. I typically just read it however this time I felt compelled to write. I enjoy reading what you have to say, you really give me food for thought. Thanks!

    Be Blessed!

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