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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Prosperity is NOT Evil

I'm going to give you just a little excerpt of a blog article I just recently read on a "christian" blog. 

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’  So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Luke 12:16-21

Does this sound like God advocates acquiring personal wealth? Does this sound like God approves of “church leaders” possessing Rolls Royces, private jets and custom-made clothing? Does the one who said, “foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20) sound like He desires Pastors to live in multi-million dollar mansions while many in their congregations can hardly scrape together money to pay their bills? Do you not see the inequality in all of this?

     I understand where the author is coming from but it's not the message of prosperity that is out of line.  The message of prosperity is NOT against God's word or his will.  

     He says in Deut. 8:18 "But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day."

     He says in Prov. 13:22 "A good man leaves an inheritance to his sons' sons, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just."

     Money/Prosperity is not the issue. "The LOVE of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain."  (1 Timothy 6:10)

     Prosperity teaching is not the issue, the issue is in the hearts of each person who places something else above God.  HE wants us to take care of and minister to the poor, the widows and such.  If we're in the same boat as they are, if we're just as poor as they are, exactly how are we supposed to help them out?  How are we to do for them if we don't have more than "just enough" to get by?   How are we supposed to "DO" the work of the ministry if we are as poor as everyone around us that he called us to minister to?  The work of the ministry is NOT cheap and it must be supported in someway.  

     By the way, just in case you don't know, I'm a layman in the church, a volunteer, anything I may do I don't get paid for.  There are 7 of us in my family and we live in less than 1000sq ft.  I drive a vehicle that could go out at any minute, we have no medical insurance, and we can barely pay the bills.  It's so bad sometimes that we fall as much as 2 months behind on our bills.  I don't have really nice clothes and never have.  It's been in the upper 90's alot and we don't have AC.  If anyone ever had reason to be jealous of what others have I think I'd be pretty close to the top of the list.  But instead
I'm so thankful for what I have.   I refuse to let jealousy and envy of what my pastors and others may have and what some TV evangelist do have - have any place in my heart.  How can I ask God to help and bless me and bring me to a place where I AM the one BLESSING OTHERS  if I'm jealous...  when God blesses others.

     Let's deal with this issue ... if Pastors get up in the pulpit and preach prosperity in order to line their own pockets... let God deal with them caused I can promise you that he will.  He's a jealous God and he will bring them to their knees in order to get their hearts right.  But, if you take pleasure when God brings them down you will be corrected yourself for you have uncovered your own issues of the heart.

     Something to consider, when you see pastors and evangelist who seem "blessed" beyond reason, unless you  live with them, unless you do their books and take care of their finances you have no idea how much they are doing for others.  You have no idea how much they give to charity, how much they tithe, how much they give in offerings, how many times they've quietly done for others.  Owning a Rolls Royce, or a private jet or custom clothing is not sinful nor is living in a multi-million dollar mansion.  We don't mind the basketball, and baseball players, the actors and actresses, nor bands and musicians to have these things but somehow we've tried to make it a sin for "preachers of God's word" to have these things much less anything.   How about this, instead of shared misery how about we pray for shared prosperity. 
    Jealousy and envy, judgement and condemnation are just as wrong, evil and sinful as when God brings blessing into your life for you to bless others with and you take it for yourself.  So before you throw slings and arrows at others who are more "prosperous" than you.....                                                                        
 ...ask God to show you when you may have stole the blessing that he gave to you because he wanted it to go through you... to someone else....  Then ask him to forgive you.  

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