Over the past few decades, a number of so-called Christian pastors/ministers have built up their churches and following by preaching a false message that is not truly derived from Scripture.
I’ve heard some of these men, tell listeners that if you truly believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible, that you will prosper in life. They teach that true believers will become financially secure and even wealthy. Others add in that true believers will have healthier lives and not get sick.
I recall hearing one pastor say that if you do have any financial struggles or if you get sick that you are not a true believer in Jesus or that your faith is extremely weak. In the meantime, he asked people to continue to give generously to his church. That particular pastor, a well-known pastor had a television ministry and lived the life of luxury, all supported by gullible people who fell for his false Gospel.
I worked with a man who believed this stuff and when I got bronchitis really bad, he began telling me that my faith was weak or lacking. A couple of months later, I found out that he was on the verge of bankruptcy and I questioned him about his own belief in the prosperity of believers and he blamed it on his wife’s lack of faith, not his own. I tried to show him that it affected him and if he really believed the prosperity message that he shouldn’t be having financial troubles, but he continued to blame his wife, who later divorced him, and his financial woes never improved after she was out of his life, but he continued to blame her.
So, did Jesus really teach that a true believer will live a life of financial security or good health without any struggles?
Let’s turn to Luke 20:10-17 which reads:
“Then He continued by saying to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven’.”
“‘But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name’.”
Additionally, look at Matthew 10:38 where Jesus said:
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
And Matthew 19:21 where Jesus was speaking to the rich young ruler:
“Jesus said to him, If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me’.”
If you look at the life Jesus lived, he was extremely poor. The Creator of heaven and earth could easily have lived the wealthiest life ever lived on earth, but the only thing He possessed were the clothes and sandals he wore.
That doesn’t sound like a life of prosperity and good health to me, does it? If your pastor/minister is teaching a message of prosperty and good health for true believers, he is teaching a false gospel and you should walk away and not listen to him, because that is not what Jesus taught. In fact, Jesus taught the exact opposite.
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