Archive for the ‘prosperity gospel’ Category

The disastrous consequences of the prosperity gospel

November 24, 2012

I remember a West African pastor telling me that his congregaation had required his resignation because he was too poorly dressed. They had been deluded by the prosperity gospel teaching before he joined them and so they were convinced that if he was a real man of God, the Lord would have prospered him. He would have dressed better, driven a better car and lived at a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. They wanted that sort of ‘holy’ man as their pastor, although I knew he literally laboured night and day in care for them. But they were not going to contribute to his support – that had to be miraculous by pennies (or pounds) from heaven.

David Jackman, The Authentic Church, Christian Focus, 1998, p.62

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Prosperity Gospel benefits its proponents

September 2, 2011

Joyce Meyer…owns several homes and travels in a private jet (currently a Gulfstream IV worth $38m)…Following the adverse publicity about her lifestyle and Ministry Watch’s request for an IRS probe, Meyer announced in 2004 plans to take a salary reduction from the $900,000 per year she had been receiving from Joyce Meyer Ministries (in addition to the $450,000 her husband received) [12] and instead personally keep more of the royalties from her outside book sales which Meyer had previously donated back to Joyce Meyer Ministries. She now retains royalties on books sold outside the ministry through retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, and bookstores, while continuing to donate to her ministry royalties from books sold through her conferences, catalogues, website, and television program.[13] “The net effect of all of this,” notes Ministry Watch,[14] “was most likely a sizable increase in the personal compensation of Joyce Meyer and reduced revenues for JMM.” In an article in the St Louis Business Journal, Meyer’s public relations director, Mark Sutherland, confirmed that her new income would be “way above” her previous levels.

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Claim whatever you need or want

September 20, 2009

Jesus said, “I not withholding finances from you – that’s not Me! It’s the devil. He is the god of this world. The money you need is down there on earth; it’s not up here in heaven. I am not going to rain any money down from heaven. I am not a counterfeiter. The silver and gold are down there, down there, on earth where you need it. Jesus said, “Don’t pray about money anymore; that is, the way you’ve been praying.” Do This Instead.
1. Claim whatever you need or want. Psalms 23, Psalms 34:10.
2. Say, Satan, take your hands off my finances, in Jesus’ name. Luke 10:17-20
3. Then say, “Go, ministering spirits, and cause the money to come. Hebrews 1:14.
4. If you think about it, from them on, simply stay in faith and say, Thank God for it. It’s working.

Kenneth Hagin

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Tim.6.9

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7.15

If we are kings, shouldn’t we have majesty?

September 20, 2009

If we are kings, shouldn’t we have majesty, honor and material things befitting kings? This is our natural inheritance...These are our treasures which we can claim as easily as we would draw money from a bank in which a generous amount of money had been deposited with our account number on it.

Paul Yonggi Cho, Salvation, Health and Prosperity, Creation House, 1987, p.51

“…those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction”1 Tim. 6.9

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7.15