I have been meditating on this phenomenon for a while now. And more stuff keeps coming to me. This is another of those posts that I have been sitting on for a while. Since June. So I’ll publish it now.
God is rich, but He GAVE ALL in giving us his son, Jesus. The prosperity preachers dont talk about giving ALL when we prosper. Jesus asked the rich young ruler if he would give all, in exchange for great heavenly riches, and the rich young ruler sadly refused.
Was Mother Teresa prosperous? Was Mahatma Gandhi prosperous?
Would the PPs teach us NOT to be greedy? No, because it would defeat their own greedy purposes. They thrive and siphon money out of people by inflaming our greed.
Would the PPs teach us NOT to covet the things of the world, such as material wealth and what it buys, like rolexes, Rolls Royces, Mercedes, and such, things that eventually rot away? No, because that’s what they base their sermons on! They subtly place the desire for these things in the heart of their followers by dressing in their three piece suits, and wearing their huge rolex watches, and sporting their huge jets and Rolls Royce cars! They present themselves as having arrived because they have those things. This is supposedly evidence of God’s FAVOR in their lives, and as we know “Favor ain’t fair”–their rallying cry! So these wicked shepherds mislead their sheep, leading them to the edge of cliffs, into ditches, towards wolves, lions, and other predators of sheep! Who does Jesus hold more accountable, the shepherd or the sheep?
When the PP’s preach, some come straight out and say the Lord will bless with these strange material things, and others of the PP’s are more subtle, not needing to really come straight out and preach on receiving material things as blessings. They infer it. Either way, once the greed is manipulated and inflamed, we on our own can carry it to its logical conclusion. Once we do that, they have the remedy for us to get those riches for ourselves–plant that “faith seed”!
I sometimes watch the TV ministry called A Time of Refreshing, lead by Pastor Napolean Kaufman . I enjoy his preaching because he focuses on the Word of God. He has a church in the city of Dublin California which is just outside of Oakland. He has talked about the phenomenon of the Prosperity Gospel and has warned his flock against it emphatically. Pastor Kaufman rightly tells his congregants that these PPs are deceived themselves, truly believing what they preach about the prosperity gospel.
God doesn’t want nor need us to pay Him a little bribe for a big payoff–which is the whole structure of the twisted “seed planting gospel” method that they use. It’s wicked, and it’s demonic. God has given us access to TRUE RICHES! Jesus Christ our Lord has died on the cross for us to have ETERNAL LIFE with Him in the spiritual, heavenly realm.
The “prosperity gospel” as it’s taught by most PPs is warped and is a deceiving gospel. Deception is at its core. They make a point of interpreting the Bible for those who follow them and they don’t stress the people doing independant study on their own. The “Prosperity Gospel” never focuses on heavenly riches, and never teaches its followers about true spiritual riches. What the PP’s do focus on is MANIPULATION! They tell you what to think and how to think and criticize and call you out if you don’t fall in line. They tell you you’re not in God’s will. They don’t preach much about Paul’s ministry, nor do they preach about the New Testament much. They don’t even teach or preach much about Jesus’ ministry. Some don’t even preach from the Bible at all.
There is prosperity in God–He gives us what we need according to his riches. Do we need to store up earthly riches, without storing up heavenly riches? Why do we believe that having a Mercedes or Rolls Royce, or a mansion full of expensive trinkets, or a private jet and yacht or a huge bank account is riches? Who has determined that these things are riches? These are the things that Jesus told us robbers and thieves always manage to break in and steal, and not only that, but these things also eventually rot away as well! We don’t even have true control over these so-called riches! People ought to think more about heavenly riches, and let God take care of us right here on earth, not worrying about acquiring and heaping material goods. Lets take care and share our goods with others and share love, and God will supply our NEEDS and we will truly be rich!
It appears that the video is now private. I’ve watched it numerous times so I will describe what happens. There appears to be a special service going on. Its at the point in the service where the people are called down to make their donations. There is a band playing that fast happy music that makes you wanna dance before the Lord.
“When I think of His goodness and what he’s done for me,
I wanna dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance all night”
When I think of His goodness and how He’s set me free,
I wanna dance all night, all night, all night, all night!
With this playing, the people are worked up and are pouring into the aisles to rain their money on the pulpit. They are rushing down, dancing down, running down, praising the Lord!! Leroy is watching from the stage. He goes to the side and calls Creflo from the back. Creflo comes out reluctantly, as Leroy beckons him. They both stand there and watch the people come by the hundreds to rain money. They whisper some things to each other, but the look on their face is, WOW… Creflo get bored and wants to go back behind the scenes. Leroy beckons him to stay, but he goes anyway. He comes back as he realizes the band has stopped playing. Creflo vigorously beckons the band to keep the music going.
They start playing again and one woman catches the holy ghost as she comes to give her money. There is a front row of folks in the audience, Vicky Winans and others gospel dignitaries standing and nodding in time with the music and just watching the whole thing. Leroy stays and continues to watch from the stage. A man comes and wants to hand his wallet to Leroy but Leroy ignores him. The man continues and Leroy rudely asks him what? then snatches his wallet out of his hand. The man goes away rejoicing, not realizing that he was disrespected by the mand of God. And so it goes.
The prosperity gospel as it is preached by the likes of Creflo Dollar, Leroy Thompson, Kenneth Copeland and the rest of them is a demonic message meant to confuse people. It manipulates our desire to see ourselves as better than we actually are, and better than others around us! The PP’s already see themselves as superior to the people, as Leroy Thompson attitude in the last video at 3:10 attests EVEN when a man is handing him his entire wallet! You can see the condescending attitude in his demeanor as he snatches the wallet from the man, who doesn’t even notice! Then he and Creflo stand and watch as people pour down to the pulpit and give all their money! One thing is for sure, these PP’s would never preach about what Jesus said to the young ruler about giving all his wealth away to the poor! They would never preach about sharing one’s wealth by giving it away to those who are in need all around us and in exchange receiving heavenly wealth!
These PP’s are only interested in the here and now, and are not interested in the eternal wealth of God’s Kingdom, nor are they interested in the things of God. And you, children of God, are the very least of their concern past collecting all of your money!