NUGGETS #2 - Debunking The Prosperity Teachers

1 Samuel 2:6-7 The Lord slays and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.  The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up.

Amplified Bible

 

The ‘Name-It-And-Claim-It’ teachers and ministers preach a false gospel and are leading millions of believers astray all across the world.   Certain well-known television broadcast networks have acted as the engine driving a pseudo-gospel and milking the needy and afflicted of their hearts and wallets.

 

One of the predominant lies foisted by the guys is that God is a God who never brings or even ALLOWS evil, poverty, or sickness in the lives of His children.  Their philosophy is such that they believe the ONLY negatives we humans experience is caused by either our ignorance of God’s word, or by our negative confessions.

 

In other words, God doesn’t use things like illness, or financial difficulty, even poverty to shape our character.  Their philosophy is that Jesus Christ suffered, died and was resurrected so that we, his church, would not have to suffer.  They believe a Christian has the RIGHT to be continually happy, financially prosperous (preferably wealthy), and completely healthy, whole and sound in body.

 

The Bible teaches a God that is both good and severe; He is a God that can give wealth, or that makes one poor, depending on what is ETERNALLY beneficial to His children.  The simple fact is that wealth causes us to take our eyes off of God’s purposes, and forget our need for Him.  That is why Jesus said it is harder for a rich man to go to heaven, than for a camel to thread the eye of a needle.         

 

Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  AMP

 

So what’s the point?  1 Samuel 2:6-7 says the Lord slays and makes alive and He makes poor and makes rich.  It’s up to HIM, not our so-called “faith” or our, “negative confession.”  Quite frankly, God would rather His people be dirt poor and eternally well off, than rich and healthy, with no recognition of their dependence upon him.

 

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?  AMP