Thursday, July 31, 2008

It had to happen...

How sad! This article from Christianity Today opened my eyes to the raggedy theology of the "name it - claim it" prosperity movement. The theology itself is a parody of scripture that opens the Bible up to wild interpretations and only in the context of wealth and the gullibility does it succeed. Like Mormonism, it is a parasite of Christianity that only has life in a pre-Christianized context, where people already know who Jesus is and who He died for, but who are deceptively open to additional non-scriptural claims about Him and His word. As a missionizing force "you can have what you say" is inevitably compromised by the very people groups under mission - themselves coming from demonic strongholds, false religions, and idolatry. What more can be said?

"There is the mentality, especially in African Initiated Churches, where the prosperity gospel is preached, that you do what you've got to do to get ahead. You rely on the powers available to you. You are hopeful that Christ will help, but when he can't come through on Sunday, you may take out a different insurance policy at night."

For further reading try Robert Bowman's book, "The Word-Faith Controversy", and D.R. McConnell's book entitled, "A Different Gospel".

Baruch Hashem and Soli Deo Gloria!

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