The greatest lie of our generation is the prosperity Gospel. It teaches that if we are faithful to God, then he promises to make us healthy and wealthy. The video below and my previous post about Joel Osteen does a good job of explaining why I hate the prosperity Gospel.
But this post is not simply about the lie of the prosperity gospel. This post is about where this movement came from and why it is thriving. I believe that the prosperity gospel is not simply some theology that people adhere to. This “gospel” is the judgment of God to people who desire things more than they desire God. In Romans 1, we see God giving people over to the sinful passions of their heart because of their continual rebellion against him. The prosperity gospel offers the same gifts that Satan tempted Jesus with in the desert: health and wealth. That is the passion of the heart’s of those who adhere to this gospel, and that is what God is giving them over to:
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. – 2 Tim 4:3-4
That is why this movement is thriving. God is giving them exactly what they desire in their sin. Teachers of their own choosing are tickling their ears with lies that promise to give them what they desire most. Perhaps this is why we are seeing so few converts out of this movement.
Here’s my challenge: Pray for those who are being deceived by the prosperity gospel. Be thankful for the true Gospel which tells us we can be satisfied in Christ alone apart from any life circumstance. And be burdened to share the true Gospel with those trapped in this lie.