THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL is a doctrine that America exports around the world, especially to places such as Africa. Africa is a continent that is rich with all the natural resources humankind needs for survival. Yet, despite its wealth of natural resources, many of the people in Africa are living in poverty.
So the Prosperity Gospel is very appealing to poor people who are seeking a way out of poverty. The Prosperity Gospel, which is nothing more than materialism dressed up in Christian clothing, is seductive message because it makes getting out of poverty sound so easy. All you have to do is pray, have faith, make positive confessions, and of course, pay tithes or sow (financial) seeds.
Unfortunately, the poor people, who are seduced by this gospel, don’t realize that they are victims of financial abuse – in the name of God.
The Prosperity Gospel is also a form of financial abuse perpetuated on poor people because according scripture the poor did not pay tithes.
That’s right poor people were exempt from paying tithes. In fact the Old Covenant/Mosaic Law required that ancient Israel, especially the priests, take care of the poor with the tithes. Furthermore, there was a tithe specifically for the poor, which is commonly called the Poor Tithe.
Every three years Israel paid tithe to the poor people who lived in ancient Israel.
At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shall lay it up within thy gates: and the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest (Deut. 14:28-29).
When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied (Deut. 26:12).
Although the practice of tithing is not carried over into the New Testament scripture encourages believers not to neglect the poor.
ALL THEY ASKED WAS THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE POOR, THE VERY THING I WAS EAGER TO DO (Gal. 2:10, NIV).
Despite the appeal of Prosperity Gospel poor people can not tithe their way out of poverty. Prosperity Gospel preachers offer a pie-in-the-sky doctrine that preys on the desperation of poor people. And it’s a form of financial abuse because it takes so-called tithes or money from poor people under false pretenses.
It’s a shame that the Prosperity Gospel preachers take from the very people the Bible says to take care of.