Sins of the Prosperity Gospel: Part 2

IN THIS EPISODE of The Tithing Hoax podcast, I continue my discussion of the six ways the Prosperity Gospel does more harm than good to the Christian believer.

I the last episode I addressed three “sins” of the Prosperity Gospel:

1.  Externalizes Your Power

The Prosperity Gospel keeps Christians looking for God outside of themselves even though the Kingdom of God/Heaven is within.  In many cases Christians are looking for God to change their situation when God has given THEM the power to make that change.

2.  Promotes a Lottery Mentality

The Prosperity Gospel has Christians seeking a “quick-fix” or “get-rich-quick” approach to solving their problems.  It leads them to believe that they can “buy” their way into prosperity and wealth with their tithes, offerings and seed sowing (i.e., giving money to Christian ministries).

3.  Ignores the Fact that Faith without Works is Dead

The Prosperity Gospel teaches that tithing, giving offering and sowing financial seeds to Christian ministries are the works of faith that will release God’s blessings.  The truth of the matter is that the “works” that are required involve people making wise decisions and changing the negative habits and/or behaviors that prevent them from living a prosperous life.

Tune in as I reveal the other 3 “sins” of the Prosperity Gospel that prevent Christians from experiencing true prosperity.

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9 comments for “Sins of the Prosperity Gospel: Part 2

  1. August 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Did you know that God will use the same standard, which is the LAW, to judge both the Jews AND THE GENTILES?

    ROMANS 2:10-13: “But God will give glory, honor …… to the Jews FIRST and also to the Gentiles. 11 For God JUDGES EVERYONE BY THE SAME STANDARD. 12 The Gentiles …… sin and are lost apart from the Law. THE JEWS have the Law; they sin and ARE JUDGED BY THE LAW. 13 …… people are put right with God …… by DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS.” — Good News Translation

    If Paul had been inspired to first say that the Law possessing Jews are judged by the Law, then telling us that God will also judge everyone else (which would include the Gentiles) by the same standard (the Law) that the Jews will be judged by, this revelation would probably be slightly clearer to some people.

    The Law commands tithing.

    • August 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      REVELATION 20:12: “…… the dead were JUDGED …… by the things which were written in the BOOKS.” — NKJV

      “Books” refers to the books in the ENTIRE Bible, BOTH New Testament AND OLD TESTAMENT. The Greek for “books” is biblion, Strong’s 975, which does not explicitly refer only to New Testament books. Therefore people will be judged according to the way they obeyed the tithing laws commanded in the Old Testament.

      Some people claim that the Mosaic laws are for the Jews only. They ignore a) Micah 4:2 which reveals that ultimately the law, which includes tithing, will be preached worldwide from Jerusalem and b) Romans 2:10-13 saying that the Lord will judge everyone by the same standard, which is the remaining valid part of the Mosaic law, that includes tithing, plus its magnified New Testament laws.

  2. August 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    MATTHEW 23:23: “…….. You SHOULD TITHE, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. — New Living Translation

    “…….. You OUGHT TO TITHE but without forgetting about those more important matters.” — Common English Bible

    LUKE 11:42: “…….. You should be fair and kind to others and still GIVE A TENTH to God.” — Contemporary English Version

    “…….. You SHOULD TITHE, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” — New Living Translation

    “…….. And you should also continue to do those other things–{LIKE GIVING ONE – TENTH}.” — Easy – to – Read Version

    The following verse proves that tithing is not limited to only agricultural and ranching profits.

    2 Chronicles 31:5: “……… the children of Israel brought in abundantly the firstfruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; AND they brought in abundantly the TITHE OF EVERYTHING.” — NKJV

    Since this verse stated that the tithe of ALL the produce of the field was brought in, the additional words that included “and they brought in …….. the tithe of everything,” instead of being merely redundant, most likely meant non-agricultural income also. The word “everything” clearly means all income, whether it is from agriculture, carpentry wages, rental income, salaries, etc.

    EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… you are …… fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV

    Malachi was a prophet who reminded us of the continuing need to tithe so that we can prosper and avoid real financial curses for failing to tithe.

    Pat Robertson’s 700 Club on TV almost daily documents testimonials by people who received significant financial blessings that exceeded the tithe amount they donated to a church or to the philanthropic Operation Blessing sponsored by the 700 Club. Every third year (which is not every year) a 10% tithe is commanded to be given to those unable to feed themselves, in addition to the separate, additional 10% tithe to be given to God through a church ministry to preach the Bible, feed and house the ministers, etc.

  3. Tonette
    August 27, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Yes I agree giving is a great thing to do. In Malachi 3:10 Bring tithes to storehouse That there may be food in my house. Its speaking of a literal store house not a church. Now we know if we come to church with agriculture produce ,grains and oils there’s going to be a problem. So is it safe to say we give money to the church and give food to homeless shelters ?

  4. August 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    It is definitely safe to say that we give money to the church and give food to homeless shelters. I think it is also safe to say that Malachi 3:10 involves some symbolism in which “food in my house” could also refer to money or financial wealth “in my church.” Verses in Revelation, Isaiah, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, etc. often have symbolism, too. “House” most likely refers to the Christian church since it sometimes also refers to the church elsewhere in the Bible.

    • tonette
      September 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      This is definitely good ministry for me. Its amazing how over that past 3 months I’ve gotten more ministry online then at the church that I use to attend. Being able to connect with others and of course keeping my nose in the book has really helped to separate the real from the fake. Getting more ministry from people that I can’t see then the ones that I can see. my, my, my.

      • September 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Tonette, are you looking for a good church that also has a very strong internet ministry?

        • tonette
          September 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

          yes I am I’m open for options

  5. September 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    The vast majority of what I know about the Bible was taught to me by the United Church of God, an International Association. They have Christian congregations in big cities or near them across the US and in many other countries. They will send you their free glossy page magazine The Good News every 2 months, plus they have free booklets on many Biblical issues. They have one of the largest online, archived libraries in the world. They also have a wonderful email answering department which I have used often, answered by full time ministers. The thing that sets them apart from most other churches is their teaching that many Old Testament laws have not really been abolished. Some of them, like tithing, are still in force. The church can back that teaching up with certain Biblical verses that when explained, are very easy and simple to understand. Every single thing they teach, they prove with the Bible. And they are not afraid to contradict mainstream Christians if those mainstreamers are wrong. The United Church of God, for example, teaches that pork still cannot be eaten because the food laws are still valid. But Biblically half literate mainstreamers will try to use verses like Acts 10:10-17 to prove the Mosaic food laws have been abolished. The United Church will point out that the context shows that God has cleansed Gentiles, not food, allowing Gentiles to now repent and become baptized. The United Church has intensely researched what it teaches.

    They also teach that a second resurrection is mentioned in the Bible, which will give everyone a type of second opportunity to be saved, something that the vast majority of churches do not teach.

    Check it out.

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