This health, wealth, and prosperity gospel is about lifting up and glorifying self, and that is Biblically wrong. I watched two videos on you tube concerning Creflo Dollar (link here) and Joel Osteen (link here). First a little bit about the Creflo Dollar video:
Creflo Dollar stated that he learned prosperity gospel from his mentors – Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts. You don’t learn any type of gospel from people! You learn it from the word of God!
The prosperity preaching is dangerously out of line with the teaching of the Bible – it is failing to speak to a larger socio-economic group!
A lady was quoted as saying that she thinks the kingdom of heaven should be rich. Well, I got news for you woman – this is not the kingdom of heaven! We aren’t there yet! Wow typing words on a screen is hard to put enough emphasis on.
According to Creflo Dollar, “As long as we can see lives changed, and hope restored, it is worth it all.” I ask: What kind of hope is being restored? False hope! And, that is a dangerous type of hope.
I dare Creflo Dollar to go and preach his “gospel” – or as John Piper called it, crap – in a 3rd world country.
Now, a little about the Joel Osteen video.
According to one person, “Pastor Osteen’s message is extremely positive…no negativity.”
Yes, that is the problem – there is no negativity. As I said in a previous post, the Christian life is not like hopping through a meadow picking daisies; it is more like crawling through a mine field while being shot at. How can you explain the book of Job if there was no suffering in the Christian life.
On a final note about Osteen, he never went to seminary and only went to college for one semester. He says that after editing his father’s sermons for 17 years that he is qualified to preach.
Hmmm, does anyone else see anything wrong with that?
Thanks for reading. I post these blogs because I want you to really think about why you believe what you do. If my posts were all about roses and puppies, then they would be boring.
– Adam Smith