Christians and heathens alike want to be prosperous, financially prosperous. Some heathens may be encouraged to come to church ONLY because they have heard the preacher preaching or friend talking about prosperity that is available for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. So, I’m encouraged to ask these few questions:
1. Are we, both Christians and heathens, after benefit (abundance and prosperity) more than we are after the source (God Himself)?
2. Is it just for us Christians to promise wealth and abundance to heathens in an attempt to encourage them to come to church, during outreaches? Are we promising what we don’t have powers to fulfil ourselves?
3. How many/much, if any, of the sermons being preached at church should be about prosperity and/ or giving in order to receive?
4. Talking about giving and offering, Is it ok to give an offering from my credit card or debt?
Here is what I think, and you are welcomed to disagree with me:
1. Priorities are important. Seek ye first the kingdom (the source) and all these things (prosperity and abundance) would be part of the package, when your priorities are right. How would you feel if your spouse loves you for what you can do for them instead of loving you for you?
2. Faith is the key. I don’t think we are wrong as long as we explain that the source is God and His timing is not our timing. We have to also explain that unwavering faith is the key unlocking all these benefits due to them as loyal children who loves their Father for who He is not for ONLY what He has in store for them.
3. Different needs calls for different actions. This is the difficult one and I think the amount of sermon on prosperity depends on the needs of each congregation, and each congregation has different needs. God-called pastors may have a better answer for this.
4. I am reminded of this verse Proverbs 3:9. Thy substance is not thy debt, right? How would you answer this question 4?
All I know is that God didn’t create me to be poor and to live in lack! I plan to be very rich and still go to heaven! Moreover, I rather here prosperity sermon than poverty sermon!
Poverty conscious Christians tend to focus on these verses: Tim 6:10, Mathew 19:23-24. Prosperity conscious Christians tend to focus on these instead: 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8.
I believe it is my birthright as a child of God to be prosperous in every area of my life. I most definitely welcome prosperity preaching, and may never be tired of it. Even if I don’t get to be prosperous for years, I would still love God for all the good things he has done for me already.
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