Inside Out 86: The Prosperity Gospel

05.19.11 | Kurt Goff

The desire for a thriving, healthy, and productive life is as strong as ever, especially in tough economic times. As people become more disillusioned at the state of the economy, they also become more susceptible to the lure of the prosperity gospel and its teachings of health, wealth, and happiness for the faithful.

But what happens when the promise of prosperity overshadows the promise of the real gospel--the gospel of Christ?
 
Believing that the prosperity gospel is constructed upon faulty theology, David Jones takes a closer look at 5 crucial areas of error relating to the prosperity gospel in the book Health, Wealth, & Happiness. In my interview with David we walk through the theology of the prosperity gospel movement to reveal its fraudulent core biblical teachings that have been historically and popularly misinterpreted, even by some of today's most well-known pastors.What does the Bible really have to say about  wealth, poverty, suffering, and giving?

David is an associate professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I believe David balances the fair with the firm here. Not an easy thing to do!

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on 05.19.11 Karin Schatz commented

On the prosperity gospel topic.......My husband and myself have this issue between a very good friend of ours and us. It has become quite a problem subject with us. Our friend always seems to bring the conversation to that and I get very upset because I dont believe the way he does, nor does my husband. It is very hard because he is sure his thinking and the teaching of a certain pastor is the absolute truth. If anyone has any ideas on how to deal with this issue, we would greatly appreciate them. We dont want to ruin a good friendship over it.
I forgot to mention that it is on the health and healing end of it. Thanks
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on 05.19.11 Bob Holland commented

Is Family Life's success the result of seeking God's financial blessing as you walk by faith in His promises for His Kingdom? It sure sounds at each Sharathon like you seek His financial blessing upon your ministry. There are believers third world countries that cannot financially do what you do, so the blessing must not have come from God, is that correct? Please do not throw thw baby out with the bath water. We can indeed seek God first as Savior, but also as our Healer and Provider, otherwise, why do we pray for people, and what are His promises given to us for?

on 05.19.11 Bob Holland commented

Is Family Life's success the result of seeking God's financial blessing as you walk by faith in His promises for His Kingdom? It sure sounds at each Sharathon like you seek His financial blessing upon your ministry. There are believers third world countries that cannot financially do what you do, so the blessing must not have come from God, is that correct? Please do not throw thw baby out with the bath water. We can indeed seek God first as Savior, but also as our Healer and Provider, otherwise, why do we pray for people, and what are His promises given to us for?

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