Now, listen to this one: “P-Diddy, Jay-Z; they’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferrarris and living in large houses.” Really? I want to see a Bible verse to back that one up, because in Luke 12:15, Jesus says, “And He said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'” Hmm.
Now, of course, these preachers are all part of the wildly popular “Health, Wealth, and Prosperity” movement (also known as the “Word of Faith” movement). This is a movement that uses the Bible as a tool to make money. This is not another form of Christianity, it is not another denomination. It is a scam, headed by what the Bible would refer to as false prophets. (Matthew 24:11, “And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.”) These preachers claim that God wants you to be healthy, wealthy, and whole. They say that by accepting Jesus, all your troubles will be whisked away, and by believing and, many say, speaking out loud, all your wishes will come true. To put it in simple words, they say that Jesus is a genie, here to give you everything you want.
Well, no. I see in the Bible many, many verses that talk about the struggle, persecution, and hardship that Christians will endure for Jesus’ namesake. Only a few include Matthew 24:9, Romans 8:35-36, 2 Corinthians 8:4-11, 2 Timothy 3:12… I see nothing in there about the life of a Believer being easy. In fact, quite the opposite. People will hate us, mock us, persecute us. We already see it around the world, and even some here in the Unites States. I’m pretty sure the believers going to secret churches in Asia and the Middle East would have a serious problem with these guys.
These are simply materialistic, selfish people who use the Bible and the power of language to bring people to an emotional high, a deceit of massive proportions to bring them money, to bring them health, wealth, and prosperity. They promise that to all who believe, and use themselves as “proof”, when they are simply feeding off of the poor, the sick, the hungry, the foolish masses who fall for their tricks, lies, and motivational speech, their tongue spewing out exactly what you want to hear, the too-good-to-be-true news, the promises of materialism, the promises of things that will pass away, things that will be incinerated in God’s Holy Fire, and when judgement day falls, they will see what they have done. Their followers will see their foolishness get incinerated, turned to ash, while the fancy cars and big houses of their would-be-saviors crumble and fade away in the light of God’s glory, the money that could have been used for missions, things of true value and worth, instead going into their own pockets, their own earthly pockets… “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 5:6). Do not be deceived. Do not let empty words, words spoken with power that is not there, deceive you. Do not let those who stroke the eyes and tickle the ears fool you.
Mark 12:38-40 : “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in luxurious robes and like greetings in the public places, and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widow’s houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
For more Biblical opinion on the Health, Wealth, and Prosperity movement, you can read some of the following verses, as well as the verses in the paragraphs above, and do your own research. 1 Tim. 6:9-11, Eph. 5:5-6, James 4:13-16, Matt. 6:19, Matt.6:24.