Jesus on ‘prosperity gospel’

Prosperity gospel n. a religious doctrine that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to Christian ministries will increase one’s material wealth.

Jesus n. The central figure of the Christian religion. Jesus conducted a mission of preaching and healing in Palestine in about ad 28-30, which is described in the Gospels. His followers considered him to be the Christ or Messiah and the Son of God, and belief in his resurrection from the dead is the central tenet of Christianity.

Jesus on “prosperity gospel”

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:31-33, Luke 12:31).

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:19-21).

“I’ll say it again–it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”” (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25)

“God blesses you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
God blesses you who are hungry now,
for you will be satisfied” (Luke 6:20-21).

“What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
for you have your only happiness now.
What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
for a time of awful hunger awaits you” (Luke 6:24-25).

“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Luke 9:33-34).

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matthew 25:31-40) (See also 25:41-46).

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6 Responses

  • Michael says:

    I was schooled for many years in the prosperity gospel, and the sad thing is that when these preachers die (and they do die), it’s an embarrassment to their followers and needs covered up. Several years ago, I was told that when one of these men died, he was sitting at the breakfast table and just gently passed on. That’s the prosperity gospel way of going – quick and painless, in full control. But the truth is, the man *did* nod off at the breakfast table … after being in intensive care for a week, dying of an ailment he claimed to have been healed of. And that part of the story has been scrubbed. That’s a truly bent perception on how life works in this fallen world. Suffering does come, and although we would like to be in full, glorious control to the very end, that often doesn’t happen. Jesus chose the wretched poverty of our earthly existence because He thought we were worth it (Phil. 2). He also chose pain, and in so doing, showed us best how to bear our own crosses. We don’t often think of bearing our cross as a form of worship, offered up to God, but that might be worth considering.

    • jameswatkins says:

      Well said, Michael! That’s the point of my SQUEEZING GOOD OUT OF BAD book. It is pain and suffering, not “health and wealth,” that conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

  • Lisa says:

    Yeah..I just don’t get the actual Biblical pastors, the ones I’d say, do preach the gospel as it is written and yet still set out to raise money for more magnificent buildings that have nothing to do with glorifying God. (although I’ve heard them compare Solomon’s temple as evidence that God does want us to glorify him thru extravagance) I’m not saying we should let our churches fall into rubble, but how many outdoor aesthitic water fountains does one church need?(if any) How large does the foyer need to be? I realize that a lot of the “mega churches” also do a lot of ministry outside the walls of the church, but could they do more instead of building a new baseball field or adding new work out equipment to the gym. I don’t know… There’s nothing wrong with baseball or work out equipment (if you use it), just seems like there’s so much hunger, pain, illness, in the world that needs our attention so much more.

  • Kim W. says:

    There is a tele-evangelical preacher in the Philippines named Pastor Quiboloy teaches financial prosperity. This is a scope from his message:
    What is the key to unlocking all these blessings into our lives?
    The key is unconditional, sincere and wholehearted giving. We must follow the principles that the Son of God taught us, and it is the Financial Revolution.
    These are the principles of Financial Revolution:
    Principle #1: Give your tithes
    Malachi 3: 10 “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessings that there shall not be room enough to receive it!”
    Principle #2: Give your love offering
    Luke 6:38 tells us how it works:
    “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
    It means that the love offering that you gave is also the same measure you will receive from Him.
    If you want to know more about this message, go to this link:

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