Luring people to Christ to get rich is both deceitful and deadly. Itâ€™s deceitful because when Jesus himself called us, he said things like: â€œAny one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my discipleâ€ (Luke 14:33). And itâ€™s deadly because the desire to be rich plunges â€œpeople into ruin and destructionâ€ (1 Timothy 6:9). So here is my plea to preachers of the gospel.
1. Donâ€™t develop a philosophy of ministry that makes it harder for people to get into heaven.
Jesus said, â€œHow difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!â€ His disciples were astonished, as many in the â€œprosperityâ€ movement should be. So Jesus went on to raise their astonishment even higher by saying, â€œIt is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.â€ They respond in disbelief: â€œThen who can be saved?â€ Jesus says, â€œWith man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with Godâ€ (Mark 10:23-27).
My question for prosperity preachers is: Why would you want to develop a ministry focus that makes it harder for people to enter heaven?
5. Donâ€™t develop a philosophy of ministry that promotes less faith in the promises of God to be for us what money canâ€™t be.
The reason the writer to the Hebrews tells us to be content with what we have is that the opposite implies less faith in the promises of God. He says, â€œKeep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, â€˜I will never leave you nor forsake you.â€™ So we can confidently say, â€˜The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?â€™â€ (Hebrews 13:5-6).
If the Bible tells us that being content with what we have honors the promise of God never to forsake us, why would we want to teach people to want to be rich?
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