By Lou Coleman-Yeboah
Don’t buy into the lies! There are some Pastors preaching prosperity and blessing sermons that are not Scriptural. I want you to know that Scriptures are very clear about the subject of financial prosperity in the New Covenant. In fact Jesus talked about money more than He specifically talked about Heaven and Hell combined –so there’s absolutely no excuse for ignorance on this subject. We have simply to look at what the Word of God teaches not the way that man says it will happen. So because many times we hold to traditions, mindsets, or beliefs that aren’t Scriptural there comes a time when God is faithful to confront us with truth and bring us correction. Don’t be mad at the messenger.
Woe to you, you false pastors, prophets and teachers. Luring people to Christ to get rich is both deceitful and deadly. (Luke 14:33). (1 Timothy 6:9). Why would you develop a philosophy of ministry that makes it harder for people to get into heaven? Why would you develop a philosophy of ministry that promotes less faith in the promises of God to be for us what money can’t be? Confess your sin, repent, and get cleansed by the blood of Jesus from all covetousness, or you will surely be swallowed up by damnation from the pit from whence your false doctrines come!
Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you”. But he explained in the context what these “other things” are that God would add to us –they are “food” and “clothing [Matthew 6:25-33]. God promises to supply all our “needs” according to His riches in glory, not all our “wants” or “desires” [Philippians 4:19]. Jesus had our basic necessities in mind when He promised that God would provide for us. To twist this into a promise for financial prosperity is, to put it plainly, to adulterate the Word of God.
This is what God teaches in the Bible about riches: [Pro 13:7] There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. [Pro 28:20] A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. [Pro 28:22] He who has an evil and covetous eye hastens to be rich and knows not that want will come upon him. [Ecc 10:6] Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. [1 John 2:15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Do not fall for the trap. Be wise and seek Him and His Kingdom first and all that you need will be taken care of. Let us not seek after the wealth but let us seek after Him. When we are ready, He will indeed bless us and we can rejoice in the goodness of God. I believe in prosperity spiritually as well as financially. I do not mean for this article to sound like I am bashing all prosperity teaching. I only want to shine the light of God’s Word on the extreme teachings which are giving us in the Word of Faith camp a bad name. I hope that you will take this Word and see that our focus should be on Him and Him alone. Let us set aside all these other things and put God first.