Prosperity Gospel Teaching Is Unbiblical
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is the Prosperity Gospel Biblical?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responded, "This doctrine is one of the greatest cancers in the Body of Christ today."
Out of 1,300 Christian surveyed, 42% believed that prosperity teaching was Biblical. Reasons cited included: "In 3 John 2 it states 'beloved I wish that you be in good health and prosperous even as thy soul prospereth'." Others in this group felt that if a Christian obeyed the Lord with all their heart mind and soul, they would be blessed and prosper in anything they did. Some have experienced it themselves and therefore knew it to be true from first hand experience, "I have done things my own way, and have only failed. I have done things the Lord's way, and have been blessed in health, love and finances."
A close forty percent of those surveyed did not believe that teaching the prosperity Gospel was Biblical. Comments were made such as, "All through the Bible there are stories of Christians living in poverty." Some felt that churches that taught the prosperity gospel were lying, "They are only telling the congregation that message in addition to giving money to the church." Others disagreed with the prosperity gospel because, "The Word of God says contentment with Godliness is great gain and we have to be content with whatever God gives."
Eighteen percent of pollers were unsure about their answers. "Boy is that ever a broad statement! I believe God wants us to prosper, but not at the expense of our mission to His works" was one survey takers response. Another poller stated, "Jesus came as a humble poor Son of God with "nowhere to lay His head". His apostles were not wealthy with money, but were spiritually rich. So it depends on what God has destined for you." Still others in this category did not know what prosperity teaching was, "What is that, I have never read or heard of it?"
To help educate Christians, ChristiaNet has just released a series of free Apostate Tracts. Using the latest interactive ecard technology, ChristiaNet has made it simple to share these informative ecards with friends.