Did Jesus come to make us materially rich?

Anonymous has a new question, once again related to the heresy of the Word-Faith Movement:

Dear JDisciple,

“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 cor 8:7-9)

Can you please explain verse 9 ?

This verse (which is oftentimes explained spiritually) is mentioned in a context of material things. If we explain it by context we will say “Jesus became poor so that we will be rich moneywise (since the context is about material money and material giving)

If this interpretation is wrong, can we say that we are sometimes obliged to water down the immediate context, so that we keep the bigger context (the Bible).

Another application can be (2 cor 9:6,10-11) [additions mine]
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…Now he who supplies seed to the sower [money to be given away] and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed [=money] and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.You will be made rich in every way [every way including moneywise] so that you can be generous on every occasion [contextually generous moneywise] , and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

if rightly these verses taken in context, don’t prosperity gospel proponents have some basis for their doctrine ?

Thanks in advance,

Anonymous, I will begin with your last sentence: “if rightly these verses taken in context, don’t prosperity gospel proponents have some basis for their doctrine ?”

There is a very carnal and rebellious idea that says that we can make the Bible say whatever we understand that it is saying. Thus, if we understand any verse as meaning what we have in mind, then the carnal man thinks this should mean that our carnal idea has a basis in God’s Word. The error is that by doing this we are doing an eisegesis (putting our ideas from outside into the text of the Bible), instead of doing an exegesis (to let the Bible say what the author originally meant in context, and not our ideas). All heresies and sects are built on such a wrong eisegesis.

So the basis of the prosperity false gospel’s proponents is not found in the Bible, but it is put there by the false human interpretations of those proponents.

Besides you say: “This verse (which is oftentimes explained spiritually) is mentioned in a context of material things. If we explain it by context we will say “Jesus became poor so that we will be rich moneywise (since the context is about material money and material giving)”

This also is a wrong idea: NO passage in the Bible is to be explained in any other way but spiritually. There is nothing in what God says that is not spiritual, and there is nothing in the life of the true believer that is not spiritual. Away with the ideas of the heretics who teach that there is a distinction between the secular and the spiritual in the life of the Christian. All things are spiritual for us, for we are not of the world although we are in it. God clearly says that all passages of the Bible are to be understood spiritually:

“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

The Word of God is spiritually appraised. Now, the problem is not in it being spiritual, but in the natural man who doesn’t have the Spirit of God and does not understand how all things, including the things related to money, are spiritual. Indeed, all spiritual things are foolishness for the natural man whose thoughts are carnal and so he does not accept the things of the Spirit of God. It is a fact that “they that are according to flesh mind the things of the flesh; and they that are according to Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh [is] death; but the mind of the Spirit life and peace. Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God; for neither indeed can it be: and they that are in flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:5-8)

It is for this reason that the Lord said that all men need to be born again (see John 3:3, 5, 6). That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and the fleshly man cannot understand the things of the Spirit. So I will not expect from the carnal natural man to see in what Paul says about money anything other than some opportunity to justify his love for money. But those who are born of God are humbled before God and understand the mind of Christ, as we will also see in our study of these verses that you quoted in your question.

What is the relation between giving money and the fact that Jesus became poor? What is this poverty, and what are the riches that we have in Christ? Why does the Apostle relate them to each other? Did Jesus come to distribute material riches and thus become Himself poor? Let’s see this together.

No treasures on earth AT ALL

Now, the Lord was more than clear when He said:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust spoils, and where thieves dig through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust spoils, and where thieves do not dig through nor steal; for where thy treasure is, there will be also thy heart.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

The natural man cannot understand the things of the Spirit, so he prefers to take the passages that are not clear for him and to interpret with them the clear passages in the service of his flesh. Now, what Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21 is very clear: We should not store up for ourselves treasures on earth. He didn’t say that we can store up treasures on earth and at the same time store up treasures in Heaven. The commandment is very clear: We should not store up material treasures on earth at all, for wherever our treasure is, there will be also our heart. If any part of your treasure is on earth, then at least a little part of your heart will be on earth, and the Word of God teaches: “I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law.” (Psalm 119:113) Your heart should not be divided. You should wholly be the Lord’s. And indeed, in the same passage of Matthew 6, the Lord explains the importance of the single eye:

“for where thy treasure is, there will be also thy heart. The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body will be light: but if thine eye be wicked, thy whole body will be dark. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:21-24)

The worldly man cannot understand why Jesus suddenly “jumped” to the subject of the lamp of the body in a context about money, so he thinks Jesus was hallucinating or something… What is the relation between the fact that your heart is wherever your treasure is, and the fact that no man can serve two masters, and the lamp of the body?? As we said above, you should not be double-minded. The whole of our hearts should be in Heaven where our treasure is, and all what we have here is not ours but belongs to the Lord who uses it according to His Will. This is the single eye.

How to store up our treasure in Heaven

Usually, people think that as we should not store up treasures on earth, then this should mean that the Bible teaches that Christians should be poor. This is often the conclusion of the legalistic man who wants to apply the commandment of Jesus carnally by trying to obey that commandment by the flesh, so he concludes that the only way he can do this is by selling everything and becoming a beggar, although the Bible doesn’t teach this at all. On the contrary, the Bible teaches that the Grace of God will give us all what we need so that we will also be able to help others: “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) “He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.” (Ephesians 4:28) The Word of God also says that no righteous man will need to be a beggar: “I have been young, and now am old, and I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed seeking bread” (Psalm 37:25).

So just as much as there are people who think that Christians should be financially rich, there are also others who think that Christians should be poor. But in both cases, it is the carnally minded man who makes such conclusions, as he only looks to his fleshly resources, and he dares to call them spiritual resources that God blesses, and he boasts in the flesh. The right conclusion will be that God provides the needs of His child, and so the true believer is content in whatever state he is, as he relies on the providence of God: “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” (Philippians 4: 11-12)

Indeed, it is also a false idea that Jesus was poor. Although He was not financially rich, but He also was not in abject poverty. He is the perfect example of the righteous man about whom we read in Psalm 37:25. As we will see after a few lines, true believers put all what they have under the authority of Christ, as He is the only Master of their whole life, including their possessions. And in fact, all true disciples of Jesus had put all what they had under His authority, just as it happened also in the experience of the first church in Jerusalem where “all that believed were together, and had all things common, and sold their possessions and substance, and distributed them to all, according as any one might have need.” (Acts 2:44-45) “And the heart and soul of the multitude of those that had believed were one, and not one said that anything of what he possessed was his own, but all things were common to them” (Acts 4:32). In the same way, “certain women who had been healed of wicked spirits and infirmities, Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others,” “ministered to” Jesus “of their substance. (Luke 8: 2-3)  He also had some disciples who didn’t travel with Him, and He often enjoyed hospitality in their houses, especially in the house of Mary and Martha at Bethany (cf. Luke 10: 38-42 and John 12: 1-3) In addition, it was a custom among the Jews to invite traveling preachers to their houses, especially after the service at the  synagogue (cf. Luke 7: 36, etc. and Matthew 10: 9-13). And don’t forget that Jesus and the group of disciples had a box of money that they used for their needs and also to help the poor (read John 12: 3-6, John 13: 27-29). So Jesus was not in abject poverty, for God provided for all things in His life and in the life of His disciples.

So, how to store up our treasure in Heaven, and not on earth? It is by giving up all our possessions, so that they are no longer ours but the Lord’s, and to be ready to obey the Lord in whatever way HE wants to use those possessions. We have seen some important details about this subject in the article entitled “Planning for tomorrow/worrying about tomorrow”, especially when we briefly studied in that article the parable of the unrighteous steward. Please, read that article, as it is very closely related to our subject in this article. So we are stewards in the house of God, and we manage the possessions of our Father. God provides our bread and our water and our cloths and all what we need. And God also gives us enough to help others. So whether we eat or drink or responsibly provide for our family or help the poor or share with the brethren, in all cases we will be storing up our treasure in Heaven, as we do all in the Name of Jesus to the Glory of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:17). So it’s not about being rich or poor, but about using the amount of talents that God gave to us (whether money or any other kind of possessions and abilities) to His Glory. In fact, the expression “being rich” does not mean anything objectively. How much should you have in order to be called “rich”? For the one who has two talents is not less rich than the one who has five. And Paul uses this word “rich” as a synonym for “content in what God gives us”; I am the richest man on earth when I am content with what the Lord has given me as talents and when I use them to His Glory.

The Apostle Paul also writes about how to store up our treasure in Heaven. He begins with those false teachers who seek material riches from God. Let’s read it together:

“he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and disputes of words, out of which arise envy, strife, injurious words, evil suspicions, constant quarrellings of men corrupted in mind and destitute of the truth, holding gain to be [the end of] piety.” (1 Timothy 6: 4-5)

Indeed, you see how the false teachers in the Word-Faith Movement take opportunity from the misunderstandings that the carnal men have concerning some passages and words as the ones we are studying in this article, and they make you think there is any objective truth behind their questions and disputes of words, although in fact they are puffed up and they think that gain is the end of piety and godliness. But that’s wrong.

“But piety with contentment is great gain. For we have brought nothing into the world: [it is] [manifest] that neither can we carry anything out. But having sustenance and covering, we will be content with these.” (1 Timothy 6: 6-8)

So, as we said above, the real Christian is not a person who seeks to be rich or poor, but he seeks to be content with whatever God gives him according to His Sovereign Will and he considers it a great gain. This is the true piety. And in fact this is what the writer of the Proverbs says:

“Two things do I ask of thee; deny me [them] not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread of my daily need: lest I be full and deny [thee], and say, Who is Jehovah? or lest I be poor and steal, and outrage the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30: 7-9)

So the false teachers contradict all these passages of the Bible with their man-made doctrines.

And the Apostle continues:

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and many unwise and hurtful lusts, which plunge men into destruction and ruin. For the love of money is [the] root of every evil; which some having aspired after, have wandered from the faith, and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6: 9-10)

So it’s very dangerous to love money: it makes you wander from the real Faith.

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things, and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness of spirit.” (1 Timothy 6: 11)

Righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness of spirit: These are the riches that Christ gave to us as a free Grace by becoming poor for us, as we will see.

And as many would think that the words of the Apostle mean that we should be poor, he also adds an advice to those who have riches among the believers as to how to store up for themselves a treasure in Heaven and not on earth:

“Enjoin on those rich in the present age not to be high-minded, nor to trust on the uncertainty of riches; but in the God who affords us all things richly for [our] enjoyment; to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal in distributing, disposed to communicate [of their substance], laying by for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold of [what is] really life.” (1 Timothy 6: 17-19)

So the way to store up our treasure in Heaven is to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share with others according to the Lord’s Will. And you can’t do this without high-mindedness unless you do not put your trust on the uncertainty of riches but in God, as we also have seen in the article to which I linked above. And man naturally boasts of the good works that he does and we can’t really do perfectly good works unless they are done by the Spirit. As we have seen above, the flesh cannot please God, so all the good works that we may do by the flesh cannot be treasures in Heaven as they cannot please God. In other terms, and as we also have seen above, one needs to be born of God in order to have the mind of Christ and thus do all things by the Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 2: 15-16 and Philippians 2:5). And this is the fruit of the Spirit: LOVE (cf. Galatians 5:22). Indeed, whenever the Bible speaks about the mind of Christ and the attitude that was in Him, it explains that attitude by His work of sacrificial Love. For instance, in Philippians 2:5, after advising the believers to have the attitude that was in Christ, the Apostle continues and explains that this attitude is that Christ humbled Himself, left His Glory in Heaven and came to die for us.

And in 2 Corinthians 8, in the passage that you quoted in your question, the Apostle Paul says:

“I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.” (2 Corinthians 8:8)

The fleshly man helps others legalistically and as a commandment, but not with true love. By what he does as good works, he seeks Salvation or Heaven or the approval of men, or any other fleshly gain. And this is not love. The Apostle tells the Corinthians that what he is telling them is not as commanding it, because he wants them to act by love and not like slaves who keep some commandments because they are obliged to keep them. And true love is the Grace of God; it doesn’t come from ourselves. No human can naturally have the true love that comes from God; love is the fruit of the Spirit. And that’s indeed what the Apostle says in the context of the verses that you quoted (and it’s not true that the context is just about material money):

“but even as ye abound in every way, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in love from you to us, that ye may abound in this grace also. I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he, being rich, became poor, in order that ye by his poverty might be enriched.” (2 Corinthians 8:7-9)

So giving to the poor is a grace from God, and not something from us. As God has given us His Spirit, then we have love for all people and we know how to help them by love and not for any fleshly or selish reason. True love is unconditional; it gives without waiting for anything in return or even thinking about anything in return; it sincerely seeks the good of the one loved, even an enemy; it gives unconditionally, without seeking anything in return, not even Heaven. And you know that this is impossible unless one knows and is convinced in his heart that having Heaven is not by works but by God’s Grace alone. So those who misunderstand such passages about money have a wrong teaching about Justification. It is very important to understand “How to be justified before God?“, as this truth is related to everything in our Christian walk.

And as true giving means giving with true love, then who do you think comes to the mind of Paul when he is telling the Corinthians to give with love? Is it not Jesus? He doesn’t want the Corinthian Christians to follow his instructions as if he spoke to them as commanding it. He wanted them to do it with the love that has been put in them by the Spirit of God when they believed in Christ. Then it is very consistent with the context to speak about the sacrificial love of Christ, and it’s not true that we need to “water down” the context. On the contrary, we should take the real strength of the context, which is about giving WITH LOVE, with the SAME love by which Christ loved us.

How did Jesus reveal what true love is?

Did He reveal His love by distributing money? Did He reveal His love by becoming a beggar? No. Jesus revealed His love in the following way:

“but God commends his love to us, in that, we being still sinners, Christ has died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal.” (John 3:16)

Jesus didn’t reveal His love to us by writing poetries of love to us. He revealed His love by DYING for us. And Paul wants us to understand that any kind of giving that is not with this sacrifical love is not a true giving. Paul wants us to understand that if we’re not ready to give our life, and not only our money, then we are hypocrites! It is the example of the sacrificial love of Christ that should lead our giving, or else the giving is done according to a commandment (see 2 Corinthians 8:8) and thus it doesn’t really come from the heart and is hypocrisy (cf. Matthew 6:1-4).

So if we want to give in the right way, we should give with the sacrificial love with which Christ gave His life for us:

“Hereby we have known love, because he has laid down his life for us; and we ought for the brethren to lay down [our] lives.” (1 John 3:16)

This means to be ready to sacrifice our life for the brethren, and of course also for our enemies whom we love (just as Jesus died for His enemies — cf. Romans 5:10). If I am not ready to give my life for someone, I will not be honest and sincere when I give him from my pocket to cover my lack of love for him. If I give without this sacrificial love, then I have not denied myself and I have not given up all hope in riches (cf. 1 Timothy 6:17 and the article to which I linked above).

So now you see why Paul relates the giving of money to what Jesus did. It is not right that we should sacrifice the context’s meaning, but on the contrary THIS is the context’s meaning: To give with love.

So to go back to 2 Corinthians 8:9: Paul says that those among the Corinthians who are true Christians and who will really give from the heart are those who have really experienced the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as explained above — He gave His life for us.

Jesus was rich before being incarnated, and this richness is related to the Grace of Christ in 2 Corinthians 8:7-9. The Grace of Christ was not that He went everywhere distributing money in a way that He became poor! THIS is alien to the context, and it is also alien to the whole Scripture, and not what I have explained above. The Grace of Christ was that He left His Throne in Heaven and became one of us, and then He didn’t just give from His pocket, but He gave up His LIFE for us; that’s His Grace. And in relation to this Grace, what is the richness that He left in order to save us? It is the Glory as God the Son. He left His Glory. See what the Lord Himself says in John 17:5 about the Glory that He had and to which He was about to return. And indeed, when Paul wants to teach the disciples about loving like Christ, he always talks about the fact that Christ became poor in this way, by the incarnation and the death with a very dishonoring death. In Philippians 2, after he told the Philippians to have the same mind of sacrificial love that was in Christ, Paul explained to them how this love was revealed by the poverty of Christ for us:

“For let this mind be in you which [was] also in Christ Jesus; who, subsisting in the form of God, did not esteem it an object of rapine to be on an equality with God; but emptied himself, taking a bondman’s form, taking his place in [the] likeness of men; and having been found in figure as a man, humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and [that the] death of [the] cross. Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and granted him a name, that which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly and earthly and infernal [beings], and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord to God [the] Father’s glory.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

Through this poverty we became rich, i.e. we received the Grace and all the spiritual riches of Salvation, and all these treasures are in fact in Christ (cf. Colossians 2:3). Our inheritance is Christ Himself.

So the Lord Jesus Christ became poor in His incarnation, when He was “born of a woman, born under the Law” (Galatians 4:4), He who is not a creature and is not under the Law, He came “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8:3), “born of a descendant of David according to the flesh” (Romans 1:3), and “made for a little while lower than the angels” (Hebrews 2:9). He left Heaven’s Glory (see John 17:5), and He “emptied himself”, He humbled Himself until death. And after finishing the work of Salvation on the cross, He went back to the Glory in which He was: “we see Jesus, who [was] made some little inferior to angels on account of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; so that by the grace of God he should taste death for every thing.” (Hebrews 2:9)

And through this poverty of the incarnation, as Christ died for us, we received all the riches of Salvation, all the riches of Grace, “and grace upon grace.” (John 1:16) One of the graces is to give sacrificially, and that’s the context of the passage that you quoted in your question. No other kind of poverty could communicate to us the Grace about which Paul talks in 2 Corinthians 8:9. It is by His sacrificial love, i.e. by His substitutionary death, that Christ gave us all the blessings of Salvation — forgiveness, joy, peace, eternal life, light, contentment, and glory. Notice that contentment is part of the riches that we received in Christ. All of this is the true riches of true believers, treasures in Heaven, the “incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance, reserved in [the] heavens for them (1 Peter 1:4). It is only when we think in this way, with the mind of Christ, that we will be able to store up treasures in Heaven by using the material riches that God gives us to His Glory and without being hypocrite. It is only when we know that we are “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3), spiritually beggars who have nothing good in ourselves, that we will truly receive the riches of Christ’s Grace and thus store up treasures in Heaven and not on earth. It is by this new birth that we become “children of God. And if children, heirs also: heirs of God, and Christ’s joint heirs; if indeed we suffer with [him], that we may also be glorified with [him].” (Romans 8:16-17) And thus “he has given to us the greatest and precious promises, that through these ye may become partakers of [the] divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4) These are the riches of Grace because of which we can consider all things, including money, only as filth for the knowledge of Christ.

And this is not the first time Paul tells the Corinthians about these riches in Grace. In 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 he said:

“I thank my God always about you, in respect of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus; that in everything ye have been enriched in him, in all word [of doctrine], and all knowledge

Thus we were blessed “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

So, as we have seen above, this is fully consistent with the context, as believers should not give alms as a command and legalistically, but with the same sacrificial love by which Christ gave His life. Thus giving money is as spiritual for believers as prayer.

And I guess there is no need to remind you that God never promised believers that He would make them rich. On the contrary, we find passages where we are promised of persecutions, even to the point of death! And in one of the passages we see that true believers will even rejoice in such a persecution in which they lose their possessions for the sake of Christ: “For ye both sympathised with prisoners and accepted with joy the plunder of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better substance, and an abiding one.” (Hebrews 10:34) I remind you that the context of Hebrews 10 is about apostasy. If you worship money, you will not be ready to sacrifice everything, including money, in order to remain faithful to Christ. So let’s be careful.

And here, before I close, I pass to the second passage that you quoted, and I quote it with your additions:

Another application can be (2 cor 9:6,10-11) [additions mine]
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…Now he who supplies seed to the sower [money to be given away] and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed [=money] and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.You will be made rich in every way [every way including moneywise] so that you can be generous on every occasion [contextually generous moneywise] , and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

God supplies seed to the sower, and this is a real seed and a real sower. There is no mention of money to be given away, as this is a general example. Just as God gives everyone his needs and He also gives enough so as to share, in the same way He gives us spiritual seed (and this seed is not money, but includes money, as we have seen above). This is the harvest of righteousness. And it’s clear that righteousness is a spiritual topic. Paul says that we will be rich in every way, and this includes riches in contentment with whatever the Lord gives us, and we will know how to share with sacrificial love (contextually we will share WITH LOVE, and not legalistically), and all this will glorify God.

And as we have seen above, this passage also is related to the Grace of Christ who gave His life for us and thus gave us the truest example of sacrificial giving. Therefore Paul ends this passage like this:

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Of course, this Gift of God is His Grace that was given to us in Christ Jesus.

Grace and Peace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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One Response to Did Jesus come to make us materially rich?

  1. Acidri says:

    Very thought provoking post there. Thank you for highlighting very pertinent issues. I have always been proud to call my self charismatic in private but in public i prefer being called an evangelical christian. It just seems each time a the word “pentecostal” or “charismatic” is mentioned every one even the strongest of believers wants to run for the hills. The unbridled excesses of prosperity gospel in this time and age have bordered coveteousness and flirted with greed. Healing ministries have turned into institutions causing grievious bodily harm and profaned a once gracious gift and brought much disdain to the name of the Lord. Its with great sadness that i say this but i hope we charismatics are not delving into a different gospel. We have faith in faith rather than faith in Gods word…we name and claim…loose and bind but rarely inquire of the Lord first if it be his will. We are sripturally illiterate. Yet do not acknowlege our need; as the zeal for our fathers “earthly blessings” has consumed us.I use the pronoun “we” with great humility.My frustrations are well chronicled in my blog. Feel free to cast a stone or write in the sand.

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