The Prosperity Gospel

The first time I heard the phrase Prosperity Gospel was in a small church in was in 2012 in a small evangelical Church in south London. I had walked into the Church on a whim on that particular day and listened to a preacher called Gavin Peacock preach a very intelligent take down of this poisonous Gospel.

 1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money

2 Timothy 3:1

This Gospel is poisonous to the Church. It creates false expectations of the wealth that will follow if I am faithful to God. It divides the Church into the wealthy, who are viewed as being blessed by God, and the poor, who are viewed as having not prayed hard enough.

This Gospel is not new and may not be formally preached in most Churches but its poisonous ideas are pervasive and it has seeped into the culture of Churches throughout the world. The prosperity Gospel casts God as a genie in a lamp, who will satisfy your material needs if you rub the lamp hard enough.

Leviticus 25 gives us a clear picture of how God views wealth and property. Wealth is to be governed by laws that clearly reflect Gods desire that all people in society have opportunity to live fruitful lives.

The Church should be an advocate for the fair governance of wealth throughout the world not a promoter of some kind of spiritual lottery.