I believe in the gospel. I also believe that God prospers his children. But I think the term “Prosperity Gospel” is confusing to people. Yes, God supplies the needs of his people, especially when they are generous and trust him. The gospel is this, Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, he was buried, he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Paul said, “Though he was rich he became poor for our sakes so that we through his poverty might become rich.” This is not rich in money, dripping in diamonds, driving the finest cars, or living in the finest homes. There’s nothing wrong with those things but we should not seek after those temporal things. Rather we should seek to live our lives for Christ and to reach others for him. Jesus said, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses. True Discipleship has nothing to do with acquiring material possessions. Instead, it is all about denying yourself taking up your cross and following him, even giving up your life if necessary for the cause of Christ and the gospel.
Prosperity Gospel is a pejorative term for the Word of Faith movement.
In my opinion there are things the WOF gets right and some things they get wrong.
What WOF gets right.
1. The Bible is the inspired word of God
2. Prayer includes claiming the promises of God’s word
3. Our speech should always line up with the Word
4. Faith and generosity open the door for God’s provision
5. Divine healing was provided in Christ’s atonement
6. Christ’s atonement is meant to undo everything man lost in the fall
7. It is not God who makes us sick and poor but rather these are the consequences of living in a sin cursed world.
8. Faith in the word is the way, not only to eternal life but also to live above the curse if sin in this life.
Where I think some within the WOF get it wrong.
1. An overemphasis on temporal blessings
2. A confusing articulation of John 10:35
3. Excessive lifestyles of some celebrity preachers
4. Weak emphasis on the main points of the Gospel
5. Some have more of a success and motivation ministry than a truly gospel centered ministry.