I hate the prosperity “gospel.” The main problem with the prosperity “gospel” is that it is not true and will lead you to hell if you believe it. If you understand the Bible, you know that it is really no gospel at all.
Paul said it this way:
Acts 14:22 “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Philippians 1:29 “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
Jesus said it this way:
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Matthew 16:24-26 “24 If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. 26 For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Luke 12:15 “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
We follow a Savior who suffered while he was here. And everywhere he tells people that if they would be his disciples they have to embrace His sufferings as their own. In other words, the story of Jesus Christ, crucified and raised, has to become our story (Galatians 2:20). Jesus’ story was one of suffering (cross) and exaltation (resurrection). Being a disciple means we embrace that narrative as our own life’s story.
But I can hardly improve upon John Piper’s recent confrontation with the prosperity “gospel.” He gives seven reasons why it is deadly and should be avoided. It’s a must-read, and I commend it to you.