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Letter: ‘Prosperity Gospel’ teaches wrong lesson

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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 8:36 am

These days it seems as though we are seeing more and more pastors at mainstream Christian churches, preaching a much different ‘gospel’ than I remember from Christ’s teachings throughout the New Testament?

Rather than addressing the topic Jesus spoke of more than any other, loving and caring for the needs of others before self, it seems many churches have chosen instead to highlight personal success as a measure of God’s reward.

This so-called “Prosperity Gospel” teaches that if you enrich yourself and own lots of toys, God has indeed granted you his blessings. But conversely, if you are poor or struggling financially, you obviously have not pleased your god? The Mormon religion, I believe, pushes this theory quite heavily.

This is of course nonsense if you faithfully consider these Bible verses: Matthew 19:24 reads, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Timothy 6:10 says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

And finally, please remember the words of the Lord’s Prayer that Christ taught us to pray, where it implores us to request that our heavenly Father, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

So if the love of money is the root of all evil and a rich man will be tempted by ‘the love of money”, does it make sense that God would want his ‘blessings’ to become “temptations” to us?

I am not rich, but blessed richly indeed!

Rod Livdahl

MESA

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