Why has the prosperity gospel prospered? Anyone involved in ministry today is aware of how widespread this new teaching is. It has reached almost every nation. I was surprised to find it even in Cuba on one of my many trips to that Caribbean island.
It would be easy to say that the spread of the prosperity gospel is simply the result of a lack of biblical knowledge, and certainly no one can deny that. The movement misinterprets Scripture, selectively uses biblical texts at the expense of others, missing the balanced view of the whole counsel of God on health and wealth. And in an era when many teachers of the Word are not preaching expositionally, all kinds of heresies would arise.
But two questions remain: why this heresy? And why now? I would suggest that there are deep evil roots in people’s hearts and strong secular ideas in the heart of our society—and even in the church—that serve as fertilizers for this harmful seed.
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Author: Miguel Nunez
Keywords: Prosperity Gospel, Prosperity, prosperity preacher, prosperity preachers, name it claim it, wealth, riches
Bible reference(s): Genesis 12:2, Genesis 12:3, Genesis 17:20, Genesis 22:17-18, Deuteronomy 28:8, Mark 10:30, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Galatians 3:14, James 4:2-3, Hebrews 6:14
Source: Miguel Núñez, “Why Has the Prosperity Gospel Prospered?,” 9Marks, January 14, 2014.
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