Q: Dear Elder Clark, there’s a lot of preaching in the churches about prosperity . Is it wrong to be rich in this life? If not, what’s wrong with the message of prosperity?
A: No there is no sin in being rich in this world. However, the scriptures “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life”. (Tim 6:17-19)
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out and having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1Tim 6:6-11)
Thus, the Apostles taught true prosperity was living a godly life through obedience to God. “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself”. (1Ti 6:3-5) The problem with the message in the prosperity church is gain is godliness, in which the bible instructs us to withdraw ourselves from these ministers.
I’ve seen ministers preaching worldly prosperity while many of the people in there congregation aren’t even save. I can carless whether or not your bank book is balance when your soul is on it way to hell. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? The church is not against men having money it is against men teaching gain is godliness and wealth some how make one closer to God. The bible teaches “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1Pe 1:18-19)
If any minister teaches in order for you to receive a blessing you have to sow a seed into their ministry, run and don’t look back. The true blessing of the LORD is living a godly life, “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. (Act 3:26)