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Why Is the Prosperity Gospel Attractive?

January 13, 2014 1 comment

“Being poor is a sin” (Robert Tilton).

“If we please God we will be rich” (Jerry Savelle).

“God wants his children to wear the best clothes…drive the best cars and have the best of everything; just ask for what we need” (Kenneth Hagin, Sr.).

These are some bewildering but common statements from “prosperity gospel” preachers. Their god is a sort of cosmic entrepreneur who can be used, by tithing and offering, to attain what really matters: a prosperous life in merely earthly terms.

FROM SUCH PEOPLE TURN AWAY”

Paul compels us to stay away from “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Tim. 6:5). And in his second letter to Timothy he warns his son in the faith “that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, boasters, proud… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).

Peter also advises us that, just as there were false prophets among the people of God in the old covenant, “there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies…And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words” (2 Pet. 2:1-3; cf. Jude 11-16).

Sadly, in spite of the Scriptures’ clear warnings, the prosperity gospel has a large and growing group of followers. This isn’t hard to understand, since the message appeals so directly to our native greed. Yet it is sad and bewildering that many people remain in the movement for a long time, even their whole life, since its preachers cannot fulfill their promises.

 

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The Anointing: Benny Hinn vs. the Bible

There is so much that can (and should) be said about this kind of event/experience/teaching/debacle. It is not wrong, my friends, just because it looks silly and strange and odd. Many dismiss this just because it is so far outside of our experience. That is not the problem. The problem is it is so utterly, thoroughly opposed to everything the Bible says about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Whether the world finds it laughable or not really doesn’t matter (they think the very Puritan, plain worship services at my church are laughable, too, just not in quite the same fashion). It is not that there is intense emotion displayed by some (how many are genuine and how many are plants there to get others “started” is impossible to determine). The real problem needs to be identified: you have a multi-millionaire standing on stage getting a huge paycheck for promulgating a shallow message wrapped up in the promise of prosperity and healing pretending to control the very Spirit of God who then “anoints” people in a fashion and by a means utterly outside of what the Spirit Himself has defined in the God-breathed Scriptures. The result is not παιδεία nor is it τάξις nor is it σωφρονισμός—three Greek terms that cluster around the vital theme of “discipline, sober-mindedness, order,” in the New Testament. And this is what the Spirit brings. He does not bring chaos and confusion (ἀκαταστασίας, which is what we see in this video, 1 Corinthians 14:33), He brings order and discipline. Of course, that kind of “anointing” does not sell books or result in large offerings, so that is problematic.

Does the Bible know anything of an anointing that can be “received” through the yelling of the word “fire” and the waving of a garment (accompanied by choreographed music, lighting, choirs, etc.)? No, it does not. Most of the appearances of the term (χρίω; χρῖσμα, τος) have to do, of course, with the Messiah, the anointed one. But it does appear in reference to believers:

“The One Who establishes us together with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 1:21–22)

 

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A sinner who is stupid and hardened is near destruction

November 7, 2012 3 comments

The more stupid and hardened the sinner is the nearer to destruction. Thus was it with the inhabitants of the old world. They never were more thoughtless than just before the flood came. It came when they least expected it. They knew not until the flood came. Never was Sodom more stupid than the very night before it was destroyed. The preaching of Lot seemed like an idle tale. They were doubtless making themselves merry with it until the very moment, when the flames of hell took hold of them. Thus it was with the rich fool. He sang the requiem to himself, “Soul, take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”

And thus it was with all who have gone to hell from under the light of the gospel. They cried “peace and safety” until they were lost. Death came too soon. And they dropped into hell, as into a snare and it closed suddenly upon them. Those sinners are commonly the nearest destruction who think and care the least about it. Hell is truth learned too late. Because there is wrath, beware lest God take thee away with his stroke, and then a great ransom cannot do.

“Stop poor sinner, stop and think- Ere you are aware, You’ll drop into the eternal lake.”

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of Hardened Sinners

A sinner will eat of the fruit of their own doings

October 31, 2012 1 comment

Because I called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you. Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me. They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore, says God, they shall eat of the fruit of their own doings. Today then, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of Hardened Sinners

A sinner forges the chains that will bind him for eternity

With your own hand, you are now forging those chains which will bind you down in eternal darkness and despair. To you the Saviour calls. Turn you-turn you at my reproof.

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of Hardened Sinners

 

The hardened sinner seeks peace and safety, but treasures up wrath

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The sinner says, peace and safety. Let us alone. God says, He is joined to idols, let him alone. The sinner says, Go thy way for this time. God says, My Spirit shall no longer strive. The sinner chooses not to be under conviction, and now suppose God’s choice and the sinner’s should happen to coincide. All can see the equity of his punishment. If he will not lay up treasure in heaven, then he must lay up treasure in hell. And this is done by hardening his own heart. After thy hardness and impenitent heart thou treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath.

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of Hardened Sinners

God leaves a sinner in darkness as punishment

September 19, 2012 3 comments

The equity of the sinner’s punishment. He hardeneth his neck against reproof, and brings destruction on himself. When the Spirit of God comes, and with a “still small voice” whispers conviction to his guilty conscience; and he feels some concern for his soul, he tries not to be alarmed, but to appear above it. He shuns the light of divine truth. He loves darkness, and now he shall have darkness enough. God says, Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see.

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of Hardened Sinners