Before we get into why, let’s define the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is summed up in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,1 Corinthians 15:1-4
This summed it up. Christ died for our sins, and rose from the grave to show everyone that he has power over death and life. No where in this simple gospel says that God will make you rich. God promises to be our provider, and to provide all our needs, yes. However, it’s an extra step to say God will make you rich, especially if you sow your seed into a certain pastors ministry.
Now, while God is our provider, what message does the prosperity gospel send?
- Your wealth is a sign of God’s favor (Not guaranteed, depending on the person). This plays into pride rich people may have, making their situation worse for themselves. Rich people have a tendency to rely on their great wealth, instead of God. They think they earned it (God gave it to them). Also, God has a harsh warning for those who misuse their riches, per James 5:1-6
- If you are poor, you just don’t have enough faith. On the contrary, it takes more faith to rely fully dependent on God for provision. It’s also very humbling. In Luke 6:20, Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
Now, if God gives you great wealth, it’s to be a blessing to other people with it, and not hoard it for yourself.
Luke 12:48 – But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.