Does Christianity really promise financial riches?

To some of you, this may sound odd and ridiculous. But to others, like the attendees of Joel Olsteens world’s largest televised church and Kreflo Dollar$ “World-Changers Church” this is gospel truth. A recent CNN special on Christianity showed that these pastors, among others, are declaring a God who wants everyone to get rich. “Jesus would be driving a Mercedes.” Citing passages like “I came so that you may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10)” and “wealth and riches are in his house (Psalm 112:3)” seem to prove to them beyond a shadow of a doubt that $ is the reward of being faithful in this age.

Some more quotes from Mr. Dollar (hint hint):
“That is a load of cash sitting there in your lap (referring to the Bible”
“That is a new car in that Bible of yours”

How about these quotes:
“Woe to you who are rich”
“How hard is it for the rich man to enter the Kingdom of God?”
“You cannot serve God and mammon”
“If you try to gain your life, you will lose it”
“It is better to give than to receive”

These are the quotes of Jesus, the man Messiah who will one day come and rule the world. He calls his disciples to give to the poor, not live for this age, and to be willing to give up everything for the Kingdom’s sake. Watching the CNN show got me sick. Who is their lord? Ben Franklin? Because it is defiantly not the Jesus Christ of the Scriptures. Both of the previous pastors mentioned have congregations of over 10,000+, and are both on TV. Although popular, it is not biblical. God wants us to hold fast to truth and not lies. We are to live for the age to come and not for this age. We are to be seeking first the Kingdom of God and the righteous living, not Beamers and jets.

One final verse (Sean’s favorite on the subject):
“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction” – 1 Tim. 6:9

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by sean on December 21, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    You nailed it. The American dream “to get rich” is incompatible with radical obdedience to the Messiah. GOD IS NOT A COSMIC ATM!!! He does not exist to make us happy. True faith consists of sacrifice, repentance, love, holiness, gospel preaching, not getting rich. What will your riches provide you with? More THINGS to distract you from God.

    Perhaps we should listen to brother Agur, “Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is Yahweh?’ or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” (Prov 30.7-9)

    Jesus specifically called us not to worry about what we eat or what clothes we wear but INSTEAD to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Where is your focus?

    Reply

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