Monday, 22 March 2010

Prosperity gospel: the dirty little secret

A provocative article by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church, Seattle, about this modern heresy of the Christian gospel, originating in the USA.

'Pastor' Benny Hinn's organization and another 5 'prosperity gospel' US-based preachers are under investigation by the US Senate for possible non-compliance with IRS rules for non-profits. Kenneth Copeland, another of the 6 ministries being investigated, has grossed over US$1Billion to date, according to this article. (I guess that the private planes and the 21 cars and motorcycles have to be funded somehow?!) In essence, are these in reality large businesses rather than charitable religious organizations?

All feels a long way from what Christianity's founder taught and how he lived.....

a PS: The Christian Post reports that:

'A group of black pastors is looking to spread biblical teaching and quash the prosperity gospel teachings that have been proliferating in their churches. Lance Lewis, pastor of Christ Liberation Fellowship in Philadelphia, says the health and wealth gospel is as much a threat to the historic black church as theological liberalism was to the evangelical church in the early part of the 20th century.' Lewis goes on to say '"The churches in which we grew up or came to faith now spout this destructive form of heresy."

See also this interview with John MacArthur.

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