Every now and then, people would come up to me and ask about prosperity gospel. That’s probably because from time to time Victory preaches a series on finance. The questions come in different forms but the gist always boils down to this: are we preaching prosperity gospel?
My short answer is no. My long answer is Noooooo!!! We preach finance sermons because money is the idolatry of our day and one biblical way to battle idolatry is to expose it in the light of the gospel.
There are two obvious signs that a church endorses prosperity gospel: (a) when it doesn’t have a serious teaching on the necessity and normalcy of suffering and self-denial (Acts 14:21; Romans 8:23; John 15:20; Romans 8:13; Phil. 3:8); and (b) when the sermons spotlight the pastor’s ‘blessed’ lifestyle while the glory of Christ is marginalized. John Piper lists at least six signs of prosperity gospel but I’d settle for two in this post. [Read more…] about Are We Preaching Prosperity Gospel?