Prosperity Preachers Give Messages of False Promise
“Come to the altar today. Bring your tithes and offerings and lay them at Jesus’ feet. He is here to heal you. He only asks for your 10%.”
“Are you hurting today? Are you lonely, don’t know where to go? Do you have troubles?
Well, that is what happens when you withhold the blessing from the Lord. Get into a regular tithing routine, and the Lord will bless you and take care of all your troubles. Get right with God today.
Remember, he will meet you 90% of the way. He is only asking for your 10%. Only a little seed money. Even Jesus said to have faith like a mustard seed. Come on, get right with God and plant those seeds today.”
Blasphemies, blasphemies all around.
Prosperity Preachers Steal The Tithe
Sermons about tithing echo across the land every Sunday. Prosperity preachers cry out for money, promising “God’s favor” and heaven in return. They constantly say God will bless you with prosperity if you give money to them and their ministries.
Perhaps these churches should be labeled as commercial enterprises, as they actively buy and sell on the market of indulgences. These pastors grow fat and lazy feeding on the indulgence money of the sheep they are supposed to shepherd.
Rather than care for the people and care for their flock, these prosperity preachers ignore the starving people, the homeless, the victims of injustice in their churches and communities. Worse yet, these pastors blame the poor and the helpless, saying that it is their own fault that God has not prospered them. Many churches will not even give a basket of food or a drink of water to someone who is not a tithing member of their specific denomination.
Yet the very tithe they proclaim was instituted by God to take care of the poor! Here is the passage they often quote:
Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
But look at the context of this verse. Here is what Malachi said just a few verses earlier:
Malachi 3:5 (NIV)
“So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.
Look again at verse 5, this time from the Message Bible:
“Yes, I’m on my way to visit you with Judgment. I’ll present compelling evidence against sorcerers, adulterers, liars, those who exploit workers, those who take advantage of widows and orphans, those who are inhospitable to the homeless – anyone and everyone who doesn’t honor me.” A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
How far they have strayed from God’s word! The prosperity preachers, and the American Evangelical church in general, take advantage of widows and orphans by blaming them for their own plight.
“Look at that single mom,” they scoff. “Shouldn’t be breeding like that and stealing good tax payer money.”
They are inhospitable to the homeless, not allowing them on the church grounds because the homeless “smell” or “aren’t dressed properly.”
The tithe of the storehouses is God’s provision for these needy ones, but the prosperity preachers are stealing this tithe to pay themselves 6-figure salaries!
Jesus Spoke Against Prosperity Preachers
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see heaven.” (Luke 6:20) Yet the prosperity preachers say, “Cursed are the poor, for they have not tithed. They will never be blessed or see heaven.”
What blasphemy against the Father! Jesus called the religious leaders of his day white-washed tombs.
Matthew 23:27 (NIV)
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
The religious leaders, the prosperity preachers, of this generation are truly white-washed tombstones, pretty on the outside with their fancy designer suits and gated mansions, but filthy on the inside, full of dead bones and a rotting heart.
Jesus is coming soon, very soon, to judge. The scales will be weighed, and many of the religious leaders will be found wanting. Their good deeds are nothing more than filthy rags, blown away as chaff by the breath of the Almighty.
The church buildings will fall to pieces, and the prosperity preachers will be struck with famine and disease, revealing the spiritual wasteland which they claim as their empire. Beware of the prosperity gospel, and beware of these pastors that feed on greed and destroy human souls. Take heed and run from them.
Prepare your own heart for the wedding feast and get the oil while you still can. Renounce this world and prosperity. Do not make your home on this earth, or you will perish in the coming storm. If you are financially blessed to give, bring your seed money for the poor and oppressed, not to pad the preacher’s pocket.
Turn to Jesus, take up your cross, practice holy justice, and be saved.