The following clips come from an article “Did Jesus wear designer robes?”
I am embarrassed that this heresy is making it to Africa. Please read carefully the following notes. Go over to the article by clicking on the link and read the entire article. People have been twisting the Scriptures for too long to make money from them.
God’s people do not need to be manipulated to get them to give. God does not want His men to use the church to get rich, filthy lucre.
Preachers quote 3 John 2: “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” Abraham, rich in cattle, sheep, and gold (Genesis 13:2), is commonly cited, with special emphasis on his willingness to pay tithes to Melchizedek. Since the Apostle Paul himself tells us that “the blessing of Abraham” has come to the Gentiles (Galatians 3:14), why shouldn’t Christians walk in similar wealth and influence, they ask?
The message of prosperity resonates with traditional African religious ideas because of the belief in mystical causality. Prayer vigils and healing camps are viewed as the Christian equivalent of traditional shrines. Prayers, like offerings, become ritual actions that are supposed to make things happen.
I saw first hand in Peru how curanderos and others could be paid to bring blessings or to curse someone. It makes a good living but it is not good living. The gospel of salvation that should be preached takes second seat to the money message!
When prosperity is lacking, the explanation given is failure to pay a tithe to the church, or it may be linked to demonic forces, curses, and witchcraft perpetrated by envious family members. Churches offer “anointing for vengeance” to help dismantle such spiritual traps. Services in charismatic churches include imprecatory prayers of sometimes alarming vengefulness.
Masters of manipulation using tricks to get people to believe that God is blessing only so they can get them to give more. Con artists in the name of Jesus robbing people and using God to achieve their wicked ends.
It is not uncommon for pastors who want a better vehicle to disguise their purchase. They claim God has directed them to give their old vehicle to a fellow church member. A few days after the ‘divine direction’ is carried out, a more luxurious vehicle appears, and members proudly point to this as visible proof of God’s blessing on their life and ministry.
One rarely hears of those who have failed in spite of their tithes and offerings. Or of those whose testimonies consist of grace and more grace, for example to continue in a marriage where one spouse is an alcoholic, or to cope in the face of painful loss.
God’s purpose in difficult situations is not always to take us out of them but to take us through them. In the words of the psalmist, ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me’ (Psalm 23:4); and ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever’ (Psalm 73:26). The Apostle Paul himself had a “thorn in the flesh” that was not taken away. He lived with it not by “naming and claiming,” but by grace.
I hope that you have learned enough Bible to know better than this error. I hope you can see through it here in America as well because it runs rampant here.
God bless each of you. Be careful to be discerning of the truth always.