I don’t believe in the Prosperity Gospel at all! “If you do something for God, God will do something — usually in material or financial ways — for you.”
This is the classic TV evangelist gospel. “If you give $10, God will give you $100!”
The Prosperity Gospel is a load of crap and does a lot of damage to the true Gospel.
I can’t help but notice time and time again in Scriptures I read verses like this:
“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.” Psalm 103:17-18
As followers of the Christian God, we get into dangerous territory when we start trying to pin Him down or attempt to fully verbalize phrases like: “If I do _____, God will do ______.”
Here’s my two conclusions:
* There is no doubt a path, a way, a decision, a life that brings about God’s blessings (don’t think simply material blessings). And there is no doubt a path, a way, a decision, a life that moves us away from God’s blessings.
* God is sovereign. While He is most definitely the ultimate Provider, He is also a sovereign (free from human reason) God who will do as He pleases. While life may not make sense to us, we follow a God who it does make sense to. He is a Provider, yes, but He is also a Tester, a Challenger, and a Sovereign being who does as He pleases.
I’m going to write a book on tension someday. It’s a dominant theme of following Christ.
What do you think? How do we hold these two truths in tension?