Here's why we can not and will not support the wildly popular "prosperity" perspective. When the whole counsel of Scripture is considered, nowhere do we see Jesus subscribing to it, operating by it or even endorsing it as the rule for His people living here on earth. Quite the opposite; we see Him willingly laying aside His rights to Himself as God's Son (Phil. 2:5ff) for the express purpose of laying down His sinless life for His friends. We believe He's called us to lay our lives down as well, and in order to be obedient to the entire counsel of His Word, we oppose "prosperity" doctrine because in essence it says, "take (back) what's rightfully yours." Someday, by His grace, we shall. But not so fast. Watch your life and doctrine closely and persevere in them, and in doing so will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Tim 4:16)
The "prosperity message" is nothing more than an interpretation that sprang up during the latter part of the 20th century. When you read Jesus' message to the Laodicean church (Rev. 3:14-22), His blunt indictment of its "prosperity message" is startling - and timely - indeed. Jesus counsels the church to buy some gold, clothes and medicine - from Him - and exhorts them to "be earnest...and repent." Otherwise...
Although it is wildly popular all around the world today ("That makes it true...right?"), we do not believe that "prosperity teaching" is a doctrine that the LORD originated, intended or is in agreement with - no matter how many celebrified, televisible Word-twisters endorse and peddle it with their neo-Gnostic Rhema-empowered understanding of things. It is a seductive heresy, doing great damage to the testimony and work of His church in the world, and will likely lead to the coming great apostasy prophesied in Scripture.
This Trojan horse teaching has been welcomed with wide eyes into Christ's church, enthralling and entrapping many a saint with its enticing appeal. "Prosperity teaching" is intrinsically anthropocentric (man-centered) in that it "makes" God the Creator "answerable" to man the creature's "commands." But any teaching that attempts to "use" God's own Word (and His promises) "against" Him (as if such a thing could be done!) to man's "advantage" - "forcing" the Creator to do the creature's bidding through Rhema declarations and directives - is dangerous indeed. If you'd like to read more of this apologetic, click here.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
(Gal 6:7) Careful whatcha sow.
Before sending us Scripture references defending "prosperity doctrine," ask yourself: Does it conflict with Colossians 3:1-4ff? What about James' warnings about hoarding riches (chapter 5)? What kind of lasting "fruit" comes out of it? What Christ-likeness (graces or virtues)? How does God measure "prosperity"?