The legacy of the “Prosperity Gospel” includes the corruption and defamation of the gospel, narcissism, deception, and apostasy.
When I became a Christian, the so-called “Prosperity Gospel” was new and largely restricted to the fringes of the Charismatic Movement. When I heard about it, I assumed such an obvious deception and moneymaking scam would never last, let alone come to dominate the entire movement. Well, so much for my prophetic abilities!
After decades of failed predictions and expectations, the question demands an answer: When has the Prophecy Industry ever got one right?
Popular prophecy preachers claim they are not “date-setters” like William Miller or Harold Camping. No, they only estimate the “season” of Christ’s return, not the exact day. But this is a splitting of hairs. From the warning, “neither the day nor the hour,” they deduce we can calculate the approximate “season” of his return.
The Gospel of the Kingdom announced by Jesus is a message of hope and joy for men and women in every nation.
I have observed that many Christians associate “Christianity” with certain nations and political ideologies, especially so-called western “civilization.” This contradicts the universal message of the biblical faith, indeed, perverts it.
Consistently, the New Testament warns of coming deceivers and apostasy in the “last days.”
Many churches are now focused on the expected end-times “revival” that, supposedly, is poised to begin, one that will be accompanied by unprecedented “signs and wonders” that will win billions of souls and pave the way for Christ’s return. And these same miraculous “signs” have become the rallying cry, the raison d’être for many church leaders.
Is Jesus the “slain Lamb,” or has he become the “roaring” Lion of Judah out to exact vengeance on his enemies?
When certain “super-apostles” began to undermine his teachings, Paul reminded the church that the “serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness,” and warned against anyone who came “proclaiming another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or a different spirit, or a different gospel.” He pointed to the same Christ that he first proclaimed as the benchmark against which all other versions must be measured.