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Monday, October 02, 2006

Prosperity Gospel travels by email

Because I received tidbits of it from a friend, I took a closer look. What a scandal to Christ! From their salaries of more than $300,000 USD a year, are they using all of that up on luxury? Saint Paul tells us [1 Timothy 6:5, 9-11]:

 "But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness."
It isn't that their network is earning so much money. It is that the people behind it, effective as they might be in spreading the Gospel worldwide, appear to be thriving in opulence. What of the many people who die of starvation everyday? Saint James said [James 2:15-16]:
 "If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on, and one of you says to them, 'I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,' without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that?"
Is it enough to simply tell the poor that they should pray for prosperity and it will come? Saint James disagrees. As would the Lord, who describes a harsh sentence for those who neglect to serve the poor with what they actually need [from Matthew 25:31-46]:
 He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
It is cold comfort to give words but not food, shelter and clothing.

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