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Are You Living Out a Prosperity Gospel?( 2 ) 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

1. Do I believe faith is merely a force to be used for my own personal gain?

Like stated previously, the prosperity gospel has its roots in New Thought philosophy, so it’s add-on message that health and wealth through the finished work of Christ on the cross is obtained by using positive and declarative words and actions, through the law of attraction and visualization (New Age principles).

This theology believes faith is then a force to receive whatever you want to attract to you, believing God will give you whatever you are asking for, and using the name of Jesus as your authority to do so.



Faith is not something you use to get material possessions”

Faith is not something you use to get material possessions or temporal pleasures, friends. Faith is the gift God fills our heart with to believe upon the Lord Jesus to have a relationship with Him where we trust that He is good and faithful no matter what we are experiencing in life, even in lack, even in illness. Our faith in Christ is what gives us the hope that we have eternal life in Him.



2. Am I truly giving out of a heart of generosity, or am I giving to get something in return?

If your faith is to be used as a force to get something from God, as it is in the prosperity gospel, then you must give something away to get what you want in return. This act of giving stems from the law of reciprocity:

  • If you sow time, you get time.

  • If you sow money, you get money.

Sowing seeds is at the core of this false gospel, but it is not modeled Biblically like explained in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 or in other parts of Bible where the seed is the Word of God (see the parable of the sower in Luke 8).






An Example of Reciprocity in the Prosperity Gospel:

Most often, a seed in prosperity theology is a financial gift that has a condition attached. As you sow your financial seed, using the tithe as the key to open the windows of heaven, the Sovereign God is then required to multiple that seed (as if He were subject to the law of reciprocity) and pour out a blessing so big that you can’t contain it. This “gospel” promises a 30, 60, or 100-fold return (taking the parable of the sower out of context) of the amount of money that was given (the offering given beyond the tithe).

God Our Father, Not Business Partner:

God is not your business partner; He is your Heavenly Father who promises to richly provide all that you need, not want. Jesus tells us that we cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24). We can serve Jesus with our money and time by being cheerful and generous givers simply to help those in need and seeing the Kingdom of God advanced by the preaching of the gospel.


大多数情况下,繁荣神学中的种子是一种附带条件的金融礼物。 当你播下你的金钱种子时,用十分之一作为打开天窗的钥匙,然后要求君主上帝多重种子(好像他受到互惠法则的约束)并倾吐一个如此之大的祝福 你不能包含它。 这个“福音”承诺30(60或100倍)的回报(将撒种的比喻脱离背景)所给予的金额(超过十分之一的献祭)。


上帝不是你的商业伙伴; 他是你的天父,承诺丰富地提供你所需要的一切,而不是想要的。 耶稣告诉我们,我们不能侍奉上帝和金钱(马太福音6:24)。 我们可以通过快乐和慷慨的捐赠者,用我们的金钱和时间为耶稣服务,只是为了帮助那些有需要的人,并通过传福音来看待上帝的国度。

3. Do I use prayer as a means to tell God or to ask God?

Along with New Thought philosophy, the prosperity gospel is founded in Word of Faith theology, which proclaims that our words have the power to create our reality. It says that we are able to call things that are not as though they are (mishandling Romans 4:17, which is an ability only given to the Creator).

This false teaching completely changes the purpose behind prayer. Here’s how:

Instead of prayer as a way to connect to our Father and cultivate relationship (as Jesus so humbly modeled), prayer is viewed as a way to tell God what He is supposed to do for you through declarative statements and thanking Him (what would be said is done “in faith”) that He is already making a way, even if it is not His will.


伴随着新思想哲学,繁荣福音建立在信仰神学中,它宣称我们的话语有能力创造我们的现实。 它说我们能够称之为不像它们的东西(错误处理罗马书4:17,这是一种只给予造物主的能力)。

这种错误的教导完全改变了祷告背后的目的。 就是这样:

祷告被视为一种通过陈述性陈述告诉上帝他应该为你做什么并感谢他的方式,而不是祷告作为一种与父亲联系并培养关系的方式(祷告是如此谦卑地建模) 是“在信仰中”完成的,即使不是他的意志,他已经在做出一种方式。

“…the belief that it will happen has more to do with the person’s faith in the power of their words than faith in God Himself.”

Even if the person praying is asking God that He would move in their situation, the belief that it will happen has more to do with the person’s faith in the power of their words than faith in God Himself.

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew 21:22, ESV). We have faith in God that He hears us when we come to Him. As His child, we can ask Him for what is on our heart, but we also must remember that His ways are higher than our own, therefore, we must trust that His will for our life is perfect.



“无论你在祈祷中要求什么,如果你有信心,你都会得到”(马太福音21:22,ESV)。 当我们来到祂面前时,我们对上帝的信心是他听到的。 作为他的孩子,我们可以问他在我们心中的是什么,但我们也必须记住他的道路比我们的更高,因此,我们必须相信他对我们生命的旨意是完美的。


4. Do I believe that as a Christian that I should not suffer?

The prosperity gospel proclaims that because Jesus suffered on the Cross:

  • As His followers, we should not have to suffer.

  • And if we do suffer, it is because somehow, we opened the door to the enemy to wreak havoc on our lives.

But Job was “blameless and upright,” and he suffered greatly. And who do you think gave Satan permission to wreck Job’s life? The Apostles were thrown in jail, martyred, and tortured for their faith in Christ. Suffering is one of the highest honors as a follower of Christ. Peter tells us that we should rejoice and praise God when we suffer (1 Peter 4).

Jesus never promised us that we would not have to suffer. In fact, He promised that we would be persecuted and that we would face many trials and tribulations. But He also promised that He overcame the world for us (John 16:33) and when we trust in Him, we win in the end! As the Apostle Paul said, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)!







5. What is my definition of a blessed life?

This question is the most reflective of the five listed above because I believe it deals with the area of contentment. In a culture where “blessed” is a literal hashtag on social media, I think it is important to define this word for ourselves. What has God given you that you deem as a blessing? Make a list.

Does your list contain more material possessions and temporal things, or do you find salvation, wisdom, or spiritual gifts among your blessings? Sometimes blessings come wrapped up in suffering; after all, 1 Peter 4:14 shares this truth: “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you” (NASB).


这个问题最能反映上面列出的五个问题,因为我认为这个问题涉及满意的领域。 在一个文化中,“祝福”是社交媒体上的字面标签,我认为为自己定义这个词很重要。 上帝赐给你什么,你认为是一种祝福? 做一个列表。

你的清单中是否包含更多物质财产和时间的东西,还是在你的祝福中找到了救恩,智慧或属灵的恩赐? 有时候,祝福会在痛苦中消失; 毕竟,彼得前书4:14分享了这个真理:“如果你因基督的名受到辱骂,你就有福了,因为荣耀的灵和上帝的灵掌握在你身上”(NASB)。

“Life found in Christ alone will always be enough.”

I pray you take time to meditate on these questions and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of your heart where you might have been influenced by the prosperity gospel instead of the true gospel. The true gospel is that Jesus came to rescue sinners from the wrath of God by taking our punishment upon Himself through the Cross and to give us eternal life as well as a new life right now that should be lived to glorify Him always. Life found in Christ alone will always be enough.

Emily Rose Massey began writing short stories and poetry as a little girl, entered the blogging world in her early 20’s, and recently released her first book, Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing). She enjoys being a stay-at-home momma and serving in her local church with her husband in television, worship, and youth ministry. Believing she has been forgiven of much, she loves much, and desires to point others to Christ and His redemptive and transforming power. If you would like to connect with Emily or learn more about her book, you can visit her website:





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