Most false doctrines (Prosperity Gospel) start with a nugget of biblical truth, but then that nugget is taken to unbiblical extremes. Entire false belief systems have been built on single verses of Scripture taken out of context.
Costi Hinn, the nephew of popular televangelist and faith-healer Benny Hinn, has discussed the “damning and abusive” nature of the prosperity gospel and identified how Christians can combat the “health and wealth” theology presented by teachers like his uncle.
During a recent episode of the The Gospel Coalition podcast, Costi Hinn, who rejected the teaching of his “Uncle Benny” after working alongside him for years, said that two natural outcomes of the prosperity gospel — which teaches that God rewards increases in faith with increases in health and/or wealth — are false hope and fear.
“False hope and fear are probably the two biggest products,” he said. “You got the false hope part, we all understand that when it comes to the prosperity gospel, but the other one, the fear of God or fear is, you know, even if I’m waiting on getting my miracle, I’m staying under the anointed umbrella and the protection of this anointed man or woman of God, by submitting to them and giving my money.”
Costi Hinn, who now runs his own ministry called For The Gospel, tells his story of growing up in the Hinn family and writes against his former views in the book, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies.
The pastor likened the prosperity gospel to a Ponzi scheme, adding: “Either way, whether you’re just wanting a miracle, or you’re just wanting to stay protected while you wait for your miracle, you got to pay to play.”
While millions of “ignorant” people are “deceived” by the “health and wealth” theology presented by men like his uncle, others eagerly latch onto the message of comfort because it’s “comfortable,” Costi Hinn said.
“A message that says, ‘I’m going to be blessed, and my kids aren’t going to have cancer, and nobody’s going to be sick.’ I mean, that is something that every person wants, we naturally seek comfort. We don’t want pain,” he said.
He went on to highlight several ways Christians can convince people to trust in the true gospel instead, beginning with building “relationships with people who are caught up in this stuff. “
“Don’t stay in the holy huddle,” Costi Hinn advised. “I’m not trampling on biblical separation where we’re in the world, but not of it. I’m not saying go and attend a prosperity gospel church, because you’ll infiltrate that, that’s not wise. Stay on the shoreline, stay on safe ground and throw the rope to those that are in the whitewater going over the waterfall. Get yourself secure, understand the gospel, arm yourself with truth and then throw the rope of rescue to others.”
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“I would say that that’s one of the best ways,” he added. “So if you aren’t even sure how to articulate the gospel, if you’re not apprised of these issues, I would say, first arm yourself with the truth so that as you build relationships with people and walk with people, you can be a useful tool in the hand of our God.”
While false gospels can seem intimidating, Costi Hinn emphasized, “don’t ever underestimate Romans 1:16-17” and the “power of the gospel and the power of the gospel being proclaimed in a way that is unashamed. “
“Trust its power, and be unashamed, God will work in remarkable ways,” he advised.
One of the most well-known purveyors of the prosperity gospel around the world, Benny Hinn is frequently accused of being a fraud and criticized for living extravagantly — all while leading a ministry that rakes in more than $100 million annually.
Last year, he made headlines after confessing he may have taken his “health and wealth” message too far at times.
“We get attacked for preaching prosperity, well it’s in the Bible. But I think some have gone to the extreme with it sadly, and it’s not God’s Word what is taught, and I think I’m as guilty as others. Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go and then God brings you back to normality and reality,” Benny Hinn said.
“We all want to finish right,” Benny Hinn said of pastors. “We all start right. Sometimes we, you know, stumble here and stumble there. But when you come right down to it, we all want to finish right. I’m 65 years old, I surely don’t want to blow it at this point in my life and I thank you for praying for me. I really mean that.”
While the prosperity gospel continues to see success in certain parts of the world, Costi Hinn told The Gospel Coalition he’s “optimistic” churches that tout such views will soon collapse.
“I’m thankful, and I’m just a part of it,” he said.
Still, he warned those attempting to preach the whole gospel to expect resistance from those who have made millions presenting a “health and wealth” version of Christianity to the masses.
“Let’s be aware of not remorse only, but repentance,” he said. ”Yes, look for, you know, the tides to turn by God’s grace. But also, let’s not be quick to throw the parade when a few people say, “Hey, we may have gone too far,’” he said.
“Let’s wait and let’s throw the parade when there is major revival and people are … their whole lives are being turned upside down,” he added. And let’s be careful that we don’t label remorse as repentance and then trust God to do his work.” Source
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What is the poverty gospel?
Please note — the poverty gospel is not biblical. I do not believe it, nor do I think anyone else should believe it. I am writing this post on the “poverty gospel” as a satire. My purpose is to show how easy it is to invent a doctrine by taking Bible verses out of context and not studying the whole counsel of Scripture.
The Poverty Gospel
God wants you to be sick and poor. If you are healthy or wealthy, it is because you do not have enough faith and/or are in disobedience to God.
God wants you to be sick so that you will learn to obey His Word.
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word…It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees…I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me” (Psalm 119:67-75).
God wants you to be sick because it demonstrates His power.
“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh…Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
God wants you to give away everything you have, so clearly, that means He wants you to be poor.
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21).
God wants you to be poor so that you will take your eyes off the things of this world.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
God wants you to be poor. He demonstrates this by how often the Bible speaks against the evils of money and wealth.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
“But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?” (James 2:6-7).
God wants you to be sick so that you can rely on His strength and learn to obey His Word. God wants you to be poor so that you can learn to trust Him and take your eyes off the things of this world. If you are not sick and poor, it is because you lack the faith to trust God, are not obeying Jesus’ command to give everything away, and are holding on to the things of this world instead of longing for your eternal home in Heaven.
Again, let me be clear, in no sense do I believe that the poverty gospel presented above is biblical. It is simply an example of how easy it is to make something sound biblical by taking Bible verses out of context and not considering the counsel of all of Scripture.
It shouldn’t be difficult to discern what popular message the poverty gospel is a satire of…but that is not the main point. Most false doctrines start with a nugget of biblical truth, but then that nugget is taken to unbiblical extremes. Entire false belief systems have been built on single verses of Scripture taken out of context.
Does God sometimes use sickness and/or poverty to teach us? Yes. Is it sometimes God’s will for us to go through difficult life circumstances? Yes. But, is it always God’s desire that we are sick and poor? Absolutely not. Rather, God’s desire is that we trust Him, obey Him, and rely on Him no matter the circumstances in our lives.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).
Millions desperate for hope and solutions are enticed by the promise of the prosperity gospel – that God will do whatever they need with just a little faith and a financial gift. All the while, prosperity preachers exploit the poor and the needy to stockpile their riches.
In spite of common assumptions, most pagan worshippers claim they don’t believe in Satan. However, there’s no question that Satan is their chief source of influence and control. Though they will deny it, they deify him in their worldly and sensual practices. Paul tells us plainly how Satan works in the lives of people without God, through His power, his signs, his deceit, and his lies:
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:9–12).
That Satan is alive and well is powerfully evidenced in these pagan practices. This was not only clear in the times of the first-century church, but also in today’s postmodern world. To the faithful believers who know the Lord, pagan worship is what it appears to be—the power and deceit of the prince of this world, Satan (1 John 5:19), who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). As such, paganism should be avoided.
The new company started as a Kickstarter project that raised $62,000 and they got some big backers, like Hillsong and Bethel churches. Last year, they went from working part-time for tech startups to launch their own “creative faith-based brand for millennials” as a way to explore the intersection of art, creativity, big money, and last “faith”.
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“Bad and Boujee? More like God and Gucci ayyyeee.”
The account, which garnered humor, judgment, and awareness to what some describe as a pretty shocking phenomenon, features celebrity pastors like Carl Lentz, Judah Smith, Chad Veach, Steven Furtick, and Rich Wilkerson, Jr. with shoes that cost from a few hundred dollars up to $5,000.
In the Gospels, Jesus speaks of those who have “ears to hear” at the end of a difficult saying or parable (e.g., Matthew 11:15; Mark 4:9, 23). Who is “he who has ears to hear”? Better yet, who is “he who has ears”? Ears are a feature shared by all of humanity—to not have ears would be an unnatural occurrence. Therefore, when Jesus addresses those who have ears, He refers to all who have been given His words—no matter their age, ethnicity, language, or status.
But there is a difference between having ears and having “ears to hear.” Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed contrasts types of hearers: those who let the Word of God pass straight through their ears and those who truly listen and seek understanding (Mark 4:13–20). Come hear the Word, yet they do not allow it to take root because the seduction of worldly pleasures and comfort overcomes them. Others end up rejecting the Word because of persecution or trials. Others hear the Word and open themselves to understand and accept it so that it transforms them. Those who have “ears to hear” allow the Word to bear fruit to the glory of God. It is up to the hearer to decide whether to take the Word seriously and pursue understanding; only a few are willing—the rest have ears, but they do not have “ears to hear” (Matthew 7:13–14, 24–27).
Whenever Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” He is calling for people to pay careful heed. It’s another way of saying, “Listen up! Pay close attention!” Speaking in parables was one way in which Jesus sought to gain the attention of the crowds —people love stories, and the parables depicted events and characters with which they could readily relate. But unless they were willing to tune out other distractions and come to Jesus to understand the meaning of His preaching, His words would be only empty stories. They needed more than ears, however keen they were; they needed ears to hear.
According to David Miller, Martin Luther viewed Mammon (or the desire for wealth) as “the most common idol on earth”. Miller cites Jesus’ encounter with the rich ruler Mark 10:17–31 as an example of wealth being an obstacle to faith. According to Miller, it is not the rich man’s wealth per se that is the obstacle but rather the man’s reluctance to give up that wealth in order to follow Jesus. Miller cites Paul‘s observation in 1st Timothy that, “people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” Timothy 6:9. Paul continues on with the observation that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Miller emphasizes that “it is the love of money that is the obstacle to faith, not the money itself.”[
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Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[a] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Kahan cites Jesus’ injunction against amassing material wealth as an example that the “good [Christian] life was one of poverty and charity, storing up treasures in heaven instead of earth.[
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6
Jesus counsels his followers to remove from their lives those things which cause them to sin, saying “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than to go with two hands into hell, where the fire never goes out.” Mark 9:42–49. In order to remove the desire for wealth and material possessions as an obstacle to faith, some Christians have taken vows of poverty. Christianity has a long tradition of voluntary poverty which is manifested in the form of asceticism, charity, and almsgiving. Kahan argues that Christianity is unique because it sparked the beginning of a phenomenon which he calls the “Great Renunciation” in which “millions of people would renounce sex and money in God’s name.
THE PROBLEM OF MATERIALISM
I. The meaning of materialism.
A. Materialism is defined as a preoccupation with or emphasis on material
objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of
spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
B. Notice in the definition that it is a preoccupation that leads to the
disinterest or even rejection of spiritual values.
C. Many acts as if it is a respectable sin.
D. Ira Rice wrote, “The worship of finite things of this world rather than the
infinite things of the Spirit of God is one of the greatest curses the church
E. What materialism does is replace God on the throne of our heart with the
the desire for and the pursuit of money and things of this life.
F. Is there anything wrong with owning TVs?
G. Is there anything wrong with owning cars?
H. Is there anything wrong with buying clothes?
- We know the answer to this is not yes or no.
- The answer is maybe.
I. There is no certain amount of money one can make that makes one
- There were rich people in the Bible who were not materialistic
(Abraham, Job, Barnabas).
- There were people who weren’t rich who were materialistic (Achan
J. Material prosperity and materialism are two different things.
K. The attitude in back of materialism is addressed by Paul (1 Timothy 6:9).
- The phrase “they that will” has a reference to a deliberate mindset.
- The desire of these people is to get rich.
- The getting and keeping of wealth is that on which their hearts are
L. So, materialism is a mindset that replaces the getting of wealth and goods
over one’s relationship with God.
II. The manifestation of materialism.
A. There are many different reasons for materialism.
- We believe that money and goods protect us.
- We believe that money and goods define us.
- We believe that money and goods enliven us.
B. There are signs of materialism in our own lives for which we need to be
looking so we don’t fall into its trap.
C. We show a spirit of materialism when we are intent on accumulating things.
- How much of what we own do we truly need?
- Someone once said that the religion of the first class is taking the place
of the religion of Jesus Christ.
- Luke 12:15.
D. We show a spirit of materialism when we spend more time shopping and
looking for things than we do in the pursuit of spiritual aims.
- How much time is spent in stores and how much time is spent in
- When the time spent getting things is more than the time spent in
worship, study or benevolence, we are showing signs of a problem.
E. If we get mad when someone preaches or teaches about this topic we are
showing signs of a problem (James 4:1-2).
F. We show signs of being materialistic when we turn from the truth of God’s
word in order to appease people so they won’t leave the congregation.
- This has happened in congregations across the world.
- The congregation has something come up that costs money and
some in the congregation who have that are appeased in various
ways in order to keep their money from leaving.
G. We show signs of materialism when we are so caught up in our work that
we fail to attend the way we should try to earn more money.
H. We show signs of materialism by accumulating great amounts of debt.
- The average indebted household is $15, 608 deep in credit card
- We need to remember that the borrower is a slave to the lender
III. The madness of materialism.
A. Falling into the trap of materialism is madness because of these things
cannot do for us that which we hope they can.
B. They don’t make us happy.
- Ecclesiastes 2:11.
- Ecclesiastes 5:10-11.
- 1 Timothy 6:9-10.
C. They are going to perish.
- Matthew 6:19.
- 2 Peter 3:10-11.
D. It will separate us from God, the giver of all good things, here on earth
E. It will keep us out of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9).
F. The Bible describes riches as “uncertain” (1 Timothy 6:17).
- They are such because they can disappear more quickly than they
- We can lose riches through many different means
(mismanagement, theft, fire, deflation, etc.).
G. We need to remember that all the things we accumulate, and all the
the wealth we can make will just be left for those to whom we leave it when
we die (Ecclesiastes 2:18-21).
H. The chasing after it is pure madness.
IV. The method of overcoming materialism.
A. If we can remember three words that start with the letter “c” we can
B. The first word is “confession.”
- We need to realize if we are materialistic and then confess that to
God (1 John 1:9).
- All the signs we discussed previously will reveal to us whether or
not we are materialistic.
- God will forgive us if we confess that sin to Him and repent of it.
- We then need to confess that fault to a brother or sister in Christ who can hold us accountable (James 5:16).
a. I have come to believe this type of confession is neglected among the vast majority of Christians.
b. We need to have a close Christians group of friends who will be able to help us with our problems and hold us accountable for our weaknesses.
C. The second word is “contentment.”
- It is interesting that right before Paul told Timothy about the
problems of seeking after wealth, he told Timothy to preach to
Christians to be content (1 Timothy 6:8).
- Content is defined as “satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else. “
- It is a learned attribute (Philippians 4:11).
- It is also a command (Hebrews 13:5).
- We are a rich people in America, but we are not content people.
- We need to learn to make do with what we have and not
constantly be pursuing bigger, better, faster things.
- God blesses us with all the things we need if we can just learn to be
content with them (Matthew 6:31-32).
- Too many times we are busy running after things that we don’t
need, we miss out on the blessings that we do need.
D. The third word is “commitment.”
- We need to make a commitment to God that we are going to seek
Him above all else.
- Matthew 6:33.
- Colossians 3:1-3.
- We want to be a friend of God, not the world.
- Loving the things of the world is condemned (1 John 2:15-17).
- When we love the world we are enemies of God (James 4:4).
- We have to be committed to God and His way of life that is best for us in order to keep from being overcome by materialism.
This whole movement is nothing more than prosperity gospel on steroids…
The people spreading concrete information on the dangers of globalism are accomplishing far more than those sitting around buying bitcoin or passing around Q-cult nonsense.
Let Me Make This Abundantly Clear. (I Am Apolitical) While I Have a General Distaste for Politicians No Matter the Party They Belong To, I Am Unashamedly Politically a Bible Believing Conservative Christian. I Have a Severe Distrust of Government. I Believe It Is the Most Inefficient and Ineffective Way to Accomplish Most Things. While I Strongly Disagree with Liberals/Progressives and Conservative on Most Political Issues, and While I Believe Liberals/Progressives and Most Politicians Are Terribly Misguided and Naive About What Big Government Will Eventually Result In, I Strive to Not Question Their Motives. at the Same Time, While I Find Myself in Agreement with Conservative Politicians on Some Issues, I Do Not Believe Electing Republicans Is the Answer to Everything. for Me, Very Sadly, the Main Difference Between Republicans and Democrats Is How Quickly They Want to Drive the Car Towards the Cliff. Simply put, I do not believe the government is the solution for everything. I do not place any faith, trust, or hope in any politicians to fix what is wrong with the world. “Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
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Education is useless without the bible (Daniel Webster)
Usually, the Lord doth no great thing for or against his people, without giving warning of it before it comes.
John Wesley who said that what we tolerate in our generation, will be embraced by the next. Wesley is 100% correct! We are living in sick times.
Evil Exists So Spiritual Warfare Becomes Necessary!
- Corinthians 4:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
- We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9. persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10. always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Satan has power over (LGBTQE-TRANS PEOPLE). The “sons of disobedience” referred to in Ephesians 2:2 are those who have not trusted Christ as Lord and Savior (cf. Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 13:12). The demons are also under the rule of Satan (Matthew 12:24), and one of his titles is “prince of demons” (Matthew 9:34). Satan has a kingdom (Matthew 12:26) and a throne (Revelation 2:13). Satan is called a prince because he is a ruler and possesses the power to manifest evil in the world through influencing people and commanding demons.
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