Is the “Prosperity Gospel” Like An Infection?

Do Prosperity Gospel preachers preach a form of Chrisitan Hedonism?

I recetnly ran across the following at www.bignews.biz

The Church blasts those that teach Jesus Christ wants you rich.
“This is not the religion of Christ”proclaims the Church ministry.”
Click here to view related Website: The Church Publish Date: 2010-02-20

The Church is going on the warpath against the many preachers they say teach this doctrine.”This is not the religion of Christ”proclaims the Church ministry.”

They sounded off against many of your well-known preachers Tim Lahaye, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyers, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, just to name a few. The Church ministry repeatedly denounced their religious doctrines, calling it the message of Satan cloaked in the words of Christ. The Church ministry continued to load up Scripture after Scripture like ammunition into a shotgun, to blowholes into their teachings. “If any preach gain is godliness from such withdraw thyself, how hardly shall a rich man enter into the kingdom of heaven, is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven” these being just a few of the scriptures they threw their way to prove their point.

Their harsh criticism of these preachers didn’t stop there for they censured them for their overall mishandling of the religion of God saying – to quote them correctly “they have taken the Gospel and dipped it in gold for it to be used by the congregation to get rich and conversely rendered the true meaning of God’s gospel, his religion as useless as a carpentry tool in the hands of a six-month-old infant”. As I continued to take in the tongue lashing that they gave some of the most famous preachers we have to date it actually encouraged me to take a look into what they were talking about. To find out more about the Church ministry visit their website.
Aaron H
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Then I Found The Following Article:

Theologian: Most Christians Infected with Prosperity Gospelhttp://tinyurl.com/yaffrs9
February 5, 2010

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

Most professing Christians in America are infected with at least some measure of the health and wealth gospel, said one theologian.

That is, believers have no concept of a love and a joy that does not eliminate hardship and heartache, Sam Storms of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City said at a pastors conference this week.

“For most professing believers if God is love He must promise to minimize my struggles and maximize my pleasure,” he lamented. Many believe it’s their spiritual birthright to experience comfort and prosperity and that it’s God divine obligation to provide it.

It’s a disease that’s rampant in the culture and in the church. People are inundated with messages from powerbrokers, media, entertainment, TV evangelists and bestselling authors that say joy is inextricably bound up in material prosperity, physical health, relational success and all the comforts and conveniences Western society provides.

For most people, joy and suffering are incompatible, Storms noted.

Thus preachers have a difficult task at hand in communicating to such a culture a genuine joy found in Christ.

The so-called prosperity gospel that teaches wealth and good health is a sign of God’s favor and blessing is prevalent in the church, Storm lamented. Underlining the seriousness of the problematic theology many preachers have picked up, the Oklahoma City pastor called it a “corrosive and disintegrative pox” on the church and “a disease far more infectious and ultimately fatal to the soul than the worst bubonic plague and the affects it might have on the human body.”

“We have to fight this infection in the body of Christ,” he emphatically told pastors at the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis.

But the blame for the rampant “disease” shouldn’t fall on the TV evangelists, Storms noted.

“I want to lay it (the blame) at our feet,” he said.

“It’s the pastors and leaders of the church today who fail to explain from the biblical text how hardship and tribulation are actually used by God to expose the superficiality of all the human material props on which we rely,” he explained. “We failed … to show … how hardship and persecution and slander compel us to rely on the all-sufficiency of everything God is for us in Jesus.”

That failure has left most professing Christians unable to grasp “the simple truth” that “infinitely more important and of immeasurably greater value than our physical comfort in this world is our spiritual conformity to Christ,” Storms noted.

And conformity to the image of Christ is orchestrated through trials and hardship.

“If I suffer it is because God values something in me greater than my physical comfort and health that He in His infinite wisdom and kindness knows can only be attained by means of physical affliction and the lessons of submission and dependency and trust in Him that I learn from it,” he said.

“That’s how suffering serves joy.”

Everyday people are hearing about a joy less durable and far inferior than the one offered by God. Yet, Storms asked pastors, when was the last time you expounded on the nature of the fullness of joy, … the superior beauty of God?

Citing the work of 18th century theologian Jonathan Edwards, Storms advised pastors on how a “Christian hedonist” should preach on the pursuit of joy.

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I Guess John Piper Held A Conference Devoted to “Christian Hedonism”

And here is “John Piper: Why I Abominate The Prosperity Gospel”

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