I always get questions about prosperity gospel every November. That’s probably because every November, Victory has a four-week preaching series on finance and the moment we listen to the sermons, we can’t help but think of the verses that talk about Christianity and money. The questions come in different forms but the gist always boils down to this: are we preaching prosperity gospel?
My short answer is no, I don’t think so. We simply have finance series every year to preach what the Bible says about money.
There are two obvious signs that a church endorses prosperity gospel (John Piper lists six): (a) when it doesn’t have a serious teaching on the necessity and normalcy of suffering and self-denial (Acts 14:21; Romans 8:23; John 15:20; Romans 8:13; Phil. 3:8); and (b) when the pastor teaches more on the power of human declarations (like speaking your destiny into existence) than the power of the Word of God. There are many other signs but these are some of the heavy ones. [Read more…] about Are We Preaching Prosperity Gospel?