John Gray, a pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, is unapologetic about using personal funds to buy his wife an extravagant anniversary present.
Paula White claims this "seed" money will lead to wealth.
Friends, it's simply a false gospel.
“The blood of all these people that you have sucked [and on which] you have lived, is a cry to the Lord, it is a cry of justice."
Unfortunately, it can be hard to see God present in churches. Our eyes too quickly skip over the generous and quietly effective congregations in our midst. It's much easier to sneer, justifiably, at predatory preachers traveling on private jets and counting the money they've fleeced from misled donors. How will God protect us all from their deceits?
From a theological perspective the problem with the prosperity gospel is not so much that it assumes that one's actions have miraculous or "supernatural" repercussions, even actions related to monetary exchange. The problem is, rather, the way in which it inverts a more "orthodox" logic.
The New Testament praises those who give generously to the needy and to support the people who provide leadership to Christian communities. Almost just as often, it tells those leaders not to be financial burdens to others or to create circumstances in which they appear to be unduly profiting from their preaching.
Some of you may have already heard about Creflo Dollar, the pastor of Atlanta's giant World Changers Church International, asking for financial help to "achieve our goal to purchase the Gulfstream G650 airplane."
“There was no pressure of any kind applied to anyone, but rather an opportunity was presented to those in our community who
Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defends His Plans For $65 Million Private Jet: 'I Dare You To Tell Me I Can't Dream'
“The enemy has got to discredit the voices of faith and grace and truth because he don't want you to know that you can walk
From the fake revelations of revivalist preacher Peter Popoff, to the 80s excess and false lashes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
We claim to have a heart for the poor, for changing the world to more closely reflect the divinely inspired kingdom vision offered to us by Jesus. And yet, the tools required to make the changes are right before us. It's how we're choosing to employ them that betrays the darker nature of our all-too-human hearts.
The Osteens were on HuffPost Live to talk about their "Night of Hope" events, which are described as "inspirational nights
Catch the rest of Hill's conversation with the Osteens about the prosperity gospel in the video above. This isn't the first