Is the prosperity gospel Biblical?
I used to really hate prosperity preachers and think they were the worst people in the body of Christ. There are numerous Christians from various organizations who really hate on prosperity preachers. Is the prosperity gospel Biblical or of God? I was once an adversary to the prosperity gospel, but as I searched the scriptures and experienced some miracles with this issue, I soon became a believer in the prosperity gospel. Before you judge me, please take the time to read about my journey. I am sure this article will create controversy and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but as Christians we all have different views on various things. The great thing about being a Christian is that we can be individuals and have our opinions and still love each other. I guess we are all on our own journey and we are all still learning. I don’t claim to have all the truth and all I can do is share my personal testimony with you.
I remember watching a Christian television show one day, as I was unable to get fellowship anywhere else. I was very unwell and could not get to a church nor did any Christians visit me, I was pretty much alone and without any kind of fellowship. The only Christian fellowship I had was through watching a Christian TV show. This Christian TV show aired at about 5am in the morning, and because I did not get up that early I used to tape the show and watch it the next day. When your an extremely lonely person who believes in Jesus, and you have no form of Christian contact or fellowship, this type of Christian TV show is like a God send. I was at a point in my life, where I was almost ready to give up on Christianity, and I can honestly say that this Christian TV show kept me in the faith in my darkest hours. It was just an inspiring TV show that exalted Jesus Christ, and the show consisted of lounge type fellowship, where two or more Christians would be sitting on a sofa talking about what Jesus had done in their lives. They would also go to various countries around the world and preach the gospel and help the poor. Various Christian topics would also be covered which included: how God speaks through dreams, how to hear from God, God’s promises and so forth. I remember hearing one Bible teaching on dreams, and that teaching inspires me until today. The TV show was also involved in various charity work, which included building orphanages for orphans in various parts of Asia. I remember hearing one testimony from a young girl from the Philippines, who said she was living on the streets and nobody would help her, but thanks to the Christian TV show, she now had a lovely home to live in and she was cared for by Christian volunteers.
One day when I was watching this Christian TV show, the television preacher said that he had a guest on the program, who was going to talk to the viewers about prosperity and giving. When I heard about this, I spoke out loud and said, “looks like they have got another fundraising guy on the show…”, and immediately after I said this, the TV preacher spoke through the TV and said, “folks, I don’t want you to see view this guy as a fundraiser, as he has a lot of truth to share.” This really shocked me… was the Holy Spirit talking back to me through the TV? I thought that it was possible. I then listened to this TV show guest give an amazing testimony. He gave his personal testimony about how his wife had divorced him some years ago, and he found himself living in a terrible place with no furniture, and he couldn’t even afford to buy curtains to cover the windows. He spoke through the TV and said that he remembers being at the point of suicide at this point in his life. It was a compelling moment as I sat there, and I really felt a connection with this guy, as I too was going through the hardest time of my life, and I just felt like giving up on Christianity and even life. The man then went onto say how he received $1000 for some work he had done recently, and that he was sitting down watching Christian television and a preacher on TV said that, if someone sowed $1000 into the work of God his ministry was doing, then God was going to bless them abundantly. The man said that he felt this word was from God, and he took the $1000 and sowed it into this TV ministry. He said not long after this, his life and ministry changed for the best, he said people gave him cars, and he was able to finance different projects related to Christian missionary work. This particular person as of today has a number of different ministries which include: providing shelter and food for children in Mexico who live in garbage dumps. It was amazing to hear this man say, that his present ministry was built on supernatural financial miracles, which started off as a $1000 offering into another ministry. As I listened and watched this man pour out his heart and tell his story, I could not brush him off as some liar. I could not accuse him of being some money grabber, because as I sat there as an alone Christian with no fellowship, and listened to this mans testimony, I felt God was in this TV show, and I felt my faith increase as I believed that with God nothing is impossible.
I also remember watching a preacher named Todd Coontz over an internet stream preaching on the prosperity gospel. Todd Coontz would have to
be one of the most persecuted Christian preachers at the moment. There are regular news stories on Todd Coontz which paint him as one of the most evil Christian Ministers on earth. I must admit, there was a time when I absolutely hated people like Todd Coontz. As I watched Todd Coontz preach through his internet stream, he started talking about a battle seed. He said that if you sent him a financial offering of around $130 and named it your battle seed offering, then God would go forth for you and fight your battles for you. This was the craziest thing I had ever heard in my life. Todd Coontz was involved in ministry in Africa, where his ministry: fed, clothed and preached the gospel to poor children in Africa. This preacher was talking about the power of tithing, and how God always blessed Israel in battle after they gave him an offering. The preacher then went onto say, that he had heard from God, and that God told him whoever sowed a $130 seed into his ministry and named it a battle seed, that God would personally go before them and fight their battles for them. At first I laughed and thought this guy was a con-artist, and considered this just another tricky gimmick to get dumb Christians to finance some false prophets rich lifestyle. But I thought twice and realized this preacher used his ministries money very wisely, he fed hundreds of thousands of kids in Africa and preached the gospel to them. He clothed and provided medical help and schooling to these kids, and this preacher was often in Africa preaching the bible to third world citizens.
Another half of me listened to this preacher, and as I evaluated this preachers message, I realized that much of it was biblical. Many times before a battle God asked Israel to give Him an offering to receive victory in the fight, and I could not deny the many blessings associated with tithing. As I watched this preacher preach from the word and say, “if you sow your $130 battle seed into this ministry and claim victory in battle, God is going to go before you and give you victory,” some insane part of me decided to test out whether this guy was a false prophet or not, or maybe I just wanted to test God… but as I look back, there was something supernatural within me that stirred me to action. I immediately got out my credit card, I went to this preachers website, I filled out my credit card details on his website and sent this preacher $130. After my transaction went through his website, I stood up and prayed, “in the name of Jesus Christ, I give you $130 oh Lord, and I claim this $130 seed as my battle seed. I pray oh God that you will go before me and fight my battles for me.” I was praying very loudly and boldly and could not hear anything around me.
What I did not know, was that while I was praying loudly and with great force, somebody was knocking at my front door. I was praying so loud that I could not hear the front door knocking. When I had finished praying, I noticed a man trying to get in through the side gate of the house. It seemed he had knocked on my door and nobody answered and now he was trying to get through the side gate. However he could not get through the side gate because it was locked from the inside and was very tall. I immediately became suspicious of this guys activity, and I slightly opened my backdoor while leaving the fly screen door closed. The back door is a large distance from the side gate and is also elevated, so I could look upon this guy from a safe distance with the protection of a thick superior fly screen door. Even if a gun was fired at me from where he was, it would be an extremely difficult shot, and due to the thickness of the security fly screen door, I doubt the shot would go through the security doors thick metallic mesh. But I could still observe this guy and evaluate his appearance from a safe distance. I yelled from a distance, “who are you and what are you doing?” He then said he had some papers from the post office for me, however this guy was not dressed in a post office uniform, and he looked more like a gang member or criminal. I knew something suspicious was happening. I basically yelled at this guy to get the hell off my property, and after an argument from a safe distance and protected by a thick security door he left.
I later found out this guy was a hit man who was sent to kill me. If I had of answered the door I would not be writing this article today. His plan was to shoot me at point blank range at the front door, the moment I opened the door, however I was praying so loud after I sowed the $130 donation, that I could not hear the door being knocked. If I had not of sown that $130 donation into that ministry, the fact of the matter is, I would be dead right now. This was definitely God teaching me something, he was showing me that this preacher was not a false prophet, and that if you tithe your money, God will personally rebuke the devourer for you and give you supernatural protection beyond your wildest dreams. This was a professional hit man working for the Jesuit controlled mafia, I doubt this guy ever missed a target in his life, nor had he ever gotten arrested by the police. This was a professional and he was defeated by loud prayer. On another separate occasion I also had an opportunity to share the gospel with this hit man, I told him that he was a murderer and headed for hell, but if he repented of his sins and turned to Jesus Christ he could be saved. If you are reading this article, please pray for this hit man and that he would turn from his sins and place his faith in Jesus Christ.
There are numerous scriptures in the Bible that talk about supernatural provision and prosperity. Jesus Christ Himself said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
The Apostle Paul also wrote in his letters, that God would supernaturally prosper and bless those who were financially supporting him. Consider the words of Paul to the Philippians below.
“Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:15-19)
A lot of people love quoting the scripture, “My God will supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” but most people don’t read it in context, as this promise is given only to those who were sowing financially into Paul’s missionary work. You reap what you sow, and if you sow nothing into God’s Kingdom, then you will reap nothing.
I watched the well known prosperity preacher, Todd Coontz, on the Sid Roth supernatural TV show recently, and he is interviewed by Sid Roth about his prosperity beliefs and how they relate to scripture. If you watch the show objectively, Todd provides Biblical scriptures to back up all of his beliefs. I remember watching this interview and thinking to myself, “this guys beliefs are actually in the Bible!” Todd also explains what he does with all the money his ministry receives, and it is definitely used to help the poor and preach the gospel. Todd also gets a lot of persecution because he is a very wealthy person, but Todd works during the day and has a day job. He works as a financial adviser and no client has ever complained about his conduct, and much of the money he earns in his secular day job, goes toward financing ministry trips in Africa to help disadvantaged children. Sid Roth was very objective and even suspicious of Todd when he interviewed him, Sid asked all the hard questions but also gave a fair interview. You can watch the interview below.
One recent thing the Lord has shown in my Christian walk is the power of the tithe. The tithe is defined as 10% of your income. If you give 10% of your income to the Lord, there are a number of biblical promises associated with this act. Some time ago, the Lord took me through Malachi 3 in the bible, and showed me all the promises associated with tithing. I must admit I generally have a bad attitude about things and can often be a skeptic, but these verses in the bible really started speaking to me and I was praying about it.
Malachi 3 outlines a number of promises associated with tithing.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:10-12)
If you look at the above promises they are amazing. If you tithe, God promises to: personally rebuke your enemies, open the windows of Heaven and pour out supernatural blessings, allow your work to prosper, and make your land and property supernaturally blessed. At the end of verse 12, God says that people will look on your life and concede that you are blessed and prosperous.
The message of this story is that tithing does produce results and springs God into action. The promises of the tithe are genuine, I have personally seen them work in my life and this testimony is proof of that. You can say, “well maybe it was just a coincidence that you happened to be praying so loud after you sent a $130 donation, and that caused you to not hear the door knocking.” I do not believe this was a coincidence. I heard a preacher preaching the word of God, I acted upon the word in crazy faith, and I immediately saw results and a personal victory in my life. That financial donation saved my life and gave me spiritual and physical authority over a professional assassin. God is still on the throne today and if we fear Him and not man, God can do amazing things in our lives and give us amazing victories.
Below are some encouraging scriptures about Biblical prosperity. Money is not evil. The Bible does not teach that money is evil, it is the LOVE of money that is evil, not money itself. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
If you are a genuine Christian believer that wants to: feed the homeless, help orphans, and produce resources to get the gospel out to the nations, then an abundance of money in your hands can be used for so much good. You also need a secure home and financial stability to be able to do these things. God rewards those who tithe and give, and it also gives you an opportunity to bless others in the process. God’s universal laws of sowing and reaping, solve the problem of poverty and selfishness. By selflessly giving your money to God’s work, God will reward you with supernatural blessings. Galatians 6:7: “For whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.”
To the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. (Ecclesiastes 2:26)
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures. (Job 36:11)
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
In the above scripture, Paul is clearly promoting the prosperity gospel, as he says, that your financial offerings are like seeds. The more you give, the more you will recieve back from God. This law of giving and receiving is a way to tap into God’s supernatural provision and prosperity.
In conclusion, if you are a tither, you have nothing to fear. If you are a tither, never run from your enemy. Claim your tithe promises and go forth into battle expecting victory. If you are not a tither, I would encourage you to find a church or ministry that is preaching the word, and using it’s money for the genuine work of God. Make a decision to tithe 10% of your income into that ministry of God, and see what God does in your life. God even says to “test him” with regard to tithing. Nowhere in the Bible does God dare you to test him, except in relation to tithing…”Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith…” (Malachi 3:10) I encourage you to test this promise of God and make a decision to tithe, and get a notebook out and write down the miracles God does in your life after you start tithing. This article is a record of what God did in my life after I started tithing and giving financial offerings. Every week when I get paid, I sow 10% of my income into the work of God, and I am expecting even greater miracles and victories. This article is a testimony of the power of the tithe. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)