Prosperity, A Christians Rights

Before I post anything about a subject I start with studying the subject by researching the scriptures, commentaries, historians and much more.

I go over the subject in my mind repeatedly until I feel confident to put my thoughts in written form.  I do not write something and post it just for the sake of having posts on my blog.

When it comes to using a blog I started late and didn’t quite understand how to do it.  It along with many other tools of social media I take quite awhile to become comfortable using the certain tool.

Let me start this post with a preface, for this post and several more to come, when I speak of Christians/Evangelicals I will be speaking about those in North America.

I believe Christians/Evangelicals have become like spoiled children.  They have come to believe a fallacy, fantasy, and lie.  They were told that a certain message that, ‘ The Prosperity Gospel’, is a true Biblical doctrine.  I am hear to say that there is no scriptural basis for this teaching.

It started back in the early 1900’s with an lady evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson.  Her organisation was beginning to feel the pain of the lack of finances.  She began to expouse that God wanted His children to blessed, to be prosperous.  Soon she locked unto the one scripture that all prosperity preachers use as their basis for their teachings.  The verse found in 1 John 1, ‘Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health….’.  Except they took this verse out of context for the true translation was like how we use the saying ‘wish you God’s speed’.  Basically it was a type of blessing for when someone was setting out to travel.

Having crusades across a nation is very expensive.  The cost of travel, the renting of a hall, and the staff behind the scenes that does the bulk of the work.

Then along came the 50’s and the emergence of tent revivals with preachers such as, Jack Coe, A. A. Allen, R. W. Shambach, and many more.  These were the pioneers of developing the ‘prosperity gospel’ using it as a springboard to raise great offerings. Yes, these offerings paid for the obvious expenses, but quite a bit of it went into the wallet of the preacher.

The ‘prosperity gospel’ came of age in the 70’s and Jim and Tammy Bakker polished it and sold it to their listening audience.  The message was quite simple, ‘God wants you to be rich’. The message equated money and nice things to having God’s favor and blessing.

This message hit home to the most base and crass area of humans and stirred to the surface the hideous character flaw called ‘greed’.

Christians also began to believe that if a preacher had tremendous growds gather at an event, it meant that the preacher had God’s blessing.  This is so far removed from the truth.

While I was active in the ministry I joined an ‘Miracle Evangelist’ as his organist, and a junior pastor of his’ church. One day I was asked to fly to another Canadian city to fill in for the preacher and his’ guest because the city they were in, the crusade had been extended.  I had never conducted that type of service.  I was taken to the airport, this would be my first time flying, and set out for that city.  I began to gather my thoughts and how I would handle the service.  When I arrived at the hall I set it up and went and sat at the piano. I was confident about my music, and semi-confident in my preaching. Near the end, which I felt that things went smoothly, I decided to raise an offering.  I had the people bow their heads and began speaking what I felt was in my heart.  To my surprise it went better than anyone could have thought.  That offering was so large that the preacher and his guess asked how I did it.  From that time on they had confidence in my ability to handle a meeting and the ability to raise finances

When Christ spoke to his’ disciples and taught them what they should pray the first part spoke of God meeting His’ childrens needs.  Notice it says daily bread.  Nowhere can it be found that God wanted His’ saints to live wealthy.

Many preachers who expouse the ‘prosperity message’ use one verse found in 3 John – “Beloved I wish above all things, that thou mayest prosper and be in good health, even as your sould prospers.’  This is not as it is being described, it is actually an benediction, like when someone says to another ‘Gods speed’.

So when it comes to a Christians right, prosperity is not on the list.

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The Rights of a Christian

Rethinking Scripture

I am writing this post with the realization that there will be those who will be totally offended.  Others will read and begin to contemplate what has been written.
In the United States 2016 is an presidential election year.  Things have been totally out of character compared to any other year in history.
One candidate, Donald J. Trump proposed an idea to ban people of the Muslim faith from entering the country.
I have heard and read all manner of things for this election.  The one issue that has struck me is the issue that of the rights of a Christian. I began thinking about this, and started to explore exactly if there is any scriptural foundation to support a Christian’s rights.  So far, I have found none.
Reader, do your history lessons over again and look at how Christians came to be, how they were accepted and treated.
The christian church started the day of Pentecost.  The disciples were in this upper room, chamber, not because they were electing a board, but were huddled together in fear thinking they might be next to be put to deathlike Christ Jesus. All those that day were of the Jewish faith, until they decided to follow Christ.  In the sermon on the mount Christ gave them instructions part of them are:

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.1
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 

In this last 116 years Christians in North America have been fed several total deceptions.

  1. The Pre – Trib Rapture
  2. The Prosperity Gospel
  3. Faith Healers

If I was writing this 30 years ago I would of thought that I myself was under some delusion.
I have come to the realization that Christians and Evangelicals of North America have not been tested and will not escape persecution.  I was raised to believe, and up to about   7 years ago believed the so called ‘Rapture’ would happen before events mentioned in Bible prophecy. I have studied the scriptures and began again to look at history and found that the early Christians were persecuted, beheaded like the Apostle Paul, crucified upside down like Peter.  The apostle John was sent to an island that was used for convicts, the Isle of Patmos.
Rome did not allow for people to openly be of the Christian faith until Emperor Constantine had a revelation. Four hundred years after the death of Christ the emperor declared Christianity the state religion.
Let me make this statement and ask, are you greater than those first disciples and apostles that you should not have to go through any major trials. This could mean you might have to decide to stand for Christ and lose your life, or deny Christ and go on living.
The only right a Christian has is this, Christ is your saviour and you have the right to be forgiven of your sins.
I am going to keep on posting more thoughts on this idea about the rights of a Christian.