The “Prostitution” Of The Gospel
As a Pastor there are some things that I personally find disturbing within the whole of the modern evangelical Christian movement. However there is nothing that I find more disdainful and sickening than the prostitution of the Gospel for monetary profit. Those individuals, most of whom come from the “word of faith” movement, pervert the true Gospel of Christ in order to make money. In legal terms when one is operating a prostitution enterprise, they are referred to as pimps. These false teachers have convinced the masses that they have a direct line of communication with God, and that if you send them money, then they will ask God to pour out His blessings on you. The blessing that is promised most often to those listening to these pastors, is that of financial blessing. These teachers prey on the poorest in our society, those who are living on fixed incomes, or have very little in the way of possessions. “If you want God’s blessings, you have to go out on faith and “plant a seed.” This statement is one that is often presented by these prosperity teachers to get people to send them money. Scripture does talk about planting seeds, but these individuals twist the meaning of these scriptures in order to profit financially from those who can least afford it. For them “planting a seed” equals “giving them money” so they can live lavish lifestyles, and support their pseudo-ministry programs. I could give several reasons why the “prosperity gospel,” is a sham, and an insult to God, but I’ll give just one here. The prosperity gospel, proclaimed by these pimps places the “gift” above the “Giver.” They present the blessings of God as more important than God Himself, and put our personal relationship with God in second place, behind that which we can receive from God. At its heart the “prosperity gospel” is nothing more than greed masquerading as faith; it’s modern idolatry, pure and simple. For this reason and several others that we will address in the future, this false doctrine, and the pimps who promote it, defaming the name of Christ in the process, should be rejected outright!
Though I have some theological differences with John Piper, his insight on this abhorant doctrine is right on the money! Pun intended!