Thursday, September 14, 2006
17 percent of Christians surveyed said they considered themselves part of such a movement, while a full 61 percent believed that God wants people to be prosperous.
And 31 percent—a far higher percentage than there are Pentecostals in America—agreed that if you give your money to God, God will bless you with more money. …
For Osteen, Prosperity Gospel isn't a pejorative term:
"Does God want us to be rich?" he asks. "When I hear that word rich, I think people say, 'Well, he's preaching that everybody's going to be a millionaire.' I don't think that's it." Rather, he explains, "I preach that anybody can improve their lives. I think God wants us to be prosperous. I think he wants us to be happy. To me, you need to have money to pay your bills. I think God wants us to send our kids to college. I think he wants us to be a blessing to other people. But I don't think I'd say God wants us to be rich. It's all relative, isn't it?"
On the other side is the guy whose church rounds out the "largest four" list:
I have to agree with Mr. Warren. Baloney!
Jesus gave us a model when he provided us with His Prayer. “Give us this day our daily bread.” In other words, provide us with the necessities of life. Give us food, clothing, shelter, money to pay our bills and provide for our families.
Furthermore, Satan tempted Jesus with all the riches and power of the world. All that God asks of us is to seek His Will. Everything else will fall in line.
Turn off the TV and read The Book!