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Prosper or Despair

The anthem of many Christians as well as the hymn of choice in the First Church of Blessed Misery

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health, even as thy soul prospereth.” III John 2

What does that mean?

It depends on who you ask. A fundamentalist will say that God desires your soul to prosper. A charismatic may say that God desires your bank account to prosper. Why not both?

John Piper, in a series of videos on You Tube, has let his “abomination” of the prosperity gospel be known. Okay. While we don not endorse a gospel of greed … we don’t promote a gospel of perpetual need either. Matthew 6 makes it clear God will take of His children. Philippians 4:19 states that He will supply all of our needs. Jesus declared in John 10:10 that He came to give His children an abundant life.

While we agree that many prosperity teachers present the gospel as all of your troubles are over, money will never be a problem if you are sowing the right seed (giving money to the right ministry … usually theirs), and everything in life will go well with you. Now, we all know that is not how it works. However, Piper’s enjoy your misery and despair message is equally as asinine.

Will we be tested? Yes. Will there be trials that test our faith? Yes. Are we to endure hardness as a good soldier? Yes. News flash… tests finish, trials end, and battles get over.

Does God bless? Yes. Does God give if we give? Yes. Can God give us the desires of our hearts? Yes.

So, one message is ALL prosper. The other is ALL suffering and despair.  News Flash… life (Yes, the CHRISTIAN life) has both. Times of suffering … times of prospering. No, God does not get glory from OUR greed but He does from HIS prospering us. No, God does not get glory from OUR self imposed poverty but He does from His testing us.

Yes, Job was tested and lost it all. Teachers like Piper forget that God doubled everything he lost so that he ended up wealthier than when he began. 😉

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