Prominent leaders in the development of prosperity theology include E. W. Kenyon, Oral Roberts, TD Jakes, A. A. Allen, Robert Tilton, T. L. Osborn,
Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, Reverend Ike and Kenneth Hagin.
Based on non-traditional interpretations of the Bible, often with emphasis on the Book of Malachi, the doctrine views the Bible as a contract between God and humans: if humans have faith in God, he will deliver his promises of security and prosperity. Confessing these promises to be true is perceived as an act of faith, which God will honour.
When I watch these programmes on various "God" channels I feel they prey on the vulnerable.
What do you think?
It may well seem like that, Mary, but the principles taught are correct. It is the Love of money that is the problem not the money
itself. If you listen to these people for what you can get then you've missed the point same as if you go to Church only to feel
good (i.e. what you can get). The people of who you refer do tend to come across as money focussed, but I suspect that that is more the American
psyche i.e. you gotta worship the almighty greenback than the message being taught.
There is certainly a lot in the Bible about money and it's use. Like any other instrument, it is a tool that can be used for good, or evil. At the end of the day, which God do you serve.
"Prosperity theology" is horribly wrong. It is in many respects a polar opposite to the Biblical "theoloy of the cross."
In Yahweh's covenant with the sons of Israel, He did have an agreement to help those faithful to the covenant by blessing their produce and animals. People who withheld their tithes or who broke the Sabbath would not have good crops like those who did keep covenant.
But Israel was a special case, and the Lord did not make such a covenant with believers in general. In fact, Jesus promised that those who followed Him would be persecuted. They were told to expect suffering for His name's sake.
Jesus came to fulfill the law, Scholar, so, even though "old things have passed away" the law still remains. Which part of the 10 commandments are we not to follow? Luke even teaches that if we give, it shall be given to us. Even Jesus and the 12 were not exactly poor, otherwise why would they need a treasurer (Judas) and why did the others think that he going to give alms on the night he betrayed Jesus. As I said, there is nothing wrong with the money, per se, just the use to which you put it. Even the feeding of the five thousand shows that God supplies our needs, and some. How many baskets of food were left over? Why?