Making Merchandise of Christians – Prosperity Gospel Blight

Written by Rev. Michael Bresciani

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In seminary an old professor once told his class that his church was praying for him that God would keep him humble while they would help by keeping him poor. This is one extreme and another is a new book offered by a TV evangelist entitled…How to be Rich and Have Everything You Ever Wanted. What is wrong is that something is missing. The missing element inrepparttar pop Christian doctrine ofrepparttar 151208 abundant life is…balance. It would be hard to balancerepparttar 151209 book just mentioned againstrepparttar 151210 well known saying of Christ derived fromrepparttar 151211 beatitudes…Blessed arerepparttar 151212 poor Mt 5:3. Balance nevertheless is what this doctrine is calling for. That God has not always promised a blessing in kind is balance John 14:27. That much ofrepparttar 151213 promised blessings were not a material blessing at all is balance Romans 14:7. Carefully checkingrepparttar 151214 motive of our giving is also balance. Are we giving to get? You may as well keep it! God does care why you’re giving. He may noticerepparttar 151215 figures scribbled on a check but He is still checkingrepparttar 151216 hearts and tryingrepparttar 151217 motives of believers.

America is a success worshipping society that thinks that being rich, powerful or famous isrepparttar 151218 sign that one has maderepparttar 151219 heights. That this notion is so pervasive is reflected in our preoccupation with those who have achieved these lofty goals. In India a Guru is a Gandhi like figure, in America they could be a Wall Street investor. Regardless of what they actually are is a matter of perception which is often given precedence over reality. What is clear is that we are continuously questioning, prodding a probing our success icons for information aboutrepparttar 151220 keys to their success. From late night television torepparttar 151221 New York Times Bestsellers listrepparttar 151222 line breaks forth replete with allrepparttar 151223 memoirs, tips, secrets and how to manuals ofrepparttar 151224 rich and famous. Now Christianity has its own success gurus who seem ready to tell us their secrets as well. Unfortunately that secret usually comes in only one flavor. Send me, my ministry and my programs your money to get God to bless you. Many of these ministries are indeed doing wonderful things forrepparttar 151225 poor andrepparttar 151226 promotion ofrepparttar 151227 gospel so we can’t put them all in one big heap. What we can do is be a lot more prayerful about where we send our funds and why. While we are praying let us not forget that someone as close as next door may need our help right now.

Rev. Bresciani from New Orleans La is the author of...Hook Line and Sinker or What Has Your Church Been Teaching You, PublishAmerica 2005 and An American Prophet and His Message, Questions and Answers on the Second Coming of Christ, Xulon Press 2005 His website is,

The Fatum Bank

Written by Adeolu Oluade

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It is by faith in God and his word that one receives his grace. The subject of faith and its connection with destiny has been discussed in both 'Rhema Island' and 'The precious coin'. The issue of God's word is highlighted in 'Seedtime and harvest'. The treasures are also called 'the unsearchable riches of Christ': Eph.3:8(KJV) "Unto me, who am less thanrepparttar least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach amongrepparttar 151172 Gentilesrepparttar 151173 unsearchable riches of Christ;" These treasures are available only in Christ;and to anyone in Christ: 2 Cor.5:17(KJV) "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." In Christ are hiddenrepparttar 151174 riches of wisdom and knowledge: Col.2:3(KJV) "In whom are hid allrepparttar 151175 treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Wisdom is essential inrepparttar 151176 fulfillment of destiny: Prov.4:7(KJV) "Wisdom isrepparttar 151177 principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." The subject of wisdom has been clearly analysed in 'Smartville'. It is closely linked with knowledge and understanding: Prov.2:6(KJV) "Forrepparttar 151178 LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." The treasures are also called 'the riches of his glory': Eph.3:16(KJV) "That he would grant you, according torepparttar 151179 riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit inrepparttar 151180 inner man;" God's glory is also connected to divine destiny as proclaimed in 'Gloryland'. Above all,the greatest treasure available to every customer in 'the Fatum Bank' is God himself: Genesis 15:1(KJV) "After these thingsrepparttar 151181 word ofrepparttar 151182 LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." The benefit of God as one's shield againstrepparttar 151183 enemies of one's destiny has been discussed in 'The viral war'.

In conclusion,every reader is solemnly invited to joinrepparttar 151184 clientele of 'the Fatum Bank' today-without further delay!!!

1 Cor.3:21-23(KJV) "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;" "Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, orrepparttar 151185 world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's;" "And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."

British-born Nigerian Christian writer living and working in London,UK with

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