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Christianity is the most positive message in world. And the Bible is full of amazing promises for those who believe. However, Scripture teaches and illustrates the fact that the godly are often allowed to experience trials, persecution, and personal loss. These things do serve good purposes in the Christian's life, refining his or her faith, proving the validity of Christian faith, or serving as a "thorn in the flesh" so that the believer will trust in God's power instead of his own.

A Gospel that only promises wealth and health, but ignores the other aspects of Christian growth is misleading and divisive.

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The prosperity gospel in Africa

Nov. 15, 2014 -
Africans are especially attached to supernatural values. For this reason African Christianity is characterized by an intense spiritual hunger. Nevertheless, faith on the continent is threatened by several factors, one of the most serious being the prosperity gospel.
Growing out of the 1970's Charismatic Renewal movement, many Africans left Catholicism, Protestantism, and evangelical churches to launch so-called revivalist churches. These churches teach the prosperity gospel. The people respond to this teaching because so many of them suffer from poverty and need the relief that these preachers promise.
Source: Feumba Samen - World Magazine

Prosperity gospel is growing movement among churches

Jan. 30, 2010 - According to Scott L. Thumma of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, some 20 percent of U.S. churches hold to some form of the prosperity gospel. Pastor Dewey Friedel of the financially troubled Shore Christian Center in New Jersey teaches that God will bless believers with material riches: money, houses, and cars.
The prosperity gospel's message is that material is part of the "total salvation" brought by Jesus. It comes if you believe, and particularly if you donate one-tenth of your income to your church or give offerings to aligned ministries.
Other famous advocates of the prosperity gospel are Joel Osteen of Texas, and Creflo Dollar of Georgia.
Source: Jason Method - Asbury Park Press
Financially troubled Shore Christian Center banking on miracles - Asbury Park Press

NewsNote: The Death of Oral Roberts

Dec. 18, 2009 - After reviewing some of Oral Roberts' many accomplishments, Albert Mohler,President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, notes that in his prime years, Roberts was the most significant agent for prosperity theology.
Prosperity theology teaches that God promises his people financial gain and bodily health. It is a false Gospel that turns the Gospel of Christ upside-down. The true Gospel offers forgiveness of sins and leads to a life of discipleship.
Source: Crosswalk

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Questions And Links For Prosperity Gospel

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Notable Teachers of the Prosperity Gospel

Kenneth Copeland
Gloria and Kenneth Copeland - Apologetics Index
Copeland's false prophecy - Let Us REason

Kenneth Hagen

Benny Hinn
Joyce Meyers

Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen - Apologetics Index
Preaching a False Positive With A Smile - Let Us Reason
Become a Better You: Seven Keys to Improving Your Life Everyday - Critique by Bob Hunter - Christian Research Institute

Wikis With Prosperity Gospel Articles

There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "Prosperity Gospel" or any other topic.

Wikipedia - Prosperity Theology

Theopedia - Prosperity Gospel

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Last Updated: 12/2/14
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