Tuesday, August 21, 2007

John Piper - Prosperity Preaching

Last month I posted an audio of John Piper blasting the prosperity gospel. His website has an article by him entitled "Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly" in which he offers seven things to avoid regarding such teachings. Click link above for entire article. Excerpt:

When I read about prosperity-preaching churches, my response is: “If I were not on the inside of Christianity, I wouldn’t want in.” In other words, if this is the message of Jesus, no thank you.

Luring people to Christ to get rich is both deceitful and deadly. It’s deceitful because when Jesus himself called us, he said things like: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). And it’s deadly because the desire to be rich plunges “people into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9). So here is my plea to preachers of the gospel.

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