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Question: Regarding the Church and Prosperity Gospel Teachers, pt. 1

A friend remarked about the tense relationship that I have concerning prosperity gospel teachers, “Perhaps we should try less to make it an ‘us versus them’ mentality and instead call them brothers and sisters still.”

The following is my response:

I understand your sentiment. Truly, I do. I value the unity of the Bride greatly. One of my greatest troubles with the Church today is the useless and senseless division of the Body over nonessential items of doctrine, which drags in bitterness and resentment—neither of which have any place among redeemed and being sanctified believers and children of the Most High.

That said, the reason that I—and others—have made this an ‘us against them’ issue and do not call them brothers and sisters is because they, meaning the proponents of the prosperity gospel, have forsaken the true gospel and unrepentantly teach a false gospel.

What these false teachers have done is egregious. They have prostituted the death of Christ and have attempted to strong-arm God into bending to their will, in turn teaching vast laymen that they too can accomplish this impossible task.

So, the issue is twofold. First, they simply have forsaken the true gospel, which teaches us to lay up treasures in heaven and to forsake this world since it is passing away. Second, they are leading thousands of people away from the true Christ. Not only that, they show no remorse and no desire to repent from or recant their position. Until they do so, we must not treat them as misguided teachers, instead removing them from authority or dissolving association with them as a Church. In fact, the teachers (and pastors and prophets and evangelists) of the faith are to be judged the most strictly, since it is by their words that the Church walks left or right (James 3).

Now, there are two ways to address these people. If they are truly born-again and love Jesus, they must be rebuked publicly, since it is beyond the reason to believe that they have not been privately been rebuked before now. In this regard, we follow the doctrines set forth in Matthew 18 and 1 Corinthians 5, ultimately giving them over to Satan for a time until they repent.

The second avenue develops if these people are not believers, which can be evidenced by their teaching. This avenue is to dissolve unqualifiedly every relationship to them as a universal church. The Church has no business ministering with or well-wishing these proponents of the false gospel; we can never be compliant in sin. We thus follow the doctrines set forth in Galatians 1 and 2 John, which call for an unqualified and absolute dismissal and removal of approval by the Church of their ministries; Paul goes so far in Galatians 1 as to say that any who preach a false gospel should be accursed.

We cannot take lightly false teaching as egregious, idolatrous, and dangerous as this, and now is not the time to pussyfoot around the issue.

A further discussion takes place here.

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  1. Men of Mud
    May 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Great post! I’m fighting the good fight with you! If you haven’t yet, might want to expose the Word of Faith heresy. I have a post on my blog discussing it.

  2. Men of Mud
    May 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    • May 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Great post. I need to research a bit more on the WoF people to write a firm biblical post for myself.

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