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”Prosperity Gospel Is ‘FALSE’ And Is Quickly Spreading Around The World” : Group Of Preachers Report

The Lausanne Movement has warned that a “false” prosperity theology is gaining ground around the world, including in the West.

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The warning follows a meeting of some 40 thinkers, pastors and practitioners from all continents near São Paulo at the start of the month to consider the nature of prosperity theology and its impact around the world.

Lausanne was clear to make a distinction between biblical preaching on money and finances, and forms of prosperity theology that “undermine the truth of the Gospel, parody the grace of God, and attribute a power to the preacher”.

These forms of prosperity theology, the movement said, are a “travesty of the power of the Holy Spirit at work through the accurate preaching of the Scriptures”.


False prosperity theology is being preached around the world, with World Vision International’s Femi Adeleye telling the consultation that its spread is due in part to the influence of American televangelists.

“The false theology has found widespread appeal in the West,” Lausanne said.

The consultation also concluded that there is “no one single ‘prosperity theology'”, and that “there can be a true biblical relationship between [God’s] blessing and human prospering”.

“It was also recognised … that God does indeed bless in material ways,” Lausanne said.

The consultation further noted that prosperity theology could create difficulties “not least for the biblically illiterate who are unable to calibrate the teaching they hear”.

“While such excesses are more graphic in some places than others, these excesses bring insidious expressions of an inadequate doctrine of creation, of sin, and of grace which pervades the church in many nations,” Lausanne said.

The consultation was hosted by Valdir Steuernagel, a member of the Lausanne Board of Directors, and Marcos Amado, Lausanne International Deputy Director for Latin America.

Lausanne III, held in Cape Town in 2010, committed the movement to engaging with major issues facing the church and the consultation builds on the progress made by the Lausanne Theology Working Group on the Prosperity Gospel at its meetings in Akropong, Ghana, from 2008 to 2009.

A damning statement issued in the wake of the Akropong meetings stated: “It is our overall view that the teachings of those who most vigorously promote the ‘prosperity gospel’ are false and gravely distorting of the Bible, that their practice is often unethical and un-Christlike, and that the impact on many churches is pastorally damaging, spiritually unhealthy, and not only offers no lasting hope, but may even deflect people from the message and means of eternal salvation. In such dimensions, it can be soberly described as a false gospel.”

The conclusions of the consultation echo the Cape Town Commitment, the concluding document from Lausanne III, which refutes as “unbiblical the teaching that spiritual welfare can be measured in terms of material welfare, or that wealth is always a sign of God’s blessing”.

Michael Oh, Executive Director of the Lausanne Movement, drew from Romans 12 in the final address of the São Paulo consultation, as he called the church to humility, integrity and simplicity.

He stressed that the answer to false prosperity teaching did not lie in avoiding the topic of money.

“How are we to give? Toward our financial poverty that many might have spiritual wealth,” he said.
(c) Christian Today


South African Pastor Calls “Prosperity Gospel” Damaging Says Its Un Biblical

Thuso Kewana, an ordained pastor and ministry leader living in impoverished South Africa, says he can be silent no longer about the damaging effects of the prosperity gospel, an American export he believes is unbiblical and used by wolves in sheep’s clothing to prey on mostly charismatic and Pentecostal Christians not only in his country, but around the world.

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Kewana, speaking recently via phone from his home in Polokwane in the Limpopo province, bordered by Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, said he has witnessed how the prosperity gospel can warp people’s understanding of God — leaving the impression that He requires worshipers to give money, to ministers, churches or their favorite television network, before they can be blessed with financial, physical and spiritual well-being.

“People are leaving churches. Some practice fellowship in their homes, but some leave the church and go back to their old lifestyles. Some leave to stay at home and do nothing,” Thuso writes in Where Are We Heading To? The book critiques the “obsession” of some pastors for material things and large congregations.

“This is because of the disappointments people experience with churches and church leadership. This is more prevalent with so-called spirit-filled or charismatic churches,” Kewana adds in his book.

“The greed for worldly wealth, huge church membership numbers, and fame form the cornerstone of such dissatisfaction engulfing the congregants and encouraging them to leave the church of God. Pastors are involved in all sorts of ungodly behaviors.”

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The prosperity gospel appears to most find its home in the “word of faith,” or name-it-and-claim-it movement, which positions some charismatic preachers as special carriers of God’s favor and power. These particular ministers are then often looked to by hopeful Christians as their key or source to divine healing and blessings.

“The problem we have in this country is the type of Christianity people are practicing whereby, instead of seeking to know God through his work and a relationship with the holy spirit which is assured to every Christian, are running after signs of miracles,” Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, General Secretary of the Ghana Charismatic and Pentecostal Council, told the Guardian.

“People want instant solutions to their problems, just like they want instant coffee. If anybody comes along offering instant answers to financial or health challenges, people want to go for it. But the Bible warns Christians about that.”

It is this same mindset, along with Biblical ignorance, that Kewana believes allows the prosperity movement to thrive in his own country of South Africa.

“You know right now, everybody listens to the TV and watches TV and (to) look at what is happening with the churches, to be honest with you know I don’t know if I’m feeling more despondent on a daily basis,” Kewana said of his observations. “And I wish, like one guy said to me, people should know that the route to God is not a short cut and the root to God is not a nice paved way with flowers and blah blah blah. It’s a narrow road that’s full of tribulations, and we’ve got to face them.”

(Source : Christian Post)


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