Sunday, July 04, 2010

Prosperity theology adherent speaks his mind

Just two days ago, I had a brief correspondence with someone who not only believes in prosperity theology but also actively promoting it to others. That means he is wholly baptized by that teaching and so serving not merely as a believer but an evangelist of the dubious theology. At the end of our conversation, he remarked (verbatim),
"... I obey God for a reason, which is to use him for my prosperity. If not for this application, I would not have bothered." (Emphasis added)
That's the effect of prosperity theology. A real case. Not one we read in books or listens on MP3, but from a real person in Singapore, who attends New Creation Church.

In his blog post dated 25th August 2009, titled 'Reason For Loving The Lord', he wrote,
"The closest thing I have done is to tithe and sow for my own prosperity... Do I love the Lord? I love him because he is willing to help me to get everything I want."

11 comments:

Alex Tang said...

yes, I do agree with you. I too find these people very fervent evangelists,more than the other evangelicals. I wonder why.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Alex,

I have no idea too. May be that's what they hold at the centrality of the gospel. So they go all out to proclaim it.

rk said...

i'm shocked. i do not know how long this believer has been with NCC to get this kinda of ideas. i've been with NCC for 12 years and have never entertained such thoughts. it just goes to show that a message could be interpreted differently according to the hearer's maturaity level and personal motivation. it doesn't necessarily mean that the preacher is preaching something dubious. here is my view on prosperity.
http://allysark.wordpress.com/2007/11/03/who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire/

Sze Zeng said...

Hi rk,

It is good that you share your point of view as a member of NCC. That will help people to understand that NCC is not a den filled with crazy out-of-mind teachings.

The person in the post is an example of how personal motivation has clouded his entire approach to Christianity. You have rightly underlined this.

I read through your post and find that it is well written :-)

reasonable said...

The guy mentioned in the post who worship the god of Christians in that way is very similar to some of those Chinese who worship the god of fortune of Chinese folk religion.

luo said...

Sze Zeng
I take a particular interest in your postings on issues pertaining to the preaching of sound doctrine. I do expect preachers to speak with honesty and integrity. I find it very very offensive when preachers twist and turn God’s words and expect to get away with it. I also find it extremely sad that people will mindlessly lap up such filth.
Your blog and some others serve as a much needed check and balance. Preachers essentially function on an honour system with no legal governing body to regulate them. This is unlike those in secular professions like doctors, lawyers, engineers etc where in additional to an expectation for them to function in an honourable manner and with integrity, they can be taken to task by their legal governing body or face a private lawsuit for malpractice.
Preachers can exert a formidable influence on the behaviour and lives (and especially the souls) of those they are supposed to serve. Yet there is no mandatory recognised minimum qualifications they need to possess. Imagine doctoring without a sound knowledge of medicine. Bogus doctors can kill their patients; unsound doctrine can lead souls to eternal damnation.

luo said...

A non-Christian friend of my sent me this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZzuJ9R4efc&feature=related

He also sent this to about 30 names, most of whom I know to be non-Christians.

Of course we know that the parable of the sower in Matt 13 is about sowing God's words and nothing to do with money. Non-Christians and many many ''Christians'' however do not know that.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi luo,

Thank you for highlighting that video. I have watched that video a few weeks ago.

These rubbishes are being spread over everywhere yet we seldom see local able Christians rise up to answer them. This is the reason why I'm still continuing blogging. People, especially many local theologians, think that engaging on the internet is a waste of time. But as a Malaysian, I have witnessed how the role of the internet has changed the political fate of my country two years ago.

Ignatius said...

Sze zeng wrote: These rubbishes are being spread over everywhere yet we seldom see local able Christians rise up to answer them. This is the reason why I'm still continuing blogging. People, especially many local theologians, think that engaging on the internet is a waste of time.

totally agree with you. I have learned much from your blog too!

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Ignatius,

Thank you for affirming :-)

luo said...

I agree with Ignatius too.
You know something. What was quoted was from Matt 13:23. Just one verse above this is "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. - Matt 13:22.

"deceitfulness of riches" which of these three words do they not understand?

For those who are reading this blog and are still blinded by the prosperity (greedy) doctrine please read also Matt 13:13-15