Church Leaders, Prosperity vs Poverty and What God Says

So much has been said about prosperity vs poverty and the Church leaders.

I posted a question asking what others thought on the subject. The true question is “what does God say?”

Certainly God says He has plans to prosper us.
Jabez prayed for prosperity and was blessed.
Job was wealthy, David, Solomon…etc.
There were many great notable people in the Bible who were wealthy and others who lived humbly in material possession.

Prosperity teaching becomes an obstacle with the Church when the word of God is peddled for the benefit of gaining monetary profit, material goods and high living. It is a dilemma when “church leaders are driving luxury cars, wearing tailor made clothes, eating steak and living large from monies provided by the congregation… while the rest of the church fellowship are scraping to get by and find NO RELIEF from the leaders who they financially support.

Here is the problem… the Bible warns:
“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For THE LOVE of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Tim. 6:9-10

Money is NOT evil but the LOVE of money is problematic.
God blesses us with all good things, so that we may be a blessing to others.
If we are to serve God who holds every blessing in His hand and He gives every blessing freely… would it not stand to reason that anyone holding on to the blessing of God for their own vanity is out of line with the will of God?

The first “Church” described in the book of Acts reveals that there was no need among the people they shared everything in common.

The Believers Share Their Possessions:
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.” Acts 4:32:37

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~ Acts 20:33-35

3 John 1:2 Our beloved, I pray for you that you will prosper in all things and be well, just as your soul prospers.

Some of the leaders in the church today remind me of the leaders of the Lord’s time (The Sadducee and the Pharisees) Jesus admonished them:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are FULL OF GREED AND SELF-INDULGENCE. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” ~ Matthew 23:23-28

Prosperity is not the problem… in my point of view, The LOVE of money is the problem. 

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