There are many prosperity preachers preaching a Gospel that is completely centred on material gain. They tell their congregants that the more faith they have in God the more they will receive materially. They tell their congregants that the more faith they have in God the more God will grant their hearts’ desires. They tell their congregants that it is God’s will for them to be materially prosperous. But they never tell their congregants to live the life of love that Jesus told His followers to live.
It is a sad thing that the congregants of these prosperity preachers are not familiar with the Bible. If they were:
They would know what Jesus said about mammon, as we read in Matthew 6:24:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
They would know what Jesus said about rich men entering the Kingdom of Heaven, as we read in Matthew 19:23–24:
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
They would know that Jesus told us not to focus on worldly treasures but on spiritual treasures, as we read in Matthew 6:19–21:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
They would know that God does not promise His followers financial riches or a comfortable life, as we read in Matthew 10:22:
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
It then begs the question: What spirit is leading these preachers?
Do not be deceived by prosperity preachers. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing who do not preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the willing servants of Satan, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
… Wherever earthly matter takes precedence, that is where God’s adversary is involved, for people already belong to him, who only chase after material goods and only make plans to improve their prosperity. And these people will also serve him willingly; they will become ever more enchained by matter and therefore also determine their later fate themselves…. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8542)
That prosperity gospel is spreading like wildfire all over the world is a sign of the end times. People care only about living a comfortable earthly life and accumulating earthly riches. They do not have time to think about their true purpose of life on earth: to return to God richly loaded with spiritual treasures.
Beware of prosperity preachers. They are not from God. They are Satan’s means to lead you astray.