October 15/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

 

Christians are called to be generous stewards, and that implies real action. I suspect that "I did not feel led to give" will not stand as a reasonable defense when Jesus questions our giving habits. Did you know that the Lord can help people get out of debt supernaturally. Godly people repay their debts. For those who seek the Lord when it comes to getting out of debt God has a special blessing for them.

In 1 Kings 4:1-7 we read a story about a woman who was under the hardship of debt and at the verge of starvation. The prophet blessed what she gave and as a result the Lord supernaturally provided for her. Sometimes when trying to get out of debt we think we should not give until we are out of debt however this is never commanded in scripture. God will bless our effort to get out of debt and while we continue to give to His work, this opens up the possibility of His supernatural provision. Continually seek the Lord for counsel. God blesses generosity at all stages in life.

October 15/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

 

Adapted from Dr. Andrew Gabriel’s blog. Check out his website: www.andrewkgabriel.com

“Dr. Andrew Gabriel is a valued member of our Pentecostal theological community. Personally I appreciate him as a colleague who will share his insight and perspectives with
wisdom, honesty and a good sense of humor.” DAVID WELLS - General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

4 Simple ways to identify Prosperity Gospel Theology:
The prosperity gospel is also sometimes called the health and wealth gospel, word-faith theology, or simply the faith movement. The prosperity gospel comes in different shapes
and sizes, but at the heart of it is the teaching that God desires all Christians to prosper in every aspect of their lives. While this includes prospering in things like having healthy
relationships, those who teach some version of prosperity theology usually emphasize financial and physical health. If you ask someone if they affirm prosperity teaching, they
usually won’t admit it. So, how do you know if someone is simply affirming the biblical truth that God is our provider and that God heals, or if they are moving into prosperity
teaching?

How can you identify the prosperity gospel?
These four factors won’t guarantee that you have found a prosperity teacher, but they will help you identify if you might be in the presence of one.

1) Key Phrases Those who have an emphasis on the health and wealth gospel tend to use speak of: • Divine destiny • Divine health • Divine wealth • Declaring your faith • Releasing your faith • Speaking A, B, or C over your life • Declaring A, B, or C over your life
2) TheChurch Name While it isn’t always the case, churches that have the prosperity gospel as an underlying theme (it’s not always explicit) sometimes have names like: • Victory Center • Word of Faith Church • World Changers • Winners Church • Overcoming Faith Church
3) The Name of the Person You are Listening to While I’m not suggesting these are bad people, the following people are among the teachers that scholars typically identify with the prosperity gospel: (Please take a DEEP breath here… Your favorite preacher just might be on the list…yikes!) • Kenneth Copeland • Fred Price • Benny Hinn • Joel Osteen • Creflo Dollar • Paula White • T. D. Jakes • Charles Capps • John Hagee • Rod Parsley • Paul Morton • Eddie Long • Jesse Duplantis • Jerry Savelle • Miles Munroe • Morris Cerullo • Jim Bakker • Joyce Meyer • Joseph Prince • Andrew Gabriel ;) Certainly others could be named, not to mention those in smaller churches without fame.
4) If You are Watching Someone on American Christian TV Again, certainly not every  Christian who is featured on a TV show includes the prosperity message in their teaching, but many of the people I just listed above do have TV shows. In fact, if you go to the daily broadcast schedule of Daystar Television or Trinity Broadcasting Network, you will see that the majority probably do.

In case you haven’t guessed, I’m not really a prosperity theologian—I just play one on TV.

© 2017 AndrewKGabriel.com

 

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