Four Ways the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Twists Christianity – PJ Media Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:51:35 GMT

Joel Osteen

PJ MediaFour Ways the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Twists Christianity. PJ Media. Then he quotes from a paraphrase (The Message) of Deuteronomy 28:1-13 and applies it to Christians today. I have to give God permission? What is He, some kid? Osteen and the Prosper …

Over the past 40 years I have encountered and debated the merits or deficiencies of a theology that I did not know had a name. Its supporters call it the “Word of Faith” teaching; it’s detractors call it the “Prosperity Gospel.” Its most popular adherents are famous televangelists, authors, and public speakers such as Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, and T.D. Jakes.

Much of its theology is traceable to the late Kenneth Hagin, and many of his ideas stem from E.W. Kenyon in the early 20th century.

The theory goes like this: Since God spoke the world into existence, and if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we too can speak things into existence. A popular notion is that you can have whatever you say! So, if you are living in poverty or suffering from illness, you can change the situation by declaring something positive and claiming a promise from the Bible (never mind the context or the intended audience for the promise).

Charles Capps, in his book The Tongue, A Creative Force, (1976) said, “You can actually alter the spiritual and physical world by the words you speak. You see there is more to it than just saying it. The words must originate from the inner man when spiritual power is released through words … spirit words can control both the spirit world and the physical world. Because the words themselves have power, they will work for either God or man in the same manner” (pp 117-118).

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