The American Church teaches that prosperity is a sign of God's favor, this includes prosperity of health as well as wealth. What does this say about Christians in the Middle East who are tortured and murdered for their faith? Has God forgotten them?
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A very wonderful explanation. It is good of you to ask questions that make us question. I like this one as it is just plain hard to rectify in man's logic. We turn in questions like these to dig deeper into our faith and that is awesome.
Hey! Well said.
John 15:20 A slave is not above his master. Jesus was persecuted and rejected by society. All of the Apostles expect John were executed. We are to expect suffering and persecution as well, for are we above the Master (Jesus)
Kris, You proved my point!
Whatever scripture (you choose to internalize) bears fruit in (your) life!
Isaiah 54:17 no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
So the Apostle Paul internalized the verses on suffering and that is why he was beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked and driven from city after city?
Do not forget he had a thorn in his side that would not be removed and even spiritual battles within the founding of the Church. Yet he declared he lived abundantly. So do your martyrs that worry about. The life is about the living not the suffering
Paul's abundance was in the Gospel, not health or wealth. His "good life" was suffering for the name of Christ. Opposite of the "best life now" theology that has crept into the church.
Kris, Christianity in the days of Paul was considered blasphemy! It was seen as a "new cult" or evil.
Anytime someone attempts change the world it's not uncommon for them to be attacked. Even the U.S. was founded through bloodshed. That's life!
What is "the church"? There is not a group in America that is "the church". Do you think that the Catholic Church preaches and teaches too much prosperity? Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians?
Dashingscorpio, well said. Churches in America are many but the well known one's like the Osteen's, Graham's family, R.Warren and D.Prince, M.Lucado & many others will be the focus of Internet sermon watchers, and the preachers in America started
I agree. Many preachers are teaching "Christianized" American Philosophy and those that preach it know just enough Bible to fool those following them.
This teaching is most prevalent among American Churches. See Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren ect.
I am pretty sure it is "prevalent" In Mexico, Spain, Germany and I heard it once in Vietnam. There is no "American" Church, there are only churches in America. Oh for sure Canada and England and Australia,
1Co 5:12-13 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked person from among you."
Just as the Pharisees in the old testament using God's word as a sword to justify their religion, yet God searches the inner things..our heart. Let God be the judge and let us not condemn one another. Do not forsake the truth due to these who abuse
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