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PROSPERITY GOSPEL
AKA POSITIVE CONFESSION
AKA NAME IT AND CLAIM IT
AKA BLAB IT AND GRAB IT

A PONZI SCHEME USED TO SANCTIFY
WORLDLY LUST FOR MONEY.....
ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT GOD IS
A BIG SUCKER

BY TIMOTHY KWOH

Our Lord Jesus Christ, when giving His Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, had this warning to give His disciples: “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:11, 12).

The Church throughout has history and even in present day has seen myriads of heresiarchs and false prophets, each with a peculiar damnable heresy. In these modern times, the one heresy that has infiltrated many Christian churches, particularly ones that claim to be “Spirit-filled”, is none other than “Prosperity Gospel”.

Defined simply, “Prosperity Gospel” is nothing more than the ancient heresy that the Blessed St. Paul had to confront when addressing a letter to Timothy, which states: “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”
(I Timothy 6:3-5).

The basis of “Prosperity Gospel” is “gain is godliness”, of which we are warned as believers: “from such withdraw thyself”. Its proponents advocate that Christians should be materially wealthy and prosperous as well as always in good health physically and also that a Christian because of such a “blessing” will be well received and loved by everyone in the world (almost). Anything contrary to this is due to some sin or curse placed on the Christian’s life, and should be prayed against as well as seek deliverance from it. Its proponents then go on to apply Abrahamic blessings to the situation to advocate their belief regarding material blessings.

Without the need to go into details of the various teachers who advocate such demonic teaching, we will nonetheless examine the key Scriptural passages misused by these “Prosperity Gospel” wolves to destroy many in their faith. The likes of Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and others of this wicked movement of so-called: “Word-Faith” are too numerous to mention, yet the key basis is the same. The key Scriptural passages misused by these heretics are:

1) Mark 10:29-31; (cf. Luke 18:29, 30)

2) Galatians 3:14

3) III John 2

4) II Corinthians 8:9

5) Isaiah 53:5

We will attempt to examine these verses fully in context and thus expose this heresy for what it is: a satanic attempt to neutralize the Church from a godly life to a worldly life.

 

 

Mark 10:29-31

“And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.”

Prosperity teachers make a big ado of the phrase: “But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses…, and lands…” to assert their worldly notion that Christ was advocating Christians to have a whole heap of property, lands and wealth. Nevertheless, the context of the whole passage reveals clearly what was intended by our Lord. Earlier, there was a man, a rich man at that (revealed elsewhere in Luke 18:18 that he was “a ruler”), who wished to inquire about how to inherit eternal life (Mark 10:17), to which our Lord then directed this man back to the Law, and quoted back the Ten Commandments to this man. (Mark 10:19). The man then boasted before our Lord that he had kept all of them since his youth, to which our Lord thus answers: “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” (Mark 10:21)

The response of this man to our Lord’s exhortation to give up what he had and come and follow Him, was noted too: “And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:22). This is a real contrast to what the Prosperity Teachers advocate, since they would like this rich young ruler, state that they have kept God’s Law and thus they were blessed with possessions. The possessions have their heart, not God, thus our Lord Jesus Christ was revealing that such a person was really guilty of breaking the Law at heart, namely the second commandment and the last commandment of the Ten Commandments. This man worshipped riches and coveted at heart and thus our Lord got to the heart of the matter.

At this point, our Lord thus stated to the disciples: “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 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.” (Mark 10:24, 25). Clearly, our Lord warned against those who worshipped and trusted in riches over following Him. The disciples at this point, thus asked who could be saved, to which our Lord replied: “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27).

Then the disciples stated that they had left all to follow Him, to which our Lord thus replied: “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.” (Mark 10:29-31).

Notice that our Lord not only mentions what the person who follows our Lord receives in the positive of: “brethren, sisters, mothers, children, lands…in the world to come eternal life.”, He also mentions one other clause: “with persecutions”. Prosperity Teachers have deliberately ignored our Lord Jesus Christ’s clarification that persecution comes with the blessings mentioned. Furthermore, this is consistent elsewhere in Scripture whereby the Blessed St. Paul states: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (II Timothy 3:12).

We can also add, that historically, the Apostles, with the exception of one, died martyr’s deaths due to the godless authorities, both Jewish and Roman, persecuting the Church of Christ. When godless authorities came to persecute them, they had no property or anything of material value to be confiscated before death. Even the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter stated to the lame man whom he healed in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, before being arrested and prosecuted by the godless Jewish authorities: “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)

In addition, to clarify what our Lord Jesus Christ really meant when He stated that the disciples would receive an hundredfold now in this time of: “houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.” This was carried out in principle in Acts 2:44, 45, which states: “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” Notice that believers willingly gave up their possessions and goods to help those in need in the Church, as is clarified in the following verses: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:46, 47)

It was the Lord that added to the Church such as should be saved and also they had gladness and singleness of heart as well as praising God and having favour with all the people. They did not need to be forced to give up their possessions as the Marxists/Communists and Nazis would advocate. It was willingly given with praise of God to help other fellow believers according to their needs, not wants. It must be noted that at this point, the believers were being persecuted and yet the Church had favour with the people, not because of popularity, but because of integrity and quality of moral and spiritual life. This continues to be the case with Christians who are being persecuted for their faith daily today, especially in Islamic and Communist countries.

A number of these Christians may be persecuted by their families and the state, and summarily disowned from property as well as family, not to mention impoverishment due to the persecution meted out. Notwithstanding, these Christians are never without, since God replaces their natural family with other brethren, sisters, mothers, children as well as at times, even lands and houses, since God provides for even the birds in the air, and promises to provide for the needs of His disciples. (Matthew 6:26-32) The Apostle Paul, who experienced persecution, imprisonment and other adverse situations could thus state: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) The whole of Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will always provide for the needs of the believers, not necessarily their wants.

Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ, was clearly not advocating “Prosperity Gospel”, but if anything, was refuting its evil by emphasizing a different kind of priority: the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. (Matthew 6:33). Our Lord was pointing out that beyond earthly familial ties and earthly wealth, there is something much more priceless, namely the Kingdom of God which includes all those who follow it, all of which come at the price of persecution. “Prosperity Gospel” has therefore shown itself to be a distortion of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Galatians 3:14

“That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

The common assertion of “Prosperity Teachers” is that since Christians are spiritual descendants of Abraham, they are therefore entitled to the material blessings that Abraham partook of. Whilst it is true that Christians are spiritual descendants of Abraham and have entered in the covenant with God through faith as Abraham has, yet the premise of material blessings is to be questioned. To clarify this, one only needs to look at the whole passage of Galatians 3 to clarify what the Blessed St. Paul was teaching the Church.

The Blessed St. Paul was rebuking the Galatians for following another gospel than what they had received, which involved forcing the Galatians to observe the Jewish Law with all its special demands, such as dietary requirements, unique festivals meant only for Israel, circumcision and so forth. He then goes back to Abraham and points out that Abraham was a man of faith and thus became the friend of God. (Galatians 3:6). He then points out that those who are of the faith of God are also children of Abraham. (Galatians 3:7)

He then points out that the curse of the Law fell on Christ since He hung on the tree, to be accursed for us and thus it is now possible for non-Jews, Gentiles, to enter into the covenant with God as did Abraham. (Galatians 3:11-15). St. Paul then goes on to clarify that the purpose of the Law was to pave the way for the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Law made us aware of our sinfulness and unworthiness in order for the Messiah to take away this sinfulness and unworthiness before God the Father.

In fact, the Law is referred to as the schoolmaster to bring us to faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:22-26). Thus faith in Christ as Messiah and as Lord will justify man before a Holy God. Thus, from the viewpoint of salvation only in the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no Jew or Gentile, bond nor free, male nor female, because those who have accepted Him by faith are truly children of God and heirs to the promise of Abraham by faith and confirmed through baptism.(Galatians 3:26-29).

Clearly, this blessings of Abraham for the Gentiles, in the light of the whole passage, has to do with faith and salvation in God. Material prosperity was never even hinted at in the slightest. This is also evident by the numerous times in the passage when the word: “faith” is constantly mentioned in contrast to “law”. It is clear that the passage and the blessings in question have to do with faith in God and salvation to come. All of this we receive in faith, working out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12). “Prosperity Gospel” Teachers have thus perverted the Gospel of Christ into a materialistic enterprise. Abraham was the Friend of God, not a friend of the world and used whatever was given to him, for unselfish, godly purposes, as is evidenced in his life. He was even willing to give up the wealthiest aspects of his inheritance to Lot, to which Lot greedily took it up, only to face Sodom and Gomorrah and lose everything in the end, except his life and soul. May God open the eyes of those who read this.

 

3) III John 2

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

There is nothing worse than a verse taken out of context to be used as a pretext for evil. Such is the case here as it is with many others for the “Prosperity Teachers” have no scruples in handling the Word of God faithfully. The earlier verse talks about a certain Gaius, whom the Apostle John loves in truth (III John 1) and then states: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The context clarifies, that the Apostle John was wishing Gaius to be in good health and also have prosperity or fruitfulness in his doings even as much as his soul is prosperous or fruitful. The rest of the letter clarifies whether or not the Apostle John was advocating “Prosperity Gospel”. The Apostle John praises Gaius for his good deeds or charity to both the brethren and strangers (III John 5). However, what gave the Blessed Apostle John even more joy was this: “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (III John 3, 4) His greatest joy was seeing Gaius walk in the truth of God and standing steadfast in its doctrine.

Whilst, the Blessed Apostle would have loved to have seen Gaius healthy and fruitful in every way possible, what was more joyful for him was to see Gaius walk in truth and also to maintain a strong pattern of good works, as is evident elsewhere. Notice also that in this period of time, the Blessed Apostle was also in the state of imprisonment and would have loved to have the church that Gaius was in charge of, to come and see him personally. (III John 6, 13, 14). In addition, the Blessed Apostle towards the end of this letter, encourages not “Prosperity” or wealth chasing but more importantly this: “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” (III John 11)

Therefore, the Blessed Apostle John was not encouraging “Prosperity Gospel” but rather fruitfulness in upholding the truth and also in holy, godly living. How shameful it is for Prosperity Teachers to misuse a personal wish to Gaius as the basis of doctrine whilst ignoring the central focus of the letter in Holy Scripture. May God grant repentance to those who have swallowed this lie.

4) II Corinthians 8:9

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich,
yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

Another misused Scripture by Prosperity Teachers is this one. Prosperity Teachers ignore the context behind this verse deliberately, since it would run counter to their heresies. The Blessed Apostle St. Paul was in desperate need of some material help since he was impoverished and so were a number of churches, particularly the church in Macedonia. (II Corinthians 8:1,2, 14, 19). To appeal to these Corinthian Christians, he had to remind them of their love and urged them to show it in a practical way to help other believers as well as the Apostle and his helpers, since they were in need.

This he states in these words: “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love…. Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.” (II Corinthians 8:7, 8, 24) He thus had to remind them that they have had a known reputation for their love and other virtues, and now he requested them to put their money where their mouth was, quite literally. This is consistent with what is stated in James 2:14-26, regarding the nature of good works proving real faith, which also uses the example of an impoverished person in that passage too.

The Blessed Apostle then has to remind them of our Lord Jesus Christ that: “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” Prosperity Teachers distort the word “rich” to advocate their teaching that one must always give money in order to get huge monetary returns or some other material blessing.

These same heretics also misuse this verse to state that our Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly existence was a wealthy existence. Such is clearly not the intent of the Blessed Apostle. The reason our Lord Jesus Christ was called “rich”, was due to the fact, that Christ was truly God and Creator as well as King of the Universe before earthly existence, and continues to be. How rich can one get as Creator of the Worlds and King of the Universe, not to mention King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Notwithstanding this, Christ chose to take on a lowly existence as a man, to be born in a smelly stable and to have no place to rest His head when older (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58). He suffered poverty that He might bring the greatest of riches to mankind: salvation. Thus the Apostle Paul had to thus remind them that through His poverty, the Church would be rich. Rich because of heaven, not to mention ruling with Christ in the Millennial Reign at His Return in Jerusalem. In light of the eternal picture of Christ, the Corinthian church is thus urged to give willingly to help their fellow brethren, particularly the Apostle St. Paul and his assistants. Clearly, “Prosperity Gospel” is not being advocated by the Blessed St. Paul but giving according to love and grace that Christ has bestowed on us through His own love and giving.

 

5) Isaiah 53:5

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Amazingly, the verse that is commonly used by Prosperity Teachers to advocate their peculiar heresies, is none other than this passage, which has to do with the Messiah of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, taking on our sins on behalf of Israel and the world, for our forgiveness and salvation. The phrase that is abused is none other than “with his stripes we are healed”. This is obvious that this particular passage has nothing to do with the “Prosperity Gospel” teaching of: Christ took our sicknesses on the Cross and thus we can claim healing in His Name, and that Christians never should be sick. Such a teaching is blasphemy and is a mockery of the whole passage of Scripture.

The constant theme of this passage is sin and us going astray and that He was guiltless before God, yet was He numbered with the transgressors and made intercession on behalf of sinners. All this He did for us sinful creatures, that we should have forgiveness and cleansing from sin and eternal life with Him. (Isaiah 53:6-12). Many times, the words “sin”, “transgressors”, “iniquity” have been used throughout the passage, making clear what is the intent. Clearly, sin is a grave sickness, and thus is in need of a Great Physician. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ stated when He healed people, phrases such as “Thy sins are forgiven”, “Go and sin no more” and others. Sin is a graver illness to humanity than any physical illness. Only the One who is Truly God and Truly Man can fully deal with this.

That is why in I Peter 2:24, 25, when quoting this passage states: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” Sin was clearly the real problem, which we have been saved from and called to live righteously and also to return unto the Lord Jesus Christ, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.

May God open the eyes of those deceived by this heresy and bring repentance and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

CONCLUSION:

Clearly, our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to surrender to Him, and not to the world. We are warned regarding riches that they are uncertain and that our faith is not to be in them. Those who are rich in this world should bear this in mind, and if anything should be mindful of God and seek to be rich in good works. (I Timothy 6:17, 18).

We are even warned in the same passage the following: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (I Timothy 6:6-11)

The Apostle James also warns against ungodly minded rich people and promises judgment of God upon such. (James 5:1-7) In addition, contrary to what the Prosperity Teachers advocate of seeking to be loved by the world and a friend of the world, the Blessed St. James states: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4).

Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Luke gives this warning to those who are wealth chasers, lovers of the world, pleasure seekers and not lovers of God: “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:24-26). Our Lord even bothers to give a true account of the wicked rich man who went to hell and the righteous beggar, Lazarus who enters Abraham’s Bosom or Paradise. (Luke 16:19-31). This should be warning enough to believers who get tempted by the world’s mentality of: “He who has the most toys wins”.

A number of rich people, not all, commit the same folly that Jehovah in the Old Testament warns the children of Israel against, namely thinking that it was all their own ability to get wealth, and therefore there is no need to consider God and His holiness. This is clearly warned against in Deuteronomy 8:17, 18, which states: “And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

When this folly is committed, be assured that judgment is surely around the corner, as was the case with the rich fool who stated every enterprise he was going to do, only to have God calling him into judgment: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:19-21)

In conclusion, the Holy Scriptures do not advocate anything that “Prosperity Gospel” teachers advocate and if anything, “Prosperity Gospel” is another gospel that is to be accursed by God. (Galatians 1:8). Instead of seeking all the latest fads in the world and worldly approval, Christians ought to diligently seek to live in fear of Christ and depart from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19) and seek to be vessels of honour rather than dishonour before Christ. (II Timothy 2:20-22).

Let us love heaven and the Kingdom of Heaven more than this sin-sick world that awaits judgment and the lake of fire. Our Lord Jesus Christ is returning and let us live in light of that, thus seeking to be rich in good works and holiness before Him. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)

God Bless.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
Both now and always, and unto the ages upon ages.
Amen.


A RESPONSE FROM MIKE BLOOMFIELD

This man has been in IT and has excelled greatly.
He also has been into the jive / jazz music world.
He played with the Breeze Band:


He attended Bible School at Christian City Church in Australia and morphed his jive / jazz heritage into a "Minister of Creative Arts" degree. This is classic of the contemporary Christian monkey shines world. Take the profane, run it through the holy machine, and out comes the same vile rubbish with the name Jesus superimposed. He played with the Hillsong people, and recorded at Darlene Zschech's studio.

The response of Mike Bloomfield below is a classic gush gush condescending bit of drivel made to civilized the worst devils of the Charismatic Movement. This is the "I'm OK, You're OK" doctrine that says, in the words of Joel Osteen, "We are about everything that works."

So, here is the best theological discussion the Prosperity Gospel mob can muster. It is self-damning. I will make a few comments, but I expect you readers to think for yourselves and see the disgusting mess this man makes of the holy and the profane.

This note was written to Timothy Kwoh who wrote the article above.

 

Yes, thank you Timothy – some good Scripture in there…

I have probably spent more time on this research than most, having lived on the streets for several years and also having run the largest bank in the world and many shades in between. Prosperity, like homosexuality, may be vile to you and I, but does not even rank in the 10 commandments – but we see that having God first – seeking His Kingdom and Righteousness first is absolutely critical. Now, Jesus also has a commandment – which is to love one another – AWESOME! And even says many wise words on financial matters including the parables and comments you note below.

EDITOR: Steve Van Nattan-- Well, Mike Bloomfield did sort of "run" the largest bank in the world. This is what we folks in Texas call, "Stretching the blanket."

Mike did in fact "run" Citibank in London, England, but he was not in the President's desk-- he ran the IT Department for the bank. Having family in IT, I take nothing away from the import of his accomplishment, but his statement hangs out there for the gullible imagination to transform into more than it is. This is the way the feely feely side of the Christian community stretch the truth to grab fame and impress the groupies. We must all watch this stuff, for we will one day give an account for our words.

Let me think about this..... Perhaps our family can claim some fame also.

My son's first job placed him over 3000 people from the day he started. He never had a complaint from even one of the people under him, and they did what they were expected to do as long as my son was over them. Also, those 3000 people must have been very content, for none of them quit or transferred while he was on the job. Indeed, people were just dying to get under my son's care.

Ahm, now the truth..... My son's first job was as a grounds keeper of a cemetery. It may also interest you to know that there were graves in the cemetery with lights in them. They were called Israelites.

Jesus, is full of love and does not put great emphasis on things – as they are temporal, including the paper and metal we call money. Money or wealth is really just a symbol; imagine the irony of living on a desert island with millions in paper and coins – which you can not eat or utilize – and thus money as a physical commodity really is of extremely low value and this is why Our Lord does not speak much about it. What is mentioned is where it compromises the order of God coming first – and herein lies the sin – "you cannot serve God and Mammon."

However, I have some good news otherwise, as the Gospel and Jesus' own words are not in fact advocating a life of poverty, but in fact a life of freedom, according to one's own faith and conscience in the context of positioning Christ in No.1 position at all times.

You see, without the worker, the Carpenter, the Fisherman, the tentmaker (house builder), tax collector or doctor working hard, there is no money and without money there is no Temple or tent to worship in, no charity, alms, or good Samaritan type endeavours. So a life of poverty or not working hard is futile indeed! Jesus not only generates money, as a carpenter, but also gives us a miraculous gift of faith, His Spirit and His Word, with which we can achieve anything and so whilst I absolutely understand the Scriptures in regards to money, which we have discussed is just so much metal and paper, take a look at the Father God who we are in perfect relationship through Christ and get a vibe of what Jesus is saying about what we can or cannot do (read Scriptures below).

In closing, I have always found the people against the 'prosperity gospel' honour money and things far more than God and are in fact already preaching themselves a 'different gospel' - hey, Copeland and Benny Hinn didn't invent the term did they and they can still preach on Jesus for weeks on end and far better than any of their persecutors from the evidence I have seen and heard?

And the people accused of preaching a different Gospel, seem to me many times to have a far greater Reverence for Christ – so I am here to say – be a disciple – this means a follower of Christ. In which case we see a person who is a worker (every disciple is a businessman of some description) and whom is able to then launch into full time Ministry (and YES He does indeed heal virtually anything - 'these signs shall follow THOSE THAT BELIEVE' as is quite normal for Believers). And He has a marvellous relationship with God, which is filled with LOVE, does not account others' wrongs, in fact spends a great deal of time forgiving them, is not judgemental, but is childlike and AMAZING! We need to get there and not hung up on what others are or are not believing and doing!!! Else we sure can appear mighty hypocritical mighty FAST!!!

Anyway, meet your Father and His Son in these Scriptures below – just a neat list of 'can do' material and shows that God and Jesus can not be boxed or labelled on this subject whatsoever! And on the whole I am agreeing with your stance about Christ and let's say super wealth (wish we could find some super wealthy Christians to read Timothy's advice to, to be perfectly honest, as we rarely err on that side, but can sure fill acres of halls with Christians who can barely support themselves let alone others!) – so do not consider this message confrontational, but more like an 'iron sharpening experience'! :)

Blessings –

Mike Bloomfield

 

EDITOR: Steve Van Nattan--
First, I must point out that the note above is full of Mother Goose conclusions that start in fact and project onward into fantasy. Much blather and bluster could not be backed up by Scripture is the boy's life depended on it. This is the wild imagination of a Charismatic Contemporary Christian guru playing God.

The verses which follow were added to the above note by Mike Bloomfield as proof texts. They are a great tsunami of Scripture which is supposed to validate the above conclusions. In fact, they are all over the place, often unrelated to his logic, out of context, other times contradict him, and many texts, while true, do not have one thing to do with prosperity, money, and the topic under discussion. Perhaps the worst offense is that many of the Old Testament texts are dispensationally fixed in their application to Israel during the Dispensation of Law, and the Apostle Paul and other New Testament writers move the teaching forward by advanced revelation to a new and better way in Christ. This trick is used by Fundamental Baptists and many Reformed churches to put the saints under necessity as to giving and tithing.

I must ask you to consider the format of Timothy Kwoh and Mike Bloomfield. Timothy chose five texts directly dealing with the prosperity issue for Christians and discussed them well and TAUGHT us. Mike Bloomfield did not use one Bible text, did not teach, and simply gave a gush gush feel good rant with occasional patronizing pats on the head for Timothy. This is the worst sort of Satanic guruism. It is NOT Bible teaching. It is fallen Christendom's equivalent of the world's "kiss my _____."

Anyone can go to a Bible web site and copy and paste all day long. I, for one, am not impressed. But, I will drop the alleged proof texts Mike Bloomfield added here so that I cannot be accused of neglecting the man's attempt to justify himself.

Sorry for the tiny text-- I refuse to make this page twenty feet long:

Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant in which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Joshua 1:7,8 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Genesis 13:2,3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law shall he meditate day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Isaiah 48:15-17 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous. Come Ye near unto me, Hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God and his spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shoudest go.

1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the name of the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause:, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall bring it to pass. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 18;32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalm 31:19 Oh, how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Psalm 34:8-11 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 85:12-13 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

Psalm 37:22-26 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth: and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand I have been young, and I now am old: yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 67:5-7 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us and all the ends of the earth shall fear him

Psalm 68:28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen O God that which thou hast wrought for us.

Psalm 71:21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

Isaiah 55:10-13 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not hither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn will come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Jeremiah 1:12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: I will hasten my word to perform it.

Psalm 119:89 For ever O Lord thy word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 147:15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

Isaiah 58:9-14 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer: thou shalt cry and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day; And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water , whose waters fail not. And they that be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach the restorer of paths to dwell in, If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my Holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the Earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Proverbs 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Proverbs 8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

Proverbs 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

Proverbs 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Proverbs 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Proverbs 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

Proverbs 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

Zechariah 1:17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Malachi 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 6:19-34 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: {20} But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: {21} For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. {22} The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. {23} But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! {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. {25} Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? {26} Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? {27} Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? {28} And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: {29} And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. {30} Wherefore , if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? {31} Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? {32} (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. {33} But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. {34} Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask , and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: {8} For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. {9} Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? {10} Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? {11} If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: {25} And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. {26} And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: {27} And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. {36} But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. {37} For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Matthew 18:18-20 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. {19} Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. {20} For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 25:14-36 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. {15} And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. {16} Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. {17} And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. {18} But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. {19} After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. {20} And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. {21} His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. {22} He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. {23} His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. {24} Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed: {25} And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. {26} His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed: {27} Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. {28} Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. {29} For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. {30} And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. {31} When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: {32} And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: {33} And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. {34} Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: {35} For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: {36} Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Mark 11:22-25 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. {23} For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. {24} Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. {25} And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Luke 1:45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luke 6:38 Give , and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 10:19 Behold , I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 11:9-13 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. {10} For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. {11} If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? {12} Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? {13} If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Luke 12:15-37 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. {16} And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: {17} And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? {18} And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. {19} And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. {20} But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? {21} So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. {22} And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. {23} The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. {24} Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? {25} And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? {26} If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? {27} Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. {28} If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? {29} And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. {30} For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. {31} But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. {32} Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. {33} Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. {34} For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. {35} Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; {36} And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. {37} Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

2 John 15:4-7 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. {5} I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. {6} If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. {7} If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Romans 8:31-37 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? {32} He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? {33} Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. {34} Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. {35} Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? {36} As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. {37} Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1 Corinthians 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. {7} Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. {8} And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: {9} (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. {10} Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) {11} Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

Hebrews 6:10-15 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. {11} And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: {12} That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. {13} For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, {14} Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. {15} And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.

Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, {3} According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: {4} Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.


BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO PROSPERITY GOSPEL LOGIC:
Editor-- Steve Van Nattan

I do not think I have ever seen a more brazen assault on reason and the mind of the reader as the above.

Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland, as well as ALL Charismatic preachers, throw verses at their followers that have virtually nothing to do with the subject at hand. This is supposed to impress the gullible masses and asses. Well, Mike baby, I am calling you on this one. You are a charlatan and a mind manipulating agent provocateur of the adversary. You are NOT a Bible teacher.

Now, let us consider some Bible texts Mike missed in his vacuum of exegesis:

2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

I have yet to hear of a Mega Church or Charismatic preacher who made himself poor on purpose. I know of a handful who were made poor by being convicted of child molesting or tax evasion, but they are not sitting in jail because they did the right thing or glorified God.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Here is Jesus "making himself" of no reputation. Like the previous text, Jesus CHOSE to be less than those to whom he ministered. Jesus CHOSE to be poor, and thus, he reached the poor. It is then a corollary thought to assume that because the Mega Church and Charismatic gurus drive the wealth in the opposite direction that Jesus did, these men reach nobody. They only manage to exalt themselves so that the sheep will line up to be sheered. The reason this is so wicked is that it totally deforms the image of Jesus Christ, for these Prosperity Gospel bastards use Jesus himself to justify their greed and massive wealth. God hates this. The accusers of the brethren love it for it gives them ammunition to blaspheme Christ and his Church. Psalms 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

After Jesus returned to heaven, God kept the plan in operation among the Apostles, that is, the example Jesus showed in his life. God has been choosing losers and the weak for 2000 years now. Why? Answer: So that no man who is called of God can boast of his own accomplishments, such as running the biggest bank in the world.

Matthew 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

Jesus did not have his own horse, donkey, or camel. He had to borrow. Today, if Jesus Christ returned to live the same life again which he lived in Galilee, he would have to ride public transport of borrow from friends. The Prosperity Gospel heretics virtually blaspheme Jesus Christ when they twist his words, as Mike Bloomfield did above, until they have Jesus wanting us all to get rich and flaunt it. This explains why they own a Lear Jet rather than fly with the peasants on the airlines.

Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Jesus stripped these disciples, already wandering about Galilee with next to nothing, of just about all their wealth. He wanted them to work light and depend on the love of the people they ministered to. AND, the fact that they were to keep their purse empty tells us that they were only to exist, not prosper. He did not check when they returned to see how much they had in their purse because it was supposed to be empty. You are a real jackass if you go to a rich preacher looking for deliverance from devils. He already is totally conquered by them.

I see that Mike Bloomfield, in his copious list of Bible texts, jumped right over the book of James, just like Martin Luther. James is a real bother to us all, but without it we might well wander off into the most deadly wickedness. Take a look, Mike:

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

In a video online, Benny Hinn and a couple other Prosperity Gospel jerks are joking with each other. Someone brought up the question of following the sheep. Benny Hinn then said, "I don't want to follow sheep, I will get poo on my shoes." This is the man Mike Bloomfield exalted above in his note to Timothy Kwoh. This shows us the snob factor in Mike. I suspect Jesus had poo on his shoes many times as he wandered the hills of Galilee. It also makes it very clear that these Prosperity Gospel gurus HATE the sheep. Their sweet words are only to cause the sheep to want to cover the guru in gold.

Understand this from verse 6 above-- Those who exalt lust for wealth in the Prosperity Gospel are despising the poor. Jesus loved them. This means the Prosperity Gospel people are wolves in sheep's clothing, for the turn the true Gospel upside down. Psalms 146:9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. God will soon turn Mike Bloomfield upside down-- mark it down. Despising the poor, according to James, is blasphemy. Only a damned fool would exalt the gigolos of Charismania and the Mega Church movement.

Why the rough talk by James? Well, who was it who gave himself totally to the poor? Answer: Jesus. Thus, to trample on the poor is to trample on Jesus Christ. Are you getting the point yet? The Prosperity Gospel is "another Gospel." (II Corinthians 11:4)

James 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

The destiny of the rich is horrible, and it is predictable. Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, and the many other Prosperity Gospel gurus are on their way to the "last day" in which their wealth will be used to judge them and condemn them to hell. When a man becomes rich, especially be being a church house gigolo and shearing the sheep of their small riches, that man is a damned fool on his way to a burning hell. It is about time we call things what they are. 1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Mike Bloomfied glaringly used only verse 17 and failed to include verses 18 and 19. He leaves the impression that it is OK to be rich as long as you keep trusting in God. That sounds very pious. That is why the Prosperity Gospel gurus are masters of false humility. They claim to deeply love the idiots who enrich them, and they claim that Jesus made them rich and they just cannot stop him from doing it. They also promise those stupid enough to listen to them that any of us can be rich like them if we just throw some money on the guru. "And the farmer hauled another load away, and you could tell, by the smell, that it wasn't a load of hay." At the right I have added a Prosperity Gospel preaching video by Reverend New Holland.

Well, the rest of the story is this, as in verse 18-19 above-- Use your riches to do good works, and "communicate." In the Greek "communicate" (KOINONIKOS) means to be a sharer and generous toward others, not just communicate as in talk talk talk, the modern concept.

Verse 18 leads to 19 in which the sharing of one's riches results in a store of sound living which will survive hard times to come, and eternal life is directly associated with generosity with one's riches. I suspect Mike will hate me for that, but Benny Hinn, Andrew Strom, and all the fast talking rich boys of the Mega Church movement cause us to question their interest in eternal life.

Matthew 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

With this I end my own discussion of the heresy of the Prosperity Gospel and of Mike Bloomfield's wimpy discussion of being rich. Jesus' body would have been buried in a hole in the ground by the Roman guard, or worse-- his body might have been dragged out of Jerusalem and left in a valley named Gehenna where refuse and rubbish was burned, and his body left to carrion eating birds to feast on. Joseph of Arimathaea shows us what a true believer in the kingdom of God does with his wealth-- he spends it down on Jesus Christ.

I wonder how many poor folks Benny Hinn or Kenneth Copeland have buried?

Hey Mike, go boil up your Billy, and leave the Bible teaching to Bible believers.

 

 

MIKE BLOOMFIELD TELLS US IN HIS FACEBOOK PROFILE
THAT THIS IS HIS FAVORITE MUSIC:


This boy is not a God fearing man-- he is a trance freak who has one foot
in the world and one in the church. And, he has no idea what it means to
distinguish between the profane and the holy. Mike's jive Jesus is not
my Jesus. His gospel is not my Gospel. And, his spirit is not my Spirit.

 

 

LINKS:

SEE MY ARTICLE ON THE POOR

THIS IS THE MESSAGE THAT STARTED THE FRENCH REVOLUTION:


If children did not read this journal, I could express myself better. This is so profane and wicked I don't know whether to puke or scream. The joyful faces of the listeners was based on PURE GREED, not spiritual illumination. For the record, Solomon was rich, not because the wicked enriched him. They brought him gifts, but Solomon got his gold from the gold mines he owned in Africa in Opher.

Finally, this natural brute beast tells us that the riches came to the Hebrews in Egypt only after they brought an offering of a lamb. The application is that we better bring an offering to Benny Hinn if we want the wealth of the wicked which God wants to give us. Wrong, Benny, you bastard.....
THE HEBREW PEOPLE ATE THE LAMB, ALL OF IT, THEY DID NOT GIVE IT TO GOD.

THINK, YOU REBEL, THINK.

Do you believe the gospel according to Mother Goose myth Benny told about giving away all his money? If you do, I have a piece of real estate I would like to sell you. It has a great ocean view, boat launching rights, very secluded, great fishing, and it is only $ 200,000. You will find it 90 miles due east of Miami Beach, Florida.

I must say that I think Benny Hinn, like Adolph Hitler, started out to lie and fabricate his story from day one. But, the shrinks tell us that, again like Adolph Hitler, a person who lies big on purpose one day starts believing their own lies. This is why Benny Hinn looks so sincere. He IS sincere, but he is totally self-deluded. This, however, makes his message sound so convincing. He really believes himself, why should you not believe him? This is also why you better not listen to these gurus unless God sends you to do so in order to expose their lies and demonic message. It is a doctrine of devils, and it comes with power to convince.

By the way, I have claimed that Benny Hinn is an Indian from India and has Hindu roots. You can see the classic Indian head wag if you set the time bar at 22:30, and watch him wag his head as he says, "God is talking to you." He did a lot more of this in his early years of ministry, and he has tried to get rid of it.

 

LISTEN TO THE ROOSTER JOEL "LOTTA TEETH" OSTEEN
AND HIS MAMMA HEN SHELL THE CORN

CBS SPECIAL ON PROSPERITY GOSPEL-
EMPHASIS ON KENNETH COPELAND


HERE ARE THE WICKED BLASPHEMING, JUST AS THE BIBLE PREDICTED,
WHEN THE PEOPLE OF GOD PLAY THE FOOL:


TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE TO GET YOUR TEACHING IN SUPER SIMPLE FORMAT.....
HERE IS REVEREND DOCTOR POPEYE PREACHING:

 

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