What is Prosperity Religion? Name and claim it..
The prosperity gospel also has been called the “name it and claim it” theology. God wants His people to prosper, evangelists like Joyce Meyer maintain. Those who follow God and give generously to his ministries can have anything, and everything, they want.
But critics, from Bible-quoting theologians to groups devoted to preserving the separation of church and state, abound. At best, they say, such a theology is a simplistic and misguided way of living. At worst, they say, it is dangerous.
Michael Scott Horton, who teaches historical theology at the Westminister Theological Seminary in Escondido, Ca., calls the message a twisted interpretation of the Bible – a “wild and wacky theology.
“Some of these people are charlatans,” Horton said. “Others are honestly dedicated to one of the most abhorrent errors in religious theology.
” I often think of these folks as the religious equivalent to a combination of a National Enquirer ad and professional wrestling. It’s part entertainment and very large part scam.”
Sociologist William Martin of Rice University said that most people who follow TV religious leaders put so much trust in them that they want them to thrive. Martin is a professor of sociology at the university, specializing in theology.
The preachers’ wealth is “confirmation of what they are preaching,” Martin said.
Ole Anthony’s Trinity Foundation, best-known for working with the national media to uncover questionable activities involving TV evangelists, often resorts to digging through preachers’ trash to find incriminating evidence. Anthony said that most of the preachers begin with a “sincere desire to spread the faith. But the pressure of fundraising slowly moves all of them in the direction of a greed-based theology.”
Even J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma & Christian Life magazine has become alarmed at what he sees as the excesses of some TV preachers.
Grady defends the principle that if you are stingy with your money, you will lack things in life; and if you are generous, you will get things in return.
Prosperity religion is part of the Arminian doctrine.
What is the Arminian doctrine? the Arminian Gospel appeals to the large masses of people who are following the broad way to destruction. As we have seen, the Arminian gospel strips God of his sovereignty. The Arminian gospel leads ultimately to the deification of man . The pastor of World Changers is Creflo Dollar, who has two Roll Royces and travels in a Gulfstream-3 private jet. Creflo Dollar has followed the logic of the Arminian gospel to its inexorable conclusion; he preaches that man is a god:
Creflo Counterfeit Dollar
All right! I’m going to say something, you are gods on this earth. And it’s about time we start operating like gods instead of a bunch of mere powerless humans. Creflo Dollar does not think that man is in any way inferior to God Almighty; he preaches that man is equal to God Almighty: I have equality with God, that’s my way of thinking. Now somebody says, “Well, it’s hard to think that way,” Well, keep saying it, “I have equality with God” talk yourself into it! You’ve talked yourself into other things!
God, however, has a different view of things: “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9 AV) “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.” (Isaiah 45:5 AV) How can man be equal with God, if God himself says that he is the only God, there is no God beside him? Sounds like Creflo Dollar is in a little disagreement with God. If one disagrees with God, who wins the argument?
Creflo Dollar will sometimes lead his congregation in a chant: “Say it again, I’m just like God!” That is the level of degeneration that results from an Arminian theology.
T.D. Jakes described Creflo Dollar as “one of God’s finest.” It is not a surprise that Jakes would say that about Dollar, since T.D. Jakes is another Arminian preacher, who believes that people have “failed to appreciate their divinity.” TD Jakes pastor a 15000 member church called the Potters House and inorder to get a choice seat on the main floor, you have to pay $1000-$500 weekly. In 2001, T.D. Jakes was pictured on the front cover of Time magazine with a huge caption asking: “Is this Man the Next Billy Graham?” (TD Jakes – A Time-Warner Production)
The world loves Arminian preachers. “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
A “sermon” tape from Creflo Dollar played approvingly by T.D. Jakes on his May 24, 2004, show. It contains a philosophy to which both of them ascribe:
Quit going before God like a bunch of spiritual sissies and go before God with the covenant on your mind, quit whining before God and go before God like you know your rights. All right, I am going to do something here that it’s going to start a revival or a riot. I’m going to say something, now watch this you will be able to identity a covenant person by how they act. [He gets on one knee looking down] Watch this we are all to familiar with this, I bow down on my bended knee, “Dear kind and heavenly Father I know that I’m not worth nothing Lord. I know I’m just a filthy rag. I know I ought to go to hell, but Lord if you could just stop by a little while; everything is going to be all right. Ummm, Lord I need you to stop by just a little while I know I ain’t no good, Jesus. But if you could stop by everything will be all right. Please Jesus Oh stop by. Please Ah Please! Please! Jesus, Oh Lord, I Know I Don’t Deserve it Jesus, Please, Please. For Christ sake we pray. Amen and thank God.” That is a guy that doesn’t understand his covenant. This is a guy that’s got to beg God because he doesn’t understand his covenant. A covenant person will go before God like this [Standing up looking up at God], “Father in the name of Jesus I am the righteousness of God. I have a blood bought right to have healing in my body; I have a blood right to have a sound mind. I have a blood bought right. I have a blood bought right to get answers to my prayers and when I am trouble. I have a blood bought right to come before your throne and to ask you for help in a time of trouble. Now according to John 16:33, you said whatever I pray in the name of Jesus it shall be given onto me. You said in Mark 11:24 if I believe I receive it, then I shall have it. Therefore, I pray it and say in the name of Jesus and I believe that I receive it in Jesus name, Amen and good night.”
T.D. Jakes and Creflo Dollar preach different gospel from the gospel found in the word of God. Read Christ’s view of the repentant sinner in Luke 18:9-14 and compare it to Creflo Dollars’ rendition. You will notice that Creflo Dollar completely reverses the lesson of the parable. According to Creflo Dollar, the prideful Pharisee was justified and the man who humbled himself before God was a sap who should not have received anything. According to God, however, “every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:14. Choose ye this day whom you will follow, Jesus or Creflo Dollar, J. D. Jakes
Joel Osteen denies that salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. He is a public speaker, financial motivator, but teacher and preacher of Gods word is questionable.
Besides denying Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), it appears that Joel Osteen is also not willing to preach on the doctrine of sin. While it is one thing to open the church to everybody (which I absolutely agree), it is quite another to minimize the gravity of sin.
The following is excerpt from the Larry King show.
OSTEEN: I have thoughts. I just, you know, I don’t think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. I don’t think abortion is the best. I think there are other, you know, a better way to live your life. But I’m not going to condemn those people. I tell them all the time our church is open for everybody.
KING: You don’t call them sinners?
OSTEEN: I don’t.
KING: Is that a word you don’t use?
OSTEEN: I don’t use it. I never thought about it. But I probably don’t. But most people already know what they’re doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change. There can be a difference in your life. So I don’t go down the road of condemning.
I, for one, would not hesitate to renounce Joel Osteen as a false teacher. A man who holds the position of “Senior Pastor” surely would know better than to compromise the doctrine of Solus Christus and the doctrine of sin. Because of this, I can only conclude that Joel Osteen has every intention to deceive the Christian community by preaching a false Christ. Joel Osteen clearly stands out as an example of why biblical discernment is necessary to distinguish the wolves from the sheep, for it is written:
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. – 2 Timothy 4:३
The Truth Behind the New Secret Book
Rhonda Byrne book clearly promotes a magical/occult doctrine sourced from the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosicrucian’s. Similar to Freemasons, Scientologists, Kabalistic, Theosophical, Illuminist and similar occult organizations.
The Secret is associated with the New Thought movement started in the nineteenth century by the occult philosopher Dr. Quimbys. One of Quimbys student was Mary Baker Eddy who founded the Christian Science Monitor. New Thought considered Hinduism to be essentially the same as primitive Christianity. According to a recent survey most of the followers of the New Thought movement including about 74 percent of its leaders, believe in reincarnation…
The Secret allude to the emerald tablets, a work attributed to the,” an ancient Hellenistic god known as Hermes Trismegistus. Hermes is the Egyptian god Thoth.. Thoth was regarded even in the most primitive period as the moon-god; and from this lunar association arose many of his most distinctive functions. Just as the moon is illuminated by the sun, so Hermes (Thoth) derived much of his authority from being secretary and counselor to the solar divinity Re. ( The Sun god). He presided over almost every aspect of the temple cults, law and the civil year, and in particular over the sacred rituals, texts and formulas, and the magic arts that were so closely related. To him, as divine scribe, inventor of writing and lord of wisdom, the priesthood attributed much of its sacred literature, including, for example, parts of the Book of the Dead. Of occult powers latent in all aspects of the cult of the gods, Hermes (Thoth ) was the acknowledged source. By extension he became regarded as the lord of knowledge, language and all science-even as Understanding or Reason personified and most of all The Reveler of Secrets and Esoteric Wisdom was his special preserve, and he was called ‘the Mysterious,’ ‘the Unknown. Hermes is a mortal who received revelations from the divine world and eventually he achieves immortality through self-purification, but remains among men in order to unveil to them the secrets of the divine world These secrets were preserved through Kabballah and passed down through Jewish, pagan and pseudo – Christian priest, philosophers and secret societies.
Albert Pike who wrote the book on Morals and Dogma for the Masons said of the Kabballah “All the truely dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabbalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from Kabbalah, all the Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols.” Pike worshiped Baphomet (goat god symbol of the Church of Satan)and was a practicing Luciferian. Most the symbols, customs, ornaments and ceremonies of masonry are derived from the pagan fertility and sun-worship rites of the Druids.
New Thought religions generally share a core belief in monism, the universal presence of a creative energy, or God, within the world and within all people. Some take literally the Christian teaching that “the kingdom of heaven is within.”
The Secret” is the power of positive thinking on spiritual steroids. It is a new hybrid religion that joins the self-indulgent materialism of the West with the Hindu/Buddhist spirituality of the East. It takes principles and quotations from all religions and claims ..
that guilt is passé, that the “law of attraction” is neither good nor evil, and that you deserve whatever you desire and attract to yourself. The Secret is one more proof that the “Christian” theistic West has, since the 1960s, adopted the old beliefs of pagan, pantheistic monism. Perennial philosophy – the belief that mystical metaphysics forms the core of all religious teachings – is now served up to the masses. Consider these “Secret” claims: “We are the creators of the Universe”; “You are God in a physical body. Note what is happening. Such teachings arrogantly conflate human potential and divine potential, granting to creatures the powers unique only to God. This is the classic worship of self-creating and self-sustaining nature, necessarily eliminating God as its transcendent and sovereign creator. It is more than just consumer-oriented narcissism; it is a variant of the serpent’s temptation in Genesis.
Scholars of religion identify two types of spirituality: (1) esoteric (inner) religion – the God within; finding truth within the human heart, since humanity is divine. This is the air breathed in “The Secret”; (2) exoteric (outer) religion that finds truth beyond the sphere of nature and humanity in the person of God, distinct from created things. Paul identified this spiritual confusion with remarkable clarity two millenniums ago in the first chapter of Romans: “Professing to be wise, they became fools … who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator….” (New King James Version).
Other notable practitioners of the secret and new thought movement are some of the biggest ministers in the protestant world, Robert Schuller, Norman Vincent Peale, and Oral Roberts are all 33° Masonic brothers of 33° Freemason Billy Graham. (See Roberts, Oral. Miracle of Seed Faith, p.9.) Billy Graham has helped each of these brothers with their ministries. Robert Schuller taught principles of church growth to Unity School in Kansas City. A Christian, who used to be on staff there, said that Robert Schuller was fully aware that Luciferian Initiations were going on at the school and that he didn’t care.. Rev. Jonnie Colemen, pastors the Christ Universal Temple in Chicago where Oprah Winfry is a member.
The Secret is a mixture of half-truths and easily discernable error. It contributes to the ongoing legacy of opportunistic New Ager’s who steal the mystical teachings of various religions and appropriate them to suit their materialistic passion. The Secret is paving the way for Adam Weishaupts the New World Order.
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.
Matt.16: 24-26 (KJV) states “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. Who so ever shall save his life shall lose it and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall save it. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
1John 2:14-16 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world..
In summery The Secret is not anything new nor is it a secret.. Its roots can be trace back to the Garden of Eden and Lucifer deceiving Eve by telling her that if she eats of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil she will be like God and immortal. The secret is in info commercial for the Kaballah, and its branches of gnosticism, pantheism, Scientology, Mormonism, Masonry, Hinduism/Buddhism for the but rather a collections of sayings and writing focusing on self-actualization, metaphysic, . It doesn’t take a lawyer to figure out the source of Rhonda Byrne inspiration. God’s word tells 1John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. How do we try the spirits? · Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. The law of attraction is not from the God who created all things. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
The concept of Mortals being equal to God is pure metaphysics and is the total manifestation of the unholy that easily ensnares the vulnerable॥ Beware my friends Beware.
Doc Marquis, former Illuminist witch, answers the Top 25 Questions he receives during his seminars on Illuminati, Witchcraft, and Freemasonry. We reprint these questions for you.
Most of the article on Freemasonry below has been taken from Masonic books that have been published.
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