Does God Want You To Be Rich?

time.jpgA growing number of Protestant evangelists raise a joyful Yes! But the idea is poison to other, more mainstream pastors.
When George Adams lost his job at an Ohio tile factory last October, the most practical thing he did, he thinks, was go to a new church, even though he had to move his wife and four preteen boys to Conroe, a suburb of Houston, to do it. Conroe, you see, is not far from Lakewood, the home church of megapastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen.

Osteen's relentlessly upbeat television sermons had helped Adams, 49, get through the hard times, and now Adams was expecting the smiling, Texas-twanged 43-year-old to help boost him back toward success. And Osteen did. Inspired by the preacher's insistence that one of God's top priorities is to shower blessings on Christians in this lifetime–and by the corollary assumption that one of the worst things a person can do is to expect anything less–Adams marched into Gullo Ford in Conroe looking for work. He didn't have entry-level aspirations: "God has showed me that he doesn't want me to be a run-of-the-mill person," he explains. He demanded to know what the dealership's top salesmen made–and got the job.

In a TIME poll:

  • 17% of Christians surveyed said they considered themselves part of a (prosperity) movement.
  • 61% believed that God wants people to be prosperous.
  • 31% agreed that if you give your money to God, God will bless you with more money.

Source: Does God Want You To Be Rich? Time Magazine September 18th, 2006 article.

Only in America would this stuff sell…

  • dave

    September 22, 2006, 4:43 pm

    “Only in America would this stuff sell‚Ķ”

    Ah, if only that were true. Australians lap it up too, it seems.

  • david fairchild

    September 22, 2006, 9:31 pm

    Welcome to the kingdom of blingdom

  • tansu

    September 28, 2006, 7:00 am

    If you read the article, it talks about the prosperity gospely also being a big hit in Africa, and it is not necessarily just an American import, but a deep seated part of most of the different cultures in Africa that indeed, God wants to prosper you. A god who cannot guarantee rain for the crops and healng for sickness, what kind of god is that?????

  • Paston Ed

    October 10, 2006, 9:23 am

    People who think that God should make them rich are completely lost. The idea that God is of no use if he can’t make it rain, or make you rich, is an abomination.

    God certainly did not make Christ, his son, rich; nor did he spare him the cross. Christ said, take up your cross and follow me. There is no promise of worldly hapiness or luxury anywhere. Unless one abandons one’s desire for the world and its things, one can never understand the gospels.

  • Jasmine Harvey

    March 4, 2007, 1:03 pm

    Paston Ed I disagree with you. It is true that Jesus was not rich nor was he spared the cross, but who says that we have to be poor. We live in a totally different world than the world Jesus inhabited. he lived in a time where you didn’t need a whole lot to reach a whole bunch of poeple. The guy could turn water to wine and feed thousands of people with only a little to begin with. I think that God doesn’t want every body to be Oprah, Bill Gates and Donald Trump rich, but he doesn’t mind us having more than enough. Having enough so that we can pay our bills, feed our families, and more importantly help our world is not a crime. That’s why God gives people riches, to HELP His PEOPLE. The Bible does not promise worldly luxuries but it promises you that if you are faithful to the Lord He will bless you so much that you don’t have enough room to receive it. He blesses us so much when we’re faithful to Him so that we can give to others. So don’t dis living well. Condemn living for the wrong thing. We should live to serve God and God’s people not earthly things. As long as we never forget that there ain’t nothing wrong with having a little cushion in your bank account just in case of immergencies.

  • raul valdez Jr

    November 14, 2007, 10:02 pm

    does God hate rich people well no alot of saints where rich in the bible very promient servents of God

    jacob made himself rich by working hard and his son became rich when he became governer of egypt

    now is it right to say everyone should be rich no, proverbs says a man prayed to God saying Lord dont let me have to little or i might steel and offend you, and dont let me have to much because i might forget you.

    and later John the Baptists tells those who asked him what must we do these people had money of course, John replied if you have two coats give one to he who has none, if you have food give the food to those have no none, and Christ told the rich religious leaders, if you want to be clean you should instead give what you have in your bowls to the poor and then you shall be clean in and out, and you shall have treasure in heaven.

    so is it good for all of us to be rich no, some of us might be taken away by greed, is it good for us to constantly live in depression no, depression can crush even the strongest Christian making him or her give up his spiritual journey with God

    so for someone to critizie the rich is wrong and to critize those who have desires contrary to our belief system is wrong the bible says God shall fulfill the desire of your heart meaning not just what you need but Jesus said that He will give you what you need as well, and He also said seek the Kingdom and all these things shall be added unto you

    cornelious in the new testament was also rich so was zaceriah.

  • raul valdez Jr

    November 14, 2007, 10:06 pm

    when teaching people stuff its best to teach from the bible not ones own wisdom, sometimes we get carried away with what sounds right and forget what IS right and what is wrong. a paster will condemn you for drinking are you a sinner for drinking NO but you are if you get DRUNK.

    its a sin to own a slave………you all will look at me and say HOW DARE YOU ASK THAT OF COURSE IT IS well im afraid no its not my friends, its a sin to hurt your slave, indeed so dont think i condone what the africans once had to go through, its a sin to knock out a tooth, to injure your slave if you do injure him you must set him free is what moses told the poeple to do, and if you kill him you should die too or be punished im not sure. why am i saying this TO MAKE A POINT nobody out here is completely right on spiritula matters, and if you still think slavery is wrong in totality read the book of phileman the book is written by paul to a SLAVE OWNER TELLING HIM TO TAKE HIS SLAVE BACK AND FORGIVE HIM

  • ebenezer ocran

    November 30, 2007, 5:13 am

    well God want this childern to be rich it is part of the package he brought t us through his son jesus

  • Bill Scudder

    December 30, 2007, 11:00 am

    Its not wrong to be rich or wrong to be poor. The so-called prosperity preachers have gone too far with this and have hurt the gospel. I read an article by a leading African pastor that said these prosperity preachers that have exported their message to Africa has really hurt the African Church. And many of these prosperity preachers have strange unorthodox doctrines.

  • awolaja

    July 27, 2008, 2:15 pm

    all god wants His children to do is to obey the Bible.That is the key to being anything.It is not in the Bible that all of God’s children would be rich, or wasn’t Lazarus a child of God?