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.
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