The lightbulb comes on
This is rich (pun intended):
A noted Christian author and teacher says the “prosperity” gospel is producing self-centered church members. A recent cover article in TIME Magazine focused on the growing popularity of the gospel message that claims God wants all Christians to be healthy and wealthy.
But Ron Carlson, founder of Christian Ministries International, believes the “prosperity” message is not the true gospel. Carlson contends that a gospel that cannot be preached to every individual on the planet is a “counterfeit” gospel. “I turn on television and I see some of these preachers … [who say] that God wants you healthy, wealthy, and prosperous,” he says. “I often wonder why is it they never go to the Cambodian border or the Gulag or China and tell those Christians, ‘Don’t you know you’re the King’s kid? Don’t you know God wants you healthy, wealthy, and prosperous?'”
Carlson is concerned that such teaching reduces God to a servant’s role. “The health, wealth, and prosperity gospel is really a product of a Western, materialistic mentality,” he says. “It’s a humanistic philosophy that reduces God to be the servant of man, that man can manipulate for his own selfish gain.” Carlson made his comments during a recent interview with Worldview Weekend creator Brannon Howse.
That might explain some of these good men in the pulpit:
* Kentucky pastor going to clink for bank fraud and tax evasion. Pastor Larry bought himself a Porsche and played the ponies with church funds.
* United Methodist pastor sentenced on a laundry list of charges. A jury found Hutcherson guilty in May of committing five counts of fraud, lying to federal officials and obstruction of justice. He’s out as mayor and was booted as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church.
* Preacher guilty of stealing from hundreds of black churches. Abraham Kennard was found guilty in U.S. District Court on 132 counts, ranging from mail fraud to tax evasion. He ran a pyramid scheme on 1,600 churches, claimeing his company was developing Christian resorts around the country — and bilking ministers of thousands of dollars.