For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16 ESV
One of the most important pieces of advice I received when I was a babe in the faith was – skim books claiming to be Christian – if they talk more about you than about God, put them down! Surprisingly, a lot of the so-called Prosperity Gospel books out there are the ones selling like hotcakes. Joel Osteen, ring a bell?
I almost fell for the message in Joel Osteen’s books. I devoured “Your Best Life Now” before I became a Christian. The writing style wasn’t preachy; it was very soothing to the unbeliever’s (read: my) lost soul.
A few months later, God gave me an irresistable invitation and pretty soon, I was looking for a bible-based church.
What a shocker that was! The first sermon I ever listened to practically threw a bucket of cold water on all of Joel Osteen’s teachings that wormed their way into my gullible heart.
Folks, go back to the bible. Nothing in there says choosing God’s way will lead you to material success in this life. If this were true, then why didn’t Paul make it big? The apostle Peter was burned at the cross! And what about Job?!!!
Please be very very careful. A lot of books out there are deceiving!
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone into the world. – 1 John 4:1 ESV
None will escape the wrath of God:
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. – Proverbs 30:5-7 ESV
PS Just started re-reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and I am on Day 1. I’m so glad that RW is against the Prosperity Gospel!