Time.com: Does God Want You To Be Rich? — A growing number of Protestant evangelists raise a joyful Yes! But the idea is poison to other, more mainstream pastors – By David Van Biema, Jeff Chu

The so-called “prosperity gospel” might be appealing, but it has NOTHING to do with what Jesus taught. I ran a quick search on an online Bible program for the word “rich” in the gospel of Jesus, and here are a couple of the things Jesus said about the rich…

Mt 19:23 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 6:20-26 – Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets…

So as for the absurd blasphemy of those who preach the “prosperity gospel”, I give you the words of Jesus…

WOE TO YOU WHO ARE RICH

In fact I would go as far as to say that it is doubtful if it possible to be a follower of Christ and be rich. I know I sound dogmatic here, but I think the words of Jesus are very, very clear. I have no possible idea how the prosperity preachers are able to turn this around and still claim to be Christians.