Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Here is a clip by John Piper on the horrific nature of the prosperity gospel -- which is so prevalent in today's pulpits -- both in America and abroad. Listen to Piper's words...


Dad said...

Geoff, I just taught on a passage that deals with this serious defect in "evangelicalism"...2 Cor 2:17, where Paul speaks of not "peddling" the Gospel.

As you well know, the Greek for peddling means adulterating and was used in the 1st Century to describe hucksters who watered down wine to make more profit and sold wares to unsuspecting buyers...essentially "retailing" the Gospel.

This is evil and will surely be judged by God.

But we cannot be surprised by this at all, it has been going on sicne the 1st Century and is becoming more prevalent in these Last Days before the return of Christ for His Church.

These men are false shepherds and need to be exposed for what they are.

Keep up the good work.



geoffrey kirkland said...

Preach it, dad! I couldn't agree more. Love you! :=)

Anonymous said...

Geoff, here's a comment along the lines of your dads...
This Sunday I'm preaching from 2 Cor 4:3-6. Paul says in v. 5 that he preaches Jesus Christ as Lord. Then in v. 6, in a subordinate clause to that phrase, he says, "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light [revelation] of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Paul preaches Christ because works in the hearts of men to see the beauty of Christ--something we can't do.
Thanks for the post! I feel just as passionately about it. Keep pressing


Dad said...

To follow on Dave's comment, 2 Corinthians is absolutely inundated with admissions of inability...who is adequate for these things... If you go through the book and highlight all the passages about inadequacy like I did you'll find examples in virtually every chapter.

Why do I say this?

Because Paul affirms unequivocally that salvation is monergistic.

All the appeals to the flesh, which is what the so-called prosperity "gospel" (which is not a gospel at all) really amount to...are premised on the illusions that(1) man is able to respond to the Gospel call without God doing a miraculous act (akin to literally creating ex nihilo by fiat, which is the thrust of the 2 Cor 4 passage) and (2) this world is the main stage in the drama of redemption in terms of seeing God save us...that Jesus somehow paid our sin debt before a holy God so we could drive nice wheels???

This stuff is abominable and smells of smoke, because it originates from the great counterfeiter himself.

geoffrey kirkland said...

Great discussion, guys.

Dad, keep preaching the Word as you work through 2 Corinthians.

Dave, preach boldly and fearlessly this Sunday morning at SCBC.

Much love...

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