Here are some themes they do not talk about much.
- Christ’s death for the sin of sinners
- The next life: Future judgment in Heaven or Hell
- Humility, repentance, and saving faith
- The glory and beauty of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- The law of God
- The Second Coming of Christ
- The marks of a false teacher
- The Five Solas
- Holiness, integrity, and character
- Election, predestination, and God’s sovereignty
Basically, it is a move away from the great motifs of life and death, Heaven and Hell. At the same time, it is a move toward the lighter ideas of life: happiness, ease, simplicity, comfort, present day—nothing that will leave the people heavy and concerned. A passage like Heb. 9:27-28 won’t be the theme for any conferences.
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
In the place of these Biblical saving truths that occupied all the NT preachers, they have a list like this.
- Personal authority, power, and honor
- The power of faith to get things
- Personal dignity and worth
- Freedom from every kind of discomfort
- Healing from every kind of difficulty
In other words, heavy is out and light is in. God is out and “me” is in. Sin is out, and prosperity is in.
Identifying Prosperity Preachers
Mark #1: They Do Not Stay Long in a Single Verse
Mark #2: They Are Intentionally Vague
Mark #3: They Consistently Disobey Explicit Scriptural Teaching About Tongues
Mark #4: They Prostitute the Old Testament
Mark #5: They Assume Their Listeners Are All Born Again
Mark #6: They Ignore the Great Themes of Scripture
Mark #7: They Have an Aversion to Humility
Mark #8: They Draw the Affections to Earth
I really enjoy this prosperity gospel series you’re doing Seth. I can’t always get this comment section to come through on my phone but it did this time and I wanted you to know I read all of your blog’s.