This is what those who believe in the “prosperity gospel” teach, but is it true?

According to Job 42:2, no purpose of God can be thwarted/stopped, and according to Job 23:13, whatever God desires or wants that He does.  In Daniel 4:35, it says that God does according to His will among the inhabitants of earth, and no one can ward off His hand.  Then in Isaiah 14:24, God says that just as He has intended so it has happened, and just as He planned so it will stand.  And in Isaiah 46:10-11, it says that God’s purpose will be established, and He will accomplish all His good pleasure, as He planned it, He will do it.

So, if God really wants something, He will do it, and nothing or no one can prevent it from happening.  So, if God wants all believers to be healthy, wealthy, and happy all or part of the time, then it will happen, but if He doesn’t, then it won’t happen.

Regarding Health:

1 Cor. 11:29-30

According to this passage, many of the Christians in the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 1:2) were sick, and this sickness was from the Lord. So, the Lord not only does not want all Christians healthy but, in fact, causes some Christians to be sick.

Gal. 4:13-15

According to this passage, even the godly giant, the apostle Paul had a bodily illness that apparently was ugly/repulsive to other people (Gal. 4:14).

Phil. 2:25-27

According to this passage, Paul’s fellow missionary worker Epaphroditus was deadly sick.

2 Tim. 4:20

According to this verse, Paul’s missionary traveling disciple Trophimus (Acts 20:4; 21:29) was left sick at Miletus by Paul.

1 Tim. 5:23

According to this verse, Paul’s godly disciple Timothy (Acts 16:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:10; Phil. 2:19-22) had frequent ailments/bodily disorders and stomach problems.

1 Pet. 2:24

This verse does not teach that Jesus died on the cross for the believer’s sicknesses, but for the believer’s sins.  The believer in Jesus Christ is healed spiritually from the spiritual disease of sin.  The verb “were healed” is in the past tense indicating completed action.  The healing is an accomplished fact and, therefore, cannot refer to physical healing but to salvation, as physical sickness is still occurring in this life.  Isaiah 53:5 also shows that Christ’s death is dealing with the payment/penalty for the believer’s sins, not physical healing.  The Greek word for “healed” in 1 Pet. 2:24 is “iaomai” and is used figuratively of spiritual healing in Matt. 13:15; Jn. 12:40; Acts 28:27; and Heb. 12:13.

And blaming a Christian’s lack of faith for being sick has nothing to do with this issue, as some of the most godly men of the faith were sick and remained so.

Regarding Wealth:

Acts 3:6

According to this verse, Peter, a godly disciple of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:8; 5:29; 19:20), states that he doesn’t possess silver and gold. Does that sound like he is wealthy?

2 Cor. 11:27

According to this verse, Paul, a godly apostle of Jesus Christ (Acts 13:9; Gal. 2:20; 6:14), states that he is in hunger and thirst, often without food, and in cold and exposure. Does this sound like he is wealthy?

2 Cor. 6:4-5, 10

According to these verses, Paul is in hardships, hunger, poor, and has nothing. He’s definitely far, far away from being wealthy!

1 Cor. 4:9-11

According to this passage, all the apostles of Jesus Christ are hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed, and homeless. All these godly men are definitely not wealthy!

Rom. 15:26

According to this verse, there are several poor Christians in Jerusalem who needed financial help. They are, therefore, not wealthy.

Again, blaming a Christian’s lack of faith for their poverty is not biblical, and the godly men of faith above show this to be true also.

Regarding Happiness:

2 Cor. 1:8

According to this verse, godly Paul and Timothy despaired even of life. Does this sound like they were happy?

2 Cor. 7:8-10

According to this passage, the Christians in the church at Corinth were sorrowful for a while and this sorrow was actually God’s will for them.  How can this coincide with the false idea that it’s God’s will that all Christians be happy all the time? It doesn’t!

2 Cor. 2:1

According to this verse, Paul had previously come to the Corinthian church in sorrow, and he didn’t want to come to them that way again. Does this show that Paul was always happy?

Rom. 9:1-2

According to this passage, godly Paul had great sorrow and unceasing grief in his heart.  If this grief is unceasing, then it’s on-going, and if it is on-going, then happiness is rare.

So, the Bible does not teach that God wants all Christians to be happy all the time, and the above passages demonstrate that this, in fact, is the case.

As we have now seen, the “prosperity gospel” is a false teaching!  God does not want every Christian to be healthy, wealthy and happy all the time or even some of the time in many cases. 

 

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