Prosperity is not God’s stamp of approval on our lives, but neither is poverty. A person can be rich and wicked. Likewise, a person can be poor and wicked. God uses both suffering and blessing to sanctify his people.
One of the most common heresies found in Charismatic Churches is the Kenosis Heresy. In order to defend Christians ability to perform all the signs and wonders that Jesus did, Charismatics insist that Jesus “emptied” himself of his divinity during his earthly ministry. It’s a common, but serious, misunderstanding of Philippians 2.
The Bible never condemns wealth. Money is not the root of all kinds of evil, “the love of money” is the root of all kinds of evil. So how should Christians view money?
Jesus is NOT the author of sugar and spice and everything nice. You cannot manufacture your own “preferred” Jesus. We are to be conformed into HIS likeness, not the other way around. If we truly desire to possess Christ, we must have the RIGHT Christ and the WHOLE Christ.
Our nation continues to insist that civil war was justified to end slavery, but we simultaneously insist that a civil war would not be justified to end abortion (which is responsible for the murder of 60,000,000 children). It was right for America to abolish slavery, but perhaps it was wrong to accomplish this feat at the cost of 650,000 American …
The most beautiful psalms and hymns were produced in the soil of suffering. *Don’t mind the sweat. Pastor Joel’s air conditioning went out, and he was preaching up a storm.