By DAVID NOWAK
The Prosperity Gospel teachers are right when they say that the Lord intended for us to live abundant lives.
The problem is that these teachers have misrepresented the Lord’s motives in making these promises to a point where, although they themselves are personally awash in material wealth, their followers rank second lowest of all American Christians in average income (Source: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life2.) The Lord intended for us to be financially secure so we’d be generous to a fault, not so we could amass personal fortunes at the expense of others.
Now to the how to part, the way God intended it to be. In spite of current evidence to the contrary the Lord always intended for our lives to be much better than those of the pagan/secular world. Here are some of the things God had Moses tell the Israelites when He was preparing them for their life in the Promised Land:
“If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers. He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land – your grain, new wine and oil – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you. You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young. The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.” (Deut. 7:12-15)