Why pastors should turn their attention to true essence of the gospel

The danger of prosperity sermons is that they can give the impression that God is just an ATM for believers to withdraw money without depositing anything.

They usually go like this, ‘God loves you and wants to bless you with riches all you have to do is so and so.’ Or this, ‘drop your car keys and God is going to surprise you beyond your wildest imagination’ and the church erupts into ‘Amens’ and dancing as this is claimed by all.

Regardless of the packaging, they all have the message: 'come to church where the end of your poverty is certain. This is where your riches lie.'

Thus, it should come as no surprise that pastors have a prosperity mentality. Edir Macedo, the world’s richest pastor, falls under this category.

In the face of criticisms concerning his prosperity teachings, the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God has given this as his response: “If I preach prosperity and my clothes are ragged, who will follow me?”

This sentiment has been echoed by a Ugandan Prophet named Elvis A. Mbonye, who recently went viral after a photo of his congregants kissing his shoes surfaced.

Mbonye says, “I have been to heaven and it is a glamorous place with streets of gold. All attributes of God are glamour and beauty and I’m of God, so I will unapologetically be always on the side of what is rich. You want me to be in a car where I sweat?”

There is nothing even wrong with wanting a church filled with members that are just as rich as the pastor. But let us not forget that Christianity is definitely more than this ( see Matthew 6:19).

Being a Christian isn't about how much wealth we can acquire on earth, it is about how well we are following the path that Jesus Christ walked (see Matthew 19:21–24).

The true essence of Christianity, which should be reflected in our sermons, is that we SEEK, KNOW and HAVE the knowledge of who we worship and who we are in Him.

This is why Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, AND all these things will be added unto you.”

Christians, new and old, need to understand that it goes beyond prosperity. Yes, you will have prosperity but you need to have a close, intimate relationship with God first, then all will be added.

Since we can not deny that too much of these sermons can do a lot of damage, can we all agree that it is time for pastors to return to the true essence of the gospel?

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