Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Health and Wealth Gospel?

Some extreme claims have been made concerning the health and wealth God supposedly promises and provides for Christians. Let's keep a few simple Scriptural truths in mind: 

Suffering can be a gift from God (Philippians 1:29). 

We know that we are God's children if we suffer with Jesus (Romans 8:17).

The fact that Christians do become sick indicates that God does allow his children to endure affliction (see Job; cf. Hebrews 11). 

We should seek healing and also maintain confidence that he brings good out of everything (James 5:14-15; Romans 8:28).

God has chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith (James 2:5). 

It is especially difficult for a rich person to make it to heaven (Matthew 19:24). 

Considering that those who seek to be rich will fall into traps and many harmful desires, the Scripture admonishes us to be content to have food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8-10). 

All of God's children can expect to have their food and clothing provided for them by God as they seek him (Matthew 6:19-33).