Hello, my name is Cole Brown. And I'm a prosperity preacher.
I know what you're thinking. But before you say anything, allow me to give you twelve reasons why I recently became convinced that I am a prosperity preacher.
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1. Because God says Christians possess every spiritual blessing
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 1:3
2. Because God says Christians possess forgiveness of sins through the riches of his grace
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us” – Ephesians 1:7-8a
3. Because God says Christians possess a rich inheritance in him
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” – Ephesians 1:15-18
4. Because God says Christians possess a new and eternal family
“Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.'” – Mark 10:29-30
5. Because God says Christians have been given the rich gift of the indwelling and empowering Holy Spirit
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” – Ephesians 2:16
6. Because God says Christians will have all their needs supplied according to the riches of his glory in Jesus
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
7. Because God says Christians receive his grace in abundance
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8
8. Because God says Christians have victory over sin
"For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." - Romans 8:14
9. Because God promises Christians can ask him for anything according to his will and receive it
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15
10. Because God promises Christians have unlimited access to his infinite wisdom
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5
11. Because God promises Christians eternal life that cannot be taken away
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” – John 10:27-30
12.Because God says Christians have been adopted by the One who owns everything
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” – Galatians 3:26
You probably noticed that I did not mention health or wealth even once. That may seem odd since those are the things people associate with prosperity preachers. But I'm beginning to believe we have mislabeled such preachers. Far from being prosperity preachers, they are, in fact, poverty preachers. All they offer the Christian are the temporal blessings of health and wealth. That is not prosperity.
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Prosperity is found in the gospel, which offers true and eternal prosperity through the 12 promises above – and many more. As a result, the title "prosperity preacher" should truly belong to those of us who preach salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Cole Brown is a Humble Beast author and speaker. He is the founding pastor of Emmaus Church, a multi-ethnic church in Portland, and now serves as a missionary helping plant churches in Mexico City, Mexico. Connect with him on twitter or facebook.
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