I recognise that the prosperity preachers are attempting to motivate people to help them to realise that they do not have to remain in poverty. Moreover, I also appreciate their positive stand that resists a defeatist attitude which has contributed to unnecessary poverty. Where these preachers have been able to contribute positively to people’s change of thinking and attitude we should applaud them for a job well done. If there are people whose way of living has improved as a result of prosperity preaching then we surely thank God and rejoice with them.
Where certain aspects of the prosperity gospel are rooted in Scripture we affirm them
Where certain aspects of the prosperity gospel are rooted in Scripture we affirm them. I do not want to imply that the prosperity gospel is all bad. I also recognise the painful and ugly social environment within which this teaching thrives. I recognise the need for hope for thousands of poor people within our communities. However, I would like to be clear that acknowledging some positive aspects does not compensate for the reality of the prosperity gospel’s obviously false and dangerous misrepresentation of the Christian message. We cannot ignore the unethical practices of the movement and its destructive effects upon thousands of Christians whose hope continue to be dashed because of their false and unbiblical promises. Moreover, as we think about ways of fighting poverty, we cannot ignore the reality of that this teaching contributes to the furthering of poverty amongst its members. “In such dimensions, it can be soberly described as a false gospel” (Wright C, Azumah J, Asamoah-Gyadu K (2008-2009). A statement on the prosperity gospel: “a statement on the prosperity gospel.” From the Lausanne Theology Working Group, Africa chapter at its consultations in Akropong, Ghana, 8-9 October, 2008 and 1-4 September 2009.)