Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Health, wealth, prosperity and the Spirit of Jesus

I penned this to fill a gap in our Kenyan magazine - a gap which turned out not to exist.....

How rich was Jesus?

Have “health, wealth and prosperity” teachers read their Bibles? Jesus...

  • Had no home of his own (Luke 9:57-58)

  • Had no Jewish money to pay the temple tax with (Matthew 17:25)

  • Had no Roman coins to show anyone (Mark 12:15-16)

  • Handled no money at all as part of his ministry, but gave that task to Judas (John 12:4-6)

  • Borrowed the donkey he rode into Jerusalem on (Mark 11:1-6)

  • Had nothing to give to anyone when he died, except his clothes and his mother (John 19:23-27)

  • Sent out his own preachers with no bread, no bag and no money (Mark 6:8)

  • Taught his people to pray for their bread each day, not to spend time worrying about food or clothes, but to leave such things to pagans (6:11, 26-34)

  • Taught the apostle Paul how to suffer hunger and need, and how to often be tired, in pain, thirsty, cold and naked – and with all that to be content and strong in Christ always (2 Corinthians 11:27, Philippians 4:11-12).

  • Was betrayed by Judas for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16)

Do preachers in Kenya today really follow Jesus, or are they betraying him too?

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