I have seen an alarming rise in people who subscribe to the ideals preached in the prosperity gospel movement. One can find numerous books, articles & blog posts that claim that God wants us all to be rich and that wealth somehow equates to how “religious” the person is.
However, I find this thinking to be flawed. I can find no place in the Bible that equates our worthiness for heaven to the size of our bank account.
First we are told in Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV that our treasure (riches) should be stored in heaven.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
If the prosperity gospel were true why wouldn’t Jesus assure us that all our earthly wealth will be waiting for us in Heaven?
Next, consider the story of the poor widow in Luke 21:1-4 (NKJV). In this account Jesus tells us that the gift of the widow is far more valuable than the gifts from the rich.
‘And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”‘
My final point comes from Matthew 19:24 NKJV.
“And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
After reading this why would anyone want to be rich. I certainly don’t.
I did not include the plethora of verses about greed, covetousness or pride, but further research on those topics will only further prove my point.