When you get right down to it, church is a business, and what business can succeed by constantly telling people “blessed are the poor”?
The churches attracting the biggest crowds are the ones that are telling people what they want to hear. Instead of take up your cross, they’re saying take out your checkbook. They’re saying those who are faithful to God – which includes dropping big bucks in their offering plate – will be amply rewarded.
Many ministries promise a hundred-fold blessing.
This is “The Prosperity Gospel,” and it’s been preached for decades. It hardly jibes with what the Bible says, i.e. love of money is the root of all evil. It has led to one pulpit scandal after the next. And it has made church a fertile field for Ponzi schemers.
Click here to read my column in The Sunday Wall Street Journal. And click here to read about Ephren W. Taylor II, the son of a preacherman who allegedly targeted church congregations with a Ponzi scheme.