“The prosperity gospel is completely outside the Christian religion. It’s not Christianity, period.” – Benjamin L. Corey, Patheos
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out ebdemons, and in Your name perform many miracles, And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS'”
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Saint Paul’s Letter to the Church at Galatia.
(Of course the conundrum here is that every Christian sect considers itself a repository of ultimate truth, and points fingers at the rest of Christendom saying, “let him be accursed!”
Nonetheless, the pernicious Word of Faith/Prosperity/Health & Wealth doctrines make for fascinating study. One beginds to feel like a theological sleuth or a forensic pathologist uncovering the trail of bizarre heresy strewn through the teachings of Hagin, Copeland et al – much of it with origins in fin-de-siecle science of mind The (so-called) “Faith Movement” is deeply cultic in origin and occult in nature. Worth a closer look:
A Different Gospel by D.R. McConnell.
“In Africa, Word of Faith is sweeping the continent. Christianity Today estimates that more than 147 million of Africa’s 890 million people are “renewalists”, Pentecostals or charismatics who believe the health and wealth gospel. Sociologists say the message of money, cars, houses and the good life is almost irresistible to poor and oppressed audiences.
In the U.S., the Word of Faith movement and the prosperity gospel have spread like wildfire through the African-American community. Preachers T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, and Frederick K.C. Price all pastor black megachurches and urge their flocks to think right to get their monetary and health needs met.
Some African-American pastors are worried about the Word of Faith movement. Lance Lewis, pastor of Christ Liberation Fellowship Presbyterian Church in America, in Philadelphia, said, “When people see that the prosperity gospel doesn’t work they may reject God altogether.” – ThoughtCo.
Further analysis of the Faith heresy:
2) Cultic Origin of Word-Faith Theology Within the Charismatic Movement: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/157007490×00043 | Author: H. Terris Neuman