(GC) Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

I have a confession.

When I was in college, I read a book by a prominent megachurch pastor. The author told me to live like a child of God. He told me God wanted to bless me. He also mentioned that if I only believed, God would give me the nicest house in the neighborhood. That seemed to make sense.

The author explained that he once wanted the nicest house in the neighborhood, and God gave it to him. Here was a man with evidence. Not only did he have the story about the house, and other anecdotes, he also had a very nice set of white teeth (Ah, supernaturally white, I thought).
This was my first introduction to what is popularly called the “prosperity gospel” or the “health and wealth” gospel. At the time, the logic seemed airtight: “If it worked for him, why shouldn’t it work for me?”

If I had dug a bit deeper, though, I would have seen the actual reason it worked for him and not for me. It’s because the prosperity gospel is a pyramid scheme.

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One comment on “(GC) Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

  1. Mitchell says:

    Good article, but it will go unnoticed. In our modern times a god that rewards devotion with earthly treasure is very seductive, and relieves his followers of any lingering guilt they may have over their lack of concern for the poor.