“Theologically, prosperity theology is just plain wrong.” Accurate and excellent words. Money is a big element in the world that we live. We can either make too much of it or too little of it. We can declare that those with money are the more blessed and spiritual or we can declare that those without are the more blessed and spiritual. Both extremes are inaccurate portrayals of the Bible’s handling of money.
After reading the excerpt from the Resurgence blog The Theology of Rich and Poor I encourage you to go to the site and read the entire article.
- Everything we have – including our finances, jobs, houses, products of our land, real estate, investments, credit, equity, cash, businesses, automobiles, and personal items – is given to us by God and is part of our treasure, or wealth. Good stewards make every effort to manage their treasure as an act of worship.
Sadly, much of the teaching about stewarding one’s treasure is prone to either poverty or prosperity theology. Poverty theology considers those who are poor to be more righteous than those who are rich; it honors those who choose to live in poverty as particularly devoted to God. Conversely, prosperity theology considers those who are rich to be more righteous than those who are poor; it honors those who are affluent as being rewarded by God because of their faith. In fact, both poverty and prosperity theology are half-truths because the Bible speaks of four ways in which treasure can be stewarded. (Doctrine, pg. 388-389)
4 Ways Treasure Can Be Stewarded
- Righteous rich stewards
- Righteous poor stewards
- Unrighteous rich stewards
- Unrighteous poor stewards