Prosperity Or Prophecy?

Q. Is it your opinion that as we get closer to the Lord’s return, the more watered down the messages from the pulpit get? I am a charismatic; I believe that the gifts of the Holy Ghost are for today; that being said why do you think that most of the messages in charismatic churches today are based on prosperity? Where has all the prophetic teaching gone?

Don’t get me wrong. I believe and know that God wants to prosper us, but I believe we need to be preaching and teaching the full council of God… and that includes prophecy (end times)! Is part of the reason why we don’t preach or teach out of the book of Revelation because were living in the Laodicean church age and if we do we’ll see the truth slapping us right in the face?

A. More and more of the Church is defining success in terms of growth and prosperity. This requires a focus on subjects that don’t frighten or threaten people. It’s also necessary to keep people focused on the things of this world, not on the next one. One of the most visible leaders in the Church today has implied that an interest in Bible Prophecy and the End Times is a distraction and sidetracks Christians.

The Charismatic Church seems especially vulnerable to trends that sweep through the Church, perhaps because of its reliance on the experiential, sometimes at the expense of sound doctrine. Jesus said that God is Spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) Not one or the other but both.

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