In this blog I want to show why I think that prosperity Gospel has put man and his needs at the center of worship instead of God Himself. As an African, a continent that has been defined erroneously as poor by many people, I have been exposed to prosperity gospel preachers who think they are doing a favor to us by preaching prosperity. What are the implications of such a gospel on worship?
Prosperity gospel teaches that all shall be well, focuses on the well being and happiness of man. Material things seem to be at the center of the prayers people make. It also reduces the blessing of the Lord to money and possession. The preachers emphasize on giving as a means to receiving even more, planting seeds etc.
This kind of gospel attracts many poor Africans as they desperately seek an answer to their many issues in life. They come to Jesus with an expectation to be rich, to be healed, to be protected etc. There is nothing wrong with these desires but I doubt it is the right gospel. When Jesus multiplied the breads and fish many people started following Him. At a certain point He had to be open, telling them that they are following Him because of bread, (John 6:26). The consequence of such an attitude on the modern worship is rather devastating. The songs that are sung in church are mostly declaring who man is. “I am blessed”, “I know who I am” “I am rich” etc.
Those statements are not bad, but they are putting man at the center of worship. Imagine for a minute Abraham going on that mountain to worship and simply telling God that he knows who he is, that he is blessed…That would be so miserable. He went with a sacrifice, and a sacrifice not like any other. It was his son… a sacrifice with a cost. A sacrifice to offer to the Most High God. When it comes to worship, God is at the receiving end not man.
Let us come back to the true meaning of worship, let us remove all idols that stand between us and God, let us make sure we are not taking God’s place. Let us worship Him with our lives and worship Him for Who He is and not what He can give us.
By Fabrice Nzeyimana