Dr. P. J. Buys, Chairman of the WRF Missions Commission, Evaluates "Prosperity Gospel Theology"
Prosperity Gospel Theology has become one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world. Several international consultations in the last decade have dealt with it and provided constructive critique to understand it and offer correctives.
However a more in depth study into the Gnostic and Mystic worldview that influenced the development of Prosperity Gospel Theology may be helpful to offer some antidotes for the challenges that Prosperity Theology has raised.
In the light of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the attached article endeavours to consider the view of God, the doctrine of the providence of God and its implications for the processing of suffering in the life of a believer, and the hermeneutics of key Prosperity Gospel Theology preachers. Their underlying theology and worldview are then compared with some of the key theological principles that emerged in the theology of Martin Luther.
Thanks Flip! We cannot ignore PT preachers and its adherents. Many 'Prosperity Believers' have come out of mainline churches that have failed to make the gospel relevant to their lives (p.2, see Scandinavia). Could there also be a link of this trend to the mind set of people who have no patience to study the Word and try to understand and obey it? Could it also be a reflection of the current social scenario where what is transitory is given more importance than what is permanent? From a siteenth century Reformational perspective both Luther and Calvin encouraged industry (work). While Luther spoke of work over contemplation, Calvin promoted business in Geneva and made it a successful city. Is this what is missing among Christians today? Are they seeking for prosperity without paying the price? PT preachers hardly ever talk about the need of sincere, honest work.