The Prosperity Gospel is a False Teaching; Devoid of Divine Power Against Evil

The prosperity gospel is a false teaching that teaches God rewards faith — and hefty tithing — with financial blessings (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/topics/p/prosperity-gospel/).

Numerous alarmed Christian have pointed out the aberrations of this teaching (please see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-rick-henderson/osteen-meyer-prosperity-gospel_b_3790384.html , for example), and with time, I also hope to present my objections to the properity gospel in this blog.

Nonetheless, I recently came across this interesting article in Charisma News (http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/the-flaming-herald/48828-demon-filled-man-mocks-slaps-powerless-charismatic-pastor ), about a man in Gabia, West Africa, who had been demon possessed since childhood but who had the evil spirit cast out of him, after being prayed for by an evangelist from the U.S..

After the African man got delivered, the evangelist interviewed him, and was fascinated by the man’s testimony:

For 12 years he’d been under the spell of Satan. From a very young age demons unveiled the spirit world to him as degree by degree they possessed him.

I asked him many questions and I will not elaborate on the entire interview I had with him, but I want to enforce one main point that was very compelling to me. I asked him if he’d ever sought to be delivered from these demons. He told me that he’d visited many churches, but none could help him. As a matter of fact, instead of being helped the demons in this young man often hurt the amateur exorcists.

For example, in the largest charismatic church in the country the demon in this man slapped the pastor and ransacked his office, repeatedly telling him that this church had no power to set him free. “All this church does is talk about money and they don’t live holy,” the demon said. Can you believe a demon said that? Demons know churches. Demons know men. “Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15).

Beware of prosperity teachers! These teachers do not preach out of sincerity, but rather, it’s really your money they are after (2 Corinthians 2:17), and “in their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money” (2 Peter 2:3, NLT).

However, all blame should not be assigned on prosperity teachers — there is a saying that there cannot be leaders without followers, and followers of properity teaching need to do some self-examination and soul-searching:

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3, NIV)

Indeed, the bible warns believers, that if they deisre to get rich quickly, they set themselves up for great harm, even to the point of their own destruction:

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:9, NIV)

Will Christians Be Raptured Before World War 3?

A 90 year old woman from a Lutheran Church in Valdres, Norway received a vision from God in the 1960’s. Emanuel Minos, a Norwegian Pentecostal evangelist, held revival meetings where this womanlived in 1968. She came to one of his meetings and told him what she had seen and Minos wrote it down. The woman from Valdres was known for beingalert, reliable and a credible Christian with a good reputation.

After the revival meetings closed down, Minos returned to his home and shared the vision he had written down with his wife. Both felt that the vision was so far-fetched and difficult to believe that they did not want to publish it.

In 1993, twenty five years later, Minos was going through old files, when he found some papers that had become yellow with age. To his astonishment, he found the forgotten notes he had written in 1968 when the 90 year old woman shared the vision with him. After reading through the notes, he became terrified since he realized that many of the details had indeed been fulfilled. He remembered that the woman had asked him to warn people because the end times was approaching. Minos also remembered that he had argued with the woman about certain points in the vision and she forcefully had told him the vision was true and that Minos would live to see it fulfilled in his lifetime. After having reviewed his notes and thinking about what the woman had said, he made the decision to publish the vision, including his initial hesitation to publish it in 1968.

Minos passed away on 28 November 2014, and this prophecy was published in the Q4 2014 edition of the Swedish magazine, Midnattsropet, apparently before Minos’ death.

Here is the English translation of the Swedish version (it has also been reproduced in CharismaNews):

[Beginning of the vision]

THE VISION

I saw the time just before the coming of Jesus and the outbreak of the Third World War. I saw the events with my natural eyes. I saw the world like a kind of a globe and saw Europe, nation by nation. I saw Scandinavia. I saw Norway. I saw certain things that would take place just before the return of Jesus, and just before the last calamity happens, a calamity the likes of which we have never before experienced.

She mentioned four waves:

1. First, before Jesus comes and before the Third World War breaks out, there will be a “détente” like we have never had before. There will be peace between the super powers in the east and the west, and there will be a long peace. {Note by Minos: Remember, that this was in 1968 when the cold war was at its highest.} In this period of peace, there will be disarmament in many countries, including in Norway and we will not be prepared when it (the war) comes. The Third World War will begin in such a way no one would have anticipated – and from an unexpected place.

2. A lukewarmness without parallel will take hold of Christians, causing a falling away from true, living Christianity. Christians will not be open to penetrating preaching. They will not, like in earlier times, want to hear of sin and grace, law and gospel, repentance and restoration. There will come a substitute instead: prosperity (happiness) Christianity.

The important thing will be to have success, to be someone; to have material things, things that God never promised us in this way. Churches and prayer houses will be emptier and emptier. Instead of the preaching we have been used to for generations (i.e. to take up your cross and follow Jesus), entertainment, art and culture will invade the churches where there instead should have been gatherings for repentance and revival. This will increase markedly just before the return of Jesus.

3. There will be a moral disintegration that old Norway has never experienced the likes of. People will live together like they were married without being married. {Note by Minos: I do not believe the concept of “co-habitation” existed in 1968} Much uncleanness before marriage, and much infidelity in marriage will become the natural or common and it will be justified from every angle. It will even enter Christian circles and be accepted – even sin against nature. Just before Jesus returns there will be TV programs like we have never experienced. {Note by Minos: TV had just arrived in Norway in 1968.}

TV will be filled with such horrible violence that it teaches people to murder and destroy each other, and it will be unsafe in our streets. People will copy what they see. There will not be only one “station” on TV, it will be filled with “stations.” {Note by Minos: She did not know the word “channel” which we use today. Therefore she called them stations.} TV will be just like the radio where we have many “stations,” and it will be filled with violence. People will use it for entertainment. We will see terrible scenes of murder and destruction one of the other and this will spread in society. Sex scenes will also be shown on the screen, the most intimate things that takes place in a marriage. {Note by Minos: I protested and said, “We have a law that forbids this kind of thing.”} Then the old woman said: “It will happen, and you will see it. All morals we have had before will be broken down and the most indecent things will pass before our eyes.

4. People from poor countries will stream to Europe. {Note by Minos: In 1968 there was no such thing as immigration.} They will also come to Scandinavia – and Norway. There will be so many of them that people will begin to dislike them and become hard with them. They will be treated like the Jews before the Second World War. Then the full measure of our sins will have been reached. {Note by Minos: I protested at the issue of immigration. I did not understand it at the time.}

The tears streamed from the old woman’s eyes and down her cheeks as she said: “I will not see it, but you will. This will happen shortly before Jesus is coming back and World War III begins.”

WORLD WAR III

She then continued to share the vision and said that it will be a very short war. All that I have seen of war before is only child’s play compared to this one, and it will be ended with nuclear atomic bombs. The air will be so polluted that one cannot draw one’s breath. It will cover several continents; America, Japan, Australia and the wealthy nations. The water will be contaminated. The soil in these places can no longer be used for growing food. The result will be that only small areas will remain that can be used to grow food. The remnant who survived in the wealthy countries will try to flee to the poor countries, but they will be as hard on us as we were on them, and will refuse to accept the people seeking refuge.

I am so glad that I will not live to see it, but when the time draws near, you (Emanuel Minos) must take courage and travel all around and tell this vision that I have seen to people.

I have received it from God and nothing of it goes against what the Bible tells.

The one who has his sin forgiven and has Jesus as Saviour and Lord, is safe.

[End of the vision]