The Prosperity Gospel Is Not the Gospel

Here’s an interesting article that came across my news feed this morning.  Although not written from a Lutheran perspective, it does a good job describing challenges faced by the church in Africa (and, honestly, in America as well).  There is always great need everywhere for basic, clear teaching of God’s Word.

Below are the opening sentences of the article, and the whole thing can be read here.

“Nairobi’s celebrity husband/wife pastor team lives in a sprawling gated estate not far from Kibera, the city’s largest slum and Africa’s largest urban slum. But their luxury vehicles don’t venture into the neighborhood where millions live desperate lives in streets lined with trash and human filth.

Allan and Kathy Kiuna preach a lucrative “gospel.” Their multi-million-dollar income places them among the wealthiest citizens of a nation in which nearly half the people live on less than $1.25 per day. According to a report last year, Allan Kiuna told his congregation their money would double if they’d transfer half of it to his account. Hundreds rushed forward to give.

Like the rest of Africa, the church in Kenya battles evangelism that peddles a counterfeit gospel, with name-it-and-claim-it messages attracting massive followings and bringing in much money.”