Review of Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?


Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ? By David W. Jones & Russell S. Woodbridge

The authors provide a systematic answer to the prevalent question of the prosperity gospel.  The book is written in a readable and understandable way – it’s scholarly yet they make the information easy to grasp. The authors help the reader gain control of the Biblical teachings, and then help us apply those teachings to critique and expose the false teachings of the prosperity gospel preachers.  The following is a short excerpt:  “the prosperity teachers’ theological rationale is simple, but false.  They start with the valid premise that God created the world by speaking – that is, He used words (see Gen. 1:3).  Since humans are made in the image of God (see Gen. 1:26-27), prosperity advocates conclude that they too can use words in order to create new situations.  If God’s words have creative, miraculous power, then human words ought to have the same characteristics.  Yet, there is a problem: although God did speak the world into existence, and God did make humanity in His own image, it does not follow that people have the same power as God.  In order to make the prosperity doctrine of mind over matter function, you have to assume that being made in the image of God means having the same power as God.  This assumption, however, is false for it fails to recognize the distinction between an infinite being (God) and finite beings (humans).”  I especially appreciated the history lesson that provides the roots of this movement.  I believe the authors to be accurate, clear and concise with their effort and I found the book very helpful.

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