Nothing spells glad-handing like calling a single mother to the stage in front of the entire church on Sunday morning and rewarding her with a 17 thousand dollar check for no other reason except that she’s single.
Prosperity gospel charlatan, Andy Thompson, from World Overcomers Church in Durham, NC, did just that this past Mother’s Day. During the worship service, he called one name—kind of like a lottery—of a single mother in the audience and presented her with a 17 thousand dollar check.
The prosperity gospel is arguably the second-most nefarious and subversive false gospel plaguing the American Church today, right behind the social justice gospel. The prosperity gospel teaches that God is, in a sense, a genie in a bottle, and by having enough faith, you can get what you want from him — material gain.
The prosperity gospel in America is largely associated with celebrity hucksters like Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, and others, but the false gospel has plagued the more conservative sects as well. And while the prosperity gospel is stereotypically associated with health and wealth, the same principle applies to a multitude of selfish desires.
The prosperity gospel can range from praying for things like a new car, a new house … a new private jet … to more seemingly appropriate things such as a spouse, the ability to have children, or a college degree. The principle doesn’t limit its application to the thing being desired, rather it is the motivation behind the desire that counts.
Further, the prosperity gospel isn’t limited only to seed-faith or seed-sowing which is typically associated with giving money to a preacher or ministry in exchange for promises of health and wealth. The prosperity gospel boils down to a selfish gain and is rooted in greed. More often than not, the prosperity gospel is simply praying for something that you want from a carnal standpoint as opposed to praying for God’s will.
It’s one thing to help a church member who is truly in need—it is something else to make a spectacle out of it to prop up a false gospel.