Prosperity gospel, as defined by the Lausanne theologians, is the teaching that “believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the ‘sowing of seeds’ through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings”.
Pentecostal churches are largely associated with the teaching. In a 2006 Pew Forum survey, a majority of Pentecostals in the 10 countries surveyed said they believed God would grant good health and relief from sickness to believers who had enough faith. In nine of the countries, most Pentecostals say that God will grant material prosperity to all who have enough faith. Higher majorities of African believers were found to embrace the teachings.
The prosperity gospel, however, is a phenomenon that cuts across denominational barriers, the Lausanne group acknowledges, and can be found in charismatic as well as mainstream Protestant churches.
Among some of the prosperity teachings the theologians reject is the notion that “God’s miraculous power can be treated as automatic, or at the disposal of human techniques, or manipulated by human words, actions or rituals”.
Prosperity gospel teachings ‘distort’ Bible, says Lausanne group
dicembre 18, 2009 di channelman