The Inner Poverty of Prosperity Preaching

Even the social gospel, which made sin more of an offense against our fellow humans rather than first and foremost against God, at least recognized it as a failure to give to someone else the love and service that I owe. In the increasingly pervasive message of preachers like Osteen, however, sins become offenses I commit against myself that keep me from realizing my own expectations. It is therapeutic narcissism: I have failed to live up to my potential, to secure God’s best for my life, or to follow the instructions that lead to the good life.

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church (Michael Horton)

3 thoughts on “The Inner Poverty of Prosperity Preaching

  1. But then again you get benighted idiots like Michael Novak promoting the idea that business is a “divine” calling.
    And promoting the idea that because “god” is the creator of the universe, the “spirit” of capitalism is a manifestation of the creative impulse of “god” via the actions of human beings.
    Capitalism as the ultimate manifestation of human culture.


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