The Health and Wealth Gospel is a name given to a teaching in Christianity which emphasizes healing and prosperity. It is not an organized movement or a unique doctrine, but a name applied to groups and people with similar teachings.
The essence of Health and Wealth teaching is that God desires for all to be saved 1 Timothy 2:3-4. This salvation represents a complete reversal of what was lost to Satan in the fall of Man or Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Adam’s state, prior to “The Fall” (Genesis 3), included having complete authority and power on the Earth. (Genesis 1:27-30) This state included being whole or what is known as the Hebrew word “Shalom” ie Peace, .
Taking cues from the Law written by Moses and the teachings of Jesus, this teaching promotes giving offerings and tithes as part of the rights and responsibilities of those who believe. The verses regarding tithing are found throughout the Old Testament but the one that is given most emphases is found in Malachi 3:6-12. Jesus taught a subject that is referred to as the hundredfold. It is reliant on offerings and is found in Matthew 19:29 and Luke 18:29 and 30.
According to the Bible there are several reasons for a “believer” not to receive this restoration of benefits. Three of such reasons are not asking (“You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2.) Sin or breaking the Law (Deuteronomy... Read More