Moving video (with audio from a John Piper talk) on the prosperity “gospel”:
I have also always felt strong disgust at the prosperity gospel… I think it is a perversion of the message of Jesus…
The first time I watched that I didn’t have the volume turned up, so i watched it in silence. It was poignant and startlingly effective.
Now I just watched it with the audio on and I was distracted by his voice. I was listening/reading and it didn’t effect me the same way.
Just an interesting observation.
To me the truth of the clip is obvious and real.
Very nice piece. Moving. That’s all.
Interesting observation, Randall. I haven’t watched it without the sound. However, I found his voice—his inflection—to be important in the piece: the way his voice rises and then pauses and then quietly, “God is enough. God is enough.”
Incredibly annoying visuals that suck power from the words: guess I’m not post-modern enough to appreciate that kind of stuff.
Marc – was it part of a larger message, put to the movie clip by someone or produced by Piper? Thanks for sharing.
We’re 3 1/2 years on from Sarah. I hope we can start to talk about her and what happened, how God brought us through that time. At the time I really wanted to talk and we didn’t have opportunity. Now we have opportunity and I don’t want to talk.
Prosperity Gospel? I hate it no more than I dislike the other shameful iterations of Christian ‘faith’ that has sucked faith from the Church and portrayed God as capricious, spiteful and fictitious. The iterations that make some ashamed to call themselves ‘Christian’ and seek other less weighted names.
I have never heard of this until now. I can’t quite believe that people actually preach this message. Wow…
Toni: it was more the music and words that did it for me. I didn’t pay much attention to the visuals, except maybe the smoky bit, which I like.
Angie: Turn your TV to Vision (or some Christian station, or any station on Sunday morning) and you will probably run into some form of prosperity gospel, although it seems to be getting subtle.
There’s the obvious health & wealth preacher like Peter Popoff, who actually has testimonials on his show about people asking for his…I don’t know…oil vial keychain and then miraculously receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars. There’s the guy pawning the miracle healing hankerchief.
Then there’s someone like Joel Osteen who’s immensely popular and mainstream (i.e. he doesn’t look hokey) and is much more subtle about it, but it’s there too: Christ’s victory on the cross means that you can (and should/will) have financial victory.
I’ve been told that Bishop T.D. Jakes even has a bit of prosperity gospel to his message, but I haven’t heard much from him.
I’m sure the list goes on. The message is there and it’s on TV.
Marc – guess I just like it straight.
Piper has a tendency to bust balls….
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