Prosperity Gospel – Capitalism in Christianity

very poor very very poor if I were suppose it is unimaginable for you what do we used to call us porn my name is Gabriel mo and for the next 10 minutes I'm going to be taking you on a journey that investigates the relationship between some evangelical churches that preach prosperity and consumer capitalism let's go there are currently over 10 multi-million pound evangelical churches operated in the UK in Northern Ireland although these churches are registered as charities they've run quite similarly to business models where the main objective is to make a profit now I always thought capitalism was an economic system adopted by Western governments by in order to get a greater understanding of this I spoke to lecturer and activist dr. Jeremy Gilbert capitalism is a practice it's a practice of capital accumulation if the practice of trying to accumulate relentlessly really as much profit as possible as much capital as possible hello it's profit that you don't spend but you then invest in the accumulation of more capacity to generate more profit and more capacity to generate more profit and you need people willing to buy lots of stuff you need a legal framework which makes it possible for you to sell lots of stuff you need to be allowed to generate keep as much of your profits as possible you need to be able to do whatever you want with them you need to be able to invest them as freely as possible on one level it's just a practice a very specific kind of profit-making activity on another level it's the whole set of social relations which are necessary for that to carry on it seems like the practice of capitalism has leaked into the church in a way that is unimaginable now I know the use of the word church is very broad why I'm basically referring to a specific kind of church namely the New Age evangelical churches whose main drivers seems its wealth creation so on my way to see dr. Robert Beckford though he's a theologian I need to get his take on what he feels about the four spiritual doctrine and also his understanding of what the Bible talks about with regards to wealth house the message of Jesus changed regarding wealth well no because the principles that Jesus sets in motion we have to find new ways of living out today in Christian circles we talked about the task of each generation being to make the gospel relevant in that age and what that means in terms of the teachings on wealth and poverty is making them work now Jesus was dealing with a very local situation in Palestine we live in a globalized world so one thing that we have to take very seriously is how we make the principles of money and justice work for a global audience to emphasize that prosperity is the answer I don't feel that is the the whole gospel I feel an aspect of the gospel has been taken out of context it gets to me personally where a person's standing with God depends on the car that they drive yeah so that to me is where the prosperity gospel has really gone off the gone off the line you know people can get up and say well you know I've got a jet you know so that means I'm blessed of God you know it can be God blessing then it might not be God's blessing now I know from research that the type refers to the giving of ten percent of your income to God but many churches in contemporary Britain use modern marketing techniques of persuasion to encourage their congregation to give offerings as well as the tithe now bear in mind that some of these services last up to three hours with multiple offerings been taken at regular intervals free this is it to me you will see who had money and who didn't have money and who was paying tithes and who wasn't paying tides because it was always slightly mentioned no names were given but you could kind of tell who it was and that's why you kind of felt pressured in giving money if you don't pay your tithes God can't bless you and if you pay your tithes you'll get a hundredfold more and things about now you'd be like sitting there thinking but you know what I don't think God is into money per se I'm you know you have a testimony o God send me a check for the pulse for 2,000 pounds put in saying you know check is your tax rebate why it's not gonna be up in him and sending you a check he doesn't have a checkbook and as sad as it is that's what church has become it's become a materialistic status capitalistic all about the money it's not longer about who we know or helping or they put it under the guise of helping but really are they really helping were they just helping themselves I think that's wrong there's a divide in it it's a big device that these people are live in live in Iraq the kids have got cars like the families all well-off so there's no businesses there's no relation between the normal people normal people that are coming into your church that you're dictating to I think it's messed up I feel strange about the clergymen location being real or if the congregation would be encouraged to pay towards the church and that way was going towards being their ministers juice was always talking about he said how hard is for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven which source is not Jesus is not into people lining their pockets with money that's what the point is life on this earth suffer Christian minister to be focusing on money and getting rich doesn't line up the Bible I do think that there's a lot of hypocrisy within the in the Christian churches Roman Catholic survey they they pronounce on equality and looking after poor people but they remained a very rich and exploitative and they tend to exploit their poor people and remain rich themselves and don't invest it back into the forests of the community I'm now outside one of the churches I wouldn't get an interview from about they they turned it down they're very well known for the prosperity gospel so I'm going over there now with a hidden camera to go into film and so but I just stumbled on this article here on the Daily Mail website I said something about the cash machine for Jesus looks like its own it's a cash machine installed in a church the caption here says oh the new ATM machines are designed to make it easier for church goers to donate wow I wonder what Jesus would have thought about that it's quite incredible how they're using modern technology in these churches to them to help in their funding roses it's kind of funny that they'd only use the modern technology to give their sermons away for free you know on iPods and and you know available for downloads for free really it's quite strange because the message that Jesus gave was for free he wasn't charging people so wonder why he summons you have to pay for them now when I started this journey I never expected to experience what I've experienced so far the prosperity gospel is a reality and is very much part of the Evangelical Church today as I witnessed on church and Sunday it's funny how it's difficult to differentiate between capitis practice of generating wealth when you blatantly see church sermons being sold for profit in church and online as sad as it might be we may never be able to change this practice it's a certain degree I don't think the church is willing to change at this stage and at this time in history

49 thoughts on “Prosperity Gospel – Capitalism in Christianity

  • Luk 4:5  Then the devil took Jesus and in a moment of time showed him all the kingdoms of the world. 
    Luk 4:6  The devil said to him, "I will make you king over all these places. You will have power over them, and you will get all the glory. It has all been given to me. I can give it to anyone I want. 
    Luk 4:7  I will give it all to you, if you will only worship me."

  • Tithing into the temple was meant to help those who could not work or were without support, James 1:27.
    It did support the Levite priesthood, as they were supposed to use their work in service to GOD. Prosperity is the blessing of being able to help those who cannot benefit or live to human requirement, stewardship.

  • Christendom's mainstream teaching of Trinity is error too. I'll challenge your Trinity teaching , Jesus is not GOD. Was the High priest of Israel God? No, he was mediator between man and God. For God has appointed Jesus our High Priest in the manor of Melchizedek. ( Hebrews 7 )And Jesus is that prophet God told Moses would eventually come. ( Deut 18:18-19 ) " I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him." Compare ( Acts 3:17-23) Jesus himself said to his disciples, " I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” also listen to what Jesus says in ( Revelation 3:12 ) Mainstream Christianity teaches trinity.. that Jesus is literally GOD, this is of certain a false teaching. Jesus was God's spokesman, his prophet. I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness but eventually left after deep scripture study. I could no longer accept most of their doctrines.. but as for their teaching Jesus is not Almighty God, not deity but rather speaks for God,, I believe is correct. for he speaks the words of God and God performed miracles through him. Please, do not blindly follow Christendom's teachings, rather, study the scriptures, make sure that what is being taught is truth or error.

  • Unless you sell ALL you have and give ALL of it to the poor (in the gospels) or to the community (as in Acts), you CANNOT be SAVED

  • Answer to why these sermons arn't free (just after 9 min on the video)
    You said it yourself, the word of God is for free, but these sermons arn't the word of God so they don't have to be free, simple 😉

  • Yes brother! I believe I was led before a pastor yesterday and she was confronted by the truth of the gospel

    But I saw a even darker face underneath the prosperity preachers that they are not really believers in Jesus at all. They really have a rebellious heart towards God just like an unbeliver and so we have the Children of Satan preaching rebellion against God in the name of God.
    After I pointed out that she was working witchcraft and stealing money and profiting of the sins of the people her eyes blew up. She didn't show she was repenting but that she would continue as she was doing. She tried to be like "well let's just agree to disagree" and said she loved me. I blew her off and said "No greater love hath any man than that one would lay down His life for a friend" and I left.

    This is a message that leads rebel people into further rebellion by seeking to adorn themselves with the riches of this world which leads their hearts further away from God but these fake pastors don't care because they are wolves

  • I agree with the clip. But you see the issue goes both ways, the followers, and the leaders. We are called to test the spirit (1 John 4:1 My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from GOD. ) Prosperity gospel, and every other false manipulation of doctrine that even make the unbelieving speak evil of GOD (Romans 2:24), are there because we have created a platform where the people who claim to represent GOD are not held accountable. There is a lack of accountability. And we are all too busy to take our time to meditate on scripture and ask GOD to reveal his will not only on our lives, but also in the society. These prosperity pastors simply saw a need in the capitalist society, a society where money is the
    god, and found a way to manipulate scripture for their own benefit. Don't get to attached to the preachers, get attached to Christ. For the heart of man is too sick to be healed (Jer 17:9). Its only Christ who can save us.

  • PLEASE ask all the greedy mega churches to feed my sheep Feed my sheep Feed my sheep Feed my sheep Feed my sheep Feed my sheep Feed my sheep. THANK YOU. Please spread the word.

  • I have a condition I need healing, there a bunch of people sick in my church and NOT receiving miracles, show me a church where people gets healed like the bible say, the mentally retarded gets heal, the dead rise, the stutter is set free, show that church and I give not only my tidings but $200 in offerings and more.

  • I still tithe, but I had to reduce significally the offering amount because my sister is going through a divorce and she doesn't work and she needs all kinds of money, but in my church at offering time they make me feel like I'm robbing God, like if I give more to God offerings ( not tide) that God will give me a miracle. I know I can't God help.

  • James 5.5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a] 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

  • See four people gave a dislike so far on this video.. My guess is they are some type of paid church leaders.. LOL

  • To be fair with the last example some churches use technology for giving to improve safety (of financial information) and make it less frustrating to give in a cashless society. The church I am thinking of in particular uses one, single ipad system and a digital system for accepting donations. However, this church gives massive amounts to Haiti (in particular) and not just randomly but it goes to specific people making a real difference. This church also gives its messages away online for anyone to access and has funds set up for those who lose jobs or hit hard times. Not only that but this church is "portable" which means they don't have their own building or the expenses that come with it. Digital and modern means of giving are a poor measure of the heart of a church concerning prosperity. I enjoyed the rest of this documentary having had run-ins with this theology myself, but the presence of digital giving options alone is not really a sign of anything. It would be just as accurate to point the finger at the offering box with envelopes where you give your card information or cash. If these methods were being used to charge people admission or something, then it would have been slightly more valid. Still great documentary, the last point wasn't accurate or fair but the rest was very interesting.

  • Wonderful video my brother. You have the name of angel and God used you to bring light to His people. I'm always encouraged by the fact that lovers of truth are never deceived for long. Their love for truth always leads them to look deeper than what meets the eye. Be abundantly blessed!

  • communism is atheistic and it persecuted millions of christians worldwide, capitalism encourages the heresy of prosperity gospel, it seems that neither communism nor capitalism is biblical…

  • Religion was always about power over people and control of people. The newer idea of tithes and the even more blatant con of the new Prosperity gospel churches, like the TV Evangelists are just businesses run by con merchants in the guise of ministers/leaders of these groups. Fools all who follow. Greed is the best taskmaster. You can only con greedy people.

  • The sheep need to we woken up. I didn't realise that another unwanted American import of the most evil kind had already reached our shores.

  • The church housing associations used to build for the homeless and such ,do you think there should be more transparency with the donations?That is basically the cry of many who champion the poorer congregation ;emphasis on funding soup kitchens,food banks,homeless outreach,clothing which on the whole has always been done but not necessarily by newer churches that have sprung up over the past few years.Those questions weren't tackled in video like how much should preachers and pastors pay themselves?.If the naysayers really want reinvestment from church offerings then they can petition for the law to be amended,it's that simple .As the laws in existence don't cover new denomination churches and many bills haven't been amended since post war when they were successful in using donations from all over the world to rebuild houses of worship that were bombed out.


  • Question: "What does the Bible say about the prosperity gospel?"

    Answer:In the prosperity gospel, also known as the “Word of Faith,” the believer is told to use God, whereas the truth of biblical Christianity is just the opposite—God uses the believer. Word of Faith or prosperity theology sees the Holy Spirit as a power to be put to use for whatever the believer wills. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person who enables the believer to do God's will. The prosperity gospel movement closely resembles some of the destructive greed sects that infiltrated the early church. Paul and the other apostles were not accommodating to or conciliatory with the false teachers who propagated such heresy. They identified them as dangerous false teachers and urged Christians to avoid them.

    Paul warned Timothy about such men in1 Timothy 6:5,9-11. These men of “corrupt mind” supposed godliness was a means of gain and their desire for riches was a trap that brought them “into ruin and destruction” (v. 9). The pursuit of wealth is a dangerous path for Christians and one which God warns about: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (v. 10). If riches were a reasonable goal for the godly, Jesus would have pursued it. But He did not, preferring instead to have no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20) and teaching His disciples to do the same. It should also be remembered that the only disciple concerned with wealth was Judas.

    Paul said covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5) and instructed the Ephesians to avoid anyone who brought a message of immorality or covetousness (Ephesians 5:6-7). Prosperity teaching prohibits God from working on His own, meaning that God is not Lord of all because He cannot work until we release Him to do so. Faith, according to the Word of Faith doctrine, is not submissive trust in God; faith is a formula by which we manipulate the spiritual laws that prosperity teachers believe govern the universe. As the name “Word of Faith” implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts.

    A favorite term in the Word of Faith movement is “positive confession.” This refers to the teaching that words themselves have creative power. What you say, Word of Faith teachers claim, determines everything that happens to you. Your confessions, especially the favors you demand of God, must all be stated positively and without wavering. Then God is required to answer (as though man could require anything of God!). Thus, God's ability to bless us supposedly hangs on our faith.James 4:13-16 clearly contradicts this teaching: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Far from speaking things into existence in the future, we do not even know what tomorrow will bring or even whether we will be alive.

    Instead of stressing the importance of wealth, the Bible warns against pursuing it. Believers, especially leaders in the church (1 Timothy 3:3), are to be free from the love of money (Hebrews 13:5). The love of money leads to all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). In sharp contrast to the Word of Faith emphasis on gaining money and possessions in this life, Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). The irreconcilable contradictions between prosperity teaching and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is best summed up in the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:24, “You cannot serve both God and money.”
    Question: "What is apostasy and how can I recognize it?"

    Answer:Apostasy, from the Greek word apostasia, means “a defiance of an established system or authority; a rebellion; an abandonment or breach of faith.” In the first-century world, apostasy was a technical term for political revolt or defection. And just like in the first century, apostasy threatens the Body of Christ today.

    The Bible warns about people like Arius (c. A.D. 250 – 336), a Christian priest from Alexandria, Egypt, who was trained at Antioch in the early fourth century. About A.D. 318, Arius accused Bishop Alexander of Alexandria of subscribing to Sabellianism, a false teaching which asserted that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were merely roles or modes assumed by God at various times. Arius was determined to emphasize the oneness of God; however, he went too far in his teaching of God’s nature. Arius denied the Trinity and introduced what appeared on the surface to be an inconsequential difference between the Father and Son.

    Arius argued that Jesus was not homoousios (of the same essence) as the Father, but was rather homoiousios (of similar essence). Only one Greek letter – the iota (i) – separated the two. Arius described his position in this manner: “The Father existed before the Son. There was a time when the Son did not exist. Therefore, the Son was created by the Father. Therefore, although the Son was the highest of all creatures, he was not of the essence of God.”

    Arius was very clever and did his best to get the people on his side, even going so far as to compose little songs that taught his theology, which he tried to teach to everyone who would listen. His winsome nature and revered position as a preacher and one who lived in denial of himself contributed also to his cause.

    With respect to apostasy, it is critical that all Christians understand two important things: (1) how to recognize apostasy and apostate teachers, and (2) why apostate teaching is so deadly.

    The Forms of Apostasy
    To fully identify and combat apostasy, it is important that Christians understand its various forms and the traits that characterize its doctrines and teachers. As to the forms of apostasy, there are two main types: (1) a falling away from key and true doctrines of the Bible into heretical teachings that proclaim to be “the real” Christian doctrine, and (2) a complete renunciation of the Christian faith, which results in a full abandonment of Christ.

    Arius represents the first form of apostasy—a denial of key Christian truths (such as the divinity of Christ) that begins a downhill slide into a full departure from the faith, which is the second form of apostasy. It is important to understand that the second form almost always begins with the first. A heretical belief becomes a heretical teaching that splinters and grows until it pollutes all aspects of a person’s faith, and then the end goal of Satan is accomplished, which is a complete falling away from Christianity.

    A recent example of this process is a 2010 study done by prominent atheist Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola called “Preachers Who Are Not Believers.” Dennett and LaScola’s work chronicles five different preachers who over time were presented with and accepted heretical teachings about Christianity and now have completely fallen away from the faith and are either pantheists or clandestine atheists. One of the most disturbing truths highlighted in the study is that these preachers maintain their position as pastors of Christian churches with their congregations being unaware of their leader’s true spiritual state.

    The dangers of apostasy were warned about in the book of Jude, which serves as a handbook for understanding the characteristics of apostates like those chronicled in Dennett and LaScola’s study. Jude’s words are every bit as relevant for us today as they were when he penned them in the first century, so it is important we carefully read and understand them.

    The Characteristics of Apostasy and Apostates
    Jude was the half-brother of Jesus and a leader in the early church. In his New Testament letter, he outlines how to recognize apostasy and strongly urges those in the body of Christ to contend earnestly for the faith (vs. 3). The Greek word translated “contend earnestly” is a compound verb from which we get the word “agonize.” It is in the present infinitive form, which means that the struggle will be continuous. In other words, Jude is telling us that there will be a constant fight against false teaching and that Christians should take it so seriously that we “agonize” over the fight in which we are engaged. Moreover, Jude makes it clear that every Christian is called to this fight, not just church leaders, so it is critical that all believers sharpen their discernment skills so that they can recognize and prevent apostasy in their midst.

    After urging his readers to contend earnestly for the faith, Jude highlights the reason: “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (vs. 4). In this one verse, Jude provides Christians with three traits of apostasy and apostate teachers.

    First, Jude says that apostasy can be subtle. Jude uses the word “crept” (found in no other book of the Bible) to describe the apostate’s entry into the church. In extra-biblical Greek, the term describes the cunning craftiness of a lawyer who, through clever argumentation, infiltrates the minds of courtroom officials and corrupts their thinking. The word literally means “slip in sideways; come in stealthily; sneak in; hard to detect.” In other words, Jude says it is rare that apostasy begins in an overt and easily detectable manner. Instead, it looks a lot like Arius’ preaching in which, in a nonchalant manner, only a single letter differentiates his doctrine from the real teaching of the Christian faith.

    Describing this aspect of apostasy and its underlying danger, A. W. Tozer wrote, "So skilled is error at imitating truth, that the two are constantly being mistaken for each another. It takes a sharp eye these days to know which brother is Cain and which is Abel." The apostle Paul also speaks to the outwardly pleasing behavior of apostates and their teaching when he says, "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14). In other words, do not look for apostates to appear bad on the outside or speak dramatic words of heresy at the outset of their teaching. Rather than denying truth outright, apostates will twist it to fit their own agenda, but as pastor R. C. Lensky has noted, “The worst forms of wickedness consist in perversions of the truth.”

    Second, Jude describes the apostates as “ungodly” and as those who use God’s grace as a license to commit unrighteous acts. Beginning with “ungodly,” Jude describes eighteen unflattering traits of apostates so his readers can more easily identify them. Jude says the apostates are ungodly (vs. 4), morally perverted (vs. 4), denying Christ (vs. 4), ones who defile the flesh (vs. 8), rebellious (vs. 8), people who revile angels (vs. 8), who are ignorant about God (vs. 8), those who proclaim false visions (vs. 10), self-destructive (vs. 10), grumblers (vs. 16), fault finders (vs. 16), self-satisfying (vs. 16), people who use arrogant words and false flattery (vs. 16), mockers of God (vs. 18), those who cause divisions (vs. 19), worldly minded (vs. 19), and finally (and not surprisingly), devoid of the Spirit/unsaved (vs. 19).

    Third, Jude says apostates “deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” How do apostates do this? Paul tells us in his letter to Titus, "To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed" (Titus 1:15-16, emphasis added). Through their unrighteous behavior, the apostates show their true selves. Unlike an apostate, a true believer is someone who has been delivered from sin to righteousness in Christ. With Paul, they ask the apostates who promote licentious behavior, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2)

    But the apostates’ false teaching also shows their true nature. Peter says, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves” (2 Peter 2:1). Another aspect of true believers is that they have been delivered out of spiritual darkness into light (Ephesians 5:8) and therefore will not deny core truths of Scripture like Arius did with the divinity of Jesus.

    Ultimately, the sign of an apostate is that he eventually falls away and departs from the truth of God’s Word and His righteousness. The apostle John signifies this is a mark of a false believer: “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us” (1 John 2:19).

    Ideas Have Consequences
    That God takes apostasy and false teaching seriously is evidenced by the fact that every New Testament book except Philemon contains warnings about false teaching. Why is this? Simply because ideas have consequences. Right thinking and its fruit produces goodness, whereas wrong thinking and its accompanying action results in undesired penalties. As an example, the Cambodian killing fields in the 1970s were the product of the nihilistic worldview of Jean Paul Sartre and his teaching. The Khmer Rouge’s leader Pol Pot lived out Sartre’s philosophy toward the people in a clear and frightening way, which was articulated in this manner: “To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss.”

    It should be remembered that Satan did not come to the first couple in the Garden with an external armament or supernatural weapon; instead, he came to them with an idea. And it was that idea that condemned them and the rest of humankind, with the only remedy being the sacrificial death of God’s Son.

    The great tragedy is, whether knowingly or unknowingly, the apostate teacher dooms his unsuspecting followers. One of the most frightening verses in all of Scripture comes from the lips of Jesus. Speaking to His disciples about the religious leaders of His day, He said, “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man,both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14, emphasis added). This verse is alarming because Jesus affirms that it is not only the false teachers that go to destruction, but their disciples also follow them. Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard put it this way: “For it has never yet been known to fail that one fool, when he goes astray, takes several others with him.”

    In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicea convened primarily to take up the issue of Arius and his teaching. Much to Arius’s dismay, the end result was his excommunication and a statement in the Nicene Creed that affirmed Christ’s divinity: “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of his Father, of the substance of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father.”

    Arius may have died centuries ago, but his spiritual children are still with us to this day in the form of cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who deny Christ’s true essence and person. Sadly, until Christ returns and every last spiritual enemy has been removed, tares such as these will be present among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30). In fact, Scripture says apostasy will only get worse as Christ’s return approaches. “At that time [the latter days] many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another” (Matthew 24:10). Paul echoes Jesus in his inspired writings as well. The apostle told the Thessalonians that a great falling away would precede Christ’s second coming (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and that the end times would be characterized by tribulation and hollow religious charlatans: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be . . . holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these” (2 Timothy 3:1-2,5).

    It is critical, now more than ever, that every believer pray for discernment, combat apostasy, and contend earnestly for the faith that has once and for all been delivered to the saints.
    Question: "What is the definition of heresy?"

    Answer:When we hear the word heresy, we might conjure up images of medieval torture chambers and heresy trials. There was a period of church history that certainly included those things. If we are not history buffs or religious scholars, we might know that heresy is a bad thing, but still be rather foggy on the details. So, what exactly is heresy, and what does the Bible have to say about it?

    A basic definition of heresy, according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, is “adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma.” A second definition is “dissent or deviation from a dominant theory, opinion, or practice.” That’s a good starting point for us. These definitions identify two key elements: a dominant position and a contrary position. With regards to religion, any belief or practice that goes against the official position of the church is considered heretical.

    Heresy has existed in every age, but during the 12th century, the Catholic Church took unprecedented action against it. As the power of the Catholic Church increased in Europe, dissenting voices of other Christian groups became more troublesome. Pope Alexander III (1162–63) encouraged informers, so the church could discover evidence of heresy. In 1184 Pope Lucius III issued a decree that a convicted heretic was to be handed over to secular authorities for punishment. Over the next several decades, the church increased the severity of punishment for heresy, ultimately making it a capital offense under Pope Gregory IX. During this time, the Dominicans became the principle agents of the Inquisition, a special court given authority to judge intentions as well as actions. When heresy was suspected in a village, an inquisitor was sent to preach a sermon calling for the villagers to come forward with reports of heresy. This was a “general inquisition” that included a period of grace for anyone who would confess. This was followed by a “special inquisition” that might include coercion, false witnesses, and torture to obtain a “confession.” Those identified as heretics were then ordered to do penance, which might consist of mandatory church attendance, pilgrimage to a shrine, loss of property, or imprisonment. Heretics who refused to repent were sentenced to death. The Inquisition continued in most areas of Europe until the 15th century.

    Obviously, the gauge for “heretical” teaching varies according to the established orthodoxy of the day. Any group or individual who differs from another group can technically be called heretical. In Acts 24:14, Christians are called heretics by the Jews. The “heretics” of the Middle Ages were only heretical in that they disagreed with the Catholic Church, not because they held unbiblical doctrines. The Spanish Inquisition executed over 14,000 people, many of them for simply possessing a Bible. Thus, biblically speaking, it was the established church itself that was heretical during the Middle Ages.

    Regarding biblical Christianity, what is heresy?Second Peter 2:1 says, “There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” From this verse, we see that heresy is anything that denies the teaching of Jesus. In1 Corinthians 11:19, Paul takes the church to task for having heresies among them—heresies that led to schisms in the body. These verses touch on both aspects of what constitutes heresy in the church: denying the doctrines God has given, and dividing the body He has created. Both of these are dangerous, destructive actions that are soundly rebuked by Scripture. See also1 John 4:1-6;1 Timothy 1:3-6;2 Timothy 1:13-14; and Jude 1.

    How does the Bible deal with heresy?Titus 3:10 says, “A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject” (KJV). Other translations say “divisive person,” “factious man,” and “person who stirs up division.” When a person in the church departs from biblical teaching, the correct response is to, first, try to correct him, but if he refuses to listen after two warnings, have nothing more to do with him.Excommunication is implied. The truth of Christ will unify believers (John 17:22-23), but heresy, by its very nature, cannot peacefully co-exist with the truth.

    Of course, not every disagreement in the church is heresy. Having a different opinion is not wrong, but when the opinion is divisive or maintained in defiance of clear biblical teaching, it becomes heretical. The apostles themselves disagreed at times (see Acts 15:36-41), and Peter once had to be rebuked for divisive and legalistic behavior (Galatians 2:11-14). But, praise the Lord, through an attitude of humility and submission to the God of truth, the apostles worked through their disagreements and set an example for us.

    How do we guard against heresy?Philippians 2:2-3is a good starting point: “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” As we submit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word and deal with one another in love and respect, divisions and heresies will be diminished.

  • I'm Happy and glad for all the comments that have been posted whether for or against. Knowledge is power and it's important to be knowledgable without being a blind follower.

  • Yaou can have a capitlaist system that has both high taxation and high social benefits
    Scandinavia is a perfect example –businesses operate in harmony with the social state
    Now if you have an credible alternative please do tell?

  • let me first say that I enjoyed your video and I was actually a little shocked at some of it. For instance-I have never seen a pastor's sermon for sale on a website. That does seem crazy!

    I actually attend a church that is probably the opposite of a prosperity gospel church. For the first time in 3 years since the church opened, ouir pastor jsut gave a sermon on giving and basically he said "Give what you can and if you don't want to give-don't give, because God doesn't want your money if you don't want to give it".

    Our pastor also works a full time job and does preaching out of love mostly, although he does get a small offering for it. Our church is a small log cabin one room church that use to be a house a long time ago. It does have a place for children downstairs but that is all.

    Our church collects food and clothing every week for the community and a lot of our offering money goes to the community as well. Some of it is saved for things like-our sound system is not good, so we are saving to buy a better one-not anything super fancy, just a little better than what we have.

    So here is the only thing I find fault in your video-It is not a capitalist principal in the church that is causing the problem. It is greed and false gospel that is the problem. Capitalism is not a bad thing if the money does not become the treasure of the heart. God blessed certain people in the Bible with lots of farm animals and land and those people were to tithe from their land and animals. It was them that provided for the poor. But some people did not own land or animals and so they did not tithe, they gave offerings when and if they could. Of course, this was old testament and specific to Jews in the Israel region. But we know that God did bless certain people, but I believe he blessed them because he knew they would be faithful in giving back (tithing) which helped the whole community. People tend to think tithing went to the church. It didn't. It went to the Levites, who were dual workers-they worked both for the church and they also had other jobs. The levites then gave 10% of what they received (in tithe from the Jews in Israel with land and animals) to the priests.

    Tithe was always about food and land. Nothing else. Offerings were varying from fruit to occasionally money (not often money).

    Gentiles NEVER tithed. They couldn't have tithed even if they wanted to-the Jewish temples would not take their tithe or offering. However, Gentiles did take up collections (probably of both money as well as food) for the church planters such as Peter. Paul tells us he had a right to money if he wanted it, but he didn't want it because he was a tent maker and could support himself. Paul actually tells the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 12:14, that not only do they NOT need to pay him, but he will spend on them! When have you ever heard a pastor give THAT message?

    In fact, it is in 2 Corinthians 8&9 that we really learn what giving is all about.

    1. we need to give ourselves to God and God's will before we even think about giving
    2. We should give in response to Christ's gift
    3. We should give with a sincere heart, not out of a commandment
    4. give what you feel called to give and sometimes even give beyond your ability (2 Corinthians 8:3)
    5. give joyfully
    6. Because we want to grow spiritually
    7. Because we want to CONTINUE to grow spiritually.

    Notice I said "giving" not tithing. Tithing is no longer needed because there is no more levitical tribe to tithe too. Jesus replaced the priests so no more tithing is necessary except to "offer" gifts to God out of love and obedience to his call upon our hearts to do so.

    I think if people really understood tithing and offering from a true Biblical perspective from Genesis all the way through Hebrews, this whole prosperity gospel thing would cease to exist but I am shocked at how little many pastors REALLY understand tithes and offerings. But then again, the average lay person can figure all this out on their own if they just read God's word on giving. I was able to figure it out and I am just a mom who loves the Lord. 🙂

  • Give this a listen bro…    

  • Luc 16; 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
    14 And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things; and they scoffed at him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

  • In 2 King 12:2-16, there is record of the use of money to rebuild the temple. The people that did the labor were paid for their skilled services. God's house has expenses, too. The disciples Jesus chose to carry promote the gospel after his death were not poverty minded men. They were Jen that had experienced success in their professional lives, which gave them experience in business, leadership, languages, training, tolerance of risk, & visionaries.

    Believers were given the greatest treasure imaginable when they accepted Christ. However, too many don't realize the power, authority, & anointing they possess to build God's Kingdom. Everyone has their own assignment & if we focus on understanding our purpose, enhancing our personal relationships with God, & developing our individual spiritual gifts, we would see God's glory manifested in our lives.

    Yes, their are crooked preachers/pastors, but there are far more honest & upright servants laboring in God's Kingdom that don't receive the accolades they deserve. They are serving their congregation & their communities faithfully, in service & obedience to God. The news will surely publicize negative issues, but our time would be better served to promote the good news. Just my opinion & perspective.

  • I enjoyed your video on prosperity gospel. I agree with some of your points, like the church connecting & serving in the community. However, I believe wealth has more to do with an individual's ability of stewardship. Jesus shared the parable of the talents & the one that did nothing, was the one chastised & penalized.

    Unfortunately, I believe too many Christians rely too heavily on systems, jobs, & charities, instead of believing God's Word. Don't get me wrong, I believe there are false profits & some who should not be in the pulpit. However, I also believe that many Christians live below what God intended for us because of our lack of obedience, lack of faith, lack of commitment, lack of knowledge of God's principles & promises, & most commonly lack of personal relationship. Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, joint heirs of Christ, adopted children of God, "should" be able to handle wealth responsibly. We have a great responsibility to spread the gospel, feed the hungry, house the homeless, & share our blessings with others because of the compassion & love God gave us.

    Poverty does not equate to holiness anymore than wealth. We are supposed to prosper as our souls prosper, so as we mature spiritually, we should see healing, reconciliation, restoration, promotions, deliverances, love, giving, patience, and so much more. The wise leave an inheritance for their children's children, so where are the visionaries?

    I apologize for the lengthy post, it burns me up when poor criticize wealthy pastors, especially those that have other streams of income, retirement checks, royalties from books, music, or movies, real estate property, businesses, & more. If people would spend more time studying God's Word & cultivating their personal relationship with God, instead of bashing church leaders we would see some changes. This negative propaganda towards Christianity is not beneficial for Kingdom growth.

  • I'm glad that people appreciate my work. I tried very hard to be balanced when doing this documentary. Thanks

  • Blood of Jesus. Sorry but those that preach something you don't like you don't agree with.. praise God. Yet we have a guy going in to a church with a hidden camera. Do I REALLY have to tell you how wrong that is? Yet watch them justify what they do. Then your going to tell others how wrong they are when you cant even see your own sin. WOW

    Many are like this video. They know the REAL truth.. they have the REAL truth. Hear "lets get together as one and be praying for ..FOR FOR them" do you? Why pray for them?  Duh because we LOVE THEM! How did Jesus treat you when you were in sin? Then you come to him and then you sin you lie you know those awful thoughts and then you repent.. even when you don' does JESUS treat you?

    We see so many do not know Christ. By the Father through the son you have been forgiven of all you did and will do. Yet look how we treat those we simply do not agree with. They don't take it to Christ in prayer.. ask them! How long have you been praying for them? They will give you reasons why they don't even have to pray. Some have money some don't.. some get healed we see some not. We see Baptist to Word of Faith. In the end all that means NOTHING! You can stand before Him and tell Him how wrong you KNOW all other Christians are and how YOU had the real truth. Yet.. did you KNOW HIM!

    Lol you had a hidden camera.  Look the pot calling the kettle black.

  • It is sad, but very true, this phenomenon will very likely never cease, in fact it is likely to increase. These charlatans are aware of using health & wealth as the enticements to lure in the fools, so they can then fleece them. It is a world wide epidemic. The only people getting rich, are the schemer's themselves. Not one follower of any of these charlatans, can state that after following and giving to this particular ministry, that they now have what the minister has…not a one can truthfully make that claim. Those are Ponzi Schemes, designed for the top crook to always walk away with the Lion's Share.

  • Outstanding documentary. God bless you Gabriel for standing up for what is right and exposing these practices for what they really are ponzi schemes. Give as much money as you can to "God" so God will bless you as much. My heart breaks for the state of the Christian church today. Using our Glorious King and Savior Jesus Christ as a product that can be bought. Totally shameful. It's refreshing to see Christians stand up and speak out against these practices.

  • There . . . arose a heated dispute among them over which one of them seemed to be greatest.—Luke 22:24.

    Jesus’ disciples had a problem. They kept arguing about who was greater. (Mark 9:33-35; 10:43; Luke 9:46) From his long experience with the Father, Jesus knew how Jehovah feels about such prideful tendencies. (2 Sam. 22:28; Ps. 138:6) Moreover, Jesus had seen such inclinations manifested by Satan the Devil. That egotistic individual cared greatly about prominence and position. Hence, how grieved Jesus must have been to see an ambitious attitude continue among the disciples he had trained! It was even found among the ones he had chosen as apostles! They showed an ambitious attitude until the very last day of Jesus’ life on earth. Yet, Jesus kept on reproving them with kindness, without ever losing hope that they would eventually learn to imitate his own humble mental attitude.—Luke 22:25-27; Phil. 2:5-8.

  • hows about the new age and "the secret". A doctrine adopted by real estate agents and salespeople of all types. you see I have what I have, nice car, house etc, because I belive  in myself ("never mind my parents putting me through college, it was really hard work you know", LOL!). So uh, poor people don't believe in themselves. Not sure I'd tell that to the homeless. Most of us fortunate enough to be able to blog amongst things…we have no idea what these people have been through. "Believe in yourself"…how's about go fuck yourself.

  • I have a 66 video series AGAINST tithing on my channel, in my Tithing playlist, which includes cartoons, serious teaching against this error, also jokes and funny songs all about the error of paying a tithe to a Church today. Is there any tither who'll debate me one on one via our agreeing a title such as; 'Does the Bible command Christians to pay a tithe of 10% of your income to a local Church.' We then post alternate 7 minute maximum length video to youtube, which I'll then edit into a series of 15 minute videos of my opponents videos and my response. Will any tither accept my offer to debate?

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