T.D. Jakes and prosperity

27 05 2008

Some people say T.D. Jakes is a “prosperity preacher”, and I don’t know if that’s fair (considering what that label typically means).  I’m not here to debate that, because I don’t know him well enough, but I’ve heard a few of his sermons and thought they were good and scriptural.  I’m also going through one of his daily calendars that someone gave to me, and this quote seems balanced:

I’m convinced that those who focus on giving as the only or primary mechanism of economic empowerment teach people a magic that will only lead to frustration and disappointment.  Trust me, the road up from poverty is not easy.  One must know that one is gifted by God to succeed over adversity and injustice.  It requires more than faith — though faith sure helps.  But faith works only when you work it.  It isn’t enough to believe it; you must also give it life by working toward what you believe. ~ T.D. Jakes, Reposition Yourself

Also not shown here are some of his other quotes from this daily calendar that tell of things you need to work on besides just believing, such as saving, investing wisely, spending less than what you make, maintaining a high credit score, paying off debt, etc.

The Bible does speak of prosperity, so a preacher teaching on it is not necessarily hyping up the prospect of becoming rich.  But we are also required to be good stewards of what God has entrusted us with.  I think sometimes He keeps us from too much material blessing so we won’t get distracted from spiritual things.  Some people already spend more time enjoying and thinking about material things than spiritual things, so you can imagine how much worse it might be if they were financially rich.

We also must consider that there are a number of things in life more important than having a lot of money.  I’d much rather have the joy and peace and anointing of God than millions of dollars.  And having a loving family with peace in the home is better than having a large house.  Too often in America we get caught up in the idea that “success” in life is about making a lot of money and owning fancy, expensive things.  But let us take time on a regular basis to remind ourselves what is most important.




5 responses

27 05 2008
David Thomas

Thanks for being someone who will tell the truth. Jakes is a very balanced person in his teaching about finances and is certainly NOT a prosperity preacher in the trasditional sense of the term.

28 05 2008

Prosperity has to do with the well-being of the whole you, not about money or the kind of dresses we wear or the house we stay in.

John writes in his epistle, “I pray that you may prosper in good health even as your soul prospers”. This is true prosperity, it has very little to do with money.

When you walk in the complete will of God for your spirit, soul and body, that is prosperity.

I’m not with the “povertists” who say you have to be poor to be holy. Money is important, but it shouldn’t control us. The very word mammon refers to the spirit behind money.

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus didn’t say, God and girls, or God and food or God and pride?…..He specifically said God and money [mammon]…..The root of all sin is money. Lately I’ve heard so many prosperity preachers charged for corruption…and it’s such a disgrace to Christ.

31 05 2008

I think it was the “LOVE” of money that is the root of all evil — money in itself is just an object or tool— one more thought –if “”” prosperty teaching “”” really was from God — it would work for christians all over the world –not just in the USA—

20 07 2008

Just a word about this – I actually was at the Potter’s House this morning and heard T.D. Jakes for the very first time. Just to point out one thing he talked about – he said that we shouldn’t follow God for the blessings. But, if we follow God, “goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives”.

He spoke directly against prosperity gospel and discouraged anyone to think that way. Now, I don’t know what he’s preached in the past – or what his new book is all about (the name IS suspicious) – but what I heard today certainly didn’t sound like a Joel Osteen pep talk with the Bible sprinkled on top for good measure. Jakes took the scripture apart, verse by verse and opened up some meaning for me today.


31 07 2008
Beppo’s Blog » Blog Archive » T.D. Jakes and prosperity, pt 2

[…] Like I wrote previously about this, prosperity is biblical, but we must understand what prosperity really means.  Here in America, our society is very materialistic.  Almost everyone in America has more than they need in terms of housing, food, and possessions.  Another way to phrase that is that we have an abundance. […]

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