Time seems to understand the truth better than a lot of today’s “famous” preachers:
In three of the Gospels, Jesus warns that each of his disciples may have to “deny himself” and even “take up his Cross.” In support of this alarming prediction, he forcefully contrasts the fleeting pleasures of today with the promise of eternity: “For what profit is it to a man,” he asks, “if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” It is one of the New Testament’s hardest teachings, yet generations of churchgoers have understood that being Christian, on some level, means being ready to sacrifice–money, autonomy or even their lives.
The iMonk is quoted in this Time article. Read Michael’s Osteen Redux post (as I’ve previously mentioned) as Osteen is the primary actor in the Time saga. Ben Witherington is also quoted in the article and you may want to read Ben’s post here. I linked to it months ago.
NOTE: You will need to watch a short commercial to read the Time article online.
UPDATE: I’ve copied Brad Bergfalk‘s comment into the body of this post. I think it’s important and it mirrors my own Kenyan experience.
I’m only in Kenya a barely a month and I’m so sick of the prosperity gospel that has been promugated by that cadre of American preachers who pastor big churches and drive nice cars.
I told my class last week that the formula obedience equals blessing is not biblical and they should stop attending a church where a pastor preaches such nonsense. Instead, the formula (if there is one) is obedience equals sacrifice even to death on a cross. Chew on that for a while you prosperity preachers. And stop corrupting an entire nation of Christians on the African continent who wishfully believe that everything they see on American television is true.
This is as close to a rant as you’ll see me post.
Brad and his family are in Kenya for a term while he teaches at Daystar University – on his sabbatical from his church in Upstate New York.