What's Happening In Your World
By Rev. Jesse Herriott On the front page of the religious section of newyorktimes.com is a section on the ever-so-popular, “Prosperity Gospel”, followed by several slideshows of people giving money to large churches. The slides range in captions from “woman gives money to large church”, all the way to “all-star line-up of individuals telling how they became rich by following the word of God.” The more likely scenario is that those who teach about becoming wealthy can attract followers that will help them become wealthy. The idea of wealth, backed by marketing and hyper-materialism has a strong pull on many of our thought patterns. If you pay attention to any conversation about wealth, the notion of some strand of luck or “winning the lottery” will always pop-up. And to be honest, you have as much chance at winning the lottery as you would from becoming rich through giving an offering to your local church. But, that doesn’t take anything away from honest charitable giving. There are many churches and organization that are doing good work in the community and having a huge impact on the world around them. There have been many stories, movies, and documentaries on the prosperity gospel; and despite the fact that it occurs, everybody doesn’t fall into that category. There are just as many people that don’t give away all of their money to a religious organization, in comparison to those that “seem” to do so. In other words, there are some really good men and women who combine practical social justice with spiritual teaching. Believe it or not, a very basic viewpoint would let you see that an invisible God would not have any need for our paper dollars and cents. The offering that we give to any organization would be for the upkeep of that organization and the expansion of the work they are doing at large. But just a word to the wise: if you have a bill, or you are low on gas, or if your rent is due, DO NOT let anyone persuade you to give away all of your hard earned money. As an adult, what you decide to do should be your decision alone, because if your lights are turned off, God is not going to materialize and turn the power back on. Yet, that does not mean that miracles don’t take place: but do not be foolish-pay your bills first, and if you feel moved to give to a charitable organization that’s doing good work in the community, do so. Rev. Jesse Herriott is a priest; writer and adjunct professor in Atlanta, GA. Jesse is completing a PhD in Psychology from NorthCentral University, and he writes about Religion, Relationships & Spirituality. In addition, he hosts a weekly radio broadcast airing every Tuesday at 9am Central on Unity Online Radio entitled, “Living on Purpose.” Learn more at www.jesseherriott.com

Does God Want You to Be Rich?

By Rev. Jesse Herriott

On the front page of the religious section of newyorktimes.com is a section on the ever-so-popular, “Prosperity Gospel”, followed by several slideshows of people giving money to large churches. The slides range in captions from “woman gives money to large church”, all the way to “all-star line-up of individuals telling how they became rich by following the word of God.” The more likely scenario is that those who teach about becoming wealthy can attract followers that will help them become wealthy.

The idea of wealth, backed by marketing and hyper-materialism has a strong pull on many of our thought patterns. If you pay attention to any conversation about wealth, the notion of some strand of luck or “winning the lottery” will always pop-up. And to be honest, you have as much chance at winning the lottery as you would from becoming rich through giving an offering to your local church. But, that doesn’t take anything away from honest charitable giving. There are many churches and organizations that are doing good work in the community and having a huge impact on the world around them.

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  2. I'm sorry people but the words coming out of a Buddhist mouth sound more like gods word then "ANY" word coming out of Jew or Christians mouth! maybe that's why they are a Hell of a lot more peaceful then Christians , Jews or Muslims.

  3. I think God does the word is so clear that's why you should read all of it not just the part about money.God gives us choies and that's up to us wheather it be good or evil possitive or neggitive up or down what ever words are seeds lack of knowledge and understanding Gods word hinders all of us as a whole.

  4. God is not as 'petty' and 'fickle' as we are…lean not to thy own understanding…Prov 3:5-6…when it comes to so many of todays IC (institutionalized churches) God ain't the one concerned about who is rich! —-just us! WHY would God be concerned about you being rich—HE OWNS everything! HE don t need money–what will he do with it? what will he buy with it! His concern is more about the NEEDY not the GREEDY! and when it comes to being rich and the church the problem is HOW you get rich..the average prosperity preacher is rich because they PREY on the members and hold them hostage with the scare tactics of giving to the 'man/woman' of god or the 'annoited' one! But the problem even there is that they NEVER get ENOUGH! or when are they going to SHARE the wealth with the ones that made them wealthy? and the ones that are not rich go to church to tithe and give support in efforts to better their chances of getting rich! Jesus told the rich ruler YOU take and sell your riches and distribute it….Luke 18;p18-23.. in today s society of GET-RICH-QUICK churchfolk its all about the man/woman of their g o d and the the Master of all!

  5. WOW! TALK BOUT IT! YOU NOT MYJUDGE HE IS…… SO WUT>>>> F.B.SMH!

  6. Personally, I don't want to translate any scriptures to benefit what I believe therefore, I will put the scriptures here and let others decide if Jesus/God want people to be rich.

    These scriptures are based on Jesus telling a rich man to give up his wealth and follow him. (Matthew 19:21, Luke 18:22 and Mark 10:21).

    This scripture is based on Jesus saying the rich will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 19:23-24)

    Based on those scriptures the so-call "prosperity churches" will never point people to those scriptures. They will bypass it.

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