Isn't Prosperity Gospel just the selling of Indulgences brought into the 21st Century?

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  • Derek
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    The iniquitous 'prosperity gospel' is a con trick designed to get believers tithing there money to the preachers of it, on the understanding that if they tithe faithfully and do the other things they're told to do, God will prosper them financially, and also give good health etc. The selling of indulgences was an old Catholic con trick, designed to get Catholics paying lots of money to priests who would pray for there deceased loved ones, to supposedly lessen there time in purgatory. The jingle, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs" is attributed to the Dominican Tetzel, in a sermon urging the sale of indulgences to be provided by Frederick the Wise, in 1517. Although the prosperity gospel is not the same as indulgences, you could say it's a variation on an old theme.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    No. Quite different.

    Selling of indulgences was "forgiveness for money".

    Prosperity Gospel I like to call "Jesus for money" though it's sort of the reverse of the previous.  Prosperity Gospel is "You should believe in Jesus because if you do you will become rich."

    As opposed to "You should hand over your wealth because if you do you will be forgiven".

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  • Doug
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    That's definitely a valid comparison. Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, and all of these other "prosperity preachers" are all false teachers. All of them also put works into the Gospel which is an accursed message (Gal. 1:6-9).

    Because we have all sinned against a perfectly holy and righteous God, we all deserve eternal separation from God in hell (Rom. 6:23). However, God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross as our Substitute so we don't have to go to hell. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He gives eternal life freely to anyone who simply believes in Him for it. No one can be saved by doing good works. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9).

    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47).

    • Doug
      Lv 4
      4 weeks agoReport

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StgAtwxiix0

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Some use it that way, but it is actually biblical.

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  • Joe
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Not necessarily.

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  • yesmar
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Similar, yes.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Of course.                

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Well spotted 😎

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