From: George Murphy (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jun 27 2003 - 11:23:03 EDT
Debbie Mann wrote:
> LeHaye claims that the church has always done far better under persecution
> than under abundance. China's citizens flocked to Christ in droves under
> persecution without benefit of missionaries. God doesn't send the truly
> awful things to punish us - but people do turn to God under tribulation. And
> God isn't going to block our opportunity to reach the true prize. Our goal
> here is to learn to focus on God and what he wants for us. It isn't to be
> rich and famous.
> In my experience, the people who preach abundance continue to experience
> it - and health,and all the good things in life - as long as they keep the
> focus on God. There have been some amazing falls of evangalists who lost
> that focus.
> If we don't have it, we're going to have to experience some tough stuff. If
> we do - all these things will be added unto us. I keep using the word
> 'focus' because that's what it is. It isn't being good, or doing good for
> others or anything else. Certainly that should come along. And it isn't
> anything that an outsider can be sure about, though there are obvious clues.
> Get the focus, get the abundance. God wants us to be good witnesses. When
> people see us with what they want, they are a lot more likely to come to
> I could do a scriptural thesis on the above - but it would take a lot of my
> time and yours.
I think you, & the preachers of prosperity you mention, are confusing 2
different things & thus getting off the track. God is ultimately the source of health &
wealth - but that does _not_ mean that faithful Christians are assured of being either
healthy or wealthy. St. Paul, Didymus the Blind, Martin Luther & Fanny Crosby are just
a few examples of such Christians who had to persevere with various ailments in spite of
George L. Murphy
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