From: Richard McGough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jun 27 2003 - 13:22:50 EDT
I agree in general with what you just wrote, and yes, God is an awesome God and I testify that He has supplied all my needs in my service to Christ.
But do you see my concern about your statement that "When people see us with what they want, they are a lot more likely to come to Christ?" Is this an accurate statement of what you believe? I couldn't imagine saying something like this because we come to Christ for salvation from sin and death, not for things. It still sounds like a misrepresentation of the Gospel for which untold thousands of Christians have abandoned everything, including their lives.
Am I still missing a piece of your puzzle?
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Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 11:53:21 -0500 (CDT)
>We are to deny our self because it is our flesh, then we must follow God Who
>will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory. We are simply
>children - six year olds who throw temper tantrums for stuff that we want when
>the stuff will make us sick, hurt us, or kill us. For example, our flesh may
>want sex with someone to whom we are not married. God says this is wrong. By
>having sex with this person we risk embarrassment, shame, disease, and death
>even though we really want it and it looks good at the time. God knows what
>will happen and how it will affect us. He knows how dangerous it will be. He
>knows how much it will hurt us physically, emotionally, and spiritually so he
>tells us no but we want it anyway. If we deny our flesh and follow God, He
>will supply the right spouse, an intimate relationship with that spouse, and
>the sexual relationship that He intended. When God intends it, it will be
>beyond what we can ask or imagine!
>This principle is true with lying/honesty, stealing, and everything else in our
>lives. God is the God of abundance. He is awesome and mighty!
>Quoting Richard McGough <email@example.com>:
>> >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
>> How can people come to Christ for _things_ they desire when the Gospel
>> declares that we need to deny ourselves, our desires, and our things to
>> come to Christ?
>> It seems the prosperity message flatly contradicts the plain message of
>> the Gospel. Have I missed something?
>> Richard A. McGough
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