An aberrant theology that teaches God rewards faith—and hefty tithing—with financial blessings, the prosperity gospel was closely associated with prominent 1980s televangelists Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Bakker, and is part and parcel of many of today’s charismatic movements in the Global South. Orthodox Christians wary of prosperity doctrine found a friend in Senator Chuck Grassley, who in 2008 began a thorough vetting of the tax-exempt status of six prominent “health and wealth” leaders, including Kenneth Copeland, Bishop Eddie Long, and Paula White.
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- In Our Rejection of the Prosperity Gospel, Are We Missing God's Provision?As church leaders, we can model a balanced mindset about God's material blessings.español简体中文繁體中文
- Meritocracy Is a Betrayal of the Protestant Ethic, not a FulfillmentWhy the “rhetoric of rising” is incompatible with Christian views of grace and the common good.
- The Stories Our Politicians TellOur allegiance to economic prosperity can shape us more than we realize.
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- White House Appoints Paula White to Oversee Faith OutreachTrump’s longtime prayer partner has considered the move since he took office.
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- Benny Hinn Renounces His Selling of God’s Blessings. Critics Want More.Observers take wait-and-see approach to televangelist “correcting” his prosperity gospel theology.