The Prosperity Gospel is a fast-growing theological movement that is frequently associated with Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity. It emphasizes the believers' abilities to transcend poverty and/or illness through devotion and positive confession. This lesson explains why this teaching contradicts sound doctrine and must be challenged by the Christian church.
Commandments 3,4,5 of progressive Christianity see reconciliation as merely between people and not God, that it's better to act nicely than to believe "rightly", and that it's safer to ask questions and be unsure than supply orthodox answers. At the very root problem of these commands is that they fail to acknowledge the authority of Scripture. For Scripture tells us that reconciliation must take place between God and man before it can between men. Scripture also tells us that we cannot know to behave "rightly" if we are not told by Scripture what is right behavior. And finally, that remaining in a state of uncertainty is impossible. We are ALL certain about something. The question is whether that certainty is derived from God's Word or from our own carnal desires.
Verse by verse exposition through the book of 2 Thessalonians. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) 2 Thes 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,
Paul warns the ancient church at Corinth, and the modern church today, that the assembled assembly of the church of God, and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, are to be without division or heresy, or else the church will come into judgment and chastening from God. The church must judge itself as a covenant community before it comes to the Lord's Table to feast upon the body (bread) and blood (wine) in memorial and in proclamation of the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and coming of Jesus Christ.
We can't avoid those who are in error, so how do we deal with them? We need to be careful about what we say to them and not engage in useless squabbles. It is important to take a stand for true doctrine, as Martin Luther did in the Reformation. What we believe is translated into how we live, so we do need to find the hills to die on. These things need to be talked about; but when we do, we need to be gentle and not obnoxious. And we need to remember that it is our job to present the truth to people, but it's God Who changes their hearts.
The post-evangelical movement is postmodernisms's erosion of the evangelical church. Like other PM theologies, it seeks to undermine the authority of Scripture and focuses on one's personal spiritual journey.