Name-It-Claim-It — Author’s Reflections


I am aware of an author who writes in the name of Christianity and has a book entitled, Prosperity is Your Birthright. I have written about her and her book before, and find myself drawn to write again.

 

Prosperity is your birthright is the claim.

 

“Who is worthy?” the angels ask in Revelation 5. “I wept because no one was found who was worthy… Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels. In a loud voice they sang, ‘worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, wisdom, wealth, strength, honor, glory, and praise.‘”

 

Only He is worthy to receive these things. We are not. If we receive or possess power, wisdom, wealth, strength, honor, glory, or praise, it is not because we deserve it and it is certainly not our birthright. It is only because He has chosen to share these with us.

 

So what is our birthright as sons and daughters of God?

 

From Matthew 5: poverty, mourning, meekness, hunger, thirst, insults and persecution.

 

The Good News, though, is that those in poverty, mourning, meekness, hunger, thirst, persecution and accusation for Him shall be comforted. They will inherit the earth, will be filled, and shown mercy. They will see God. They will be called sons and daughters of God and in the end will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

 

Those who are His must take up our cross and follow Him — first, through His suffering, then to His glory.

 

Expecting His glory without His suffering is idolatry and belief in a false gospel.

Name-It-Claim-It.

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3 responses to “Name-It-Claim-It — Author’s Reflections

  1. I unfortunately read your post after I did my podcast on false gospels (http://christcentred.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/false-gospels/). If I hadn’t I’d have probably referenced you cause I think we’re saying the exact same thing.

    The prosperity gospel doesn’t realise that there will be a new creation.

  2. angels2send

    i wanted to leave a comment because i do so agree with you. but i´m not really quite able to say i agree because my thoughts are not always here, but there, where all is peaceful and nice. so i will take your last sentence and let it inform me in those dark places where all is not quite surrendered. thank you for the reminder of how lovely and wise our Saviour is.

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