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The insatiable desire for more
It is conventional wisdom that ministers hate stewardship season and dislike talking about money. A feature article in Time, “Does God Want You to Be Rich?” (September 18), observed that the “relative absence of sermons about money—which the Bible mentions several thousand times—is one of the more stunning omissions in American religion, especially among its white, middle class precincts.”

In the meantime, some popular televangelists are talking about money a lot. It’s called the prosperity gospel, or the health and wealth gospel, or name-it-and-claim-it theology. “In a nutshell,” said Time, “it suggests that a God who loves you does not want you to be broke.”

The magazine cited a man who moved from Ohio to Texas to be close to preacher Joel Osteen, landed a job, made some money and said, “I’m dreaming big—because all of heaven is dreaming big. . . . Why would an awesome God want anything less for his children?”

 

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