The One Thing They Forgot to Tell Us

The death of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner–and her tumultuous life and career–is a reminder that the greatest weakness of "prosperity teaching" is that it never tells you how to handle the success it brings.

Two years ago I discussed the whole business of unrealistic expectations wrapped in defective methodologies, another weakness of this kind of Christianity, in If You’re Going to Take the Land, Take It.   But what happens when "name it and claim it" actually does work?  Sadly things like what happened to Jim and Tammy Faye, in all too many cases.

Before you set out on your "road to riches," you need to do as Solomon did:

“And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it. In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” 2 Chronicles 1:6-12, KJV.

2 Replies to “The One Thing They Forgot to Tell Us”

  1. Even as wholly as young Solomon’s heart was set toward the Lord, his riches still destroyed him, and the greed and pride of his son destroyed the Nation!

    I got hold of a copy of Jim Bakker’s book, “I Was Wrong.” I expected a frank apology for the business dealings that sent him to prison. Instead he gave a testimony of how the Lord had taught him the dangers and error in the whole “King’s Kid” philosophy and brought him back to the truth of simple holiness before the Lord. The skullduggery was discussed also- including the evidence that was suppressed in the trial and which led to his release when it was brought up in the appeals process. Bottom line to it all? That God is mighty to care for, and correct and teach, His kids. Bakker acknowledges in the book that his ordeal as necessary to understand how serious that error is, and affirms that with God and loving family, we are rich beyond measure.

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