Theology mattersAt least they’re consistent. Give a conservative preacher a few million dollars, and he’ll have visions of reaching the lost for Christ. Give it to a liberal, and he’ll picture feeding millions of starving people. Give it to a health & wealth preacher, and he’ll buy a jet.
The luxurious lifestyles of H&W teachers have been in the headlines of late. So has congressional investigation of the same. (Incidentally, I agree that this is an issue in which Congress needs to butt out.)
As we hear the stories of opulent homes and antique-adorned offices, we should remember that this is exactly what they teach. As the cash pours in, they take it as a sign of God’s favor and assume they’re supposed to spend it on themselves.
We should thank these folks for reminding us that your beliefs affect your behavior.
One of the rallying cries of the emerging church guys is orthopraxy (i.e., correct practice, as opposed to orthodoxy, or correct belief). That is important. But practice stems from belief.
Before we looked at how one doctrinal error can spin off into greater errors. Here we see that wrong belief can create wrong behavior. Of course, Jonestown should have taught us that.