Yesterday I was commenting on one of the “prosperity gospel” blogs when the owner….a dude named Chee…. responded to my assertion that the Apostles were poor with this insightful gem “The idea of poor Apostles is a religious invention. The Bible has made it clear that Jesus died poor to make us rich. If the Apostles were poor, we can throw away the Bible because it is a lie.”
Now, let’s see what my bible says about the Apostles to see if they were indeed rich…..
2 Corinthians 6:9-10 (ESV)
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
Paul says he was poor yet made others rich…..not monetarily rich but spiritually rich (Romans 2:4, 9:23, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 3:8). Paul said he had nothing yet possessed everything….hardly sounds like Paul was rich does it?
1 Corinthians 4:11-13 (ESV)
11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
When was the last time you heard Bill Gates making a statement like Paul did in the text above? I wonder if there are any other examples that show Apostles other then Paul were rich.
Acts 3:6 (ESV)
6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Was Peter lying….was Luke…..inspired by the Holy Spirit…… lying….or are the prosperity preachers lying? I know who I think it is….wanna take a guess 🙂
Clueless Chee says if the Apostles were poor then he should throw out his bible and I agree….he should toss that Creflo Dollar study bible in the garbage right away…..dontcha think?
Poor misguided Chee didn’t come up with this nonsense on his own…..naw…..he’s only regurgitating the same swill that has been spewed for years by hucksters like Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and Jerry Seville….who learned it from Kenneth Hagin…..who learned it from E.W Kenyon…..Kenyon had to have been drinking his bong water to come up with such lunacy.
It was fairly easy to refute Chee’s misguided assertion the Apostles were rich…most third graders in Sunday School can do this…..now lets examine the first half of his statement….Jesus died poor to make us rich….
The very first posting on this blog deals perfectly with Chee’s statement and I hope Chee has the courage to look at it;
There’s nothing wrong with being wealthy…..but there is plenty wrong with being greedy. Paul warned Timothy of this (1Timothy 6:9-10) and verse 10 describes fairly accurately what we are seeing from quite a few preachers these days…..they fail to heed Paul’s warning to Timothy and have fallen….and have made a mockery of Christ in the process.
Just because Chee is clueless doesn’t mean that you have to be. When you hear claims such as “the apostles were wealthy” look it up for your selves and see if it’s true or not. If your teacher is off about something so easily refutable as Chee is…..they most likely are off about many things…..run from these people folks!
Check out Brother Isaiah’s excellent post regarding Chee and his heretical teachings here.