On his blog, Blogging Theologically, Aaron Armstrong gives a light-hearted but true list of seven signs you’re reading a book by a prosperity preacher. Here’s an opening paragraph and the list (in brief).
Every so often we all stumble into prosperity theology, usually unwittingly. While occasionally you’ll get a nugget of helpful truth (in the same way that you’ll find some helpful things in your average self-help book), there’s a lot of goofiness which can make for a fun night of “Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie.” So, how do you know if you’re reading a book written by a prosperity preacher? Here are seven signs:
1. A bright shiny smile that looks like it belongs on a poster for a dentist office.
2. The title makes it clear someone is really important—and that someone is you.
3. It’s advice that could easily be confused with the message from a fortune cookie.
4. There’s a proverb on the cover.
5. Someone’s caps-lock got stuck.
6. It may or may not be trying to cast wicked spells.
7. Seven is always the magic number.
I suggest you click through and read the whole thing HERE.
~ p d b
Postscript — Aaron Armstrong himself has a great smile, but he does not put it on the cover of his books. 🙂 I have read his books, and they don’t meet the other criteria listed above. In fact, his writings are biblical, and very helpful — I recommend them, especially his book CONTENDING: DEFENDING TH FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD!
Sorry for the late announcement, but if you’re going to be in Saratoga this Friday, January 17 make plans to attend a presentation by Nathan Betts from Ravi Zacharias Ministries International. For more details visit Capital District Youth for Christ’s web site here.
The topic will be Truth, More than Just an Idea.
…..and it’s free
Hope you can make it.
I know, I sound confused. How can one reflect upon that which hasn’t happened yet? Is looking back upon 2013 any guide to 2014? The new year is a good time for healthy reflection, for sitting down and taking time to think about what is now behind us. I’m not talking about that kind of navel-gazing which is likely to be a detriment to assurance, but the intentional and wise consideration of God’s providence and our responses to what He has brought us through.
God always exhorts His people to remember His great acts in history. To look back and consider what He has done for us and then look to the future without trepidation. Remember the Red Sea (Ex. 14)? Yahweh wants us to look back at that great deliverance and not to fear what may seem like an insurmountable difficulty. Even greater, let’s remember the cross. Look back at that great deliverance regularly and your troubles will be put into their proper perspective. God has, in the past, done things in time and space, with each one of us in mind (and upon His heart). If He has acted in history for us before, will He not do so again?
All right, so the events of your life are not so grand. Those acts of redemption and deliverance were not for you only, they were for God’s people and by His grace you happen to be one of them. Has God not delivered you from some difficulty before? Has He not provided a job, supplied a need, so arranged the events of your life to keep you safe? Don’t you have anything from 2013 that you can look back on and bless God for? Yes, brother or sister, you do! Therefore, “reflect” upon the upcoming year with confidence in God. Look ahead and fear not!