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!