Prosperity Sermon Illustrations

Prosperity Sermon Illustrations

Yea surely is that people blessed
By whom Jehovah is confessed
To be their God alone.—Selected

Christian leaders often discuss "how to save the masses," but it is harder to save the rich. A thoughtful young lady of Fifth Avenue recently, exclaimed: "Who will save us who have an abundance from selfish wealth and wasteful luxury?" "How shall we evangelize the slums?" is discussed; but the harder proposition is "how to save the selfish suburbs."—Selected

The Effect of Prosperity

We read the following from Kings in Shirtsleeves by William P. Barker: "We are all caught in a trap. It goes like this: Our religion promotes the good character qualities of hard work, thrift, and honesty; hard work, thrift, and honesty usually mean that a man gets ahead; getting ahead involves making money; making money implies success and luxury; success and love of luxury can come between the man and God. This means that you and I are put in a dangerous position. We are 'successful' people. We are reasonably 'well-off.' We are tempted to love our luxuries more than our Lord. Thus, our faith produces some dangerous possibilities. For the material success that comes from our hard work and frugality and honesty is hard to control. In fact, it can lead us to wanting more and more, using others, and forgetting God.

"This can happen to the congregation of a church. More than one congregation started as a poor, struggling group, yet dynamic and alive—then gradually became 'successful' and lost its soul. The church obsessed with cushioned pews, expensive stained glass, well-paid choirs, but unconcerned with missions, is in such mortal danger."

May bad fortune follow you all your days
And never catch up with you.

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