Discovering the Prosperity Gospel

The Rise of a Parallel, Post-Biblical Christianity

By Grant Retief | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

The fact that South Africa is a churched nation doesn’t mean it’s a gospeled nation.

Three Post-Prosperity Gospel Testimonies

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

A South African pastor interviews three Christian women about their experience in prosperity-preaching churches.

A “Gospel” that Almost Killed Me

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

Jesus saved me from the prosperity gospel, and he can and will save more.

The Prosperity Gospel in My Own Heart

By David W. Jones | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

It may be easy for you to spot the prosperity gospel on TV, but can you spot it in your own heart?

A Softer Prosperity Gospel: More Common Than You Think

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

Five trademarks of a subtler strain of prosperity teaching.

Analyzing the Prosperity Gospel

The Soil of the Prosperity Gospel

By Jonathan Baer | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

The prosperity gospel is the bitter harvest of an ancient seed planted in modern soil.

Why Has the Prosperity Gospel Prospered?

By Miguel Núñez | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

Why this heresy? And why now?

Why Is the Prosperity Gospel Attractive?

By Sugel Michelén | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

The message of prosperity appeals directly to our native greed.

Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

By David W. Jones | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

If the prosperity gospel is true, grace is obsolete, God is irrelevant, and man is the measure of all things.

Nine Marks of a Prosperity Gospel Church

By D. A. Horton | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

A prosperity gospel church is a purely anti-nine marks church.

Responding to the Prosperity Gospel

Do You Know What Your Missionaries Actually Teach?!

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

Love the gospel, protect it, and guard it. And for the love of all things good and holy, please stop sending missionaries if they don’t.

Money: An Instrument for Blessing, Not an Indicator of It

By John Onwuchekwa | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

When it comes to money, our churches shouldn’t be cul-de-sacs but thoroughfares.

Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

Pastors, don’t preach a message that kindles suicidal desires.

Evangelizing Prosperity Gospel Adherents

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

How can we better prepare ourselves to evangelize those who believe the prosperity gospel?

The Prosperity Gospel and Biblical Theology

By Michael Schäfer | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

The focal point of the Bible is Jesus’ rule and glory, not our own comfort and prosperity.

Prosperity Gospel Book Reviews

Book Review: Break Out!, by Joel Osteen

Review by Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.06.2014

Joel probably is America’s pastor. Sadly, Break Out! pastors people to be narcissistic, biblically illiterate, and theologically confused.

Book Review: Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits, by T.D. Jakes

Review by Steven Harris | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

Simply put, Reposition Yourself is a self-help book—and a dangerous one, at that.

Book Review: Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, by T.D. Jakes

Review by John Power | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

What if someone with bad ideas is really good at describing people—their struggles, fears, and desires? Unfortunately, I’m afraid that’s the case with megachurch pastor T. D. Jakes.

Other Book Reviews

Book Review: Preaching: A Biblical Theology, by Jason Meyer

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.03.2014

My impression is that much—most?—of what goes by the name of expository preaching isn’t actually expository preaching.

Book Review: Growing Up, by Robby Gallaty

Review by Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 11.11.2013

The one thing this book is not designed to do is to be read and put on the shelf.

Book Review: Embracing Shared Ministry, by Joseph Hellerman

Review by Kevin McFadden | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

This book fails to explain clearly Paul’s theology and its implications for the church.

Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013

Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013

Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013

Church and Churches

May—June 2013

Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012

Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012

Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012

Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012

The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012

Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012

Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011

The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011

Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011

Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011

Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011

Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010

Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010

Pastoring Women

July—August 2010

Deacons

May—June 2010

A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastor’s Wives

July—August 2008

Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

December 1999