The prosperity preachers that promise God’s wealth upon you if you give first to “his work” have been exposed time and time again.
Pauline doctrine will guard you against these spiritual scams as we are warned against those who deceive whole houses for money.
However, a more subtle form of prosperity preaching exists. The more subtle form says that God wants you to be prosperous through hard work and a successful career.
At first you may think this is Pauline as it is written for us that if we don’t work we don’t eat (2 Thess 3:6-10).
However, it is false to think that it is God’s intention to bless you with financial prosperity.
Paul worked night and day and was poor as a beggar at times. The truly Pauline lesson is to learn to be abased and abound and to be content (Phil 4:12; 1 Tim 6:8).
More important than prosperity is your godly attitude towards it. The godly attitude is you don’t need it (1 Cor 9:15). There are things more important than the money driven life.
Don’t be deceived by those who teach that God’s will is to increase your bank account, they are still pursuing earthly treasures. We preach riches found in the mystery of Christ, not in the bank account.
For His glory,
Justin “two cents” Johnson