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Prosperity Gospel

On Why (Some) People Don't Give Money to Their Church

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Unfortunately, it can be hard to see God present in churches. Our eyes too quickly skip over the generous and quietly effective congregations in our midst. It's much easier to sneer, justifiably, at predatory preachers traveling on private jets and counting the money they've fleeced from misled donors. How will God protect us all from their deceits?

The Prosperity Gospel Is More Orthodox Than You Think

Hollis Phelps | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

From a theological perspective the problem with the prosperity gospel is not so much that it assumes that one's actions have miraculous or "supernatural" repercussions, even actions related to monetary exchange. The problem is, rather, the way in which it inverts a more "orthodox" logic.

On Why People Give Money to Their Church

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

The New Testament praises those who give generously to the needy and to support the people who provide leadership to Christian communities. Almost just as often, it tells those leaders not to be financial burdens to others or to create circumstances in which they appear to be unduly profiting from their preaching.

Top 10 Things a Pastor Can Do With His New Gulfstream Jet

Chris Boeskool | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Chris Boeskool

Some of you may have already heard about Creflo Dollar, the pastor of Atlanta's giant World Changers Church International, asking for financial help to "achieve our goal to purchase the Gulfstream G650 airplane."

Creflo Dollar Will Get His $65 Million Private Jet, Ministry Says

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion

Creflo Dollar doesn’t need your help buying a $65 million luxury jet -- not when his international ministry team has promised to buy him one. T...

Televangelist Defends $65 Million Private Jet: 'I Dare You To Tell Me I Can't Dream'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion

Jesus Christ needed just two feet and some good will to spread his Gospel message throughout the world. Televangelist Creflo Dollar apparently can’t...

The 5 Scariest Teachings of Jesus

Mark Osler | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Halloween is a celebration of artificial fear. No goblins or witches are really going to cause harm to us. For Christians, the deeper and more genuine fear may come from within our own faith.

This Minister's Son Preached The Prosperity Gospel While Reportedly Running a Megachurch Ponzi Scheme

Vice | Grace Wyler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

From the fake revelations of revivalist preacher Peter Popoff, to the 80s excess and false lashes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, to Greater Ministries ...

Religious Scholar: Jesus Was A Marxist

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Religious scholar Reza Aslan has news for "prosperity preachers" like Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes: Jesus was pretty much a Marxist. Aslan spoke out...

Is Christianity Keeping People Poor?

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We claim to have a heart for the poor, for changing the world to more closely reflect the divinely inspired kingdom vision offered to us by Jesus. And yet, the tools required to make the changes are right before us. It's how we're choosing to employ them that betrays the darker nature of our all-too-human hearts.

WATCH: Victoria Osteen On Why It's OK To Pray For A Parking Spot

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

Does praying for a material goal "dumb down" the idea of prayer? Victoria Osteen, the co-pastor of the Lakewood megachurch with her husband Joel Os...

Joel Osteen Says He's Not A Prosperity Minister

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife and co-pastor of Victoria of Lakewood Church joined HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill to talk Night of H...

Saving Witch Children In Nigeria

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Tihomir Kukolja

In Nigeria beautiful, innocent children, as young as two years of age, are tortured, abandoned and killed by their own parents, family and community members. Deliverance pastors and prophets have over the years branded thousands of children as witches.

The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Scott Dannemiller

When I say that my material fortune is the result of God's blessing, it reduces The Almighty to some sort of sky-bound, wish-granting fairy who spends his days randomly bestowing cars and cash upon his followers.

Taking on Hip-Hop

Kim Lute | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Lute

Sadly, for the most part, American music has gone the way of American cuisine. That is to say quality and originality have been replaced with fast food-type mediocrity.

Jesus, Capitalism and Manifest Destiny

Kamran Pasha | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

If I can provide any insight as a Muslim observer of Christianity, it is that many American Christians do not really appreciate what wondrous beauty they have in the character of Jesus, their teacher.

5 Traits of a False Prophet

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If your loved one who died wanted to connect with you, do you think that they'd do it through a bleach-blond in stiletto pumps? Similarly, if God had a message for you, don't you think it could be conveyed by a mean other than through a guy with perfect hair, capped teeth and a $5,000 suit?

Self-Help and the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

The problem with the self-help gospel is that it expects nothing from us. In the end, it leaves us unfulfilled. And it stands far removed from what it means to live in Christ.

Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

Pastor Makes No Apologies For Lavish House Because It's 'A Gift From God'

Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion

Elevation Church's pastor Steve Furtick came under fire earlier this week for his multi-million dollar mansion, raising questions about his financial ...

What Might Be Right About Preachers of LA

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Keri Day

I am suggesting that the irony of this show is that the very ideals these preachers are lifting up as emulative are the practices that are providing impetus for what people within these communities are coming to see as wrong.

Joel Osteen: 'Absolutely' God Accepts Gay People

Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion

Joel Osteen is a phenomenon. A mega-church pastor, televangelist, senior minister of Lakewood Church, and social media monster, the Rev. Osteen now ha...

10 Thoughts on Tyler Perry and Bishop Jakes, Evangelicals, and Money

Myisha Cherry | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Myisha Cherry

The audience' response to Tyler Perry and Bishop Jakes is psychologically intriguing. It is Bishop Jakes who is receiving the million dollars and yet the audience is rejoicing as if they are Bishop Jakes.

The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel: Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer

Pastor Rick Henderson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Pastor Rick Henderson

When I was a kid I could tell the difference between the kids who wanted to be my friend from the kids who were my friends so that they could play with my toys. Joel and Joyce are the latter. They preach a twisted form of Christianity that teaches obedience, giving and faith as a way to get things from God.

Lifting Up Creative Christianity and Authentic Shalom

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Creative Christianity is a new wave of locally rooted Christians and churches exploring and promoting the connections among art, culture, liturgy, and mission in such a way that authentic, slow, and deep innovation is valued while quick success, fame, and excess are avoided.