The Good News is that YOU Too Can be Rich
Creflo asks “Could Adam fly, the Bible doesn’t say this; what I want to know was he broke”(Apr.5, 2002). He then talked about gold in the land and it was good. I wonder whom Adam would be storing all this gold for? Did he have a bank account, what kind of mansion did he live in? Despite Creflo’s focus on money for the first man he is questioning another TV evangelist’s teaching. It is Benny Hinn who made this statement of Adam being able to fly, even to moon because he had dominion over all that God made. Creflo says this is not in the Bible.
Was Benny right? And Creflo wrong? No, they are both wrong. Creflo actually contradicted himself, for he previously said Adam could fly “Somebody asked me, could Adam fly? He can if he want to. He was all God. He was just like God.” “Adam could fly, Adam was like God before the temptation” (from Our Equality with God Through Righteousness 1/21/2001)
Adam could fly? He was all God? What Bible is this in? Dollar admits that he taught something the Bible clearly does not --“the Bible doesn’t say this.” No one catches this because they are not paying attention; their discernment is dead because they hang onto his every word. If you listen long enough you will hear many contradictions like this, you never know where the spirit may be leading him (whew).
This even affects what the gospel is. Giving an exposition on Lk 4:18. “Now here's what Jesus is trying to do over here in Luke. Go back to Luke, Chapter 4:18. Here's what Jesus wants to show us. This anointing is available to deliver whoever is without. Wherever you need to be made whole, the Gospel is the Good News about the power of God on Jesus to make you whole and get you out of your poverty, whether it's poverty in health or poverty in a blind money or poverty in money. This anointing is ready to deal with poverty. This anointing is ready to remove the burden and destroy the yoke. So, honey, you can be healthy tonight and you can be, you have your eyesight and you're able to walk, but you ain't got no money in your pocketbook, I'm telling you this anointing is ready to put some money in your pocketbook because He's ready to remove the burden of lack.” (TBN July 20, 1999)
Creflo makes this even clearer by emphatically stating “What is the gospel to the poor? It is prosperity!” (Creflo Dollar, TBN, Praise-A-Thon April 1, 2001)
So the gospel will make you healthy and rich. What happened to forgiveness of sin? Is this the gospel Jesus preached? Did he ever say follow me to be healthy and wealthy? What person became wealthy following Jesus, what example do we have? Did the Apostles? Making promises like this does violence to the sacred gospel of Christ. So if a person does not have these to elements take place are they saved according to Creflo's prosperity now gospel?
When Jesus sent the disciples out to do ministry he said “He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff-- no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts--but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics” (Mark 6:8-9). He sent them out looking like regular people learning to be God dependent. At His last night with them before his death-- Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one” (Luke 22:36). Certainly if they were rich they would not need to sell a garment to buy a sword, nor would Jesus say he who has a money bag to carry it with them, for they all would have one.
“You operate by a spirit of poverty if you are critical of those who preach and teach prosperity. You operate in a spirit of poverty if you are, if you criticize those who preach and teach prosperity. My God, man, I told you last night that Bible talks more about money than it does about heaven, and all we got to do is open the Bible up for ourselves and see it instead of sitting there being afraid to hear it." (TBN, July 20, 1999). Yes it does speak of money and when we come to the New Testament the majority are warnings about it shipwrecking ones faith.
Creflo does take notice of his critics “Some people get mad when I talk about money, They says” Whenever I see Dollar he’s talking about Money!’ That’s because you aint got none, I aint talking to you!” (TBN, Praise-A – Thon April 1, 2001)
“People get mad and say ‘All they want is your money!’ Well, you aint got no money anyway” (Creflo Dollar, (TBN, Praise-A – Thon April 1, 2001)
What a thing to say to those who are noticing this. There is no humility in this but arrogance in statements like these.
On the website he blames poverty on the Devil, “There is an anointing available to set you free from the poverty mentality and usher you into permanent, financial prosperity. But do you know how to recognize this demonic spirit and tap into God's anointing to prosper?”
Poverty is not a spirit anymore than riches are a spirit. In fact, neither is caused by a spirit, but wanting to be rich is a desire from the flesh, our fallen nature. No apostle told the church to desire riches they actually taught not to. And they certainly did not chastised them for being in poverty, they had compassion on them and used whatever money they had to help them. Even King David prayed not to be poor that he would have to beg, but he also prayed not be rich that he would forget his God. Words of wisdom to some who will listen to the Bible.
Jesus said to the church of Smyrna (suffering) Rev 2:9 “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich).” That is spiritual riches not earthly riches. When a church is focused on earthly riches they lose the spiritual riches that are in Christ.
Creflo asks “What is the spirit of poverty? “
The following list will help you determine if you have a spirit of poverty. If you answer “yes” to any of the items below, you are bound by the spirit of poverty. Creflo’s answers to this
“You justify your lack and make excuses.”
My comment: What about when you justify wanting abundance and make excuses to always have it.
“You are critical of those who teach and preach prosperity.”
My comment: What about you being critical of those who teach from the Bible that we should be satisfied-content, no matter what we have.
“You don't think that a man or woman of God should live in abundance.”
My comment: What about your teaching that a man or woman of God cannot live in need (or poverty) and be in God’s will and be satisfied.
“Your are suspicious that those around you may take your money.”
My comment: Your suspicions become certain when you no longer have any money after you have given and given to the ministry to get a blessing and got nothing.
The people have been disciplined well; they are so wrapped up in the pursuit of sowing their seed to see a harvest they can’t hear the word of God in its context, without a prosperity slant.
Creflo states “Money doesn't define my richness. Money doesn't define my wealth. The money is a result of what's on the inside of me. Money will come, but you've got to give it a reason to come. Whew!”… “All right, let's call this harvest in. Say it out loud with me. In the name of Jesus, as a child of God, as the redeemed of the Lord, I command the harvest that's crying out for me, come forth now! Angels go! Bring that harvest of wealth! Bring that harvest of anointing! Bring that harvest of restored things! Bring it to me now! In the name of Jesus, I receive my harvest…NOW! (Congregation shouting) (Changing Your World Sept.16,1998).
Jesus said: God has made the poor of this world rich in faith! This did not make them rich. Prov.13:7: “There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.” That would be God’s spirit, forgiveness, peace and friends that he can trust.
Creflo teaching on glory states the first time glory was mentioned is when God manifested himself in material wealth and blessing. “We’re going to have a new meaning for glory tonight” When they “see you riding in that new car, that’s glory, living in that big house, that’s glory, sinners can’t see Jesus or feel your holy ghost but they can see what your Jesus and what your holy ghost has brought into your life.” You represent God and want to be broke?”
Arise shine for your light has come-the glory, they’re are going to see the goodness of God they are going to see you riding in your car and say my God has been good to them.” When people see your material property they will want to know Jesus.”
Well that’s certainly using the world to attract the world. Did Jesus ever teach that they will follow you when they see all you stuff? How about the apostles, is this how they brought the gospel into the world? This is all about a new revelation in the place of Christ. There is no way one can follow the Jesus of the Bible by these instructions. What is being offered is a different Jesus, a different way.
The faith/prosperity message teaches that if you have fear it will act negatively on your life. Fear is the opposite of Faith (actually courage is).
No other saint has been picked on more than ancient Job. Having far worse to say than the counsel of his friends the faith teachers drag him down into the ground.
Remember what Job said? "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came" (Job 3:25-26). The Bible says that neither God nor the devil was responsible for Job's dilemma; Job was. His fear connected him and his family to tragedy” (Changing your World magazine Feb. 2003)
The Faith teachers constantly mock Job because he stands as living testimony to their false Bible interpretations. “But there's a differences between The Truth and A Truth. 'The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.' See that is A Truth. What's true about it? It's in the Bible. What's false about it? God didn't say it. And that's not The Truth. God does not give and take away. Job said it in a deranged mind. But God doesn't give and take away. So Satan will use A Truth to cause deception” (Changing your World Magazine, Creflo Dollar, 01/23/03)
Job was not speaking truth? Then why does Scripture say he (Job) said: “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:21-22).
It is God that makes the circumstances to deal with man. God certainly does take away and there are too many Scriptures that mention this; here are a few. Ezek. 23:28-29: “For thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will deliver you into the hand of those whom you hate, into the hand of those from whom you alienated yourself. “They will deal hatefully with you, take away all you have worked for, …”
Even Jesus said: “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him” (Matt. 13:12). I agree with Creflo-Satan will use A Truth to cause deception, but it is certainly not the way he explains it.
The Rich Jesus that Wants you Rich like Him
We should not ignore the fact that Creflo holds to Jesus not finishing his work on the cross and going to hell captive by Satan and then 3days later defeats Satan. This is part of his gospel; but there is more. Like other Faith teachers Creflo is of the persuasion that Jesus was NOT average in his living, identifying with the poor, but rich. Such an important teaching like this is completely missing from the Scripture. Nowhere does the Bible say Jesus was rich. What it does specifically mention he was at home with the common people. One should realize that it is just as wrong to preach prosperity as a promise to all believers, as it is to preach poverty for spirituality. The truth is that no one teaches poverty is promised. I have not heard this in all the years I have been a Christian, but I have heard over and over prosperity is the promise. The only way one can prove this from Scripture is to lift certain Scriptures out of context and change their meaning by ignoring to whom it was said to. They put a fierce spin on it making it out to be something it was never intended to mean.
Creflo says, “The first miracle Jesus ever did was a miracle of luxury… somebody said the lord will meet you need but I don’t know about your desires. Well they didn’t need wine that day…Jesus showed up with an undeniable miracle of luxury and he turned water into wine. “ He leads the people in a repetitive affirmation “c’mon shout it out I’ve got increase on my mind”, “shout it out God has increase on his mind” “shout it out I’ll have increase” “Now.”
“ You’ve got to seek his face not just his hand, if you’ll seek his face he’ll give you what’s in his hand.”
“I’m telling you folks I’m ready to be like Jesus, I’ve got increase on my mind, I’ve got increase on his mind, I’m getting ready to increase more and more.” “God made a covenant of increase with us” has them repeat over and over “I’ve got increase on my mind” “God always wants us to increase.”
Imagine if John the Baptist had the attitude that Creflo is teaching and had increase on his mind when it came time for his ministry to wane and Jesus to increase. John was to decrease for Jesus to increase. And Jesus says the same to us-die to self, lose our life to find it. And what of Israel when God took Jerusalem away from them and scattered them throughout the world because of their disobedience in unbelief. Creflo’s teaching is not a biblical principle, for it is the Lord who controls the world, and our lives-- if we let him. And it is up to the Lord to give increase and if for his own reasons he may want us to be small in influence and prosperity we should not rebel and seek more. Because it is in his timing that we are trained in faith to be good stewards. Matt. 25:21: “His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” The principle is to be faithful in the small first (whether it be money, work, people etc.) then God will increase it.
Notice how Creflo constructs a false argument to knock it down. “If there is one tradition that continues to come up in most religious circles it’s this tradition that Jesus was poor, and I’m tellin’ folks Jesus was not poor. The reason why I want to bring this up is because its my ambition to be more like Jesus everyday… If Jesus was poor than I need to be givin’ everything I have a away, I need to give my house away my cars away... my suits away and I need to go and follow Jesus because I want to be like him… He wants us to be like him but somebody fed us a lie and told us that Jesus was poor. I’m telling you right now Jesus was not poor, he is not poor and has never been poor…”
Instead, Creflo’s truth is that He was very, very rich. So why did Jesus tell the rich man to give all that he had to the poor and then follow him? (he didn't say give it to him). Jesus said in Matthew 13:22: “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Consider the emphasis on money in comparison to Jesus and think about what Jesus said.
Creflo explains Jn.12 v.6. “he said this said not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief and had the bag and bear what was put therein , now who is he referring to? Now John13 verse.29 tells us... for some of them thought that Judas had the bag… That Jesus said unto him by those things that we have need of against the ____ (?) or that he should give something to the poor.” Now I have a question, what does a poor man need with a treasurer. I mean if Jesus was supposedly to be poor why does he have a treasury? Do you actually think he hired a treasurer to keep up with his fishin’? Say out loud Jesus wasn’t poor”
Time out, it doesn’t say this AT ALL. John 12:6: speaking of Judas “but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.” Lets think this through… If Jesus was so rich as Creflo and others say, it would not have taken only 30 pieces of silver for Judas to betray him. He could have easily taken this out of their full bag of money and they never would have noticed. If Jesus Christ was so rich, why did the apostles get bent out of shape when the woman anointed Jesus with the expensive oil. They would not have said it could have been sold. I hope you get this. Jesus had a money bag because he was collecting money to support his disciples that traveled with him, Not just himself. And this does not make Jesus rich. Besides he had other women contributing to support his ministry (Luke 8). You don't need support if you are rich.
In one service Creflo asks “If it weren’t the abundant life then why in the world did God waste the time to send three kings all the way around the world so that they could put abundance at the feet of two year old. Where did the money come from? Jesus was loaded. Heresy- heresy- heresy, no ignant-ignant- ignant (meaning ignorant for those who deny this).
“If he was poor he would not have been humble” “poverty does not make you humble, humility means submission cooperation with what God had said.” Who is to say that someone can't be humble living in poverty? True poverty may not always make you humble but being rich can certainly make you prideful. Jesus said “it is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to go through an eye of a needle.” Why? Because of their abundance they are blind to their need for a savior. God asks us to be in submission to Him in whatever state you’re in to be submissive, whether you are rich OR poor. Contrary to what Creflo says, when one is rich it is much harder to be submissive, the Pharisees were rich, how many of them followed Jesus compared to the common people. The bible speaks loud and clear that Creflo is WRONG on this.
The Dollars believe “Its time to change the traditional image of JESUS”. (Changing Your World Magazine, October-December, Vol. 1 Issue 4)
Creflo Dollar’s Jesus was rich, lived in a big house, wore designer clothes, like John Avanzini who made popular the proclamation “He wore designer clothes. Creflo says: “I'm telling you, Jesus wasn't poor, and He didn't wear no rags, either. Like we march in on these Easter little plays that we do at our church, with those raggedy sheets on. Jesus didn't have no rags on. He wore designer clothes, honey!” (Creflo Dollar Crusade, Feb. 9, 1999)
He had prosperous disciples who were entrepreneurs! Creflo Dollar uses general examples of the disciples in the Scriptures buying meat and offering to buy 200 pennyworth of bread as proof they were MEGA rich (John 4:8; Mark 6:37). Creflo Dollar then uses ([John 1:37-39) to prove Jesus lived in a big house! “....They said unto him, Rabbi....where dwellest thou? He saith unto them Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was the tenth hour.” (Changing Your World Magazine, October-December, Vol. 1 Issue 4)
Jesus staying in house does not prove he owned it, in the same way when he used a boat it does not mean he owned it either. In fact one was to celebrate the Passover at their own house, instead Jesus directed his disciples to “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples” (Matt. 26:18). Where’s his house, he borrowed one?
Creflo mocks those who took a vow of poverty in the past by saying,“Now watch this v.36. I’m going to take a vow of prosperity, I vow to prosper… he uses the disciples in John 1 where dwelleth thou, where do you live, he said unto them come and what (audience) “see.” And they came and they what Saw what did they see? They saw where he what dwelt and they abode with them that day… not only did he have a house but he had one big enough to have company over for the day”
Lets look at this to see if it is true, John 1:39 Christ was a stranger in this area so this must have been a dwelling of some friend of Jesus. His home was at Nazareth (Mk.1:9). In those days they didn’t have separate bedrooms but the whole family slept in the same room. He did not have a big house! Yet Creflo says of Jn.1:36 –39 “not only did he have a house but he had one big enough to have company over for the day.” We also find it was Peters house whom Christ lodged at when he was at Capernaum, his home away from home.
“I tell you there nothing wrong with your believing God for a house, why? I’m just trying to be like Jesus.” Now watch this now (that means you better pay attention) “I’m talkin’ Jesus wore designer cloths, I said Jesus wore designer cloths. C’mon over here to John chapter 19, here he relates how we should not get made at Creflo because he wears designer cloths (after all he only doing what Jesus did , right!) “I’m just tryin, got be like Jesus.” He reads v.23 “now the coat was without seam woven from the top throughout” “when was the last time you heard someone casting lots for a bunch of rags…” Creflo is right that this garment is unusual was worth more than the average, but his interpretation and application of this is wrong. This kind of sewing was common in Jesus’ time and is still done in the east, the tunics, vents, sleeves, and all, were woven in one piece. Even the clothes of a Hindu are without a seam; andthe Brahmins would not wear clothes that were otherwise made.
He wore it this garment but it is never mentioned throughout his ministry or by his disciples. No one made a big deal of this. We wouldn’t know of a seamless garment except for it being at the cross “And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take”
(Mark 15:24) Normally each soldier would get a piece of his attire The Scripture also says they divided the other garments of Jesus, (John 19:23) they didn’t rip them up, why? Because there were 4 guards and so they cast lots that Scripture was to be fulfilled.
So where did this garment come from? Luke 8:3 “and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.” We see several wealthy women who funded his ministry; this garment was probably a gift or bought for him. This again proves that Jesus was not rich if he needed funding, and possessing this robe does in no way prove his wealth. Just because Jesus had a garment like this doesn’t mean he was rich even if it was something worth more than the other garments worn, it was probably made as a gift. Again Scripture teaches how He lived and how the apostles that were trained by him lived. It was not flamboyant. Besides how much of a wardrobe did he have? He didn’t have a seamless garment for everyday use but the same one worn throughout the week and throughout his ministry.
Creflo: “Well you know people go ask that question well now brother Dollar now y’know the Bible says in 2 Cor.chpt..8 that he who was rich became poor so you see Jesus was poor because scripture says he who was rich became poor, would you read the rest of it. So that you who are poor can become rich.” He then explains how Jesus was not broke but he came from heaven where the streets are made of gold, which is all true. However he is denying that it says- he was poor. Because if he really poor than you cannot justify teaching that we are to be rich on earth. Creflo wants to have what is in heaven on earth. He wants to justify our seeking after riches-- claiming that they are not only a promise to us all but a command. The fact is we are spiritually to be rich just as the Bible says because we have the Holy Spirit. Now we need to understand that Jesus was not impoverished, destitute, a beggar. He identified with the regular people of his day not the Pharisees who were rich and loved money. He worked for a living before going into ministry and a carpenter’s wages were not equal to a construction worker of our day. He was not rich!
Creflo goes on to say that the wise men came with gold, frankincense and myrr. This is true but he then changes it to “the wise men cometh with camel caravan packed down, full of gold, and full of frankincense and full of myrr, get the picture and all this time we given an idea that we serve a broke Jesus.” “Honey I want you to know when it was time for Jesus to travel he said go and get me a colt that no man has sat upon, in other words I want something that hasn’t been used. Don’t tell me something wrong for you believing God for a new car that’s never been driven, I just want to be like Jesus.”
How does he know how much they came with? No one does.
He then asks and answers his own question, “If Jesus had so much money how come they buried him in a borrowed tomb? He wasn’t going to be there three days and three nights, why waste the money on buying a sepulcher when you weren’t going to use it but three days and three nights, I call that good business sense. I tell you folks I am ready to be like Jesus.” While Creflo has an answer for just about everything to justify his own earthly wants. This is a Jesus that he has come up with by his own imagination, a Jesus who lived like a king on earth. That’s not Jesus of Nazareth but it’s the Jesus of the Word Faith Movement.
We do have the example of the apostles following his footsteps, as Paul wrote 2 Cor. 6:9-10 states, “as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” So what did Paul mean “as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” He meant although they did not have the physical blessings all the time they did have spiritual blessings. But according to Creflo they failed to follow in his footsteps because they didn’t own seamless garments, houses and drive the best chariots and have lots of gold. Besides when Peter said to the man at the gate Beautiful silver and Gold I have none, he probably only meant that he didn’t go to the bank that day! Making us rich is easily determined by how the apostle Paul used the word, especially in the book of Ephesians. It is all about Christ and His grace toward us. Rom. 2:4: “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering” Rom. 9:23: “ that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory” Eph. 1:7: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Eph. 1:18: “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (riches of the glory is also in Eph. 3:16; Phil. 4:19; Col. 1:27). Eph. 2:7: “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Eph. 3:8: “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” Its spiritual riches, not material wealth. Heb. 11:24-26: “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” According to the prosperity teachers Moses was very wrong to do this.
Lets go over what he claims to be in the bible to see if it’s the true word or has the Scripture been coordinated to his fanciful imagination. He teaches the wisemen traveling from the east “they showed up with gold and frankincense and Myrr… I mean wisemen coming with camel caravans packed down full of gold”…”all this time we’ve been and idea that we serve a broke Jesus.” In Mt .2:13 Herod is going to kill all the young children under the age of 2. Joseph is warned in a dream and he arose and took both Mary and him to Egypt. So where’s the Scripture mention a caravan with fort Knox on it? Was it buried in the sand for when they came back? Why is it not mentioned anywhere? Why does Jesus get a coin out of a fishes mouth to pay the tax if he’s so loaded. All He would have to do is tell Judas who was handling the money to take the money from the treasury? Why did his mother give a poor persons offering according to the law after his birth? Why did she in her praise say “He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty.” Why does his cousin John wear such bad clothing while Jesus is walking around in this expensive clothing, he taught on sharing to those in need, didn’t he share with him? Was he not stylish? Of course I’m being facetious, but think about it. Creflo's theology is bankrupt, but his bank is full.
Creflo even distorts the reason he rode into Jerusalem in his last week “Honey I want you to know when it was time for Jesus to travel he said go and get me a colt that no man has sat upon , in other words I want something that hadn’t been used. Don’t tell me something wrong with your believing God for a new car that’s never been driven WERE JUST TRYING TO BE LIKE JESUS.”
So why did Jesus ask for a colt? Despite Creflo’s interpretation we find it was just the opposite. Matthew states that there were two animals, donkey and a colt (21:2). What Jesus asked for He would return, not keep. Here is a colt that has never been used is to carry salvation into Jerusalem. Son of David comes riding humbly on a colt, (Zech.9:9). This is what Jewish kings rode on, a donkey. Certainly if what Creflo says is true he would have chose a white steed to ride in on like the Gentile Kings, not a donkey riding in with humility. Oh well, maybe there were none available.
Jesus in his ministry had borrowed many things. A manger, He had borrowed boats, He borrowed a colt; He borrowed a house for Passover and He was buried in a borrowed tomb. Christ came in complete humility as stated in 2 Cor. 8:9 “Christ, that though He was rich, (owning everything) yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (Meaning spiritually rich.) Why is it spiritual riches? Because Christ actually said the poor are blessed not cursed. Not because He made them wealthy but because they inherited the kingdom of God. Jesus did not always change ones status in life but he certainly changed their heart attitude. Notice what it says in 2 Cor. 6:9-10 about the apostles “as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” You can only do that if it is spiritual wealth.
Creflo may come up with every Scripture he possibly can to justify his lifestyle. This is why Jesus taught “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on EARTH” (Matthew 6:19-21), nothing could be clearer. Nowhere can you find one passage in the New Testament were Jesus Christ, his Apostles, or his discipled believers are told to get lots of money? Jesus Christ taught the opposite he told the rich man, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.” (Luke 18:22, (Luke 12:33-34) his point was to have- treasure in heaven.
The Anointing is to Gain Wealth
Speaking of Jesus' anointing “ Don't tell me I have no different anointing, if you tell me to do what you do, I can't do what you do, if you give me something different than what you had when you did what you did! So if you want me to do what you do, you got to give me what you had when you did what you did, and then I can do what you do cause I got what you had to do what you did when you did what you did.” (laughing afterwards)
I can only wonder how long he practiced to say this with a straight face (say this three times fast and you will have a revelation). As he speaks on this occasion he finishes by saying “I hope I don't get drunk before I finish this.” (World changers LeSea Broadcasting 10/4/99)
Every text of Scripture according to Dollar is about prosperity, so he teaches his congregation to go through the Bible to find a promise to some individual and then claim it for themselves. Why stop there, why not claim to be president or whatever you want, go for the top. The fact is we don’t get three or more wishes as we rub the magic lamp of the Scripture and have genie (angels or God) do our bidding.
On his website Creflo answers the question What is the purpose for wealth?
Many Christians misunderstand God's intended purpose for money and wealth. Consequently, we have adopted the world's view of money. The world obtains as much of it as possible and consumes it mainly on their desires and wishes. They purchase new homes, cars, lavish trips, clothes, etc.. God desires for His children to have these things. However, His purpose for us having wealth extends far beyond our needs and desires. We are blessed so that we may be a blessing to all the families of the earth.”
Sounds good except this is NOT what we hear or see practiced from these faith teachers! They live in opulence, their homes their cars etc. And this is not what we see from Creflo either. He talks about owning a plane, houses and paying everything off so easily. All this is done by the generous donations of their followers who have listened so eagerly to learn how they to can WANT and receive more in this life.
Creflo says, “Most Christians have never been taught what God's Word actually says about money and wealth. We have been taught that Christians are supposed to be poor. Therefore, we believe that it is more spiritual to say, “I don't need or desire much,” or “My rewards will come when I get to heaven.”
I have yet to hear anyone teach we are supposed to be poor. What I do hear is that we are not to be in debt so that we have no way out. The solution of sowing a seed (or better described as paying your way out of debt) is not what God intended. As if you can give what you don’t have and God will rescue you out of debt and other problems. Mr. Dollar disguises the concept or more accurately the coveting for wealth under the association of the gospel being spread. What he more accurately means is that one can contribute to his ministry and others to live the comfortable lifestyle to make them famous. As far as rewards this is exactly what Jesus said they would be- in heaven.
What does God’s word actually say? Does it say we will have all these things now? This is the word-faith spin. Jesus, warned that riches were deceitful and choked the Word of God unto fruitlessness.“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful (Mark 4:19; Matt. 13:22). Paul said that those who seek after riches will lose their faith (1 Tim.6:9-10). That’s Jesus’ teaching on seeking money. Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matt 6:19-2:1 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Creflo ignores all these simple direct statement s and says what he meant was... and twists it beyond all reason.
Even the message of Mr. Dollar on the second coming of Christ has to do with money “God is coming back for a church without spot or blemish so he is not coming back to a church in debt…this revival must take place before Jesus can come back he cannot come back for a broke church, he cannot come back for a sick church, he cannot come back for a church that is in debt thatwould be against his word, I'm coming back for a glorious church , without spot or wrinkle so that means there's going to be some quick transference going on.” (Changing Your World Mar.27, 2000)
Creflo Dollar is a man who lives up to his name. He equates spot or blemish with being successful and having money. Where does it say that He will come back for a successful rich Church (meaning money)? Scripture verse –None. There is a verse that does address the end time Church that does have lots of money, they are called Laodicea by Jesus. As you read this ask yourself if this is the attitude coming from Dollars teaching. Rev.3:17: “Because you say I'm rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing-and do not know that you are wretched miserable, blind and naked...” God's remedy is to buy gold refined in the fire from him, that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed... Real riches that Christ is concerned with are spiritual ones, until we have God’s eye salve applied to our eyes we will continue to look at the outward and ignore our inside spiritual bankrupt condition of the prosperity teachers.
Does Jesus equate spirituality with money? Will we be perfect before Christ’s’ coming which is interpreted as inheriting all the riches and no one is to be sick. Luke 12:15-21 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Then He spoke a parable to them, about a rich man who was planning his future expansion, he sums it up in vs.21”So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Because of this theological bent Creflo can prophesy (God in the first person), “So you really want to know what is about to happen? You really want to know what is about to come forth? For you shall see, just as I have said in My Word, wars and rumors of wars, and there will be times you'll wonder, “Is there anybody not in a fight?” But hear ye this tonight, Oh, My people, for there will come a time where you must not consider the atmosphere in your sowing and your giving… So prepare yourselves as I pour out My anointing. And don't think about the doubts. For if you'll begin to shout, I'm gonna show out and put the devil's lights out!” “So begin to rejoice in your homes and in your Rolls Royce. For if you think I can, I'll do it for any man. You want to know what is about to happen? I've said it, saith the Lord. Now prepare yourself as I do it; and don't forget to walk in love, saith the Spirit of the Living God.” (A portion of a Prophecy by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar New Year's Eve service at World Changers Church International, December 31, 2001)
God does not talk like this. There is nowhere in the Scripture He relates sowing and reaping to pouring out his anointing, (He says he will pour out his Spirit). You may say it’s the same thing. No this is a learned Pentecostal phrase from man. Certainly to change the subject from the end times to sowing and reaping is not how God speaks. Nor say in modern Pentecostal vernacular he’s going to put the devil's lights out, this is man speaking. God does not promise a Rolls Royce to everyone who thinks he can; this is filling people with worldly desires.
The Real Issue is not Money but Your Heart
The problem is that those who seek to have or possess lots of money is to be faithful because it corrupts ones intentions. But Creflo seems to teach that one is not faithful or walking in the Spirit without having enough money.
Paul wrote that those who have sought riches have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. So it is not as simple as the prosperity teachers make it out to be. 1 Tim. 6:17-19 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
The real issue we're dealing with here is not whether or not we can prove or disprove the prosperity doctrine from the Scriptures (though I think the Bible certainly does disprove it). The real issue begins at where your heart is? Even if you could find enough “proof texts” to justify your pursuit of affluence, why would you, if Jesus said to store your treasure in heaven? (Matt. 6.19-21) “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Paul writes and echoes Jesus “For we have brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we should be content.” (sounds a lot like Job doesn’t it? Job 1:21-22)
Jer. 9:23-24: “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.”
It’s not a matter of being poor or rich but being content, and learning not to covet for more than God has given us. To know the Lord and His Grace is greater than all the riches of the world.
Acts 20:33-35: “I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If confession for possession was as the prosperity teachers teach, why was it not taught when they spoke on money. Why did the apostles not teach to sow a seed into their ministry to get the same blessing an anointing? Creflo states of those who give “We expect our partners to experience the same anointing on this ministry on your life” This means an overflow of money from him to others.
Matthew 6:24: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” There are more warnings in the New Testament covenant about riches than Creflo Dollar and other prosperity teachers can find on the promise of wealth.
The fact is no matter how much riches we have on earth we are poor compared to the riches God can give us. How much is eternal life worth? Do we have God's spiritual blessing? While the Bible does not teach prosperity neither does it teach being poor. What it does teach is that we have the spiritual blessings today and we will be assured of the physical blessings in the millennium when Christ is ruling on the earth. The problem is some people can’t wait for this (which takes true faith) they want it all now. And they just may have it now.