Berean cogitations

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Does prosperity mean that God approves?

How should we evaluate Christian ministries? Many look at the size of a church and say, "Boy, God must really be using that church mightily" Or they look at a "Christian" TV or radio station and say, "Look at how large their ministry is! Clearly, God is blessing their work!"

Does the size and prosperity of the ministry indicate that they have God's divine sign of approval? Many would say yes... but what does the Bible say?

"Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You;Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?" (Jeremiah 12:1)

"But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful,When I saw the prosperity of the wicked." (Psalm 73:2-3)

God's Word declares that even the wicked may prosper. Prosperity is not a sign that someone -- whether an individual or a ministry -- is serving God faithfully.