Some pastors, ministers, priests, Christian theologians, and laypersons speak disparagingly of church leaders or others who teach biblical prosperity. Many receive such criticism justifiably because of the inappropriate content of their messages. Others are criticized because they are not assuring that the whole body of the membership is excelling. Rather, they are primarily taking care of themselves, and their personal families. People involved in church leadership or product delivery are usually not far behind. Others are just hawkers, frauds and thieves, there to steal your money and destroy your belief. But, if rightly delivering God’s Word, in such a manner so that all hearers (Romans 10:17) become faith-filled, yielding prosperity, the message is being correctly delivered.
Most people understand corporate or similar subdivision of roles. But, they act as though it is unconscionable to have such subdivision in the delivery of their Christian doctrine. Everyone I know has seen a doctor at least once in their lives, possibly for vaccines, a minor illness, related to pregnancy, with a significant disease or injury, due vision challenges, and sometimes emergently. Doctors are not all general practitioners. They all initially obtain general practice education and skills-training, but most eventually train for specific areas of practice. As such, a pregnant woman should not expect that her baby will be delivered by an orthopedist.
Likewise, the generalist minister should read the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Yet, s/he may not be as knowledgeable on specific content related to creation, end times, health, crucifixion and resurrection, relationships and marriage, the roles of the Trinity, prosperity, our Great Commission, and other issues compared to people who have focused on specific topics for many years.
No matter how large and greatly numbered in pages, Christians have no other texts comparable to the Bible (the Word) in its comprehensiveness. Its components were recorded long ago, on scrolls, originally in Hebrew and Greek, and without punctuation. As such, the vast majority of readers are substantially challenged when reading modern translations in pursuit of comprehensive understanding. You must discerningly research available resources regarding both general and specific messages. And, specialty ministries can be very effective for you if their content is solid. Hosts of books, audiovisual materials, television and Internet resources are available for both spiritual and secular objectives. The Holy Spirit and personal, human assistance, are also effective for those who wish to diligently seek their help.
As inspired by the Holy Spirit, Apostle John once wrote a personal letter to a man named Gaius, recommending to him that he associate himself with a local group of Christians led by Demetrius, who had come to share the gospel message in the area where Gaius lived. The letter also encouraged Gaius to extend his hospitality to other followers, as well as to warn him against those with contrary beliefs. John also clearly enlightened Gaius regarding the robust benefits of a covenant relationship with God. Many modern theologians diminish John’s letter because they do not fully appreciate the richness and daily benefits the Covenant with God offers. As humans, many pastors and priests can only offer illuminating, comforting or castigating words. Defamatory theologians cannot create life and a robust universe, from spiritual components, much less do so in six days. John’s letter was not insignificant. The Bible does not document trivia. John’s correspondence with Gaius was important and inspired by God. Your God wished “Above all things that [we] should prosper and be in good health as our souls [continue to] prosper” (3 John 1-4)