The “health and wealth gospel” that is so easily sold here in America scares me. It is the furthest thing from the true Gospel. The true Gospel promises suffering (after all we are commanded to carry our instruments of execution, following the example of our Messiah) the “health and wealth gospel” says that we are to have victory all the time, escape from pain and suffering. This same “gospel” teaches that if one simply believes they will be well always, have riches always, and have luxuries always.
Personally, I tend to stray from my faith very easily. That is not something I can admit with ease, but it is the truth. I put up as many safeguards as I know. I am an active member of my church; I am involved in my church in a couple of ways, and I attend small group and Bible studies. Still, I have felt and watched myself stray. Thankfully, because of the safeguards that are in place I have always been pulled back.
Because of the “health and wealth gospel” and my upbringing I have been afraid of being successful. Stupid I know. But, I have been reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp, and I was struck by the following lines:
The greatest danger to our soul is not success or status or superiority— but self-lies. When you listen to the self-lies hissing that you’re unlovable, unacceptable, unwanted, that’s when you go seeking your identity in success or status or superiority and not in your Savior. Self-lies are the destroyer of the soul because they drown out the sacred voice that can never stop whispering your name: Beloved.
Voskamp, Ann. The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life (p. 185).
I am allowed success. I am allowed status. I just can’t allow myself to find my identity or self-worth in either of those things. I am not saying that this misunderstanding is what has led me to be unsuccessful thus far. But, knowing that I can keep my faith, be successful and not turn into a money centered, gospel twisting person.