After writing, the previous post about Joel Osteen, I really want to make sure that there is no confusion between what Startup Christ wants to accomplish and what the prosperity gospel teaches. I don’t think there’s any real confusion however this is a good opportunity to show people who are skeptical about what Startup Christ is to really see how this is about what God can do and not what we can do.
Prosperity Gospel in a nutshell
To briefly summarize, this heresy teaches that if you apply faith, you will get whatever you want in life. It’s a formulaic view of a relationship with God. Essentially God is a vending machine that takes faith instead of quarters. The result is a very shallow relationship with God, and that is assuming Christ has been accepted into their hearts, that is easily suffocated by weeds. This is one of the biggest threats to evangelism globally today because of its appeal.
Christian entrepreneurship looks vastly different from the prosperity gospel. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. Neither is wealth. However, entrepreneurship is no sure path to wealth. You could very well be wasting years on a dud of an idea. I’ve seen it. It requires far more than belief in an idea. In starting a business, the principles of the Joel Osteen aren’t going to get you far. By the prosperity gospel, wealth comes through faith. but that’s isn’t how God works. In fact, his principles are about you choosing God’s purpose for your life whether it be wealth, health, popularity, fame, athletics, talent, you name it.
The second major distinction is that this movement I am trying to start, find, and grow is about being led by God. The prosperity gospel is about you leading God. Christian entrepreneurship is the opposite. As I mention in the About page, entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to change the world. Startup Christ is about following God, not about praying to become wealthy.
I could go on about the numerous differences, but in all honesty, I’m not an expert on prosperity gospel. I’d rather be an expert in the bible. In keeping with that theme, Christian entrepreneurship is about God being in control of your life.