SPICE Pt. 2 – Miracle Money in Your Pockets and Bank Account Courtesy of Jesus.

Prophet Uebert Angel is a Zimbabwean preacher. He tells the secrets of people’s hearts and promises to make miracle money appear in their pockets and accounts. Where was he when I was broke last year. This is the prosperity gospel with an African spice!
Apparently there is a guarantee of riches secured by Christ. And there is proof from scriptures. It should be no surprise that Christians should be rich, after all Jesus was rich says the prophet named Angel. Judas stole from him for 3 years and he didn’t rebuke him because there was plenty of it (the money). The disciples were also all very rich, after all when Jesus said it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, their response was “who then can be saved?” Meaning (according the dear prophet) they were rich and thus considered Jesus words as  disqualifying them from the kingdom. In fact they made to leave and Jesus held them back and assured them by saying with God all things are possible. Talk about creative Bible reading and interpretation!!
But the Bible says Jesus died to make us rich!
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich“. 2 Cor. 8:9
 
There is the proof. Jesus died so that we would become rich!
The verse above clearly says Jesus was rich, and became poor to make us rich. What does it mean? The meaning is not far-fetched – we can get it from the context of the passage itself. Basic Bible study teaches us that we should read any verse in context. Otherwise we can make any verse of scripture say anything we want it to say.
The whole context is 2 Cor 8:1-15, and reading this whole passage will show if verse 9 is promising us material riches. Here is what it is saying:
  • Jesus was rich…
    • (in his pre-existent state as the eternal word – John 1:1, the second person of the trinity – the creator and owner of all things)
  • and became poor…
    • Some people think this refers to physical poverty – perhaps> But it definitely refers to his becoming a man and emptying himself of his glory to come in human form John 17:5; Phil. 2:6.
    • About whether Jesus was rich or poor, here’s what we can find out:
      • It seems he was born into poverty – his parents brought the offering presented by those who were too poor to afford a lamb – indicating their poverty (Luke 2:22-24; Leviticus. 12:6-8)
      • We don’t have any biblical evidence that Jesus was poor/destitute as an adult before he started his itinerant ministry. My guess is that he was as well off as any other Jewish artisan, being a carpenter/workman (Mark 6:3)
      • This verse does not prove that Jesus was a pauper all his life.
      • We do know that while Jesus did not suffer hardship or deprivation, he was not was not a rich man as he depended on the hospitality of others such as Lazarus and his sisters. We see that Jesus did not live as a rich man in his statement “foxes have holes…” of Matthew 8:20.
  • so that believers by his poverty might become rich
    • Not materially rich – but spiritually rich 1 Cor 1:4-5; 3:22).
  • Why do I know this the correct reading of the text? From the text itself!
  • Note:
    •  He couldn’t have been saying that Jesus died to guarantee all believers material riches since he was in these very words raising money for the impoverished believers in Jerusalem and had just said the believers in the Macedonian churches were in “…extreme poverty” (2 Corinthians 8:2).
    • Therefore, if this passage is a blanket guarantee of material riches, then God swindled/disappointed the Macedonian believers and Paul is in fact speaking from both ends of his mouth as he tells the Corinthians “Christ died to make believers like you rich but please give some money because these other believers in Jerusalem are so poor that they need your charity and remember the believers in Macedonian believers, also extremely poor, have given too“.
    • To make matters worse, if that verse means that believers are guaranteed material riches, then apart from contradicting everything else in the passage itself, Paul, and the other apostles failed miserably to live out this reality! (By his own testimony he said many times he was homeless and deprived of food and poorly dressed 1 Cor. 4:11). A little later in this very letter he states how he had suffered much (2 Cor. 11:27)

Paul was not saying in 2 Cor. 8:9 that Christ died to increase our financial net worth. He was saying in essence: “this is the example of Jesus, therefore follow his example in giving sacrificially“. He was saying that the incarnation and the gospel is what should inspire our giving.
You see, the context of this verse 2 Cor. 8:9 is that of Paul urging these Corinthian believers to give sacrificially, however, it is taken out of its context to urge believers that Christ died to guarantee them physically and materially riches, and therefore, for them to claim said riches. 

Do you see a difference there? Paul wrote 2 Cor 8:9 to tell believers to give away riches sacrificially to bless others like Christ did; we quote 2 Cor 8:9 to encourage believers to accumulate riches!
I forgot to mention, the spicy African flavored prosperity gospel seems to have a feud with sound Bible interpretation. In the same ministration referenced above on “miracle money”, prophet Angel said the problem with preachers is that they think hermeneutically!
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10 comments on “SPICE Pt. 2 – Miracle Money in Your Pockets and Bank Account Courtesy of Jesus.
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  2. Ogechukwu says:

    Nice one my brother!

  3. ukandu chidi says:

    Uncommon truth in our days

  4. Charles Achonwa says:

    Toks, that was well said. As I write am watching Uebert Angel distorting scriptures with impunity! I watched the ‘Miracle Money’ heresy, brother this is madness at its highest heights! What pains me is the coverage it has and the already deceived souls bound to this ministry. Beyond our critique, we should pray for the salvation of the souls that have been deluded by these heresies. May the Lord help His church.

  5. […] SPICE Pt. 2 – Miracle Money in Your Pockets and Bank Account Courtesy of Jesus. […]

  6. Rahul Salvi says:

    Please pray for me to get miracle money into my bank account number 087104000130660 isfe code: 0000087 acccount name rahul salvi.

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