GetReligion: Time on the Prosperity Gospel
GetReligion has some thoughts about Time's cover article on the Prosperity Gospel: "In three of the Gospels, Jesus warns that each of his disciples may have to “deny himself” and even “take up his Cross.”
In support of this prediction, he contrasts the fleeting pleasures of today with the promise of eternity: “For what profit is it to a man,” he asks, “if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
Generations of churchgoers have understood that being Christian means being ready to sacrifice. But for a growing number of Christians, the question is better restated, “Why not gain the whole world plus my soul?”"