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What Christian denomination(s) believe(s) that "prosperity theology" is derogatory, and why? What are the justifications against prosperity theology?

I know that some neo-Pentecostal churches preach prosperity theology, and they preach it, considering the socioeconomic status of their members, providing social services and stuff like that. Doesn't Jesus want Christians to be happy and healthy?

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I think "prosperity theology" has to do with believing that God will give you whatever you ask for if you have enough faith. The way the worst of these people teach, God is almost obligated to give you what you say you want. – mojo Mar 16 '14 at 3:59
@mojo Imagine yourself living in a shabby home in Africa for a moment and walking into a beautiful church building with nicely polished floors and state-of-the-art air conditioning. In this context, prosperity theology may not be so bad. – Double U Mar 16 '14 at 4:06
It boils down to idolatry. – curiousdannii Mar 16 '14 at 4:51
And here's a response from a Baptist scholar. – Bruce Alderman Mar 16 '14 at 5:03

I'm sure there are several denominations that do not believe in a Prosperity Theology. I can speak from a Baptist perspective. The primary reason to disagree is the idea of following a prescribed set of rules leads to automatic financial blessing from God. I have heard this described as a "vending machine" concept of God - if I put certain things in, God will give me other things in return.

But God works his will, not ours. If our will is in alignment with His, then we are in the best place we can be, but that is not a guarantee of any particular type of blessing. The only blessing that can be guaranteed is salvation to those who believe.

Many of the patriarchs were wealthy, but many of the disciples were not. Are we to believe that they were unfaithful?

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