Seeing the news reports today about Rev. Ike’s death reminded me of a post I did a year ago about the pervasiveness of the prosperity gospel in black churches. In the comments section, I got a little push back from a member of T.D. Jakes’s church, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to engage her in a conversation, and I worried that my post might’ve offended her or others.
Still, I’d be interested in hearing from any brothers or sisters out there who are members of churches that subscribe to a prosperity message. Would you be interested in interacting around some of the questions I asked my guest last year? If so, here they are:
1. Do you feel insulted or offended by the negative theological critiques of the prosperity message? What are these critiques missing?
2. My guest said the term “prosperity” has become something of a cliché. What would be a better term to use?
3. What do folks like me who don’t “get it” need to understand to get beyond the stereotypes about followers of the prosperity message?