Were Jesus And The Disciples Rich?  Were Mary (The mother of Jesus) And Joseph Rich Or Poor?


Was Jesus rich?  Did Jesus have a nice big house on a lake?  Did He wear designer clothes and Armani Suits?  Did Jesus wear designer shoes?  Did Jesus eat gourmet foods?  Did Jesus have a life of luxury?  According to some popular Word Faith Prosperity Teachers on television Jesus was rich.

Why would a person preach that Jesus and the Apostles were rich?  Is it so they can justify their million dollar homes, $4,000 suits, $100,000 cars, and multi-million dollar private jets?  Think about it my friend, is this kind of opulent lifestyle fitting for a man of the cloth?

Dr. J. Vernon McGee has well said, "Whenever you find a minister who is rich, watch out.  Folk are not supposed to get rich in the ministry," Commentary on 2 Corinthians 6:8-10, page 117.

The Apostle Paul also warned the Church in Corinth about these hucksters who make a profit from God's people:

"You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us."
2 Corinthians 2:17

These men claim that the apostles were rich yet Paul says that they hunger, thirst, were naked, poor, and do not have a place to live.  They claim that Jesus had a nice big house on a lake yet Jesus Himself said that He had nowhere to sleep.  They claim that Jesus was rich and wore designer clothes yet Jesus said, "I did not come to be served, but to serve."

In the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 it says that these faithful men of God were destitute [Lack, Want, Suffer Need] and wandered in deserts and caves!  The apostle Peter said that he had neither silver or gold when he saw a man begging for money at the gate of the temple. 

Whom will you believe?  I pray that you choose to follow God over man.  In Deuteronomy 13:3, God says that He will test us with false prophets to see if we truly love Him, "You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul."

Below are numerous qoutes from various Word Faith/Prosperity Preachers that can be seen every day on "Christian" television.  I have removed their names from their qoutes because numerous "Christian" leaders rely on the power of the courts instead of the power of God.  Does the Bible Forbid Christians to Sue each Other?

All of the Word faith/Prosperity Preachers listed below are/were on "Christian" television and they each have thousands of members in their churches.  How can this be?  It is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy:

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears."
Acts 20:28-31.

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."
2 Timothy 4:2-4

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
2 Peter 2:1-3

"For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him....For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:2-4, 11-13


Jesus Was Rich Qoutes:

"Jesus was not poor...Jesus had a nice house!  John 1:38 says that Jesus turned to those that were following him and said, 'Come with me.'  And they said, 'Where dwellest thou?'  He said, 'Come and see.'  And Jesus took that whole crowd home with Him to stay in His house.  That meant it was a big house!  Jesus wore fine clothes!  John 19:23 says, 'He had a seamless robe.'  Roman soldiers gambled for it at the foot of the cross.  It was a designer original!  It was valuable enough for them to want it!...And then there are christians that have a poverty complex that says, 'Well, I feel guilty about having nice things.'  Jesus didn't!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"The myth of the poor Jesus needs to be destroyed, because it’s holding people back."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"For example, many Christians equate humility with poverty.  One preacher once told me how humble another was because he drove a very old car.  I replied, 'That's not being humble--That's being ignorant!'  Driving an old car was that preacher's idea of humility.
Another fellow remarked, 'You know, Jesus and the disciples never drove a Cadillac!'  There weren't any Cadillacs then.  But Jesus did ride a donkey.  It was the 'Cadillac' of that day--the best means of transportation they had.  Believers have allowed the devil to cheat them out of every blessing they could enjoy.  God didn't intend us to be poverty-stricken.  He said we are to reign in life as kings.  Who would ever imagine a king being poverty stricken?  The idea of poverty just doesn't go along with kings."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"The whole point is I'm trying to get you to see-to get you out of this malaise of thinking that Jesus and the disciples were poor and then relating that to you thinking that you, as a child of God, have to follow Jesus. The Bible says that He has left us an example that we should follow His steps. That's the reason why I drive a Rolls Royce. I'm following Jesus' steps."        
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Second, we know Jesus was not poor because He needed to have a treasurer.  According to John 13:29, a disciple by the name of Judas Iscariot was Jesus' treasurer.  Now a treasurer is needed by a person who must deal with large sums of money that has to be accounted for, write checks, make purchases and pay bills, taxes and debts.  You ask, 'Did Jesus have that kind of money?'  Yes, or He wouldn't have needed a treasurer.  He had so much that later Judas stole from the treasury."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Fifth, Jesus wore good clothes.  Today we talk about 'Designer clothes,' that is, uniquely made and different from the ordinary.  But Jesus' clothes were even better than that."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

Word Faith Teacher: "People told me, 'Well, they say, Jesus was poor.'  When was He poor?  I would like to know when He was poor.  Well, He was born in a stable.  Why?  Why was He born in a stable?  Because that short, deaf lady lost their reservation.  He couldn't get into the inn.  Think about that for a minute...And He had 12 full time people on His staff.  Some were married and He took care of them.  He had 70 part timers.  You don't gamble for rags."

Host: "Yeah."

Word Faith Teacher: "You don't gamble for rags.  You gamble for some clothes that cost.  Don't you?  He wanted a donkey that had never been rode.  As I said earlier, 'You might want a car that has never been drove.'"

Host: "He had a full time treasurer on staff."

Word Faith Teacher: "That's right!  And stole for three years and the other guys didn't know about it."

Host's Wife: "And wise men came to see Him."

Word Faith Teacher: "That's right!  I mean He wasn't three minutes on the ground and the three wise guys are looking for Him with what? Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.  Let me tell you something, this concept that Jesus was in poverty is totally wrong!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"John 19 tells us that Jesus wore designer clothes.  Well, what else you gonna call it?  Designer clothes--that's blasphemy.  No, that's what we call them today.  I mean, you didn't get the stuff He wore off the rack.  It wasn't a one-size-fits-all.  No, this was custom stuff.  It was the kind of a garment that kings and rich merchants wore.  Kings and rich merchants wore that garment."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Just think about this--Jesus buys a house to establish a base for His ministry.  And He literally finances--probably over 70 people traveling with Him for 3 1/2 years and even allows a thief to handle the bag because He knows He can't exhaust the supply.  Jesus let the thief have the money--you have to understand if you, if you know the mans a thief before you make Him a treasurer--you got to know there's going to be enough.  Even if he pilfers there's going to still be enough for Him to finance His ministry.  Because God is not a God of lack--God is a God of abundance!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"A greater than the lottery has come.  His name is Jesus."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus was handling big money because the treasurer He had was a theif.  Now you can't tell me that a ministry with a treasurer that's a theif can operate on a few pennies."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus had a nice house, a big house, big enough to have company stay the night with him at the house.  Let me show you His house.  Go over to John the first chapter and I'll show you His house...Now, child of God, that's a house big enough to have company stay the night in.  There's His house."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"You don't think these Apostles didn't walk around with money?  I mean, they had money...Paul had the kind of money that people, that government officials, would, would block up justice to try to get a bribe out of old Paul."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus was not poor.  He had a house.  He had a treasury.  He had a team.  He had a partner family.  He had nice clothes, and He was put in a rich man's trust fund."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"We're going to throw that spirit of poverty, that religious spirit, that northwest spirit, we're going to break that thing right now!  And prepare ourselves, the next several weeks to grow. I'm going to kill every religious lie!  Well, Jesus was poor.  Jesus was not poor!  I wanna be like Jesus, Jesus was poor.  Well, you better get rich then! My God was rich!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"How did they know where He [Jesus] lived?  Cause it was His house. He was a carpenter, why would he be house-less?  If He couldn't afford one He could build one.  And then it says He went out and sat by His house by the lake.  He had a lake home [Laughs and claps].  I mean this is good!  I mean, these strange ideas that we have developed in our minds concerning wealth."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"They cared about all levels.  So, the church ought to try and like maybe reach all people instead of just poor people which keeps the church poor, the pastor poor, and everybody poor."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"But it tells us he was rich, so it's talking about money here [Luke 19:1-10].  And he sought to see Jesus and when he was in the top of the tree in verse 5, it says, 'Zacchaeus, make haste.  Come on down, today I'm going to stay at your house. Cause you got bucks and a place for me to stay.  You're gonna feed me good.'  They called Jesus a winebiber and a glutton because He ate good.  Come on now!  I'm trying to get you to think a little bit just past your religion.  Stretch, just a little bit."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Then when Jesus is looking for His disciples, just think about it.  I mean, He's looking for his disciples, right?  So, Jesus is, got His shopping cart, it is filled with aluminum cans that He's been collecting [Laughs], some bottles, broken glass and some stuff.  He's got His homeless outfit on.  He's poor, rags and kind of dirty.  You know, long shaggy ratted hair and He just kind of walking along by the Sea of Galilee.  You know, and He looks over and there's the wealthy fisherman. You see, if Jesus was poor He would have went over to the unemployment line and got some people to be His disciples!  But no, He went to the wealthy and found some people that had a business!  And so, He said, 'Hey guys, come follow me [Laughs].' Like right!  Yeah, sure, we'll follow you to the city dump!  Man anything you say [Laughs]!  Now, how dumb is that?  That is all Jesus said to them is, 'Come follow me and I'll make you fishers of men.'  They went, 'Wooo, right!'  And they followed Him!  Why? The boy was dressed in an Armani Suit!  He was wearing Berlini shoes!  Come on now!  Why do we know that?  Because He hung on the cross at Calvary they gambled for His clothes.  They tossed dice for His underwear!  You think anybody here would gamble for your underwear [Laughs]?  You could have some pretty fine DNKY underwear, but you ain't got anything that I'm gambling for [Laughs]!  He was dressed fine!  The rich will always follow the rich.  The poor will follow the rich.  But the rich will never follow the poor!  So, how do we get these strange notions and these strange attitudes? Where does that come from except religious stupidity!  Religious attitudes that kept the body of Christ poor!  Amen?"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

Word Faith Teacher: "Jesus wasn't poor!  Jesus wasn't poor!  Never was poor!  'No, He was born in a manger.' Yeah, He may have been born in a manger but before they went to the manger Mary and Joseph went to the Hilton to get a room! And either Mary and Joseph were going to before dawn sneak out the window and steal all the soap all the shampoo and all the towels or they had money to go to the inn and pay for the inn...When Jesus was walking with His disciples the Bible said, 'There were 5,000 men plus women and children.'  So, let's say 15,000, right?  5,000 men, 5,000 women [unentelligble].  And the disciples came to Jesus and they said, 'They're hungry.'  And Jesus said, 'You feed them.'  What did they say?  'Should we go and buy?' In other words, Jesus had enough money on Him to buy lunch for 5,000 families that were hungry and hadn't eaten all day long!  No credit card.  Cash!"

Host: "Plus, He had a treasurer as a part of His ministry.  Why would He have a full time treasurer if He didn't have any money?"

Word Faith Teacher: "...Plus Judas has been stealing out of the bag.  You know, and I tell the churches all this to break that curse of poverty, 'If there was only a buck fifty [$1.50] in the bag,' Okay, you're the treasurer with the buck fifty.  If Judas stole the quarter when they went to get bread, 'Hey!  where's the quarter?'  No!  There was more than enough in there that Judas was stealing from Jesus, he had to be able to steal thinking nobody would notice it."

Host's Wife: "What about the robe that they cast lots for?"

Word Faith Teacher: "Seamless!  It was not K-Mart clothes!  It was designer!...You're thinking about Jesus being a wealthy person...Jesus could bring a gold coin out of a fishes mouth!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"The Bible makes it clear that the blessings of God are a result of choice, not chance.  Yet, a lot of people don't preach this very basic truth anymore.  Why?  They're scared of christian terrorists who'll fly into them with accustations.  There is persecution that comes when you preach prosperity, but the Lord told me, 'Jesse, don't you back off that message because it takes money to get the gospel to the world.'  'But Jesus was poor!'  Someone argued.  You are living in a dreamworld if you believe that.  Have you ever been to a casino?  Have you ever seen a gambler say, 'I'm putting all my money on those torn up, old clothes?'  They don't gamble for rags.  Yet, the Bible says that the Roman soldiers gambled for Jesus clothes.  They must have looked pretty good.  He also had a full time staff of 12 and a part time staff of 70."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus rode what I like to call a Continental Donkey.  One of them Caddilac Donkey's that had never been rode. You might want a car that has never been drove.  You ever think about that?"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

The whole point is I'm trying to get you to see-to get you out of this malaise of thinking that Jesus and the disciples were poor and then relating that to you thinking that you, as a child of God, have to follow Jesus. The Bible says that He has left us an example that we should follow His steps. That's the reason why I drive a Rolls Royce.  I'm following Jesus' steps.”       
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Some people say, "Well, Jesus' ministry was poor and He got along just fine."  That's ridiculous.  It would have been impossible for Jesus to be poor! All the way through the Old Testament, God promised material blessings to anyone who would walk perfect and upright before Him.  If God had failed to bless Jesus financially, He would have been breaking His own Word...Jesus had so much money coming in and going out through His ministry that He had to appoint a treasurer.  That's what Judas was.  There was enough money in that treasury for Judas to steal from it without the money being missed."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Traditionally we're all taught that Jesus was poor.  But now just look how stupid it is.  Let me just give you some examples how stupid that would be."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"And I believe that every person has to change.  I remember when I taught that Jesus wasn't poor and I think you guys were probably in the church when I first taught it; 10, 12, 14, 15, years ago and the whole church went, 'Huh, heretic!'  I mean, it was rough, it was really bad.  We sold no tapes."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Anyway, it wasn't that they didn't have money.  The poor people of the day did not register for the Census, so they could be taxed.  They ran away and hid.  So, we know that Joseph and Mary registered in their hometown.  So that tells you that they had money.
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"So Jesus was poor before?  Poor Joseph and Mary, they went on vacation to Egypt for a number of years.  They didn't even build any houses over there.  They had bucks!  Then they came back.  Are you following me?"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Do you know that when Sheba came to Solomon the minimum she would have brought to a king would have been close to a 100 million dollars worth of gold?  So, now here's not three wisemen but a whole herd of wisemen.  I mean, how could it have made if they just brought a little bit to Jesus, why would it have made Herod so mad?  Because they stopped and talked to him first to find out where he was.  But it made Herod so mad he killed all the two year old children.  Because this new king [Jesus], oh, cause they called Him king?  Like, whooptie do!  You could have called anybody king.  It was over the money honey!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"If the mafia can ride around in Lincoln Contintal town cars, why can't the King's Kid's?"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"King's Kid's ought to ride Rolls Royces."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"If you've got one-dollar faith and you ask for a ten-thousand-dollar item, it ain't going to work.  It won't work.  Jesus said, "according to your faith," not according to God's will for you, in His own good time, if it's according to His will, if He can work it into His busy schedule [see him mocking God and mocking the concept of God's will].  He said, "According to your faith, be it unto you."  Now, I may want a Rolls Royce, and don't have but bicycle faith. Guess what I'm going to get?  A bicycle."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"The Bible says that He [Jesus] had a treasurer-a treasury they called it 'the bag,' that they had one man who was the treasurer, named Judas Iscariot; and the rascal was stealing out of the bag for three-and-a-half years and nobody knew that he was stealing.  You know why?  Because there was so much in it, He couldn't tell.  Nobody could tell that anything was missing.  If He had three oranges in the bottom of the bag and he stole two of them, don't tell me He wouldn't know that some was missing.  Beside that, if Jesus didn't have anything, what do you need a treasury for?  A treasury is for surplus.  It's not for that which you're spending.  It's only for surplus-to hold it until you need to spend it.  Therefore, He must have had a whole lot that needed to be held in advance that He wasn't spending.  So He must have had more than He was living on."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"...Religious poverty mentality.  We're serving the King of kings.  We're serving the Lord of lords.  We don't, no we don't need no used stuff.  As a matter of fact, I'm going to show you God wants you to drive a new car [Claps, Cheers].  Can I show you something here?  Are we to follow Jesus?  Let me show you a little something here.  Look at, look at, um, uh, Luke 19:29, 'And it came to pass, when he was come near to Bethphage and Bethany, in a mountain called Olivet, that he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go into the village.  Now who's talking here [Audience answers Jesus]?  Alright?  Go into the village opposite you where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat.'  It ain't no used car.  Ahh, no, no.  You didn't even get that!  Go get me that new, see, why, Jesus was trying to set a precedent here.  Go get me, now if you read the other scriptures there was two of them there.  One was an old one, one was a new one that no one had ever drove before...So why is it that we who are being the example and making a stand, we oughta drive used stuff when the world out there gets to drive the new stuff?  Jesus went and He's making, remember every word in here [Bible] is inspired by God.  And He say's there were two of them over there and bring me the one that nobody has rode yet.  God wants us able to drive new cars!  Somebodies going to drive new cars [Shouts, Cheers].  Ah, ya'll didn't even get that."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus didn't wear rags!  Man Jesus hung out with the guys with all the money.  The tax collectors and all these guys.  You think if He's wearing rags and coming in all hungry and skinny sitting down, 'Man I hope they feed us lunch while we're here' [Laughs].  They gambled over Jesus' robe, not because they thought it was a holy robe.  Because, it was the finest material that there was.  Read the history books, it had no seams in it [Claps].  Come on!  Pastor Scott asked me, 'Are we gonna, we gonna kill that poverty spirit again today?'  I said, 'We're going to kill it, burn it, and then bury it!'  Amen? [Claps, Cheers,]"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Now, why do you want to be like Mike [Jordan]?  How does everybody, and most of you don't play golf, how does everybody know about Tiger Woods?  Because they're rich!  Amen?  Now if Mike was some guy sleeping in a dumpster would u wanna be like Mike?  No!  No!  I wanna be like Mike because when Mike puts on tennis shoes they give him 30 million dollars.  I don't care if I could put a hoop, a ball through a hoop or not!  I want to be like Mike [rich].  What if all your family said, 'I wanna be like Tom,' 'I wanna be like Don,' 'I wanna be like Fran.'  Oh Man!  They're rich! [Cheers]"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Man, I'm going to church with Don.  I'm going to church with Fran.  Why?  Because man, they go down there and they get blessed!  Everything they touch, their houses are paid for!  I'd rather the world wanna be like us, but, if we're walking around in 1972 polyester suits nobody wanna be like us.  Amen?  Come on, you need to receive Jesus!  Why?  Oh man!  He'll make you poor!  He'll make you suffer!  Come on, join!  Oh man, where do I sign up?  Come on!  The Devil, the Devil is so smart and the sheep are so dumb!  Go around and tell everybody that you got to suffer!  Walk around your neighborhood looking like a mule chewing on gravel with a toothache.  How come you're like that?  Because I'm a Christian, I'm a child of God.  Ain't nobody want that!  We telling these kids don't be like these dealers down here.  But the dope dealers are down there driving Mercedes Benz's.  And then we pick up our kids in some bus the world threw away.  Come on!  Come on!  Don't you hate it when I start being practical instead of being religious?  Now think about it!  We tell our kids, 'You need to serve God.  You need, Don't listen to those dope dealers, don't listen to those drug dealers.'  But the drug dealers are down there in some new BMW!  But we're going down to church, going down, paint all faded on the bus.  We bought the bus because the school system threw them away!  Seats are all ripped!  Yeah, join the kingdom of God!  Number 3, My bible says, 'Money answers all things!'  My money buys buses where we can go down and pick up them kids and say, 'Come on!  You need to join the family of God cause our God reigns!'  Not just in the sweet pie in the sky when you die.  But, down on the ground when we're still around."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus didn't believe in second hand.  Can I prove it to you? Could I have you turn to Luke 19 verse 29.  Jesus is going to come in, this is where they are pressing Him.  'And it came to pass, when he was come near to Bethphage and Bethany, in a mountain called Olivet, that he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go into the village opposite you where as you enter you will find a colt tied on which no one has ever sat.'  See, Christians go in say, 'You know what uh, uh, I want one of them cars that somebody bought at the auction because the good car lots won't sell them anymore.  I want that car that's two toned, bondo, and rust.'  If you read the scriptures there were two donkey's there, one was an old mother donkey and the other one was a brand new, shiny, never been drove, full warranty donkey with 18 inch horseshoes on it [Laughs].  Now, you know the bible says that every word in here is inspired by God. And Jesus said, 'Go get me the new one that nobody, I don't want no second hand.'  You know what?  If we are to follow Jesus, we ought not settle for having to drive second hand cars.  Renting houses that nobody else wants.  Driving buses that nobody else can use.  If our God can get the best and we are joint heirs with Christ Jesus.  We can have the best too!  Somebody say, Amen [Claps and cheers].  You know what?  I didn't read this next verse [Luke 19:31] but somebody in here needs this.  And this is by the Holy Ghost.  This isn't even in my notes and if anyone asks you, 'Why are you driving that new car?'  Thus you shall say to them, because my Lord needs me to have it [Claps and Shouts]!  Oh, come on now!  Jesus, didn't, isn't that an amazing scripture?  Said [Jesus] go get me, there is two of them there.  Which one do you want Lord?  You want the old beat up one?  The old rusted one?  After all we're on a budget.  No!  He said, no, no.  Go get me the one that nobody has driven yet.  And if anybody asks you why, tell them, 'Because I'm a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords, that's why.  Come on!  Somebody say, Amen."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus was put in a rich man's trust to insure He had a proper burial place--actually, so that He might be buried with the rich."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus had a house large enough for guests."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus had a team, a large one that He had to support financially from city to city."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Yes, Jesus had a house, a good one for the day in which He lived, and so can you.  Stand on the Word of God that tells where Jesus dwelt and say, 'I will work, I will sow my seed, I will believe, and I will expect a miracle and get my house."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Wearing His [Jesus] seamless robe, enrolled in a rich disciple's trust fund for His burial, and having a treasurer to handle His funds, He went up and down the land living example, proclaiming, 'I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.'"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Jesus wore good clothes, clothes that many people today might call designer clothes, clothes that were costly and unique to His needs."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"It takes money to preach the gospel.  Jesus Himself knew that, and contrary to what some people think, His ministry was not a poor one.  He had so much money coming in and going out through His ministry that He had to appoint a treasurer.  His name was Judas."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Contrary to the teaching of men, the Bible shows that Jesus did have a home...Scripture also teaches that Jesus had nice clothing.  He did not walk about in drab, non-stylish atire...The coat Jesus wore was of such high quality, the soldiers dared not tear it.  If we described it in today's language, we would have to call it a 'Designer Coat.'  The value was so great, they cast lots for it.  Do not allow the old, non-scriptual arguments about Jesus living in poverty confuse you.  He had everything He needed and more."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

Let's look at some scriptures that may shed some light on this issue:

"Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk,"
Acts 3:6.

"And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth,"
Hebrews 11:36-38.

"For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.  We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day,"
1 Corinthians 4:9-13.

"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor (physically), yet making many rich (spiritually); as having nothing (physically), and yet possessing all things (spiritually),
2 Corinthians 6:4-5, 10.

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich,"
2 Corinthians 8:9.

"And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head,"
Matthew 8:19-20.

"They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee?  Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.  And every man went unto his own house.  Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them,"
John 7:52-53, 8:1-2.

"He [Jesus] is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not,"
Isaiah 53:3.

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many,"
Mark 10:45.

"But made himself [Jesus] of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross,"
Philippians 2:7-8.

"For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth?  Is not he that sitteth at meat?  But I am among you as he that serveth,"
Luke 22:27.

"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful,"
Matthew 13:22.

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also...No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.  Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Matthew 6:19-21, 24-24.



Were Mary (The mother of Jesus) And Joseph Rich Or Poor?


Were Mary and Joseph Rich?  One prosperity preacher on television boldly claimed that Mary and Joseph "Had bucks" and "Went on vacation" and that the reason King Herod wanted to kill Jesus was "It was over the money honey!"  

Scripture is very clear on this issue, will you follow man or God?  I pray that you choose to follow God over man.  First let us look at the sacrifice that Mary and Joseph offered at the Temple in the Gospel of Luke:

"And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons...And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth,"
Luke 2:24, 39.

This offers us insight into the financial condition of Mary and Joseph. A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons was a provision given by God for people that could not afford a lamb to offer for a sacrifice.
Let us look at the Old Testament to shed some light on this issue.  In Leviticus 5:7:

"And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the LORD; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering,"
Leviticus 5:7.

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown give this commentary on this passage:

"Unless poverty prevented, and in that case less costly offerings wre permitted: he might bring a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons," page 440.

Now let's look at Leviticus 12:8 and some commentarries on that passage:

"And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean."

"If she be not able...bring two turtles, or two young pigeons--This was the offering made by Mary, the mother of Jesus; and it affords an incontestable proof of the poor and humble condition of the family (Luke 2:22-24.), Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown page 464.

"According to this law, we find that the mother of our blessed Lord, though he was not conceived in sin as others, yet accomplished the days of purification, and then presented her son to the Lord, being a first-born, and brought her own offering, a pair of turtle-doves, Luke 2:22-24.  So poor were Christ's parents that they were not able to bring a lamb for a burnt-offering; and so early was Christ made under the law, to redeem those that were under it," Mattew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible, page 165.

Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about false teachers:
"I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me. Would you have me eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware?  It makes me indignant when I hear another gospel put before the people with enticing words by man who would fair make merchandise of souls; and I marvel at those who have soft words for such deceivers.  "That is your bigotry," says one.  Call it so if you like; but it is the BIGOTRY OF THE LOVING JOHN, who wrote, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed; for he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.

I would to God we all had more of such decision, for the lack of it is depriving our religious life of its backbone and substituting for honest manliness a mass of tremulous jelly of mutual flattery.  HE WHO DOES NOT HATE THE FALSE DOES NOT LOVE THE TRUE; and he to whom it is all the same, whether it be God's word or man's, is himself unrenewed at heart.  Oh, if some of you were like your fathers, you would not have tolerated in this age the wagon loads of trash under which the gospel has been of late buried by ministers of your own choosing. 

The apostle spake by inspiration when he said, "If we or an angel from heaven preach to you any other gospel than that ye have received, let him be accursed."  According to modern effeminacy he ought to have said, "Let him be kindly spoken with in private, but pray make no stir.  No doubt the good brother has his own original modes of thought and we must not question his liberty.  Doubtless he believes the same as we do, only there is some little difference as to terms.

This is treason to Christ and treachery to truth and cruelty to souls.  IF WE LOVE OUR LORD, WE SHALL KEEP HIS WORDS AND STAND FAST IN THE FAITH, coming out from among the false teachers.  Nor is this inconsistent with charity; for the truest love to those who err is not to fraternize with them in their error, but to be faithful to Jesus Christ in all things."


Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about the "wretched indifferentism" of his day:
"We have been likened by one of our opponents to the boy in the fable who cried, "Wolf!"  The parallel only fails in the all-important point that he cried "Wolf!" when there was none, and we are crying "Wolf!" when packs of them are howling so loudly that it would be superfluous for us to shout at all if a wretched indifferentism had not brought a deep slumber upon those who ought to guard the flocks.  The evidence is to our mind so overwhelming that we thought that our statements only gave voice to a matter of common notoriety.  Either we are dreaming, or our brethren are; let the godly judge who it is that is asleep."



"Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  But ye have despised the poor."
James 2:5-6
"Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk,"
Acts 3:6.
John MacArthur: Love of Money, Prosperity Preachers.