A few years ago, my mum chatted with a couple from my previous AOG church, and when they found out that she is attending New Creation Church, they told her to be careful because NCC is a "prosperity church". I have also heard this similar warning from various people and online over the years, and one thing struck me: the warning usually comes from people who are financially comfortable.
These people are enjoying financial prosperity but love to warn others about the teaching of prosperity in churches such as NCC, saying that such teachings cause us to be worldly. They also love to quote 1 Timothy 6:10 - "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil". They equate the teaching of prosperity with the love of money. The irony is that many of these people do have a lot of money but they don't consider themselves lovers of money. They have a lot of money but they disapprove of the church teaching its people how to have more money the godly way.
The same people naturally disapprove of the preacher being rich; they say that a preacher should be living a simple life. Setting aside the fact that it is almost impossible to set a universal standard for "simple life", these people demand a lifestyle for the preacher which they themselves do not want. Some, like mike20, the commenter in one of my posts, even say that Jesus taught us to sell our possessions and donate the money to the poor. How many of them really believe that? After they have sold and donated all their possessions, they would be joining the ranks of the poor and waiting for handouts from others who have to sell and donate all their possessions. Is this the Good News?
In Luke 4:16-22, it is recorded that Jesus read from the book of Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
After that, He sat down and said "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." What exactly is the "good news to the poor" which Jesus was anointed to preach? That the poor will remain poor on earth but they can expect great riches in heaven? What's so good about that?
Didn't Jesus also say in John 10:10 that He came to give us a more abundant life? Did He mean a more abundant life that does not include financial prosperity?
I have a suggestion for these anti-prosperity hypocrites. Why don't you sell and donate all your possessions and then quit your day-job, and preach full-time your anti-prosperity Good News for free? I may still not agree with your theology but at the very least, you have earned my respect.