Pray and Be Rich!

Pray and Be Rich

I received this e-mail today from Newsmax.com, Pray and Be Rich.

Finally, the “secret” to fortune and success (well, this author gives 7, the perfect number!, Secrets of Success). This legalism should really help the bottom line of many believers and unbelievers alike.

If you follow these secrets (i.e., Laws!!!!!) you can be rich and successful just like Arthur S. DeMoss, the billionaire philanthropist, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, with whom this author worked 18 years.

Well, if it works for the church (i.e., Joel Osteen, Oral and Richard Roberts, Scandal Brewing at Oral Roberts U.) why can’t it work in corporate America?

Here is a little snippet from the ad:

    In Pray and Be Rich, Dr. Richard Gaylord Briley reveals a startling Biblical truth that has great implications for your life:

    One person, committed to a goal, is all God needs to change the world.

    He’s done it many times. And if history turns many more pages, He’ll surely do it again. At the very least, you and God together can change your world.

    The new audio program — Pray and Be Rich — is about one person — YOU — (Yes, this is the one thing this ad gets right because it is not about God! -J.F.) and the success plans that God has for all who believe, pray and act on the message of the Bible.

    To start, to get the most from this sensational audio program and find daring faith to act upon your God-given potential for success, you must already believe that:

    The Bible is more than humanity’s oldest book of living wisdom — though it is at least that.
    Life has meaning and purpose.

    Your life has a special purpose, even if that purpose and a plan to achieve it are not yet clear to you.

Just another reason why it is critical for the Evangelical church to recover the gospel and to reject such false gospels as exemplified in this book!

7 Responses to Pray and Be Rich!

  1. Richard says:

    Amazing when cartoon script writers get it and American evangelicalism of the type you see on TBN don’t. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson: “doh!”

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  3. Stephen says:

    Thank God for this blog. I got the Newsmax email today which advertises Briley’s book. What a temptation such lures are for the Christian who is o.k. financially (whose needs are being met) but would certainly not mind exploring biblically-based avenues for financial prosperity. This blog has very effectively reminded me of who I am as a child and servant of God in Jesus Christ – even the King of kings and Lord of lords. What I have read from other sincere servants of Christ has indeed supported and confirmed my deeper conviction about true success: I do not need to pray in order to secure the riches of this world. I’m already a child of the King. The security I enjoy through faith in Christ and through growth into the spiritual maturity of Christ-likeness is much more powerful than anything any level of financial (worldly) prosperity could possibly provide. In fact, I am firm;y convinced that the more financial wealth a person acquires through selfish means (including using principles they discern or are guided to accept by another teacher from reading the Bible and putting those principles into practice in an effort to improve their own circumstances), the more problems they have spiritually and emotionally through fear of losing the “security” they have attained in dependence on worldly possessions. Jesus did tell us to lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt. I particularly appreciate the blog entry which includes the Gaelic proverb: “There are no pockets in a shroud.” God bless you in the riches which only God provides in Christ for the sponsorship of this blog. Keep the drive of the Gospel (Good News) behind it. The Good News is that those who are in Christ, those who trust and obey God through what is truly given in the Bible – the Gospel of Jesus Christ who gave his all for the love of us, are already far richer than the hucksters of a worldly system for using God’s Word to attain worldly wealth can ever understand or imagine.

  4. Fladabosco says:

    Don’t you love it when people get to pick and choose which part of their religion they have to follow. Jesus NEVER said that a goal of life is to be rich; in fact he said several times that can’t happen.

    Do I even have to point it out? “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

    If you really believe in Jesus then do as he says, give all your possessions away to the poor. If you don’t then SHUT UP about your religion and stop lying about it.

    How utterly hypocritical to use Jesus to get rich. Utterly human, but utterly hypocritical.

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  7. Jim watkins says:

    I knew Gaylord Briley when we were both students at Louisiana College. We spent a lot of time together.

    I was impressed with his intelligence and his sense of humor. A master of word play, his conversation was often embellished with a stream of clever puns.

    He was certainly not a wealthy person back then, driving a weary old Nash Rambler and living in the cheapest apartment available.

    I watched him place my roommate, whom he described as an exceptionally easy subject, into a deep hypnotic trance, regressing him back through several “incarnations”.

    With my permission and agreement, he conducted a hypnotic experiment on me, resulting in a quite remarkable outcome which did not manifest until two decades later.

    I include Gaylord Briley in the list of a small number of individuals I have known whom I regard as uniquely remarkable people.

    I am grateful that I was fortunate enough to know, befriend and associate with him.

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