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The Prosperity Gospel (PG) is given a bad name because the name promotes greed. I agree because it tells people to ‘want’, to ‘have’, to ‘receive’ because that seems to be the focus on the PG.

There are many who believe it is wrong to be blessed, to be prosperous, to live in abundance. That belief is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. This comes from a misunderstanding of 1 Tim 6:10. Those who have the wrong belief seem to skip over “the love of”. Money itself is not evil, but the love of money is. So money is not evil.

Jesus had money for his ministry. He had a treasurer (Jh 12:6). Jesus didn’t have to worry about the money. He in fact, had enough that Judas (the treasurer) was able to help himself to some without anyone noticing. If there was any form of lack, Judas would be caught out very quickly.

However, after all that is said and done, the Bible does tell us that God blesses us if we are faithful with what he gave (Mal 3:7-11). And God blesses us when we are faithful to Him, and open our wallets to what He has called us to do. Read Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 22:9, Isaiah 32:8, 2 Corinthians 9 (pay special attention to verse 7). And these are just a small handful of God promising His faithfulness to us.

So you may be now wondering what my stance is – do I agree with the PG or I don’t? It doesn’t matter. What matters is what the Bible teaches. And the Bible teaches us to be generous, to give cheerfully. And that is what is missing in the PG. PG teaches us to give so that we can receive. I suggest we need to focus on the most important thing. to give, and to give generously because that reflects our Father’s heart. And receiving will come naturally because “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion” (2 Cor 9:11).

Let’s bring this back to writing now. As writers, we have stories to tell. We love telling the story of the “hero” or “protagonist”, and their adventures. But there is also the story of the antagonist. What does the antagonist want? What is their motivation? How does that play out in the story?

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear the stories of antagonists. Hot Fuzz’s antagonists had a great story and rounded off the story well. When we just focus on the antagonist, the story feels unbalanced, like so many 80’s and 90’s action films when I was growing up.

So when we write, remember the PG. It actually doesn’t have much to do with prosperity as all. It has to do with having a generous spirit. Tell the full story.

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