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      The Gospel of Prosperity:

      Hip-hop soul legend Mary J. Blige has always let it be known that
      God was an important part of her life and upbringing. From vignettes
      on her album to her oft-present cross, the born-again Christian
      insists that God wants her to have nice things. In a
      recent 'Blender' magazine article, the sometimes downtrodden diva
      stated:

      "My God is a God who wants me to have things. He wants me to bling.
      He wants me to be the hottest thing on the block. I don't know what
      kind of God the rest of y'all are serving, but the God I serve
      says, 'Mary, you need to be the hottest thing this year, and I'm
      gonna make sure you're doing that.'"

      Could Mary J. be a proponent of what many term ''The Gospel of
      Prosperity?"

      Though not an organized religion, the prosperity gospel is an
      increasingly-popular view commonly found in televangelical
      preachings and in Pentecostal churches; it claims God wants
      Christians to be successful in every way, especially in their
      finances. Given face by African-American television minsters such as
      Creflo Dollar and Rev. Frederick K.C. Price (real names), prosperity
      proponents state that the true Christian has only to ask for
      material wealth and it will be granted.

      Yet, if a Christian is not enjoying these benefits, then it's
      because they either have not asked for them or because they have
      some blockage in their lives which is preventing God from blessing
      them. Furthermore, some critics of these individual preachers and
      the movement itself say the only ones becoming prosperous are the
      ministers themselves.

      "It's materialism, it's the marketplace, it's also about the black
      middle class trying to alleviate its conscience about dealing with
      those who are less fortunate," says minister, author and professor
      for Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Eric
      Dyson. "Why didn't we have the Gospel of Prosperity during King's
      day? All of a sudden, we can track it. The expansion of the black
      middle class has also created the necessity for a theology that will
      justify our status."

      Creflo A. Dollar, 41, who is not obligated to disclose his finances
      because his church is tax-exempt, appears to be financially fit. His
      World Changers megachurch, founded in Atlanta in 1986, now has over
      25,000 members with an annual operating budget of over $80 million.
      Dollar, who has a multi-million dollar mansion in Atlanta and two
      Rolls Royces, flies on his private jet every Saturday to New York
      City, where in October 2004, he started a congregation.

      He owns a $2.5 million Manhattan apartment in the exclusive Time
      Warner Center, and collects over $345,000 a month for the New York
      church, which he says stays there to build it. Before making the
      physical move to New York, the city was Dollar's largest television
      market.

      Packed to the rafters with people of all ages and races, Rev.
      Dollar's World Changers New York fills Madison Square Garden's
      Theater each week. Dollar's affable manner, clever witticisms ("I'ma
      preach a wig off your head tonight!") and clear rules for living
      based on the Bible make for good television and an even larger
      congregation.

      To be broke means you lack," shouts Dollar from the stage, filled
      with a modern choir and five-piece band, including violinist.
      Overhead hangs a huge "World Changers" banner with people of all
      colors looking fulfilled. There is also a translator for the hearing
      impared.

      Dollar always qualifies prosperity as not just material things, but
      also love, relationships and health. "I'll never be broke another
      day in my life," he commands the audience to say. "Turn to two
      people and say it."

      Two offerings are taken before the reverend began his main sermon,
      the audience reflecting an almost game-show like atmosphere, as
      Dollar asked those who experienced "increase this week" to bring up
      their offerings. Hundreds of blue envelopes flood the air as people
      wave them madly. "If you have experienced increase this week, and
      would like to make a first offering, we rejoice."

      Richard "Ricke" Williams, 24, a film producer from Patterson, New
      Jersey has been attending World Changers New York services since
      September, 2005. "I joined that day," says Williams. "It's been
      great. I've grown a lot as an individual; I'm a different person."

      "Prosperity is key, but not necessarily financial prosperity,"
      continues Williams. "[Rev. Dollar] gets in trouble with the media
      about this, but he wants us to prosper in our soul, health, family;
      mentally and spiritually. You can have a million dollars but your
      family is in disarray. You can have money and not be prosperous.
      Finances is just one part of it."
      Ahoofe ntua ka, suban pa na hia- physical beauty does not count much, it is good character that counts.
      See a black man dead, from a white man's powder
      See a white man scared, from a black man's power~Timbaland

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      That religion says that you should have prosperity in one way and thats materialism and to to that you need to be the be a Christian.
      Everything and every existence is spiritual since it all comes from one source.
      I wouldnt confuse spirituality that is against African people being African with spirituality of divine love and the obeyness of its laws.

      I guess you could have different understandings of what I wrote. Im not condoning the religion. Why would you think that?
      Having material prosperity is against Africans in this day and age.
      If today was a age where there werent constant images of what we should be by the thinking of someone else against what we are from the beginning of birth then materialism might not be so bad if it doesnt get out of hand.

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      man that is so wrong.. the only ones making any money are them preachers and what not...i dont know about their higher power but mine wants me to be free and not be enslaved to no money or material items.....

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      Quote Originally Posted by GoodRain
      That religion says that you should have prosperity in one way and thats materialism and to to that you need to be the be a Christian.
      Everything and every existence is spiritual since it all comes from one source.
      I wouldnt confuse spirituality that is against African people being African with spirituality of divine love and the obeyness of its laws.
      I guess you could have different understandings of what I wrote. Im not condoning the religion. Why would you think that?
      Having material prosperity is against Africans in this day and age.
      If today was an age where there werent constant images of what we should be by the thinking of someone else against what we are from the beginning of birth then materialism might not be so bad if it doesnt get ouot of hand.

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