The Laws of Prosperity by Ken Copeland Book Review

Ever wondered what Martin Luther, the Reformer known for his fiery tongue and unapologetic critique, would say about today's so-called 'Christian' literature? Well, buckle up, because we're about to find out in the most hilarious way possible!


Martin Luther Bot

11/18/20239 min read

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Ever wondered what Martin Luther, the Reformer known for his fiery tongue and unapologetic critique, would say about today's so-called 'Christian' literature? Well, buckle up, because we're about to find out in the most hilarious way possible!

I've cooked up something special: a digital reincarnation of Luther himself, programmed to devour and dissect the most heretical books of our time. Think of it as a 16th-century theological titan armed with 21st-century AI smarts, unleashed on modern writings that make the Diet of Worms look like a Sunday School picnic.

So, get ready for a riotous ride filled with scathing wit, brutal honesty, and maybe even a little enlightenment along the way. It's going to be heretical authors' worst nightmare and your new favorite read. Let's dive into the world of modern heresies with a digital Luther who's not here to make friends - he's here to reform... again!

This Week’s Book “The Laws of Prosperity” By Kenneth Copeland. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The Laws of Prosperity by Ken Copeland Book Review

by Martin Luther Bot

The Foundation of Prosperity According to Scripture

It is astonishing, indeed, bewildering, to witness the audacity of Ken Copeland in his interpretation of the Holy Scriptures! The book boldly proclaims prosperity as a multi-dimensional blessing, encompassing not just the purse but also the spirit, mind, and body. Yet, I must call into question this luxurious and comfort-seeking interpretation.

The Scriptures, the true Word of God, do indeed speak of prosperity, but let us not be beguiled by a distorted lens that sees only gold and silver in divine promises. Copeland's interpretation appears to sidestep the harsher, more demanding aspects of Christ's teachings. Where is the mention of the Beatitudes? "Blessed are the poor in spirit," declared our Lord, not "blessed are the wealthy in purse!"

The Lord Christ did not walk this earth adorned in finery, nor did He promise earthly wealth as a sign of His favor. In truth, He warned against the very obsession with wealth that seems to be glorified in this text. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." These words from Mark 10:25 seem to have escaped Copeland's attention or, worse yet, have been willfully ignored.

Moreover, the concept that prosperity is an all-encompassing blessing including health and wisdom is a subtle twisting of divine truth. Health and wisdom are indeed blessings, but to claim that they are guaranteed by some spiritual formula is to verge on the brink of heresy. Does this not insinuate that the poor, the ill, and the simple-minded are cursed by God? What blasphemy!

As a servant of the Word, I implore the reader to approach such interpretations with extreme caution. The true wealth of a Christian lies not in worldly riches but in the richness of faith, the treasure of grace, and the bountiful mercy of God Almighty. Let us not be led astray by teachings that tickle the ear and comfort the flesh, but rather cling steadfastly to the rugged cross, where the truest and most profound prosperity was granted to us all.

In summary, Copeland's interpretation of Scripture in relation to prosperity is not only misguided but dangerously so. It leads the faithful away from the humble and sacrificial path laid out by Christ and into a perilous obsession with worldly wealth, a path fraught with spiritual peril and moral decay.

Prosperity as a Spiritual Law

In this second part of the critique, let us address the audacious claim made by Ken Copeland that prosperity operates under spiritual laws, akin to natural laws. By the beard of St. Peter, this is a notion so outlandish, so steeped in human folly, it would make the angels weep!

Copeland dares to compare faith to physical forces, suggesting that just as mankind harnesses the laws of physics, so too can we manipulate spiritual laws for prosperity. This is not only a gross misunderstanding of divine providence but a dangerous flirtation with the sin of pride. To equate the mysteries of faith with the predictable laws of nature is to reduce the Almighty to a mere cosmic vending machine, dispensing blessings at the push of human faith.

In the Scriptures, faith is depicted as trust in God’s grace, a humble submission to His will, not as a tool for personal gain or a lever to control divine power. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God," proclaims Ephesians 2:8-9. Where in this is there room for the manipulation of spiritual laws for worldly gain?

Furthermore, this idea of spiritual laws governing prosperity flies in the face of the lives of many faithful servants of God. Were the apostles, martyred for their faith, lacking in their understanding of these so-called spiritual laws? Was Job, who suffered immense loss and affliction, simply ignorant of how to properly harness his faith for prosperity? Absurd! Their lives testify to the truth that faith is often found in hardship and loss, not in the accumulation of wealth and comfort.

And let us not forget Christ Himself, who had "nowhere to lay His head." If prosperity were indeed a spiritual law, would not the Son of God have been the wealthiest among us? Yet He chose a path of poverty and humility, setting for us an example of true spiritual wealth that shuns the transient glitter of worldly riches.

To suggest that faith is a formula to be applied for material gain is to tread on dangerous ground, leading the faithful away from the true essence of Christian living. It smacks of a new kind of indulgence, selling the promise of prosperity for the price of faith. This is not the Gospel; this is a perversion of it, a cunning deception that must be boldly opposed and denounced.

In conclusion, the idea of prosperity as a spiritual law is nothing short of a theological folly, a misguided and potentially harmful misrepresentation of the nature of faith and the providence of God. It is a teaching that should be met not with acceptance but with righteous indignation and staunch opposition.

The Flawed Link Between Faith and Material Prosperity

Now, let us turn our attention to the most egregious of Copeland's claims: the notion that faith is a mere tool to be wielded for the attainment of material wealth. This concept is not only unbiblical but reeks of the very materialism and greed that the Scriptures vehemently oppose.

To assert that the strength of one's faith is directly proportional to one's material prosperity is to trample upon the true essence of faith. Faith, as the Scripture teaches, is a reliance upon God’s grace, a humble submission to His divine will, not a lever to amass worldly wealth. "For we walk by faith, not by sight," (2 Corinthians 5:7) – a reminder that our faith is not in the tangible riches of this world, but in the unseen, eternal treasures of the Kingdom of God.

This dangerous teaching risks leading the faithful astray, fostering a false idolatry of wealth where one's spiritual health is measured by their financial status. What then of the poor, the destitute, those who suffer despite their unwavering faith? Are they to be deemed lacking in faith? Are their prayers less heard by God? By no means! It is a grave heresy to suggest that God's favor is so cheaply bought and sold.

Moreover, this philosophy utterly disregards the countless biblical figures who suffered poverty and hardship. Consider the prophet Elijah, who, despite his mighty faith, faced hunger and persecution. Or the apostle Paul, who wrote of his numerous sufferings for the sake of the Gospel. Were these servants of God lacking in faith? To suggest so would be ludicrous!

In truth, this 'prosperity gospel' is a twisted version of the Gospel of Christ. It preaches a self-centered religion, one that seeks personal gain rather than the glorification of God and service to others. It is a message that caters to the flesh, not the spirit, and stands in stark opposition to the teachings of Christ, who commanded us to "store up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (Matthew 6:20), not on earth.

Thus, I must vehemently oppose and denounce this link between faith and material prosperity as a dangerous and deceitful doctrine. It is a doctrine that distorts the true nature of faith and risks leading many astray into the perilous pursuit of worldly riches, away from the narrow path that leads to eternal life. Let us reject this false gospel and cling instead to the true message of Christ, which calls us to a life of faith, humility, and service, regardless of our material circumstances.

Comparison with Historical Christian Views on Wealth and Poverty

Now, let us compare Copeland's opulent teachings with the austere and humble views of historical Christianity on wealth and poverty. This comparison, like bringing daylight to a den of nocturnal creatures, will reveal the stark contrast between truth and distortion.

Historically, Christianity has viewed wealth with suspicion and poverty with a kind of holy reverence. Christ Himself, the very embodiment of our faith, chose poverty over wealth, servitude over dominion. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20). These words from our Savior stand in stark opposition to the teachings of Copeland, who preaches a gospel of material prosperity as if it were a divine right.

Let us also recall the early Church Fathers, who spoke vehemently against the accumulation of wealth and advocated for a life of simplicity and charity. They understood that wealth often leads to spiritual decay, a truth echoed by none other than the Apostle Paul: "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). Where does this leave Copeland's prosperity gospel, which plants not the seeds of humility and charity, but of greed and self-indulgence?

As for me, Martin Luther, I fought against the very notion that God's favor could be bought or sold. The church of my time was corrupted by the sale of indulgences, a practice not unlike the modern 'prosperity gospel,' which suggests that wealth is a sign of divine favor. This is a grotesque misrepresentation of the Gospel, a perversion of Christian doctrine that must be met with the same fervor and opposition as the heresies of old.

Copeland’s teachings diverge so radically from these historical views that it stands not as a branch of the same tree, but as a weed trying to choke the life from the true vine of Christian teaching. It promotes a self-centered, materialistic Christianity, far removed from the sacrificial, service-oriented faith preached by Christ and His apostles.

In conclusion, when compared with the historical Christian views on wealth and poverty, Copeland's teachings appear not as a beacon of light, but as a will-o'-the-wisp, leading the faithful away from the true path of Christian humility and simplicity. It is a teaching that must be boldly challenged and refuted, for it threatens to undermine the very foundations of our faith, replacing the call to take up our cross with the temptation to accumulate earthly treasures.

Conclusion – Evaluating the 'Prosperity Gospel'

In this final part of our critique, let us conclude with a thunderous denunciation of this so-called 'prosperity gospel' as espoused by Ken Copeland. This doctrine, which masquerades as Christian teaching, is nothing short of a diabolical perversion of the Gospel of Christ, a wolf in sheep's clothing that preys upon the faithful.

This prosperity gospel is a treacherous and seductive lie, a false promise that ensnares the soul with the lure of worldly riches. It twists the Scriptures, distorts the teachings of Christ, and leads the faithful down a path that is antithetical to the true Christian life. The Gospel of Christ calls us to self-denial, to take up our cross and follow Him, not to a life of material indulgence and the accumulation of wealth.

True Christian prosperity is not measured in gold or silver, but in spiritual riches – in faith, hope, and love. It lies in the joy of knowing Christ, in the peace that surpasses all understanding, and in the hope of eternal life. This is the true treasure that we are to seek, a treasure that moth and rust cannot destroy, and thieves cannot break in and steal.

The teachings of Copeland are akin to the sale of indulgences that I, Martin Luther, vehemently opposed. They are a modern manifestation of the same greed and corruption that I fought against with all my might. This prosperity gospel corrupts the soul, leading it away from the true faith and towards a dangerous idolatry of wealth and material success.

In stark contrast, the true Gospel of Christ calls us to a life of service, sacrifice, and love. It teaches us to care for the poor, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. These teachings stand in direct opposition to the self-serving, materialistic gospel preached by Copeland.

Therefore, let us reject this false gospel with all our might. Let us hold fast to the true teachings of Christ, which lead to eternal life and true spiritual prosperity. Let us be content with what we have, and seek first the kingdom of God, trusting that all our needs will be met according to His riches in glory.

In summary, the 'prosperity gospel' as presented by Ken Copeland is a dangerous and deceptive doctrine that must be boldly opposed and rejected. It is not the Gospel of Christ but a distortion of it, leading the faithful away from the path of righteousness and towards the perilous pursuit of worldly riches and temporal pleasures. Let us remain steadfast in the true faith, grounded in the Word of God, and resist the seductive allure of this false teaching.