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I love Matt Chandler. In a weird way, I sort of consider him a pastor to me. I’ve followed his preaching ministry for over a year now, and I recently had the privilege of listening to him at a conference. While he was there, he told us of an interview that he was given and of a question that has haunted him since. The question was this: “If Matt Chandler now at thirty-eight years old could go back in time and talk to Matt Chandler at twelve, what would you tell him?”

After sharing a little of his painful background, he told us that knowing what he knows, he just wants to grab that little boy by the face and tell him “Rescue’s coming. Rescue’s coming.”

I thought about that this morning as David’s words rang out in Psalm twenty-seven: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

I could write a little more, but I think instead I’ll just link in Chandler’s sermon from that day. It’s a life changer.

There is a strain of theology making its way throughout America and other well-to-do areas around the globe that has been nicknamed the “Health, Wealth, and Prosperity Gospel,” or simple “prosperity gospel” for short. It’s an attractive theological camp to hang out it. It really is. Its foundational belief is that God’s desire for us is that we experience our best life now (sound familiar?) which would naturally include being healthy, being blessed financially, and generally prosperous in everything you do. If you use your faith like you should, God will bless you and every day will be a Friday. Ok, ok. Forgive the Osteen cracks, but his smiling face has made him the poster boy for this kind of thinking.

There’s one fundamental flaw with this sort of theology. It simply isn’t in the Bible. Or at least, I’m unable to find it. Neither is David, apparently. Psalm twenty opens with this: “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!” David’s underlying premise to this Psalm is that God’s people will experience days of trouble. Does God bless us? Absolutely. Do I view life as being generally better for me as a Christ-follower then it was when I was lost? Certainly. But that’s not to say that bad times won’t come. That’s not to say that hardships will cease.

The difference is in how we handle them. David says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” I urge you embrace the gospel…but make sure it’s the Biblical gospel.

RUSH Camp 2011 Video

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Must-see Videos