Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore criticized prosperity gospel preachers who literally sit upon thrones of gold and say Christianity is the best way to live, even if Christ was not real. “That’s easy to say from a golden throne on television,” Moore said in a recent podcast. “That is not easy to say in first-century Ephesus when identifying yourself with a crucified and resurrected Messiah means that you are going to lose your standing in the marketplace.

That is not easy to say in an unregistered house church in China right now. That is not easy to say in Sudan. And in fact, that is never what Christianity has proposed itself to be.” Indeed, Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33 that the world would bring them troubles. Christianity was never meant to be normal, Moore says. CONTINUE