The prosperity gospel espouses that Jesus wants all His followers to be wealthy. But that’s just the beginning. In order to get wealth, one must “sow” wealth into a ministry to get exponential wealth—and health—back. “Does God want everyone to be rich? I heard someone on TV claim that this is what the Bible teaches, but I wonder if it’s true. We struggle every month just to pay our bills, and yet my husband and I have always tried to put God first,” one reader asked Billy Graham. The evangelist didn’t even hesitate in his answer.

He says: No, the Bible doesn’t promise that everyone who follows Jesus will become wealthy (nor does it promise that we’ll always be free of sickness). Nor is money to be the most important thing in our lives, even if God does entrust it to us. The Bible says, “If riches increase, do not set your heart on them” (Ps. 62:10, MEV). READ MORE