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Sermon Review -- Joseph Prince -- A Transference of Wealth in the Last Days

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"So we are talking about when the darkness covers the face of the earth how we can rejoice because we are protected from the destroyer. I preached on that last week. Now we can also see there will be a transference happening based on Proverbs 13:22." -- Joseph Prince

The second key verse is this aforementioned proverb. First of all, we do not wield Proverbs like this. This one speaks to a general principle that all things serve God and His ends. The unrighteous do not hold onto their wealth and as such it will be used by God for His righteous purposes. It may even find its way into your hands if you are righteous and obey the Lord but, in all likelihood, it will not. Either way, what Price is teaching here is laughable if it were not so deceptive. The fact that God allowed the plunder of the Egyptians does not mean that believers today can expect a wealth transfer. That is absurd.

"Ecclesiastes 2:26 tells us that to the sinner -- God also has a ministry. They will work and work and then God says -- you're going to transfer it." -- Joseph Prince

This is the sneakiness of Prince on full display. The biblical purpose here in Ecclesiastes is to show the vanity of work. That we can get so tied up in saving and saving only to never enjoy anything in the present, while worrying about the future. We see this in the Parable of the Rich Fool. Who will enjoy what you have laid up in unrighteousness? God says eventually, it will all serve My purpose. That is not what Prince is teaching here. He is saying that God is going to transfer the wealth from sinners into your bank account! This is not what this text or any others he abuses here are about. This is the definition of scratching itching ears.

"When is it going to happen. You say that it did not happen in my grandfather's generation. I know, but it will happen in our generation! How do we know this? Because of James 5, verse three, here God is speaking to the ungodly." -- Joseph Prince

Let us not lose sight of the overall lesson he is conveying within the smaller verse references he makes. Prince has compared Exodus to these present last days we are living in, claiming that just like God allowed the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians, He will now transfer the wealth of the unrighteous unto the believers today. except he knows that is not biblically supported so he goes on a scripture treasure hunt to try and piece together unrelated verses to fool you into his position. He claimed Proverbs 13 teaches that sinners have a ministry in collecting wealth for you when it says nothing of the sort. He taught that the Ecclesiastes verses, which also speak in generalities of how God will use all things including the wealth of the unrighteous for His purposes, is somehow part of this biblical pattern he has created regarding a false money transfer for you. He has taken two scripture portions regarding general principles and created a false doctrine out of whole cloth that God is going to make you rich on the wealth of the unrighteous. Now he turns to James, the third set of key verses above. These verses make no mention of a wealth transfer of any kind! This is God speaking against those whose gains were made illicitly here on earth and how their wealth now cries out against them and the lifestyles they have led will be judged as well. Prince just wants us to focus in the fact that it says "last days" because he thinks it proves that our generation will be the one that sees this great wealth transfer that he has made up. Once again however, these James verses, while a powerful rebuke about storing up wealth and not using it for the betterment of others, has nothing to do with an imaginary transfer of that rotted and corroded wealth unto those listening to Joseph Prince.

"The default mode for money is always unrighteous. The bible says money is unrighteous because it is used most often in an unrighteous way. But you can sanctify it. I said you can sanctify it. How? With your tithing. If you wonder why your life is so hard financially. Why things are happening you have no explanation for. The devourer is devouring. Perhaps this is the answer. Let me tell you, this is my style. This is not a commandment. It is for those who can receive it. So breathe, no one is asking you for money but I have a moral authority to preach this because I don't draw a salary from this church." -- Joseph Prince

Wow. This is the master snake oil salesman at work. There is so much deceptive and disgusting to unpack here. I will try to go in order. First of all, the bible does not say the default mode of money is unrighteous. That is from the depraved mind of Joseph Prince. What makes him a dangerous teacher is he follows up comments like that with reasonable sounding sound bites. Well, money is used most often in an unrighteous manner so of course the default mode is unrighteous. Sounds so right but it simply made up. When I pay my rent and bills, that is not unrighteous. When I by food and clothes for me and my family that is not unrighteous. Even when I spend money to take a vacation, that is not unrighteous. Even if it were, that does not make the money unrighteous but rather my use of the money. No beloved -- the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil but the money itself is neutral.

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