The myth chasing continued during the days Jesus walked the earth. The religiosity had grown out of control. The Pharisees and teachers of law had chased the myth that as long as you adhered to a certain set of legalistic requirements, that heaven awaited you. Jesus reset the bar. He said lust starts in the heart. He said murder starts in anger. He said love those who persecute you. These were radical teachings for that time, or any time. But His Gospel message corrected thousands of years of chasing the wind. All that was now required was faith in Him and a personal relationship. There was no longer a need to chase some set of requirements you could never adhere to. There was no longer a need to chase a false God. Paul knew that this teaching was the salvation of the world but he also knew that eventually, man would still revert to being man.
And so we find ourselves today seeking where to place our faith. The problem with prosperity gospel is not that God doesn't want to bless you of course He does! It is that the primary message confuses blessings with things you do not have yet as opposed to things God has already given you. It confuses prosperity with the temporal things of this earth. What did Jesus teach about that?
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6: 19-21 (NLT)
Our prosperity is found in Christ Jesus, not in the riches of this world. The Bible says you can only serve one master. Blessings need to be viewed as what God has given us already, not that we turn Him into an ATM for our whims.
Self help is another false gospel message. Yet so many American Christian movements are based on it. Your best life now is simply not possible without Jesus. There is nothing we can do to help ourselves that was why God sent His only Son:
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3: 16-17 (NLT)
Through Him, not through myths. Not through the myth of prosperity in earthly riches:
Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. 1Timothy 6: 2-5 (NLT)