Prosperity Preachers Said What?

June 26, 2011

Do Preachers Preach That Money Grows On Trees?

On the 15/05/2011 I made a comment on Chris Rosebrough’s wall. I’ve edited it so you can read it more easily. Do you believe prosperity preachers believe that money grows on trees?

Chris Rosebrough critiqued a sermon by Paul de Jong. You can listen to Rosebrough critique Paul de Jong’s sermon  here: http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2010/09/christian-thug-life.html

Paul de Jong

Paul de Jong

In the sermon, de Jong’s said the following quote:

“One of the myths of money is that money grows on trees.” – Paul de Jong, Fighting For The Faith: 2:26:04, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2010/09/christian-thug-life.html, 28/09/2011.

Chris Rosebrough did a solid job in critiquing de Jong’s sermon. However Rosebrough overlooked the above statement made by de Jong. It would appear that no one would believe that ‘money grows on trees’. Rosebrough simply responded with:

Chris Rosebrough

Chris Rosebrough

“I mean does anyone seriously believe that?” – Chris Rosebrough, Fighting For The Faith: 2:26:09, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2010/09/christian-thug-life.html, 28/09/2011.

Well Rosebrough, there are those that seem to believe (and preach) that money indeed grows on trees. Those who believe this would be  the prosperity preaching crowd.

Don’t believe me? Let the preachers do the talking.

The following  quotes below are from John Avanzini:


“There will not be just one single seed of money harvested for each seed of money you plant. You will harvest multiplied money seeds for each money seed you sow.” – John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 28, 1989.


John Avanzini

John Avanzini


The Third Law of the Harvest: You Must Plant What You Expect to Harvest…

the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind… Genesis 1:12

Someone wisely said that the biggest fool in town is the one who fools himself. Believe it or not, people do fool themselves. It happens all the time. God warns us of the potential of this folly in the realm of sowing and reaping.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7

It is amazing that God would have to warn His people of such an obvious error! Yet He felt it necessary to tell those who sow not to fool themselves. This is such a simple truth that it seems as if it should not even have to be said.

Everyone knows apple seeds will always bring forth a harvest of apples, and peach seeds will always bring forth a harvest of peaches. Every seed always produces a harvest after its own kind. It has always been that way. It is that way today.” – John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 57, 1989.


“The kind of seed you sow always determines the kind of harvest you will reap. By some ingenious method, you may disguise an apple seed to look like a peach seed. But when it grows to full stature, it will bring forth an apple tree that bears apples, not peaches.

If you put a hundred-dollar bill in an envelope and mail it to your favorite television ministry, the one hundred dollars is the seed, not the envelope that conceals it. God will not be fooled and send you a harvest of envelopes. He will send you a harvest of hundred-dollar bills.” – John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 59, 1989.


“Carefully read our Lord’s words from Luke 6:38 again: Give, and it shall be given unto you… Notice the word it. It represents whatever you have given.

Let me paraphrase. Give apples, and it (apples) will be given unto you. Give peaches, and it (peaches) will be given unto you. Give afghans, and it (afghans) will be given unto you. Give meals, and it (meals) will be given unto you. Now read this very carefully. Give money, and it (money) will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men pour money into your bosom. For with the same measure that you give money, it (money) will be given back to you!– John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 62, 1989.


Brian Houston

Brian Houston

Here are some quotes from Brian Houston, head of Hillsong.

“In terms of finance, the principles of sowing and reaping is seen where people invest their money.” – Brian Houston, You Need More Money, 1999, pg. 62.


“By deciding to live in a certain realm, you live according to its rules. However by sowing to the works of God here on earth, you can reap a hundredfold return (both here and in eternity), because you are operating in a higher realm.” – Brian Houston, You Need More Money, 1999, pg. 64.


Phil Pringle

Phil Pringle

Below are some quotes from Phil Pringle, head of the C3 (Christian City Church) Movement.


Give, and it shall be given to you. -Luke 6:38

In the above Scripture, the “it” given to us is what we give. What we give is what will return to us. This is obvious. Take the example of a seed: When we plant an apple seed, we don’t expect to harvest peaches. If we plant corn seeds, then corn is what we will harvest. It becomes important, then, to understand what we want to harvest. The kind of harvest you want determines the seed you need to sow… If we want a harvest of money, then we need to sow money. Whatever we sow we will reap.” – Phil Pringle, Keys To Financial Excellence, pg 90-91.


“When we are generous in attitude and action, “seed faith” is produced. Once a seed is planted, we have faith it will resurface from the ground as a plant. The very act of giving is the same: Giving releases faith that you will receive in return, just as you planted.” – Phil Pringle, You The Leader, pg 38-39.


“Secondly, WHAT you sow is what you will reap. Jesus said:

“Give and IT will be given to you.”

About eighteen years ago I gave away my only guitar to a person who really wanted one. Ever since then we have been given guitars! At least once a year. So we just keep getting and giving guitars. In 1976 I gave away a suit to someone who really liked it. Ever since that time I haven’t had to purchase one of the many suits I’ve needed over the years. It’s the most astonishing thing I’ve seen. This may not happen exactly like that in every area. But when you give with faith and cheerfulness in your heart you are sowing seed.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 154-155.


“From one seed, we have unleashed a “guitar tree” that keeps on yielding, even through to our children… When we sow low quality seed, we reap a low quality harvest. If you want to reap the best, sow your best.” – Phil Pringle, Keys To financial Excellence, 2003, pg 98.


“Ever since then, I used to get guitars sent to me in the mail. I didn’t know why! They didn’t know why they were sending them. I didn’t know why it was coming. But I PLANTED a guitar seed! And now I’ve got a guitar tree in my life. And that guitar tree keeps on bearing fruit for my kids. I guarantee my grandchildren will have guitars given to them because I just planted it into my heritage.

If you want to plant carrots, you plant carrot seeds, right? If you want guitars, you plant guitar seeds. You want finances- guess what you plant? You don’t gout and go, ‘Oh! I gave the church a lot of time!’. I guarantee you’ll get a lot of time on your hands. What you sow is what you reap. Jesus said it as clear as a bell. And it’s just in the natural world as well. He provides seeds for a sower.” – Phil Pringle, Our Vision: 67:42-68:35, http://www2.myc3church.net/videos/ps-phil-pringle-i-am-vision-builder, C3 Oxford Falls, 12/06/2011.

Be fruitful and multiply!
(Original article was written here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/piratechristian/posts/182882368427698)

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