Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel is Not the Gospel that Jesus Preached in John chapter 6 – By Rev George Ong (Dated 15 July 2022)
(This article was also sent to Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) office, and for the attention of the Executive Committee Members.)
Don’t miss this article & John Piper’s 3 short sermon excerpts – the last one is at the end of this article.
What you are about to read is what many Bible-believing bishops, pastors and teachers, have never seen it before.
In a weekly Sunday sermon aired on YouTube on 10 July 2022, last Sunday, 5 days ago, Joseph Prince said the following;
Please click here to view excerpts in the 1-minute video of Joseph Prince on John 6 and this also includes an extra 2 minutes of John Piper’s 2 sermon excerpts, mostly commenting on the same passage:
What Joseph Prince said:
“(John 6:1-13) And we see in the miracle in the loaves and fishes after he fed them. And in the Gospel of John’s account of this miracle, it says He gave them ‘as much as they wanted’ (Jn 6:11). He did not give according to as much as He thinks they need. He gave them ‘as much as they wanted’. Underline that phrase, ‘as much as they wanted’ (Jn 6:11) from the Gospel of John. John’s account of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Jesus kept on giving and giving ‘as much as they wanted’ (Jn 6:11).
And all the accounts in the Bible, and this miracle is found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you will find that at the end of it, there is 12 baskets full, not just a quarter filled, 12 baskets full leftovers. After they had what they wanted, the phrase says, ‘They were all filled’. ‘They were all filled’.
‘So Pastor Prince are you preaching the prosperity message?’ You know when people say that kind of thing, they are trying to intimidate you to stop preaching about God’s supply.”
What John Piper said:
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, you are seeking me not because you saw signs but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” (Jn 6:26) That’s pretty devastating. You are seeking me not because you saw signs.” That is, you didn’t see through the signs to what they were signs of. But you just ate your fill and thought, ‘Jesus is very useful.’ This is dangerous and so relevant. They hadn’t changed. They had all the same appetites they had when they came to Jesus (Jn 6:1-13). But now (the next day in Jn 6:26), they can see a better way to get them satisfied. So He (Jesus) has become wonderfully useful. You can do songs to that. You can build your life around that – It’s called the Prosperity Gospel.”
“Prosperity Gospel is no gospel because what it does is offer to people what they want as natural people. You don’t have to be born again to want to be wealthy. And therefore, you don’t have to be converted to be saved by the Prosperity Gospel… So I’m on a crusade to crucify the Prosperity Gospel. I hate the Prosperity Gospel.”
On the surface, Joseph Prince may seem to be preaching the same gospel message as that of Jesus in John chapter 6 in the feeding of the 5,000.
But if one were to dig deeper, as you would discover in this article, Prince is totally out of sync with Jesus regarding His purpose and intent of the miracle.
Throughout the entire passage of John chapter 6, verses 1-71, Jesus’ focus was on the spiritual and eternal, not the physical and material.
Even the material blessings of food and the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes in John 6:1-13 was to give people a sign that Jesus was the spiritual and eternal bread from heaven (Jn 6:26-27), but the crowd, including Joseph Prince missed it, because of their self-centred preoccupation with material blessings in the food.
The miracle is not to demonstrate that Jesus could feed the crowd with “as much as they wanted” (Jn 6:11), in and of itself, but in experiencing such a great miracle of the physical bread, they would be led to the real and spiritual bread of life – the Lord Jesus Himself, who has come to preach the true gospel (Jn 6:26-27).
Did you notice that Joseph Prince keeps repeating the phrase in John 6:11 “as much as they wanted” (Jn 6:11) – 4 times within a short span of a few sentences? This shows he is pretty fixated on this phrase.
Why did Joseph Prince repeat this phrase 4 times that Jesus fed them with “as much as they wanted” (Jn 6:11)?
The reason is he thinks he has got his Prosperity Gospel definitely right this time and had caught his critics on the wrong footing – that his critics would have no answer to this so-called strongest evidence about his Prosperity Gospel teaching.
But Joseph Prince shouldn’t celebrate and rejoice too early as the truth, as I shall unfold to you in the ensuing discussion, would indicate that the opposite is the case.
First, using just one test case in John 6:1-13, particularly John 6:11 (“as much as they wanted”), to prove a principle, especially when there are other counter passages to the same principle is foolish on Joseph Prince’s part.
Matthew 6:33 NCV (Matt 6:19-34), in which Jesus provides for our needs and not our wants or desires (“as much as they wanted”) would contradict such an assertion:
33 “Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
The Apostle Paul also teaches in Philippians 4:19 NIV that when God supplies, He does it not to fulfil every of our wants or desires (“as much as they wanted”), but He promises to supply every of our needs:
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus,
Both Jesus and Paul would debunk Joseph Prince’s claim that when God provides, He always or normally does it to fulfil all our desires or all our wants or to overflowing as He did to the crowd in John 6 when He gave them “as much as they wanted”.
Next, the fundamental question to ask is – what is the main purpose of Jesus feeding the 5,000 in John 6:1-13?
(The figure of 5,000 refers to men only. If we include ladies and children, the figure could be increased to about 10,000.)
Is it to vindicate the Prosperity Gospel Doctrine of Joseph Prince – that Jesus always or usually provide as He had done and gave the multitudes in John 6:11 with “as much as they wanted” and not give as much as they need?
No, that was never the agenda of Jesus.
The main purpose of Jesus in feeding the 5,000 with “as much as they wanted”, is something that goes beyond the physical needs and the hunger of the people – that of filling everybody’s stomach to the brim, but it is something that is profoundly spiritual.
Fulfilling a physical need when He fed the 5,000 is only Jesus’ secondary and incidental purpose, but His primary and core purpose is to reveal Himself through the miracle as the Messiah – as the bread of life, the living and true bread, the true gospel who has come to save the world, not from physical hunger, but from their sins so that they could live eternally (Jn 6:35,48-51):
John 6:35,48-51 NIV
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
But Joseph Prince has hampered what Jesus was trying to achieve. This is because he has made the secondary focus about physical feeding (“as much as they wanted”) to become the primary focus.
In his sermon on 10 July 2022 on YouTube, Joseph Prince didn’t even mention the primary reason of the miracle in John’s Gospel – that Jesus through the feeding of the 5,000 was revealing Himself as the true Bread of Life – the Hope of the world – the true gospel that saves.
Jesus came into the world not so much to feed people with physical bread but to reveal Himself as the true spiritual bread – the bread of life.
Yes, Jesus did give the crowd in John 6:1-13 physical bread, but if that is not properly understood and explained, people will misunderstand that this is the main reason why He came – to just feed them with physical bread – to just meet their physical needs – to just satisfy their physical hunger.
The multiplication of the loaves and the feeding of the 5,000 is not just about physical feeding, but more importantly, it is functioning as a sign to show that Christ is the living bread – the bread of life that has come to give life eternal.
Every Bible teacher worth his salt, ought to know that the Gospel of John was written or structured in that way. John uses signs in the form of miracles to point to the Messiahship of Jesus so that they may believe in Christ and have eternal life:
John 20:30-31 NIV
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
And the episode in John 6:1-13 in the feeding of the 5,000 is one of the 7 signs (Jn 2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-15; 6:1-15; 6:16-21; 9:1-7; 11:1-45) in the gospel of John that the Apostle John uses to point to the fact that Jesus is the very Messiah Israel has been waiting for.
What is the role of a sign?
It is not to get you to focus on it in and of itself, but to focus on what it’s pointing to.
But sadly, this is what Joseph Prince has done – he focuses only on the sign of how Jesus could feed people with “as much as they wanted” so as to justify his Prosperity Gospel.
That’s why many people who are influenced by Prince’s Prosperity Gospel behaved the same way as he does and the same way as the people who were fed by Jesus in John 6:15.
Even at an early stage in John 6:15, immediately, after the crowd had experienced free bread that filled their stomachs to the brim, they had behaved untrustworthily and unbecomingly in their efforts to make Jesus king by force.
But Jesus knew what was in their hearts and He had to expose their wrong and impure motives of making Him king in John 6:15:
15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
These people wanted to make Jesus king for their own selfish reasons. They didn’t value Jesus as a person and as someone who is the spiritual bread, who came to give them the true gospel, but as someone who could fulfil their selfish and materialistic agenda of providing free food.
They must be saying:
“Wouldn’t Jesus be a useful king! Let’s make Him our king and by force, if necessary! Because if we let Him go, the opportunity to milk Him with free food will also go down the drain. As our king, we are sure to get a continuous and an abundant supply of free food every day. We don’t have to spend a single cent on food anymore. He will keep our stomachs full. With our money saved on food, we could spend on having nicer and more expensive clothings and footwear, and perhaps even go for holidays abroad.”
Do you think Jesus would be pleased with such kind of people who followed Him for all the wrong reasons – especially materialistic reasons?
We are, indeed, fortunate to have John’s Gospel, which highlights many crucial facts about who the crowd really are that the other 3 synoptic gospels in Matthew, Mark and Luke don’t.
This is so that we can get the full picture of how Jesus really sees them.
Joseph Prince would love for us to think that Jesus sees them as people in need, who are worthy for Him to feed with “as much as they wanted”.
But in John’s account of the bread miracle, Jesus also revealed their impure and selfish motives when they wanted to make Him king by force (Jn 6:15).
Joseph Prince only tells you the smaller part of the truth about how these people were the privileged ones who had tasted the miraculous supply of food when Jesus fed them with “as much as they wanted”.
But Prince keeps you from the more important bigger half of the truth about the kind of people they really are – their selfishness, and carnal focus on the material (food) which Jesus later exposes and rebukes.
The crowd was right that Jesus was the Prophet (Jn 6:14), but their motives to make Him king by force were driven by impure and selfish motives (Jn 6:15).
The real motive for making Jesus king by force was that they had experienced the miracle bread in the feeding of the 5,000. They were so excited that Jesus could now take away their hunger, that they became blinded as to why Jesus really came – to take away their sins that could damn them for eternity.
They were only concerned about physical food when what Jesus really came to give them was spiritual food – Himself as the Bread of Life.
That is why Christ’s message to them was that they must not be fixated on the material food in the bread that spoils and perishes and does not lead to eternal life. But they are to focus only on the spiritual food or true bread or living bread in Him that does in John 6:27:
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Christ, so to speak, had not come to save them from starvation of food but from damnation from their sins and hell.
And John 6:15 says the crowd tried to restrain Jesus by force and make him king because they have finally found a man who can do anything for them, especially giving them free and unending supply of food.
That is what the crowd has done ever since. Anyone who displays the power to give free food will be followed. People with empty bellies will follow a man who can fill them.
So because Jesus knew that their motives to make Him king by force were impure, He deliberately slipped away from them and went to Capernaum but the crowd tracked him down there.
The next day, the same crowd that Jesus had fed with “as much as they wanted” came looking for Him:
John 6:24-27 NIV
24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Was Jesus pleased that the crowds were looking for Him?
Joseph Prince would think Jesus would be the most pleased, as that would be another chance for Jesus to perform another miracle to feed the crowd again with free food overflowing with, “as much as they wanted”.
Unfortunately, Jesus responded the opposite way that Prince would have expected. In fact, Jesus was visibly upset. He was annoyed.
Why should He, as after all, Christ had just fed them with “as much as they wanted” only the day before.
It is precisely because these same people were seeking after Him for a second round of free food, to be fed with “as much as they wanted” – the eat-all-you-can buffet dinner until your stomachs are filled to the brim and bursting at its seams.
They were seeking the material bread, the health and wealth and the prosperity that they think Jesus has come to give them.
Instead of seeking after the person of Christ who provides the spiritual bread of life, they were fixing their eyes on His providence – the material bread that they had “as much as they wanted”.
So Jesus had to say frankly to them along this line,
“The reason for you to come to me again is that you’re only interested in a free breakfast.”
When the crowd asked the first question when did Jesus get here in John 6:25 the next day, Christ knew that that wasn’t their real question.
That wasn’t your actual question (Jn 6:25). Your real question is: when is breakfast (Jn 6:26)?
John 6:25-26 AMPC
25 And when they found Him on the other side of the lake, they said to Him, Rabbi! When did You come here?
26 Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the miracles and signs but because you were fed with the loaves and were filled and satisfied.
Jesus knows and deals with the inner thoughts and motives of men, not just the outward or spoken words.
The crowd was elated when they experienced first-hand a free and never-ending supply of free food in the evening the previous day.
Their next carnal thought was that if Jesus could give them free dinner, perhaps, they could also get a free breakfast the next day from Jesus. That’s why they tracked down Jesus the next morning.
Though they didn’t tell him their heart’s desires, Jesus knew what was in their hearts in John 6:26 MSG:
26 Jesus answered, “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs – and for free.
So Jesus had to rebuke them in John 6:26-27 NIV:
26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you…
And so Jesus rebuked them and said in John 6:27:
“Why are you so worried about physical food that spoils quickly for the body and getting your free breakfast, when what you ought to be more concerned about is the spiritual food that I’ve come to give you that endures and leads to eternal life.”
His message in John 6:26 was that they have come to seek Him again not because they saw the sign that the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 was pointing to – to His Messiahship – the true and spiritual bread of life, but to get free food again:
26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
In what Christ had expected them to see, they completely missed it. If not, they wouldn’t have come to seek Jesus for food again to be fed with “as much as they wanted”.
And in seeking after food, they have in Christ’s words, focused on the wrong thing – the physical food that spoils in John 6:27. But what Christ had expected them to focus on was Him – the spiritual food (the true gospel) that endures to eternal life in the same verse.
Hence Christ’s words of rebuke to them in John 6:27a:
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you…
While Joseph Prince would commend the people for coming back to Jesus for another round of free food so that they can be fed by Jesus again with “as much as they wanted” Jesus reproves them.
(How can Joseph Prince be preaching the same Jesus of the Bible. He is preaching his feel-good Jesus, the counterfeit Jesus.)
The same crowd that Jesus fed in John 6:1-13 with “as much as they wanted” in John 6:11, is the same crowd that Christ was upset with and reproached when they came for another round of free bread in John 6:26.
Joseph Prince’s agenda in his Prosperity Gospel is that Jesus always loves to provide for more than our needs, that He would give “as much as they wanted” as exemplified in John 6:1-13 (Jn 6:11).
It may be Joseph Prince’s primary agenda in John 6:1-13, but this wasn’t Jesus’ primary agenda at all.
If that were Jesus’ primary agenda, when the people came for a second feeding, Jesus would be more than pleased to perform another miracle again and do them another favour by feeding them with “as much as they wanted”.
But He didn’t. In fact, not only was He not pleased, He was visibly upset.
This is because they were seeking after the sign or miracle in the physical feeding rather than what that sign was pointing to – Himself as the spiritual bread.
Jesus’ agenda was that through feeding them with “as much as they wanted”, they would realise that that is a sign that He, the eternal bread, the personification of the true gospel, has arrived. But the crowd, including Joseph Prince, missed it.
Did you realise by now that Christ’s key agenda was not in the physical feeding – feeding them with “as much as they wanted” that Joseph Prince wants to deceive us of.
However, Christ was ultimately driven by the spiritual – that they would come to understand the true gospel and eat of the spiritual bread that He has come to feed them with (Jn 6:51):
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
But tragically, they were more concerned with eating the physical bread rather than eating the spiritual and living bread – Christ Himself.
What is worse is that the crowd erred more in their carnality when they had to cheek to demand Jesus for more proof:
The demand is this:
“All right, if you want us to believe you (Jn 6:29), you’ve got to let us see more miracles that you can perform (Jn 6:30-31)?
John 6:29-31 NIV
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
Now astoundingly, it was only the previous day that they had witnessed Jesus performing the miracle of feeding the 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes!
How is it that they in their carnal human nature, having witnessed such a miracle could ask for more signs or more miracles as proof so that they could believe that Jesus was indeed sent by God!
They showed their hardened hearts and stubborn unbelief in Jesus when they asked Jesus for more signs or miracles even though they had experienced the big one just the day before.
Furthermore, they compared what Jesus did and what Moses did. They argued that Moses gave their ancestors bread from heaven. It was something straight from heaven! But Jesus only gave them food – the loaves and fishes from the earth:
John 6:31 NIV
31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
Because of that, they implied that though Jesus had performed the miracle of loaves and fishes, it wasn’t as great as what Moses did.
What they were looking for or demanding is another sign or miracle. But Jesus wouldn’t budge a single inch.
Christ argued that the bread that Moses gave wasn’t the true bread. Jesus then declared Himself as the true bread sent by God from heaven in John 6:32-40, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life:
John 6:32 NIV
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Oh, how exciting it was for Joseph Prince to paint the picture of a Jesus who performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000 with just 5 loaves and 2 fishes and who fed the crowd with “as much as they wanted”.
Yes, it indeed has an exciting beginning in the first part of John 6, in John 6:1-13, that Joseph tries to paint, but it has a sad ending in the later part of John 6 in John 6:14-77, that Joseph Prince has ‘hidden’ from you.
Jesus started with more than 5,000 but He ended up with the same 11 of His disciples.
That was because of the hard truth that Jesus told them. It was one of Jesus’ most unpopular sermons, a sermon that lost Him his entire congregation.
It was a sermon that Jesus would end up with just 11 out of about more than 5,000 people.
Jesus is so different a preacher from Joseph Prince. Prince specialises in preaching feel-good sermons to draw the crowds but Jesus preaches hard sermons that drive everybody away.
Jesus knew he had given a tough and uncompromising sermon to the crowd. He would be criticised for lacking in public relations. He could have been more diplomatic in dealing with difficult people. He knew none of them would be back next Sunday.
Perhaps, Christ should learn from Joseph Prince – preaching feel-good sermons that please their carnality and keep them happy, and that will certainly bring them back Sunday after Sunday.
But preachers do not preach to give people the kind of feel-good sermons that they want to hear. We are not here to play to the gallery. We are here to offer people the true spiritual bread of life, which is infinitely more important than the giving of physical bread.
Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew He could do more with 11 men who are totally sold out to Him than with the more than 5,000 people, who wanted to use him for their purposes.
The difference is this: these more than 5,000 people who ate the loaves wanted Jesus because they thought they could use Him for their own materialistic purposes – to give them even more free bread. That’s why they wanted to make Him king by force.
It is the same with many so-called converts of Joseph Prince. This is because Prince’s false Prosperity Gospel makes an attractive offer to them:
“Come to Christ and believe Him because as New Covenant believers, you will become very wealthy as Abraham (with lots of silver and gold) was as it is your covenantal right.”
“As believers of Christ, the COVID-19 will never infect you as “no virus can come near you”.
“When you partake of the Holy Communion, amongst the many wonderful, benefits, it will certainly make you look young.”
But those 11 men who stuck with Jesus weren’t using Jesus for their own selfish purposes. They weren’t following Jesus because they would be prosperous and be blessed with the 100-fold blessing of lands (houses) and riches that Joseph Prince promises in Mark 10:29-30.
The 11 were more concerned about how Jesus could use them for His own purposes.
And Jesus would rather have a small number of people who says to Him that they can’t go anywhere else – that Jesus has got the words of eternal life – that Jesus is the Holy One of God (Jn 6:68-69):
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Compare the responses of the 11 disciples and the crowd.
While the focus of the 11 was that Jesus was the spiritual food who has come to give eternal life, the focus of the crowd was simply to use Jesus to fulfil their materialistic agenda – to get free supply of food and be fed with “as much as they wanted”.
And Jesus did the right thing to drive away the crowd. It was because the 11 faithful disciples stuck with Jesus, when the vast majority had bailed out – that the Church of Jesus Christ really began.
Did you realise that all or the vast majority of the crowd who craved to be blessed with material blessings of bread and prosperity in the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6:1-13, and fed with an unending supply of bread with “as much as they wanted”, did not end up with salvation in John 6:14-77?
In the same way, the many who are supposedly saved under Joseph Prince, who sought after prosperity in his gospel, aren’t saved too. This is because the Prosperity Gospel of Joseph Prince is a false gospel that doesn’t save.
Joseph Prince tells you the half-truth that the multitudes were blessed with the prosperity of an overabundant supply of physical food, but he hides from you that they were ultimately damned spiritually.
Prince highlights one half of the truth that they were materially blessed but keeps from you the other half of the truth that they were spiritually damned.
The same people filled with materialistic desires who were blessed with prosperity and craved to be fed with “as much as they wanted”, are probably the same people who would be damned for eternity.
Joseph Prince said,
“And all accounts in the Bible, and this miracle is found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you will find that at the end of it, there is 12 baskets full, not just a quarter filled, 12 baskets full leftovers. After they had what they wanted, the phrase says, ‘They were all filled’. ‘They were all filled’.”
Joseph Prince said, “They were all filled”.
But what were they filled with?
Yes, Joseph Prince did tell you the half-truth that “they were all filled” with food.
But he didn’t tell you the other more crucial half of the truth that “they were all filled” not with Jesus, nor with the true gospel that Jesus came to preach Himself in John chapter 6.
They may be filled physically with food, but spiritually, they were operating on empty. They weren’t filled with the true spiritual food, Jesus, who has come to preach the true gospel.
Because they had eaten “as much as they wanted”, and because they didn’t see the spiritual point of Jesus giving them “as much as they wanted”, they wanted some more of the same free food from Jesus the next day.
Because they were driven by materialistic wants and desires, they missed the true gospel that Jesus came to preach.
Joseph Prince said,
“‘So Pastor Prince are you preaching the prosperity message?’ You know when people say that kind of thing, they are trying to intimidate you to stop preaching about God’s supply.”
As I have proven, this passage in John 6:1-13 and the feeding of the 5,000, is primarily not talking about God’s supply but fundamentally about Christ showing Himself as the personification of the true gospel – as the spiritual bread that gives life eternal.
But even if this passage is talking primarily about God’s supply, which preacher of the true gospel would preach against God’s supply?
It is so obvious that Joseph Prince has resorted to the Straw man argument again to hit his critics (he has done that countless times).
Yes, we preached against Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel but that does not mean we are preaching against God’s supply?
Now you realise how deceptive and evil Joseph Prince is?
He ‘cleverly’ and deliberately mixes the two unrelated things: His Prosperity Gospel which is false and God’s supply, which is biblical – and equating them together.
So the uninitiated would be deceived by the argument that once you preach against Prince’s Prosperity Gospel, you are preaching against God’s supply as they are one and the same thing.
No, they aren’t.
One is true and should be preached that God can supply for our needs (not our wants or desires, even though he can and has done so).
But the other is plainly false – His Prosperity Gospel that we can be as rich as Abraham was; we all can receive the 100-fold blessing of lands (houses) and riches; and that when we partake of the Holy Communion, we could be as young as ever.
Joseph Prince said,
“‘So Pastor Prince are you preaching the prosperity message?’ You know when people say that kind of thing, they are trying to intimidate you to stop preaching about God’s supply.”
John Piper is a fierce critic of the Prosperity Gospel, and rightly so.
Joseph Prince is falsely accusing his critics, such as John Piper, a fierce voice against the Prosperity Gospel, for intimidating his audience and for preaching against God’s supply.
Why would John Piper need to intimidate?
All he needs to do is teach and sensible people would see the falsity of Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel teaching.
Who do you trust – John Piper, well-respected Bible scholar and teacher or Joseph Prince – the charlatan?
Both have the same initials ‘JP’ but what a difference in their teachings – one, biblically sound – that of John Piper, and the other, patently false – that of Joseph Prince.
Finally, don’t miss another of John Piper’s short teachings (6 minutes) against the Prosperity Gospel of Joseph Prince by clicking below:
Why is the Prosperity Gospel so Abominable? – By John Piper
Rev George Ong