Cross Examination

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Matthew 10:38, NKJV

In sending out the twelve apostles, Jesus never taught them to take dominion of territories, speak dreams into existence, or claim a fortune as their inheritance. In fact, He specifically told them not to take along any money or pack any clothes. Rather than promising the good life, Jesus warned them about their upcoming persecution. He spoke of betrayal, deception, arrests, rebellion, hatred, escape, and martyrdom. They were to join Him in His suffering.

Christians worthy of the name will see right through the empty and manipulative tactics of the prosperity gospel. The message of the cross is far more concerned with suffering than success, ministry than money, and persecution than pleasure. Jesus never told us to take up our gold-plated thrones. He told us to take up our crosses and follow after Him.