The whole message of the NT is to draw your heart to Heaven, not earth.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
They choose their words so that each term always refers to some kind of comfort on earth.
- I am not under the circumstances, I am above the circumstances
- Make a difference
- Children of the king
- Abundant life
- Generational curses
All of these terms and more were used on Friday night. When you hear terms like this, ask yourself, “What is he trying to do to my heart? Where does he want my heart to be?”
This is the greatest problem with the false teachers, but also the easiest way to discover them. Even if you can’t put it into words, you know immediately if they want you to put your heart in Heaven or on earth.
Identifying Prosperity Preachers
Mark #1: They Do Not Stay Long in a Single Verse
Mark #2: They Are Intentionally Vague
Mark #3: They Consistently Disobey Explicit Scriptural Teaching About Tongues
Mark #4: They Prostitute the Old Testament
Mark #5: They Assume Their Listeners Are All Born Again
Mark #6: They Ignore the Great Themes of Scripture
Mark #7: They Have an Aversion to Humility
Mark #8: They Draw the Affections to Earth