The Prosperity Gospel makes big promises of health, wealth, great relationships, and success in all your endeavors. The promises often don’t come true. When they don’t come true, the most common answer to why is you didn’t have enough faith. But the good news is you can exercise your faith…


Word of Faith, a.k.a., Prosperity Gospel, preachers love to talk about tithing. That refers to a traditional practice of giving 10% of your income to your church. If you listen to them, most likely you will hear the same things I heard.

  • “Tithing is the door that opens up the…

I am late with this. My pastor retired at the end of June. My televangelists of the past mocked the idea of pastors retiring. I don’t think any of them really retire from ministry. Their ministry just takes on a different kind of practice, so I don’t begrudge them their…


You say things so well. Couple of questions: That photo with the plane reflected in the puddle is eerily reminiscent of 9-11. Was that deliberate?

Also, a friend recently told me his son has bipolar disorder and how hard it was to watch him suffer. I said, "That's rough. I can't offer any advice, just that I'll pray for y'all." He seemed to appreciate it, but I see I hit on both the good and bad lists. It felt like the right thing to say, because really I don't know what to do about it. How would that have landed with you?

I appreciate what you do here.


There’s a video on YouTube called “The Church and Mental Health.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bcJp6GucI

I am recommending this video, not necessarily the channel. I haven’t watched every video on the channel, so don’t go hunting some video that I never saw, and that I never recommended and say, “Why did you recommend…


This is an argument I hear a lot from Prosperity preachers. When the Bible says that God made man in his own image, that meant Adam was made equal to God but lost it in the Fall. That thinking gives rise to something I call the “little gods” doctrine. This…


How do you know if a religion, sect, or organization is a cult? I posted earlier about the time my sister thought I was in a cult. This was in reference to the Word of Faith (aka, Prosperity Gospel), which I believed in for several years. …


When I started college, one of the first things I did was rededicate my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I had a couple of friends from high school at that college. Hanging out with them led me to a fraternity. I pledged and made it through. One of my…


Why did she think that? I’m not sure. I know it had something to do with the Word of Faith movement. At the time, I had a great uncle who had Alzheimer’s. Everybody was saying there was no cure, which medically was true. If you’re in the Word of Faith…

David Anderson

David Anderson is a multi-passionate author of fiction and nonfiction. His latest book is Dark Nights of the Soul: Reflections on Faith and the Depressed Brain.

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