A few years, ago we made our readers aware that Phil Pringle held to the damnable $Health and Wealth$ gospel. In his book ‘Dead for Nothing’, Pringle distorted the gospel of salvation by making the following claim:
“Jesus became poor regarding the wealth of this world on the cross, that those who receive Him may become rich with the wealth of this world.”
You can read an expose of Phil Pringle’s false gospel here:
This is a false gospel that will send people to hell, as outlined in Galatians 1:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10
This is in stark contrast to the gospel that was proclaimed in 1 Corinthians 15, (“that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures…”).
We cannot stress enough the danger people put themselves in, when men like Phil Pringle get away with peddling such a false gospel. Even though he wrote this damnable heresy nearly fifteen years ago, Pringle continues to give this heresy his stamp of approval by republishing this material as recently as September 2015 on his own WordPress blog here.
Phil Pringle writes,
2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Paul is here referring to the fact that Jesus Christ died without one possession to his name, without one stitch of clothing on His body without any money at all so that he could take poverty to the cross and secure its defeat for those who embrace the Saviour.
This Scripture is couched right in the middle of two Chapters written to the Corinthians dealing almost exclusively with the subject of money. Many commentators have great difficulty admitting that this passage is actually dealing with money. In fact I don’t think I’ve yet found one who agrees that Paul is speaking specifically regarding finances. The most common comment is that it is a reference to spiritual riches. The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is a wonderful resource and study bible, but at this point he too in the margin describes what Paul is referring to as ‘spiritual riches’; Jamieson, Fausset and Brown comes the closest saying, ‘…in the heavenly glory which constitutes His riches, and all other things, so far as is really good for us’, Matthew Henry interprets it as, ‘rich in the love of God, rich in the blessings of the new covenant, rich in the hopes of eternal life’. The Word Biblical Commentary, claiming a team of respected International scholars who were ‘a showcase of the best in evangelical critical scholarship for a new generation’, states regarding this verse; ‘Here, surely wealth and poverty are ciphers, not for material prosperity and penury but for spiritual exchange as the Incarnate Christ became what we are, so we could become what He is’. For that to be consistent, the scripture would have to read, ‘Christ…became (spiritually) poor, that you might become (spiritually) rich’. This then becomes an absurd, almost blasphemous proposition. To say or even intimate that Jesus Christ was a spiritually poor person is ludicrous. Here is a person who raised the dead, healed the sick, displayed complete prowess over demons and the devil, revealed truths regarding God, man and the entire purpose of God that have withstood every kind of test and scrutiny. This person was not a spiritually poor person. Rather it was because of His spiritual wealth that he was able to go to the cross and bear away the curses that afflict mankind. Even if we limit His poverty to the time He was on the cross, claiming it was our poverty that He took, are we to conclude that the ‘hope’ he entered into was a spiritually poor position!? To maintain any kind of hope, and faith through His ordeal demonstrates an extraordinary spiritual richness. In our effort to read more into the statement than is actually there we make fools of ourselves and prevent God fulfilling His great promises in our lives. Jesus became poor regarding the wealth of this world on the cross, that those who receive Him may become rich with the wealth of this world.
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Source: Phil Pringle, Riches, PhilPringle, PHIL PRINGLE | BIBLE STUDY, https://philpringle.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/riches/, Published 02/09/2015. (Accessed 13/08/2016.)