Sunday, September 10, 2006

Time Magazine at it again: "Prosperity Gospel" coverage in Sep 2006 issue

In a rather cheeky way, the title for the Sep 9th issue of TIME magazine is eye-catching. On the one hand, I sense that the media is fast running out of ideas to report on. Iraq, Sep 11, terrorism and various other topics have been done before. So they decided to refocus on the evangelical scene in America.

A 'Holy controversy' is a tongue in check phrase. Will a holy entity be enshrouded in controversy? Holiness itself is being set-apart, be separate. It is very clear. How can something holy ever be controversial when holiness is absolutely clear-cut. Holiness is purity. Holiness is a single thought and life in God. Like Soren Kiekeggard's memorable words: "Purity of heart is to will one thing.

Perhaps the interpretation of it is controversial. Holiness is not. Only those who wants it all to be holy and yet remain in sin. Isn't it true that Jesus reminds us that it is more difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, than for a camel to go through the eye of the needle?
Let the press stir up the controversy. It makes more money through controversies. For us the Church, be not distracted. Focus on the task God has set before us.


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