Reviews by Gary Howell

Fundamentals of Prosperity

by Roger W. Babson

This book started out great and was very inspiring at first. The premise of the book is that prosperity doesn't come from wealth, education, or an abundance of natural resources, but rather it comes from the human spirit; to which I agree. He went on to say that prosperity comes from God and that we should seek God first; to which I also agree.

Toward the end of the book however, he departs from sound logic by devoting an entire chapter to his idea that all churches in America should be reorganized so that they have rotating preachers each of which preaches only on his area of expertise and that the message being taught should be one of prosperity. This book, written in 1920, may have been the beginnings of the prosperity gospel so prevalent today.

Babson seems to suggest, in the second half of the book, that the purpose of the church is in teaching people how to become prosperous, rather than in teaching people to have a relationship with Christ.

The prosperity gospel is, of course, false because it cannot be applied to everyone equally. A boy in India who lives in a grass hut and has to walk five miles each day just to collect drinking water from a polluted river will not, by applying biblical principals to his life, find himself moving into a three bedroom condo with running water. Mr. Babson seems to overlook this simple fact.

Reviewed on 2011.12.31

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