One of the things that I truly dislike (to not use a stronger word) is the whole prosperity theology thing. As if God is somehow here to give me wealth, health and happiness and help me to achieve my dreams. People who preach this kind of nonsense use verses like I quoted above, especially 3 John 1:2 which, they claim, proves that God wants us to be successful and prosper.
Actually, I do believe that.
What I take exception to is their, obviously, unbiblical definitions of success and prosperity. They claim that John just meant normal financial success in life and that we shouldn’t try to spiritualize it. Well, actually, I agree with that as well. Yes, John is talking about normal financial success (with all of the practical results that entails). No doubt. The question is WHY?