Date: November 21, 2023 01:24AM
Mormonism and the soft prosperity gospel
The LDS Church doesn't teach that God wants you to be rich. But it does promote a 'Plan of Happiness' that emphasizes your very own personal flourishing.
“Nelson was not promising his listeners professional success just for paying tithing.
This is not to imply a cause-and-effect relationship. Some who never pay tithing attain professional opportunities, while some who pay tithing do not. The promise is that the windows of heaven will be opened to the tithe payer. The nature of the blessings will vary.
In other words, “we’re not saying you will be promoted or get a raise because you give the Church 10% of your income. We’re not exactly not saying that, because God has promised to open the windows of heaven for you, but … your mileage may vary.”
Here, in a nutshell, is the Church’s ongoing struggle with the prosperity gospel. I’ve rarely heard in LDS circles any talks or lessons I would characterize as the “hard” prosperity gospel, but the “soft” variety is all over.”
It’s ironic that the foundational narrative of the Mormon CULT preaches against materialism, yet MORmONs are generally extremely materialistic and affluent.