Roberts Liardon tells us that if you thought Hus’ words to the priests were tough so far, this section is even tougher! You may be wondering what simony is. The term originated from the biblical stories of Simon, who offered money to the apostles for the power of the Holy Spirit, and Gehazi, who took money from Naaman for the cure of leprosy. You can read the accounts in Acts 8:17–24 and 2 Kings 5:20–27.
When Simon wanted to purchase the power of God, Peter told Simon that his money would perish with him because Simon thought he could buy the gifts of God. Peter then told Simon that his heart was not right he was full of greed, envy, and jealousy and he needed to pray for forgiveness.
Roberts Liardon tells us that in Hus’ day, the Church was infected with the practice of simony, mainly through the sale of indulgences, absolutions, etc. We shake our heads in disgust when we think of the evil practices of his day, but even today we need to guard our hearts against this evil and deceptive spirit. Nothing has changed. Remember, there’s nothing new under the sun it only comes in different packages.
I believe in prosperity God’s way. The book of Proverbs is filled with warnings for the righteous saying that if we focus on riches, or desire them more than God, it is an abomination to God. Proverbs 28:20 in the Amplified Version states, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich at any cost shall not go unpunished.” If you have a question in this area, read the book of Proverbs it’s all outlined there, and you’ll see the right way to live in health and prosperity.
The reason for prosperity preaching is not to feather your world. The reason for prosperity is not to pad your comfort level. Prosperity is preached because we must have money for the tools to get the job done on earth. Money finances the tools that bring salvation, deliverance, healing, and discipleship. Money is a tool to get the job done in the areas He has called you to.