The Prosperity Gospel of Conservative Evangelicals

Isn’t the whole point of obeying in youth group and marrying a good guy you met at Bible college that you want to save yourself from the heartache of life? That’s what I was taught.

I had a conversation about this very thing with one such friend. She told me we often confuse wisdom with gospel promises. Making wise choices that are obedient to Scriptural guidelines is exactly what we should do. Thank God for youth groups and Bible colleges that teach Scriptural wisdom. But our downfall in evangelical circles is that we feel we have to attach an expectation of good earthly outcome to these instructions if we want anyone to obey them.