Does The Bible Teach A Transfer Of Wealth From The Wicked To The Righteous?

One of the key verses used in support of this doctrine comes from Proverbs 13:22 which says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” From this verse with a few other unrelated verses tossed in proponents argue that God is going to give the church this wealth in the last days. What can we say in response?

First consider the similarity between what this verse says and how Jesus approaches the concept of giving. Jesus says, “lay up treasure for yourselves in heaven.” When we give we are storing up riches in heaven. But we won’t have access to those riches until we actually get to heaven. The wicked on the other hand are not setting aside for eternity and that is the contrast we should draw. In Luke 12 Jesus shares a parable that conveys this same idea. Those who are laying up treasure in heaven will benefit in the end. Those who are not will see all they have done pass out of their hands.

“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-22

The teaching rises from a fundamental flaw that argues that ALL Christians should be rich. In my Beware the Wolves book I examine the claims of a book entitled “The Millionaire from Nazareth.” Its central assertion? Jesus was wealthy, we should be too. The book is flawed from front to back.

Like the MFN wealth transfer teaching fails to consider several factors. First, wealth is a subjective measurement. Bill Gates is wealthy to me, but to a Haitian who makes about $90 per year, I am Bill Gates.

Second, since the standard of wealth is so subjective and varying, what standard should we use when speaking of God making us prosperous?

Third, the teaching fails to recognize that only in America and other developed countries can the wealth we enjoy even be contemplated. The average daily wage on planet earth is $2. Daily—not hourly.

Finally and most serious, is the absolute mishandling of Scripture to support the position. Transfer advocate Larry Huch, uses a passage of Scripture from James 5 to validate the claim that ALL Christians should be (not could be which I agree with wholeheartedly), should be rich. Yet James 2:5 says that God chose the poor to be rich in faith (not wealth). Jesus rebukes the Laodicean church which had come to such a place of financial strength that they lost the sense of their need for God.  Revelation 3

Finally Larry Huch himself says that this so-called transfer of wealth happens when the Lord returns not before. In speaking of the James 5 passage Huch says:

“Now it is extremely important that you understand what God is saying here, because this is the key to the end-time transfer of wealth. ‘The cries of the reapers [workers/laborers] have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.’ I think many times people mistakenly read this ‘The Lord of the Sabbath’ But the word is Sabaoth which means ‘leader of a great army or mass.’ In the very last days when the Lord comes for His glorious bride, who will be without spot or blemish, there will be no poverty or sickness. We will cry out to the Master Avenger, and He will take the wealth from the wicked, those who have kept it back wages by fraud, and put it into the hands of the righteous.” (10 Curses that Block the Blessing, p.98, emphasis mine)

I hope that you can see the contradiction. The whole purpose of Huch’s book is breaking curses including the one preventing financial abundance. Yet in trying to bring this liberty he says it doesn’t happen until Jesus comes, when by the way we will no longer need it. Huh?

I will conclude with one striking question. If the prosperity teachers believe God is going to take the wealth of the wicked and give it to the righteous why do they keep asking the righteous for money????

8 thoughts on “Does The Bible Teach A Transfer Of Wealth From The Wicked To The Righteous?

  1. The wealth of the wicked will come down not to our pockets but in form of help as God chooses to distribute it out.

  2. Christs teaching to seek first Gods kingdom and His righteousness, leaves money where it belongs. The Lord said our Father knows the things we have need of. As our every idle word will be judged one day, so also what we have done with what we have been given. The word says those who have pursued wealth have pierced themselves through with many sorrows . Be content as our brother Paul ,that in all situations his satisfaction and sufficiency was in his relationship with Christ. Way to go William

  3. God has said it that he will transfer the wealth of the wicked to the righteous , that his word, all the believers needed to do is to trust him for the manifestation of this promise at the fullness of God;s time, we should concentrate on doing his will always, and that settle it .

  4. I love it. It made me understand things that are not clear to my mind. I thought it was literal interpretation but in form of something that gives glory to God. Wealth transfer to the rigtheous, I mean properties of the wicked or actual assets they acquired will go to the christian unfortunately is not about it. Thanks & Glory to God.

  5. Because I am in Christ, all things are mine. I have no reason to envy the world and its riches. They in the end will have nothing, and we in Christ Jesus will have everything, not necessarily material as in property, finance etc, but the blessings of Christ alone.

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