The adherents of the Prosperity Gospel, and especially their extremely rich leaders, should beware ["Preaching a Gospel of Excess?," February 25-March 3].
Christ was very clear on the subject of wealth and salvation. A man asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" After being assured that the questioner kept the commandments, then Jesus said to him, "Sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven." (Mark 10.21) Then Jesus asks, and answers, a rhetorical question. "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God?" ((Mark 10.21) The answer, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10.25)
Maneck S. Wadia
Del Mar, Calif.
Christian evangelists who promote a self-centered "gospel" of wealth and comfort deceive their followers and themselves. A religion that ignores redemptive suffering—that is, the mystery of the Cross—may be many things, but Christianity is not among them.