Jim West has posted up an interesting video clip of John Piper speaking out against the prosperity gospel. I’m no fan of the prosperity gospel. I’m not a fan of the name it, claim it brigade. But the final quote from Piper in this clip, is just plain wrong.
God is most glorified in you, when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss.
God is not glorified in us because of our circumstances. He is not glorified in us whether we have little or much. He is not glorified in us whether we suffer much or little. The only circumstances of life where we glorify God is when we say Lord, I need you. Lord, I need your forgiveness. Lord, I need your help. Lord, I thank you for all you have done. God is most glorified in us, whenever we give God the glory within all of our circumstances of life. It doesn’t matter whether those circumstances are experiences of plenty or little, whether they be times of ease or hardship. And whether they be times of good or poor health. For we know it is God who works through, over, and within all things for those who love him. And therefore, no matter what circumstances of life we face, if we are walking humbly with our God, he is always glorified in us.