Black Baptists Speak against Prosperity Preaching

There are some who think that T.D. Jakes or Eddie Long are the epitome of Black Preaching. However the National Baptists (the largest Black Baptist Convention) spoke against this version of Black preaching at their national convention.

Pastor Freddy Haynes said: “Black communities are suffering, while this prosperity-pimping gospel is emotionally charging people who are watching their communities just literally dissolve,” Dr. William Shaw, president of the convention, called for the opposite of prosperity preaching. Shaw ask for us to help the people move from “worrying about what God will do for them, they are focusing on what they can do for others.”

As is often the case, it is time for the church to preach and present a stronger ecclesiology that would move us from spending all of our time worrying about what we can get from the gospel and more time finding out what the Gospel mandates that we do for others. Let us as preachers not get caught into just telling folks what they can/will/might get…

Sherman Haywood Cox II

Vanderbilt Trained Minister (MDiv), Univ. of Alabama Trained Software Developer (MS), Author, Blogger (, Husband, Son, Brother, Father.

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