Jesus and the “Health and Wealth Gospel” — John MacArthur
“We must keep in mind that Jesus’ path to glory was marked by pain before pleasure, sorrow before joy, humiliation before glorification, persecution before exaltation, death before resurrection, earthly hatred before heavenly worship. To remember those truths about our Lord’s earthly life will protect us from the foolish and ungodly promises of the so-called health and wealth gospel, which vitiates His command to take up our crosses as He took up His. If Jesus’ perfect and sinless obedience of His heavenly Father did not bring Him earthly prosperity and well-being, how much less can we expect to receive those things because of our imperfect service of Him? If our Lord Jesus Christ ‘although He was [God’s] Son,….learned obedience from the things which He suffered’ (Heb. 5:8), how much more should we?”
John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 2 Timothy (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1995), pg. 56.