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Articles > Charismatic Theology > P.G. Vargis and the Indian Prosperity Gospel

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(2) Prosperity and material blessings are an integral part of salvation. Vargis places prosperity within a soteriological vain in his theological framework.  Vargis rejects the Western platonic dichotomy between body and soul, a rejection which is Pentecostal in its approach.  Salvation is for the whole person.  In Real Peace, Vargis quotes a series of verses describing the nature of salvation.[21] He then writes,

Dear brothers I quoted these verses to show you that body, spirit and life are involved in God’s salvation. Deliverance from poverty, sickness, curse, lack of peace, black magic all are includes [sic] in God’s salvation. It is for a deliverance from all these things that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary.  He was bled to death to provide salvation for all human beings.[22]

“Deliverance from poverty” with the complimenting material blessings is included in the salvation of Christ. What God has accomplished in his plan of salvation is available to his children by divine right.  Vargis notes,

Do you need a job or a raise in salary or a better living conditions or the grace to love others, or a special blessing or even a miracle? …There are many portions in the Scriptures which proclaim God has provided them all.  As God’s child you have the right to possess them too.[23]

Vargis roots prosperity in the atoning work of Christ, thus arguing that not only are sins covered, but the results of sin, namely poverty, are overruled by the kingdom of God.

 

(3) Poverty is evil. It is easy for Indian Christians to adopt a Hindu worldview as related to poverty.  Hinduism with its strong determinism pervades over Indian culture.  That which comes into a Hindu’s life is an unavoidable result of karma – forces outside of one’s control. Karma is replaced with the sovereignty of God and soon Indian Christians accept their experience of poverty as God’s will and proclaim in to be a blessing. Vargis passionately opposes all such notions.  Poverty is evil and demonic in nature.  He writes, 

Do you know why I am bold to preach healing, deliverance, prosperity, salvation, blessings and peace? Because I believe in 1 John 3:8 “For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Sin is of the devil. Suffering is of the devil. Sickness is of the devil. Poverty is of the devil.[24]

If ever a message needed to be preached in India, it is this, “poverty is of the devil.” Those in the West can easily claim poverty as a “divine blessing,” but poverty in its Indian expression bares no resemblance to anything “divine” or “blessing.” Poverty, starvation and homelessness that plagues low caste Hindus is nothing more than satanic.

 

(4) Prosperity is received by an active faith and not by a passive acceptance of all experiences being the will of God. Vargis explains,

We (Indian Christians) somehow believe, endless suffering is the lot of the believers. But I believe in what God said. As you believe, so will it happen, exactly so.  It is God who said. It has already happened [sic] it is happening and it will happen.  If you believe in poverty, suffering and sickness, you will receive them.  And if you believe in the promises of God you will receive them, one by one. “According to your faith, be it unto you”.[25]

It is this point more than any other that unites Vargis with his Western word of faith counterparts although there is no significant influence.  Vargis unearths the active nature of biblical faith in relation to receiving the promises of God. This again challenges the passive Indian worldview that is too often misses the aggressive faith demonstrated by Christ and the apostles.  When Vargis is asked why some fail to receive prosperity, he roots the failure not in the ability of God, but in some failure to receive - normally, related to faith.  Vargis consistently teaches that faith conceived in the heart should be meditated upon and confessed to become efficacious.[26]

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sony abraham
Friday 19th of August 2005

i full agree with bro p g vargis and have had personal experiences of god blessing his people when they put their trust in him to bless them

sherin
Wednesday 07th of September 2005

I AM TRYING TO FIND PG VARGIS WEBSITE. WHEN I WAS IN INDIA I ALWAYS WRITE TO THEM. I GAD PERSONEL EXPERIENCES FORM BRO VARGIS.I 100% AGREE WITH HIM


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