I surprised my congregation one Sunday when
I announced that prosperity has nothing to do
with money. I was surprised that they were
surprised! I shouldn’t have been. For decades,
the underlying message in prosperity teachings
has been about accumulation. The Secret, the
Law of Attraction, and even the prosperity
gospel of evangelical Christianity all told us
that accumulating money, possessions, and
experiences was how to judge a successful
understanding of the teachings. They told us
that having a bank account with lots of zeros,
living in a mansion, and jet-setting around the
world was what God wanted for us. They also
implied tithing was a necessity: “Give money to
our church (specifically 10 percent or it won’t
work) and all your problems will be solved.” It
was all about demonstrating.
It is—but not an outward demonstration of
materiality. Prosperity is about demonstrating
an inner transformation. It’s about living
from an abundance consciousness, the only
state of mind and being that brings peace and
fulfillment. True inner peace can never be
determined by our possessions—especially
money. Yet we cling to the fallacy that peace
of mind will come when we no longer have
to worry about money. Do you know what
worry really is? It’s the misuse of our power
of imagination. How often have we imagined
the worst that could happen if we didn’t
have money? Selling everything we owned?
Not being able to buy food? Homelessness?
Worrying about not having money made us
believe money was the source of our good.
To drive home that point, while recently
teaching the “Absolute Abundance: Pathway
to Permanent Prosperity” class created by Rev.
Ken Daigle, I tore up a hundred-dollar bill and
set it on fire. (I don’t recommend trying this
yourself—technically, destroying currency is
illegal.) The responses varied: Some gasped,
some screamed, and some closed their eyes,
unable to bear the sight. I was even more
fascinated by my own reaction. I knew for
weeks I was going to do this yet my palms were
suddenly sweaty and my hands were trembling
as I held the lighter to the bill. I still felt a twinge
of panic as the paper currency curled to black
ash. Our psychological programming around
money runs deep, and our attachment might be
stronger than we know. Despite all our spiritual
work, we might still unconsciously believe that
money, not God, is our source.
People say it’s a sin to be poor. I say the real
abomination is equating the divine abundance
that is the essence of what we are to what
we own. True abundance consciousness is
a deep knowing that we are always in the
flow. No matter what problems come our
way, we have faith that the solution is close
behind—sometimes so close that it arrives
simultaneously. In fact, we stop seeing life as
an interplay of problems and solutions and
instead embrace it as a steady stream of God
moments. We no longer live from a have/
have-not paradigm. Instead, we realize our
true needs can never be satisfied externally.
The only source is God.
A quick word about tithing: So much
emphasis is on the tithe having to be 10
percent. Tithing is ultimately an exercise in
faith. So the question I ask myself is: What
percentage will make me get out of my comfort
zone and into the faith zone? Ten percent no
longer does that for me, so I need to do more.
I also don’t want to be in a constant state of
anxiety and worry! Find the edge of your
comfort zone and take one step further. Perhaps
for you it’s seven percent, or 12 percent, or 10
percent, or even 25 percent. Do we really think
a limitless God cares about numbers?
Living in faith from a place of joyful gratitude
allows us to deepen our certainty in God. Only
when we fully embody the Truth that God is the
only source will we experience the peace that
surpasses all understanding.
…WHEN DIVINE SUPPLY IS THE REAL ATTRACTION
Rev. Ogun Holder
is an ordained
Unity minister as
well as a speaker,
parent, social media
geek. He cohosts
the Pub Theology
Live podcast at
ptlive and blogs
weekly at uotr.
org. Holder is
the author of the
Rants to Revelations:
Reflections on Life,
the Meaning of
God (Unity Books,
2012). For more, visit
MONEY RUNS DEEP, AND
MIGHT BE STRONGER
THAN WE KNOW.