Prosperity Theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel , the health and wealth gospel , the gospel of success , or seed faith ) [A] is a controversial religious belief among some Protestant Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth.
So somebody declares with absolute finality,
There are tens of churches all over the country preaching the Prosperity Gospel, but only 12,000 Nigerians have above 1million naira in their bank account.
The logical conclusion is that Prosperity Gospel is scam as it doesn’t deliver the results it promises to.
Consequently, paying your tithe achieves nada .
He further challenges,
If the prosperity gospel actually works can we explain how a 100,000 capacity church can’t produce 12,000 millionaires?.
Someone else opined,
Paying tithes makes no one rich. Riches aren’t a worldly thing, After all, it is written that God does not live in a house built by man. If you apply the principles behind getting rich, you will become rich irrespective of your religion – or black not it . The quotation in the Bible that says: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you,” is what many (fake?) Pastors have (mis)interpreted to mean physical wealth, whereas it is talking about spiritual blessing – instead. Christ himself didn’t care about physical wealth or world dominance, so clearly the passage was not referring to physical wealth
I think the declaration of the original poster was based on a faulty premise which will necessarily lead to an unprovable conclusion.
This conclusion assumes the state of bank account balances of Nigerians is a true reflection of the cash people own. Or their affluence level. That is where that argument gets unhinged.
There are fat more funds exchanging hands outside the Banking System than within it. So stating that only 12000 Nigerians have more than 1 million Naira in their bank account isn’t capturing the whole financial picture.
Your money doesn’t necessarily have to stay in a bank. Numerous people are unbaked yet control huge sums of money daily. The total stock value of the typical Alaba International Electronics Bakery trader, or the Ladipo Automobile Spare Parts Market Guy is far in excess of 1 Million, for example. Same thing in so many sectors like the transport sector where humongous funds are exchanged, daily.
These funds hardly pass through the Banking System
Now, I am not (dis)agreeing with whether the Prosperity Gospel is scam or not, just that the original premise is faulty / incorrect, making it look like what we used to call “wuruwuru to the answer” in my secondary schooling days.
There are (ir)religious people / country who are prosperous / poor, so my personal take is that your level of financial success has very little to with your religion, or lack of.