As a result of some of the comments I’m convinced that my analysis in this essay has some serious flaws.

Read the comments below. [/end edit]

Every four years about this time there is a discussion about Korihor. But as time has passed I’ve seen that the most pertinent part of it all is Korihor and the modern twist on the prosperity gospel.

The old fashioned prosperity gospel was that if you became virtuous it would make you (as an individual) rich. It was the doctrine that you did not have to choose between God or Mammon.

Simply it was that if you worshipped God he would deliver Mammon.

The classic painting of the worship of Mammon.

The modern version is that if you are rich, powerful or famous then you are by definition virtuous. That wealth means nothing you do is sinful. Adultery, fraud, and more are all excused by wealth or power.

The interesting thing is that Korihor’s key teaching was that nothing that resulted from money was sinful and all profit came only from merit.

But I think that perhaps we should think more on the temptation it is to believe money justifies all things and that we are entitled to it.

Generally we focus on other things (I did four years ago).

What did you learn studying Korihor this year?

Does money justify everything else?