I met Gary Gilley recently and became acquainted with his writings. He also wrote, This Little Church Went To Market: The church in the age of entertainment. I Just Wanted More Land is a critique of The Prayer Of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson (see my short review on our web site). Gilley is right in noting that Wilkinson’s book is nothing more than a wealth and prosperity gospel and helps in showing the hermeneutical problems with such an approach to an obscure Old Testament passage. Gilley notes, for example, that it is shaky business to base one’s whole life (or prayer life) on something that is never mentioned by any other Bible writer or Bible character, good or bad. This only shows America’s insatiable desire to win life’s lottery, even if it means prostituting our very approach to God in prayer.
I Just Wanted More Land
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