Black Panther Star Steers People Into the Dangerous Prosperity 'Gospel'

Letitia Wright attends the World Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, Ca, USA. Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

It’s been a banner year for Letitia Wright. She starred in two of 2018’s biggest hits: Black Panther and Infinity Wars. Besides the two mega-hits, Wright also had roles in Ready Player One, which made over $100 million at the domestic box office, and in Liam Neeson’s The Commuter. All told, Wright’s movies made over $1.55 billion at the box office. That’s a lot of money and is sure to give her agent leverage when asking for bigger paychecks for the actress moving forward.

Upon hearing the news that her movies sit atop the 2018 box office earnings, Wright tweeted the last half of Malachi 3:10, “See if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough room to store it.”

Malachi 3:10 is a verse that proponents of the prosperity “gospel” use to proof-text their damnable heresy. The whole verse says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

Taking God’s Word and twisting it for their greedy, satanic ends, prosperity “gospel” preachers con their followers out of their money by promising them that God will “throw open the floodgates of heaven” and give them back riches.

However, and in short, the verse is saying that the rebellious Israelites have to fulfill everything the law demands (“the whole tithe”) before God will fulfill the promises within the Mosaic covenant. God’s people have to keep up their end of the bargain, so to speak. Thankfully, for those of us under the New Covenant, Jesus fulfilled the law’s demands. Those who repent and believe on Jesus are rewarded all of God’s blessings. In this life, we’re promised the gift of Christ’s Spirit and continued sanctification (being made more like Jesus). After the Resurrection, followers of Jesus will physically (and spiritually) enjoy God’s blessing for all eternity. Nowhere in the Bible are Jesus’ followers promised physical blessings in this life.

Look, I don’t know if Wright has swallowed Satan’s lie called the prosperity “gospel” or not. She may have simply been trying to express her thankfulness to God for the physical blessings she has received. And, yes, we should be thankful for the good physical gifts God has given us. But being thankful isn’t the same thing as expecting physical blessings because of what you’ve done for and/or given back to God. Malachi 3:10 does not apply to Wright’s success.

The problem with Wright using Malachi 3:10 to express her thankfulness (assuming that’s what she was doing) is that for some, it will justify their belief in the prosperity “gospel.” Men and women like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and Joyce Meyer prey on poor people. Communities in Africa and South and Central America have been devastated by the prosperity “gospel.” Letitia Wright needs to be careful not to help promote that heresy to her fans. People who look up to her are being fleeced by wolves in sheep’s clothing.