I couldn’t agree less with this tweet,
That’s because the Bible disagrees with it entirely:
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. …
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:3, 6.)
The “tablets of stone” in verse 3 are the Ten Commandments Mr. DeYoung relies upon for prosperity.
But the Apostle Paul expands further on the problem with such reliance:
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? (2 Corinthians 3:7-8.)
The letters on stone are a ministry that brings death, plain and simple, according to the Apostolic teaching found in the Bible. Why would a modern preacher want to teach anyone to go back to it?
For those still not convinced, let’s read what else Paul says in that passage:
If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! (2 Corinthians 3:9-11.)
The lesser glory of the Ten Commandments has gone away, and that way lies death. Remember, too, who it is that wants you to pursue a ministry of death: Satan, the Thief.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10.)
The greater glory of the Spirit of Christ lasts forever, though, and as Jesus said it brings true eternal prosperity in greater abundance than you could ever imagine.
I am not saying the law has no place. It does. (The Goodness of the Law – an answer to legalistic doctrine.) It just doesn’t have a place in bringing life. This is the meaning of Jesus’s words in the Sermon on the Mount when he said:
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17.)
As he went on to say in that sermon, it takes greater righteousness than even the most righteous people of that time to enter the kingdom of God. It takes Jesus’ righteousness. Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets – the entire will of God for his people – so we don’t have to.
So don’t let anyone, whether a bestselling pastor and conference speaker or anyone else, tell you that a “better, safer, and more prosperous life” is found in following rules.
Life is found in following Jesus.