Author and Bishop Thomas D. Jakes of the Dallas, Texas, megachurch The Potter's House, is speaking out about these tough economic times.
In an interview with the Associated Press, he said that while God gives us blessings, "he also sends us tests and challenges", and it's up to us how we "manage both."
Jakes also said the church needs to work on its message to the culture.
"The church has a tendency to show up in the public square, in secular media, enraged about issues and making statements about what they're against," he said. "It has turned off people because it's caused people to believe that Christianity is a negative religion. We have to talk about what we're for, rather than what we're against. We have to make our faith more relative to the needs of this generation."
"Then we have to charge ourselves so that we don't sound fanatical in our rantings, that we become more practical that we don't define our faith by just a couple of issues, we broaden the discussion to a real relationship with Jesus Christ lest people think political alignment is redemption and that is not the case," he added.
Jakes believes there is no problem with being a wealthy Christian, and teaching other Christians on how they can achieve that level of prosperity.