The theory of six degrees of separation maintains that everyone in the world is connected by no more than six people. (Example: I don't know Barak Obama, but I do know a guy who knows George W. Bush, so I'm separated from Obama by only two people: my friend to W. to Obama. Get it?)
I've been pondering a thought with regard to any church -- or any Christian thinker -- being separated from the prosperity gospel by no more than six degrees. Finding those links would be easy if it were only based on acquaintance, but what's more interesting to me is finding those links based on affinity.
Here's an example:
John Piper ("I abominate the prosperity gospel") likes Louie Giglio.
Louie Giglio likes Hillsong's Christine Caine.
Christine Caine likes Joyce Meyer.
Joyce Meyer likes Creflo Dollar.
I think these links in and of themselves are not about nefarious intent, but rather of human nature. Giglio is not a prosperity preacher, but there's something in Giglio and his ministry that resonates with John Piper, something Piper loves. And so on, down the line.