|Lazarus and Dives, The Abbaye St. Pierre de Moissa|
The Pharisees in their love of money also despised the sinner. Their financial success undoubtedly supported their self-righteousness. These two ingredients make up the many variants of what we now call the prosperity gospel: the righteous are blessed, and the blessed are righteous. Whether viewed in terms of wealth or sin, the prosperity gospel stands opposed to the gospel of Jesus.
In this parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus the Pharisees - and what they represent - are the target. Jesus is warning the 'Pharisees' that they are acting to the wrong script. They imagine that wealth/righteousness now equals blessedness in the life to come. They are wrong. Resurrection is partnered with a cross, salvation with grace, and God with Jesus.
Prosperity Gospels and Jesus just do not match.