This “Gospel of Wealth” goes back to Calvinism and the belief that God predestines some people to heaven and some to hell and that these can be distinguished by their bank accounts, for God pre-punishes the hell-bound with poverty while rewarding the heaven-bound with a taste of heaven on earth in the form of money. Because, you know, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). No, wait, that can’t be right… Anyway, wealthy evangelical pastors are sure that the richest among us are heaven-bound, while Catholic priests, with that whole vow of poverty thing, tend to think the poor are going there first, even if their bishops live in mansions and the pope in a gilded palace. Because the God who wanted His house to be a tent (e.g., Exodus 33:7) is all about palaces.
The long and short of it is that the “Gospel of Wealth,” the idea that God wants us to be rich, is a modern fantasy with no basis in ancient texts, and no support from archaeology or history for the fact claims (like the Eye of the Needle Gate) that supposedly support it.
In this, it is no different from the ancient astronaut theory or alternative archaeology except that the pastors promoting this alternative theory take a lot more money from believers. Ancient astronaut theorists get by on speaking fees and book and TV royalties. Gospel of Wealth pastors have all that plus 800-numbers for direct donations and the imagined sanction of God himself. At least ancient astronaut theorists don't claim the aliens need money--yet.