“I can’t give you any stimulus money, Eddie – I’m not even President anymore! Cheer up, your sheeple will have more money for next year’s party!”
We already knew that Eddie Long is a master marketer.
We also knew that Eddie knows how to throw a party.
Now we’re reminded that Eddie Long is astute enough in his pimpistry to scale back on his game when his workers aren’t bringing in as much dough as they used to (emphasis added):
Easter in this economy will be decidedly less extravagant for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, as its annual service is leaving the Georgia Dome for the first time in more than 15 years.
Since 1993, the megachurch — which boasts a 25,000-member congregation that is largely black and mostly middle-class — has held its annual Easter service at the Dome, attracting crowds of up to 40,000 that have included athletes, entertainers, politicians and entrepreneurs.
[...] The message commemorating Christ’s resurrection is being tailored to the recession. Sunday’s service will not be the $200,000 production worshippers have come to expect, since revenues are down and many members’ pockets are hurting.
So, Eddie is just now realizing that his sheeple don’t have enough money to lay at his feet twice a week? And $200K may sound like a lot to lay out for a party, but you better believe that Eddie raked in at least 4X that amount from the sheeple who came out to see T.I., Patti Labelle, and Jennifer Hudson. So, in earnest, it was a great ROI.
Long, who often delivers his message draped in tailored suits and diamonds, said this year required a new approach.
“In this time of recession, we had to look at some different ways of doing things,” Long said. “The unemployment situation, the mortgage situation has definitely affected our members. This money could be better utilized to bless more people, feed more people.”
[...] Long said church revenues are off by about 20 percent from last year, a significant drop that has forced his ministry to make changes like cutting back on its televised services and focusing more on online streaming to reach more viewers — and potential donors.
Wait, isn’t Eddie Long a prosperity pimp that promises people that they’ll “be fed” if they “paid God”? Why doesn’t he just “declare wealth in the house” (for the umpteenth time) and wait for the cash to roll in? Doesn’t he know how to “speak those things that be not…”?
This is (yet another) example that the prosperity gospel heresy is a laughable lie that is disproved time and time again.Clearly if we could command riches from God based on our faith, then no one – especially a “world-wide influential ministry” headed by a bejeweled pimp – would EVER suffer ANY LACK, ANYTIME. And by the way Eddie, the money that you’ve been amassing over the past 20 years at Club New Birth could have been better utilized as well – not just the hundreds of thousands of dollars you waste with the City of Atlanta every spring.
Interestingly, Eddie stopped streaming his services online last year because his “donors” were watching him online and NOT coming to see (and pay) him live. Even his “spiritual son” the Pimp of Hampton tried the same tactics. Of course, Eddie and the POH had to resume streaming when they realized that the money wasn’t flowing in any faster. Now, Eddie sees his online pimpistry as a viable revenue stream?
So rather than repenting before the Lord for espousing such a wicked and false prosperity gospel, scaling back on his garishly expensive wardrobe, cars, and jewelry, and telling his sheeple that God is not moved by prosperity pleas, Eddie will continue to roll the dice with other people’s money – and he’ll win far more often than he loses.
And there are still poor people who will give this degenerate their very last dime in hopes that God will bless them with money for their obedience to the “mand of gawd”.
This dichotomy would be laughable if it weren’t so sad.