Congratulations, American Pulpit Pimps…

As I wrote about during my last post, the false prosperity gospel is one of the fastest growing imports from the USA (what a dubious distinction). This video stoked my righteous indignation (yet again) at the literal harm that Eddie Long, TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, Ken Copeland, and the legions of other hirelings are purporting on underdeveloped countries across the globe:

The Prosperity Gospel

The clowns have learned to mimic their American (and European) counterparts…down to the clown shoes and airy “anointing, sowing a seed, favor” speak. What really pisses me off (to be blunt) is to see people – who are literally clinging to hope –  give the little money they have to solicit a return on God based on the promise of a lying false teacher. These people truly believe that God will heal their crops and protect them from militias based on their giving.

So congratulations, American pulpit pimps – your influence really is a global phenomenon.

The next time you hear a prominent hireling preening and bragging about how he needs your dough to “take the Gospel into the jungles of Africa, and the deserts of the Middle East”, remember the faces of the hopeless people you saw in the video above. Give generously to legitimate ministries aiding people across the globe, but avoid the high-flying showboats AT ALL COST.

PLEASE remember what Paul said about the dangers of following “another gospel”:

Galatians 1:6-8 (New American Standard Bible)

6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;

 7which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

 8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

Oh, let is be so God of Heaven and Earth – let it be so…

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28 Responses to “Congratulations, American Pulpit Pimps…”


  1. 1 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen November 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    In Ghana’s case, Hagin’s book, tapes and magazine were imported wholesale by undiscerning pastors and bookstore owners. The rest as they say is history…

    • 2 Darlene March 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

      I watched a film entitled “Faith Like Potatoes” about the ministry of Angus Buchan, a farmer in South Africa, who is paying his own way in taking the gospel outward. In the documentary, Angus said, “I will not go to the West (meaning America) because those people don’t want this..” or something to that effect. I believe he is very accurate. In my heart I knew and believed that the American prosperity preachers would soon be making their way to places like Africa in an attempt to tap into any available financial resources there. Within a few months, a pastor (born here in the U.S. and educated at Rhema Bible…Kenneth Hagin’s school) was appealing to our church for funds to build a school in Africa. Lord help the African Christians to be discerning, to stay with the simplicity of the Gospel, and to have the wisdom to reject the false teachings that are blowing eastward.

  2. 3 anointedvessel November 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Couple things that jumped out immediately, the interpreter copied his supposed tongue talking right down to the bah bah bah bah, if the man was actually speaking in tongues, she should have remained silent or if she was gifted to do so, given an interpretation, or He himself should have given an interpretation. None came, that was out of order! The people came and brought money and laid it at his feet, that is a form of idol worship and a form of payment, there are no precedents for this in the bible so why start now? Jesus threw out the money changers in the temple, this looks worse than what Jesus encountered in his day, I say quit while your ahead. Another thing, the people were overcome with wild worship, spinning around and falling down. This closely resembles the phenomenon that is seen during voodoo rituals, God is a God of decency and order and the Holy spirit is a gentleman, he doesn’t rape people ie: jump all over them and throw them around willy nilly and they don’t know what happened to them. The bible says that the spirit is subject to the prophet, so that’s that. Besides I have always said with the slain in the spirit phenomenon that it is more religiosity than Christianity more tradition than a condition of service to God. Besides why would God bring you so far out of a life of sin just for you to fall back? Hey now I won’t knock the occasional falling prostrate before God because there is precedence for it in the bible. But falling prostrate and going up in the prayer line or laying money at the feet of a pulpit pimp and falling out constantly, are two totally different things. I admit when I decided to give my life to the Lord I had just walked out of a club and was still high as a kite and drunk, and had a headache to beat the band, but somehow I heard a little bit of the sermon, and I went up to the altar. The demonic forces that I carried in me could not stand under the power of the most high God, and I literally fell face forward at the altar, but a miracle took place, when I got up I was set free, sober, and clean from drugs. So hows that for falling out? And no, that hasn’t happened since. I guess I said all that to say, we as Christians, have got to get the cataracts off our eyes, and see these pimps for what they are. Didn’t anybody get the hint when TD Jakes took Mega Mess to South Africa??? He should have taken a huge plane with doctors, food, and medical supplies and people to build houses and schools, instead he took money changers, ATM machines, satellites dishes, and DSL’s, to make sure he could hook up to the banks in America and get that money! What a crook among many!!!

    • 4 Exposing truth December 2, 2009 at 4:07 am

      Why does the jealousy continue among black church members such as you? Leave Bishop Jakes alone, sir. God will do his own whipping, and He will start with you, one who only tears down, and not build up. Are you on the street corner witnessing for Christ? Where is your message of Christ’s return being spewed? By the way, doctors and equipment and medical supplies and food, and money for wells to be dug have gone to Africa on behalf of Bishop Jakes and the Potter’s House. If you were so aware, you would know that. Stop letting your father satan use you.

      • 5 speaking truth December 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

        OK, Exposing truth, I presume your directing your comment at me insted of anointedvessel (and she can defend herself if your comment is meant for her), so here goes:

        Why does the jealousy continue among black church members such as you? Leave Bishop Jakes alone, sir. God will do his own whipping, and He will start with you, one who only tears down, and not build up.

        Yeah, that’s it – I’m jealous of TD Fakes. I’m just mad because I don’t have as much money as he does, I’m not a closeted homosexual, and I can’t dupe millions of people into pouring their hard-earned cash into my coffers. Oh, and in the over 300 articles I’ve written on this blog, I’ve NEVER edified TRUE followers of Christ, just torn people down. Yeah, that’s it.

        Your ignorance is starting to show – especially since you are an apologist who is responding to one line in one article, but let’s let your shallow logic continue, shall we?

        Are you on the street corner witnessing for Christ? Where is your message of Christ’s return being spewed?

        As a matter of fact – I witness DAILY, but I’m not some showboat phoney who crows about my accomplishments in God. Unlike your beloved TD Fakes and his ilk, I don’t need to put on a front like I’m doing Kingdom work…because I really am.

        By the way, doctors and equipment and medical supplies and food, and money for wells to be dug have gone to Africa on behalf of Bishop Jakes and the Potter’s House. If you were so aware, you would know that.

        And that makes spiritual molestation alright in your book? Sure – child molestors do some harm, but they also give out candy during Halloween and they even go to church every Sunday! TD Fakes’ leaven is enough to spoil the entire lump. Praise GOd that “he” and “his church” dug wells in Africa – who knows what he could accomplish if he stopped robbing the sheep and repented and returned to the Lord!

        Stop letting your father satan use you

        I’ll give you an “E” for effort on that last drive-by comment :lol:

        But seriously, your “daddy” TD Fakes is the one who is using you. Of course, you probably already know that TD Fakes charges a monthly fee to be his spiritual son or daughter, but of course that’s biblical right? And your “daddy” TD Fakes denies the Trinity, purports the “multiple path to God” theory, and is in “talks” with pro-gay “Christian” groups (just like his “son” Eddie Long). Seems to me that TD Fakes is letting his father use him.

        Do yourself a favor, Exposing truth – read the bible…in context and entirety (start with 2 Peter 2) and get away from hirelings like Fakes and others. Stop defending the wolves and start defending God’s Word.

      • 6 Leslie L. Jones February 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

        Brotha Ringo has proven his case with the Bible which is GOD HOLY WORD, and what that so called preacher doing about people and there money is a contradiction 2 the word of GOD because when U give unto GOD u should not let your right hand no what your left hand do. oh by the way jakes support homosexuals.

  3. 7 dr. jay worth allen December 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

    “We are deceived by an appearance of right” (Horace).

  4. 8 gcmwatch December 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Give generously to legitimate ministries aiding people across the globe, but avoid the high-flying showboats AT ALL COST.”

    With all humility, I say amen IST,

    A lot of saints forget the “small” ministries that are laboring 100% to recover, restore and disciple broken people in the wake of years of the pimps prosperity bridge to nowhere messages.

    I would sure appreciate (understatement) a small donation to Witness Ministries every once and a while. For the past 14 years, we have been consistently leading men and women out of homosexuality and grounding them in balanced, mature Christian living. Money is not a focus, but we pray the brethren do see clear cause to affirm our work with money when appropriate.

    The pimps covet sexually broken people for their talents. A shameful racket which enable them to reap more money while neglecting the care of the soul. Giving money is no magic bullet to resolves the deep issues of the heart. To be manipulated into thinking it is, is in my opinion demonic.

    Thanks IST for letting me make this appeal.

    • 9 speaking truth December 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

      Yours is a ministry worth supporting, gcmwatch. Your work is truly transforming lives and creating disciples. May God continue to use you sir, and I’m gonna have to dig into my sock drawer to “sow a seed” :-)

  5. 10 ready4change December 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    IST,

    Excellent work, as always bro…One million apologies for not getting in touch with you by now…It seems that everytime I get a free minute, the Navy comes in like a “rushing mighty wind”…(smile)…Tons of things happening right now, but if you will accept my apology, I will do my best to contact you when I can…Of course, you will have to take a back seat to at least 4 people…(smile)…I thought being home from a deployment would afford me more time to settle into a routine and enjoy some of the blogosphere, but Uncle Sam had other things in mind…I am learning that sub-life is such a unique and unpredictable profession that even when you are homeported you feel like you’re still at sea…Anyways, I just wanted to take a moment to thank God for brothers like you who, like Nehemiah and the children of Isreal are building constantly on the wall day and night with a the holy scriptures in one hand and a laptop in the other…(be gentle and don’t criticize too much for the modern interpretation! LOL!)…

    Seriously though, I wanted to somewhat tie something in to your already astute assessment of the sad state of our culture and society today as it concerns the prosperity gospel. Below is an excerpt of an article I found today, which expresses the madness that is so inappropriately titled “the gospel”. The title of the article is, “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?”, but since the prosperity gospel can be no more mistaken for true Christianity than my son’s JV team can be mistaken for the Los Angeles Lakers, the correct title should be, “Did A Misrepresentation of What True Biblical Christianity Really Is Cause the Crash?”…Hopefully you and your readers will enjoy, and I will post the link at the end for those who wish to read the full article…Be well my friend, and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you..(I know it’s a little heavy, but I’ve lately been attempting—feebly for the most part—to end conversations with fellow believers in one of Paul’s benedictions…I’m still working on it!…LOL)…Much love and grace to you and your family my friend, and continue to contend for the faith (Jude 3)..

    Solus Christus,

    R4C

    “A year or so after the crash, there are signs of a new sobriety—higher savings rates, for example, and a reduction in conspicuous spending. But it’s hard to imagine Americans reverting to frugality the way, say, the Japanese did during the “lost decade” after their economy crashed. If by stereotype the Japanese are savers, then Americans are consumers, and ever hopeful. Already, countless “entrepreneurs” are finding a silver lining in the mortgage crisis, buying up foreclosed lots—often sight unseen, based on Web listings alone—in desolate parts of Cleveland and Phoenix and other places where abandoned houses can sometimes be had for a few thousand dollars or less. The buyers pay these bargain-basement prices eagerly, in the belief that the houses must be great deals, when they are just as likely to be overtaken by mold, or have every one of their doors and windows missing and the roof caving in. In America there is always a next play, another opportunity, an “unearned blessing” that can make up for a lifetime of disappointment.

    It is not all that surprising that the prosperity gospel persists despite its obvious failure to pay off. Much of popular religion these days is characterized by a vast gap between aspirations and reality. Few of Sarah Palin’s religious compatriots were shocked by her messy family life, because they’ve grown used to the paradoxes; some of the most socially conservative evangelical churches also have extremely high rates of teenage pregnancies, out-of-wedlock births, and divorce. As [Prosperity Pastor] Garay likes to say, “What you have is nothing compared to what you will have.” The unpleasant reality—an inadequate paycheck, a pregnant daughter, a recession—is invisible. It’s your ability to see beyond such things, your willing blindness to even the most hopeless-seeming circumstances, that makes you a certain kind of modern Christian, and a 21st-century American.

    There is the kind of hope that President Obama talks about, and that Clinton did before him—steady, uplifting, assured. And there is Garay’s kind of hope, which perhaps for many people better reflects the reality of their lives. Garay’s is a faith that, for all its seeming confidence, hints at desperation, at circumstances gone so far wrong that they can only be made right by a sudden, unexpected jackpot.

    Once, I asked Garay how you would know for certain if God had told you to buy a house, and he answered like a roulette dealer. “Ten Christians will say that God told them to buy a house. In nine of the cases, it will go bad. The 10th one is the real Christian.” And the other nine? “For them, there’s always another house.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200912/rosin-prosperity-gospel/3

    • 11 speaking truth December 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      C’mon, R4C, no apologies necessary…and I don’t mind being at the end of the line :-) I know your Uncle (Sam) has you busy, so you have my # – and we’ll talk soon…I’ll be around, bro (Lord willing).

      Thanks for the great article. I wrote a post last year based on a Time magazine article. These are yet more examples of how hirelings will continue to spin the roulette wheel because they know they’ll have willing participants.

  6. 12 Broken Pastor December 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Another great post ST. I enjoy the clear communication, I get a rush of righteous indignation every time you expose a crimal and then I’m so deeply saddened.

    The gospel is soooooooo much better than this idolatry. Have mercy LORD. Show yourself!

    • 13 speaking truth December 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm

      Sad indeed, BP. For me, the angrier I get about this mess, the deeper I sink into sadness until I remember that TRUE hope can only be found in Christ…the REAL CHRIST, not the plastic slot machine version that the hucksters pray to (and prey on).

      Unfortunately these things must happen to further expose the wheat from the chaff…

  7. 14 Ken December 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Another great post IST. I’m starting to see some evidence of this mentality creeping into the church that I attend. Recently we had “Seed Sunday”, this huge fundraising day for the building fun…er…”capital campaign.” The scripture they picked as the theme? The “Parable of The Sower.” Which of course has NOTHING to do with giving, or the so-called hundredfold return. The rampant pragmatism in the visible church has contributed mightily to the rise and influence of the prosperity gospel. This willingness to twist scripture to justify your own selfish ambitions is at the heart of much of this nonsense. Of course if there wasn’t such greed in the pews these charlatans would never have such willing subjects.

    Recently the state I live in started a lottery and of course the majority of the people who will play the most are the ones who can least afford it. Which reminds me so much of this prosperity gospel. It is nothing more than a religious version of the lottery. The promise of something for nothing that appeals to desperate people.

    • 15 speaking truth December 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

      Excellent comparison, Ken. I’ve often said that the lottery is a government tax on the stupid (excuse my bluntness). How else can you describe a system where people will DAILY give money into a ponzi scheme with odds that are ridiculously NOT in their favor. I wonder if the church scams would be in practice today if the hirelings never got the idea from state-sanctioned money changing…

      BTW – if you’re pastor is talking about a “capital campaign” and throwing around the parable of the sower, then it’s time to start packing your bags and moving on. If you hang around to hear that your church is going to replicate David’s committment to “building God a house” and the endless comparisons to today’s version of “gold, silver, timber, and jewels” to enlay in the new building, then you’ve already stayed too long.

    • 16 gcmwatch December 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

      The sumthing for nothing gospel. What an accurate characterization of the so-called prosperity gospel.

      IST, did you see this story on Religion Blog?

      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/23934/prosperity-gospel-faces-challenge-frugal-savers

  8. 17 truthofgod December 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Its stories like these that makes my heart heavy. Sometimes i feel like the only people i can speak soberly to are those in the blogesphere and a couple of friends on the phone. Most folks that i know personally, who profess Christ, seem to either adhere to the false teachings of the Pimps or are so concerned with “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life”, that they can really care less about doctrine one way or the other. I’m at a point where i need to get back to the lab and just “recharge my batteries” so to speak and ask the Lord for a renewed strength to fight this battle against the grain.

    -Sometimes It just seems like no one is listening or no one cares. SMH :(

    • 18 N'Catina December 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

      I know how you feel, TOG. I was involved in an FB “debate” yesterday afternoon where one of my friends posted a statement along these lines: with limited funds, if you faced a utility shutoff, would you pay the bill of tithe? The majority of the nearly 100 responses in 2.5 hours brought forward the dumb sheep, naively advocating for the tithe, with all of them having no contextual bibilcal basis for doing so. Despite making an exhaustive, biblically sound argument against (complete with cited text from scripture and other sources), many argued up and down for this sham of a practice.

      I agree with IST that what we are witnessing now is a separating of the wheat form chaff.

  9. 19 Meg December 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Hey, I read a Book about the dangers of The Prosperity Prachers, (AKA Puplit Pimps), who are takeing people momey and he writes his experence of Titing to so-called ‘Pastors’.

    His Book Called The Tithe that Binds, By Roy O Moore and you will be shook about hs expose of how these Puplit Pimps are taking money from Windows and the Poor!

    His Books can be read online-

    http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/TTTB.pdf

    Or you can get the Hard Copy, Free of charge by sending a requst by postal mail or by e-mail. I got a hard coopy by e-mail request:

    Address:
    Living Word Books and Gifts
    1015 Lurleen Wallace Blvd.
    Northport, AL 35476

    E-Mail:
    books@unleavenedbreadministries.org

    None of these address, website, nor e-mail are not related to Moore and he is aware of it.He also have a website:

    http://preparehisway.com/

  10. 21 Ken December 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    IST,
    I know that you’ve been there, and I have seen so many things in the last year or so that I have come to that conclusion. I think the most discouraging thing is that when you try to point out things that are not in accord with scripture,FROM THE SCRIPTURES, and made to feel like something is wrong with you. There is a mindset from leadership that spending 20mil on this monstrosity equates to “building” the kingdom. When I pointed out, FROM THE SCRIPTURES, that the kingdom has already been built I was told that I just needed to pray and “catch” the vision. Believe me when I tell you I take no pleasure in leaving, but I feel like if I stay, my presence amounts to tacit approval of the things that are happening now.

    There is no doubt that the Church is at a critical juncture. At the same time I believe that God has a remnant that will continue to contend for the faith.

    Sola Fide
    Sola Gracia
    Sola Christus

  11. 22 Rebecca December 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    This is my heart cry…………
    Oh, how I long for the church to create a culture where the one teaching or preaching walks in such humility they will desire truth over their reputation to be right …
    And the one who corrects the teacher or preacher does so with a sincere heart of love for the truth instead of pride to prove them wrong…

    Today, I came across an article posted on a blog website by Joshua Benevento. It defines the issue with people who will defend wrong doctrine being taught by their favorite teacher or preacher.

    “Have you ever heard a preacher or teacher say something from the pulpit that you knew was not totally correct? Have you ever had the urge to raise your hand, and correct that person in public? Did you know that Paul openly, in public, rejected something that Peter was speaking (Galatians 2:11)? I urge you to read this article by John G. Lake on “Agape” – God’s Love, versus Inordinate Affection. ”

    http://www.joshuabenevento.com/blog/?p=28

  12. 23 truthofgod December 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

    -@N’Catina: its really a sad state of events. Its best to just try to keep each other encouraged as much as possible. And its blogs like these that has been a blessing for me.

    -Meg, this seems really interesting. I will give it a gander.

  13. 24 Lavrai December 5, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    LORD have mercy! I had to stop when he said “GOD said, ‘tell them to give in dollars.'”

    WORD?!!!

    Jeremiah 6:13″For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone(B) is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.

    14They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’when there is no peace.

    15Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,” says the LORD.

    Repent…or perish, says the LORD.

  14. 25 Bibleisnumber1 December 15, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Hello. I just wanted to let you know I mentioned your blog on my youtube video & paraphased some words out of your blog from this post on the prosperity gospel in Africa. I hope you don’t mind, if you do, I will immediately erase the description featuring your work. If you want to look @ it:

    Thank you so much for your blessing in advance.

    • 26 speaking truth December 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for the mention, Bibleisnumber1. Hopefully even more people who see the lies and distortions will get angry enough to consult the Word firsthand – and DEMAND accountability and inerrancy from their leaders.

  15. 27 N'Catina December 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    The biggest proponent for this mess died today, and is very likely receiving his just punishment.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/12/15/oral.roberts/index.html

  16. 28 Darlene March 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I love it when even a young believer will “demand inerrancy” from their leaders. My daughter (now 21) was age 15 and attended an
    AG youth retreat her in Michigan. She saw young people turning to Christ on one day, followed by a high-pressure pitch by a youth pastor to give to the cause of missions. He went beyond an appeal, to actual threats to take the cash out of the kids’ pockets if they would not give and followed through on that threat by instructing the youth leaders to LITERALLY go down the rows of kids and reach into their pockets, take cash out and deposit it into the “offering” basket. For some kids, that $5 or so was all they had with them for the duration of the retreat. My young daughter knew better! She glared at the pastor who authorized this behavior. She spoke to the youth leaders about the fact that they were forcing giving and forcing it on new converts at that. She rightly called it “stealing.” The pastor semi-repented by stating that the kids could come and take their money back out of the basket if the wanted to. She spoke to the church leadership afterward and voiced her complaint regarding what she had eyewitnessed. I was so proud of her yet so disgusted by the behavior that she saw. When does this craziness end?


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