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The Cursing Preacher and the $900,000 “Donation”

deron cloud

I read an article in yesterday’s Washington Post about a “pastor” I had the displeasure of meeting several years ago – which brought to my remembrance a particularly disturbing display of filth in the “pulpit”.

The man pictured above is Deron Cloud, Pastor of “The Soul Factory” – a hybrid church/performance theater organization based in Maryland. The church has a satellite location here in Metro Atlanta, and (not surprisingly), Cloud is yet another infamous “spiritual son” of legendary Alpha Pimp Eddie Long (who is reproducing bastard “spiritual” children across the globe). Back in 2005, Cloud was a guest speaker at a Men’s Conference that Eddie Long hosted in suburban Charlotte, NC. Eddie introduced Cloud as his “gangster son in the Lord”, and warned that Cloud was very direct in his delivery but he was going to say things that we needed to hear.

Cloud walked into the auditorium to thunderous applause (thank God it wasn’t at a church building), and with 4-6 burly bodyguards in tow. Before he spoke, he showed a video presentation depicting the plague of fatherless children in the Black community. Once the video ended, Cloud LITERALLY started cursing like a drunken sailor at the over 2,500 men in attendance. He lamented how men (even Christian men) neglect their own children, and he used words like “motherf*****s, bulls**t, f**k” and more!

We were all stunned into complete silence – you could literally hear an ant breath in the place.

Cloud went on to say how much he loved “Eddie cause he’s a real n****r. That’s a hard motherf****r!” He went on and on about how “Eddie ain’t no punk b***h like so many other n*****s in the pulpit today!”. Then Cloud starts calling “n*****s” to the altar for “deliverance” (thus, the burly bodyguards in case someone was offended by his vile language directed at Eddie Long). After the 1.5 hour verbal assault, Eddie comes back to the mic. Instead of denouncing the vile act we just saw, Eddie essentially blessed the display – and summons an altar call where he does his “if you need a daddy, I will be your daddy” line.

Even though my pimp (at the time) cautioned those of us who came with him to “swallow the fish and spit out the bones”, I was still stunned that such a vile display would be allowed to take place – or continue. Of course, I was a brain-dead drone slave to the false gospel and my pimp, so I didn’t walk out. In fact, NO ONE walked out. Not surprisingly, Cloud instructed the media team to stop recording before his presentation. You can, however, search for him on YouTube to see some of his interesting soliloquies on various topics (and if you’ve ever seen Cloud in rare form live, you can corroborate what I’ve seen and heard with my own eyes).

So here’s the point of this post – it appears that “pastor” Cloud is being sued by two of his former congregants, who allege they “loaned” Cloud almost $900,000 to start the Atlanta branch of his church. Of course, Cloud calls it a “donation”:

Md. couple file suit against church, saying they were swindled

Two former churchgoers say they were swindled out of a small fortune by the leaders of the Soul Factory, a large African American church in Prince George’s County — accusations the church denies.

In a lawsuit filed against the church, the married couple, Jose and Yvette Strickland, say they lent nearly $900,000 under a verbal agreement to the Soul Factory so that it could open a satellite church in Atlanta. The church says the money was a gift.

“It was not a loan; it was a donation,” said Timothy Obitts, a lawyer hired by the church. He said the church is in the process of filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The article goes on to confirm (yet again) that pulpit pimps seek to groom their followers by treating them like VIP’s and “special members” in order to pick their pockets:

According to the Stricklands, they began regularly attending the Soul Factory in 2000. In 2005, the church’s founder and pastor, Deron Cloud, began courting Jose Strickland’s financial help, the couple said, by inviting him to Wizards basketball games, on trips to Las Vegas and other activities and introducing him to top church leaders.

In 2006, the Stricklands say, Cloud asked Jose for $1.5 million to help open a satellite church in Atlanta. A few weeks later, Strickland, Cloud and other church leaders discussed financing the Atlanta church while in a private booth at a professional fight in Atlantic City, the couple said.

Months later, according to the lawsuit, Strickland gave the church $886,500, which Jose, a mortgage banker, and Yvette, a real estate agent, said they raised by mortgaging several properties they owned to a private lender.

The couple acknowledges that Cloud made nine payments to repay the “donation”, but stopped several years ago (read the article in entirety). It appears that the Strickland’s believed the “pay to play” gospel that so many hirelings are selling to the church today, and they felt some obligation to “build God a house…”

Overall, this is another example of how bereft the church is of sound doctrine today.

Lord have mercy…

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The Minstrel And The Hoax

hat tip to What Eric Thinks for the link…

creflo-dollar

Creflo (Cashflow) Dollar is one of the most prolific minstrels in the pulpit today. Cashflow and his ilk couldn’t exegete the Word of God if their lives depended on it. At best, Cashflow is a complete idiot in all things relating to sound biblical teaching. At worse, he’s a false teacher. Neither assessment bodes well for a man who claims to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ OR the sheeple who hang on his every false word. Maybe that’s why Cashflow looks so confused holding the bible in the picture above…moving along…

We already know that Cashflow hasn’t taken the time to study what the Word of God says about prosperity and material wealth, but now we know that he doesn’t even study the bible at all while preparing flowery prose to shake the loose change from his followers. Instead, Cashflow has decided that it’s easier to garner allegiance if he scares the hell out of you – or into you…literally.

Not Your Typical Negro has video of Cashflow yesterday, inadvertently preaching on a story he found on the internet. Take a look at the entire video before commenting:

I know, really compelling illustration, right? Except for the fact that the story that Cashflow is “preaching” is an internet hoax that was debunked a long time ago (links below have been upated):

So, Cashflow is a lazy false teacher who doesn’t even take the time to research such a compelling claim. But why?

Could it be that by providing such compelling evidence that somebody actually “found hell”, Cashflow could literally scare the hell INTO his followers?

You don’t want to pledge allegiance to the mand of gawd? YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!

You want to “rob God” by not surrendering your money to Him (through Cashflow, of course)? YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!

You don’t want to join this church and be a faithful son or daughter to this ministry? YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!

This illustration could serve as yet another reason to roll your eyes at Cashflow and run in the opposite direction – were it not for the serious heresy and apostasy that spews from the pie-hole of Carlton “The Heretic” Pearson. Pearson denies that hell is a real place, and he’s taking his demonic roadshow to the airwaves to influence as many people as he can.

Pearson (whom I consider to be demon possessed) is a reprobate who denies eternal damnation as consequence of rebellion from God. Cashflow, who is becoming an unwitting accomplice to Pearson through lack of study, will turn yet more sheep away from God – and into the arms of wicked Carlton Pearson.

Once the sheep feel “duped” about being able to “hear tormented souls from hell”, they may very well doubt that hell exists. Then, they might start believing that “all good people go to heaven – apart from belief in Jesus Christ”.

And Pearson’s demonic work will continue.

Do you think I’m paranoid and “ringing a false alarm” ? Well, many people dismissed these false teachers long ago - “no one will ever believe their lies”…well, these false teachers pack their clubs every week, and the sheep swallow their lies hook, line, and sinker. Destructive heresy has crept in and become prevelant in the church because “astute bible scholars” shrugged off the potential impact.

Make no mistake about it, hell is a real place where the wicked and unbeliever will go when they die (Romans 6:23), and Jesus Himself speaks of eternal damnation in hell (Matthew 3:12; 25:41).Hell is a place of eternal fire, torment, and destruction (Mark 9:44-49, Luke 16:23-24, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 14:10-11, Revelation 20:10), and many will find themselves there (Daniel 12:2). Those who find themselves in hell will still have to acknowledge God’s perfect will and their own part in their destruction (Psalms 76:10, Deuteronomy 32:3-5)

The ONLY antidote to eternal damnation is belief upon the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and salvation (John 3:16-18,36) – and this is the entire reason that the Gospel message is preached in the first place. You can’t win people to Christ by scaring the hell into them – you may win some folks to take up seats in your sanctuary, but you won’t keep them there UNLESS you continue to come up with even more dramatics and theatrics to scare them all the more.

Now, Cashflow’s message will forever be known as the one based on a proven lie…just like his false teachings on financial prosperity and the “little gods” heresy.

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Juanita Bynum Owes Money…Again

Profitess (and I didn’t mistype it) Juanita Bynum once owed over $30,000 for unpaid taxes on  a $4.5M estate in Georgia – and her “spiritual father” I.V. Hilliard (the Pimp of Houston) helped her out by paying the bill in full.

I wonder if Pimp Hilliard will reach into his pockets on this one:

Bynum hasn’t met divorce terms, ex’s lawyer says


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/04/08

National evangelist Juanita Bynum was threatened with jail time or a fine Monday in a court document alleging that she failed to live up to the terms of her divorce settlement.

A lawyer for Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III, Bynum’s ex-husband, said Bynum was in contempt of a divorce consent order in which she promised to pay her husband’s $40,000 attorney fees, relinquish the title of an SUV and pick up furniture of hers.

“She owed $10,000 on July 8,” said Randy Kessler, Atlanta lawyer for Weeks. “We gave her a month to bring it current. She hasn’t done that.”

Click the title to read the article in it’s entirety. You’ll find your eyes rolling into the back of your head while you get that “weren’t we here once before?” feeling. Check this out:

Kessler said the $10,000 was to be the first of four installments toward the $40,000. He said Bynum also did not transfer the title of the couple’s 2004 Land Rover to Weeks or make arrangements to pick up her belongings, which include a harp, a sculpture of a woman and other sentimental antiques she collected seven years ago.

Who has time to deal with a used SUV and some brick-a-brack when you’re raking in the dough as “the new face of domestic violence”? Surely not the Profitess!

Instead of using the bible as a tool in her twisted pimpistry, Juanita ought to crack it open and read it (my emphasis in bold):

Romans 13:7 (New International Version)

7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Of course, why would we expect anything less from a false prophet and false teacher who distorts the Gospel of Jesus Christ for selfish gain?

The Pimp Game Moves South…WAY South

After having pimped all that he could out of Mega-Fest visitors here in the United States, Alpha Pimp T.D. Jakes is taking his show on the road, and targeting a whole new continent – South Africa:

MegaFest moves to South Africa later this year

By CHRISTOPHER QUINN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/04/08

Bishop T.D. Jakes is moving MegaFest, the giant Christian entertainment and teaching event that ran in Atlanta from 2004 to 2006, to another continent.

MegaFest International 2008 will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 11-12.

Jakes put the event on hiatus after three years in Atlanta, saying he would resurrect it, although not necessarily here.

Attendance had declined over its three-year life from about 500,000 to fewer than 100,000.

When Jakes pulled out of Atlanta after 2006, Derrick Williams, a spokesman for Jakes’ mega-church, the Potter’s House in Dallas, said Jakes made the decision based on post-MegaFest surveys. Attendees found travel and lodging costs burdensome. At least 70 percent of the MegaFest’s visitors came from outside Atlanta, Williams said. (click here to read entire article)

While the article does mention that Jakes’ ministry plans to offer 4 days of free medical care to South Africans, it also states that Jakes moved the event from Atlanta because of the “financial burden” it caused for delegates:

“When you’re the mother of a couple of kids, it’s not something that you can do on an annual basis, ” said Williams, who managed MegaFest for Jakes. “We want to be sensitive to the needs of our delegates.”

So, Jakes’ idea of making this event more accessible and “sensitive to the needs of delegates” is to move it thousands of miles away and charge up to $6,000 to attend?

Ummm…that makes sense :roll:

Jakes (like every other pimp) stands in the pulpit twice a week to declare that you should still “sow into the Kingdom” (i.e. give him your money) – even in your lack, because God wants to test your faith.

I wonder if this means he’ll be “more sensitive to the needs” of his congregation once he’s tapped their pockets dry?

Oh well…what do expect from a man who (according to this MSNBC report) views the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ as a “product that almost sells itself”:

Hey, you can’t knock this pimp’s hustle. Unlike most of his wanna be followers (or pimps-in-training), at least he’s more than a “one-trick pony” – extorting tithes from his congregation isn’t his only means of support. 

Aside from charging people to be his “spiritual sons and daughters”, he does own legitimate businesses – but he also uses them to pimp Jesus Christ.

Allow me to remind you of what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:17 (I love the New Living Translation of this text):

17 You see, we are not like the many hucksters[a] who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.

I guess this just doesn’t fit into the “TD Jakes Translation” of Holy Scripture.

***hat tip to Independent Conservative for the video***

Are You Ready To Confront Your Pimp?

***hat tip to regular reader Blessed for alerting me of this story***

I’m always happy to hear about when a member of the congregation confronts the pulpit pimp – I never imagined that it would end up like this, however:

Eagle’s Nest pastor sued by ex-member

Web Posted: 05/22/2008 01:00 PM CDT

By Abe Levy
Express-News
 
 

A former member of Eagle’s Nest Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the church and its pastor, Rick Godwin, claiming he was defamed in front of the congregation when he tried to expose how Godwin was spending church money.

Larry Nail, a businessman from Boerne who belonged to the church for 11 years, says Godwin wrongly accused him of bribery in a speech responding to San Antonio Express-News articles that, based on church documents, raised questions about Godwin’s use of church funds for expensive chartered planes and lodging, luxury gifts and personal items.

In the suit, filed in Bexar County District Court, Nail wants his donations to the church returned, plus legal costs and damages. (click here for the entire article)  

 

 

This story has been in the news in San Antonio since last fall, but it’s obviously taken a strange turn. Larry Nail is even bold enough to demand that pimp Ricky return his donations! How many of you would do that to your pimp – especially since your pimp and Ricky share the same spending habits? More interesting nuggets from the story: 

Complicating matters for the church has been a stream of complaints by homeowners bordering the new property who claim the church hasn’t responded to their concerns about lighting, noise and other matters.

Hmm…sounds like the same complaints that Eddie Long and his “son” got when they built their stadiums (I mean churches) in quiet residential areas as well. But wait, there’s more (my emphasis in bold)…

The spending Nail refers to in the suit involved a fund set aside for outreach and missions. After the newspaper reports, Godwin told the congregation he paid back all personal expenses and launched a new tax compliance audit, among other corrective measures. He hasn’t made public when or which reimbursements were made.

At least Ricky admitted that he stole money that was to be used for outreach – and he paid it back (allegedly)…most pimps won’t even go that far. Brother Nail even attempted to resolve this issue biblically – to no avail:

Nail said in the suit that church staffers were afraid of losing their jobs if they confronted church leaders about Godwin’s questionable expenses. He said he offered to help them financially if they were fired and followed biblical instruction by taking the spending concerns to Godwin first and then to two elders, who were unwilling to confront Godwin.

You know that the church mafia is in full effect at this church. This brother offered to compensate anyone who lost their job as a result of this action, and they were still afraid to proceed! Further in the article, we see Ricky spew out the classic pimp response (my emphasis in bold):

According to the lawsuit, Nail said Godwin told him: “I’m not going to let someone eating a bologna sandwich (referring to church staff and lower-level employees) tell me how to spend money around here.”

So there you have it – this degenerate pimp uses church funds for his personal pleasure and he has the nerve to lash out at the “bologna sandwich” eaters? That’s Pimpistry 101!

If you are or know anyone who attends Eagles Nest Christian Fellowship/Summit Christian Center in San Antonio, then pray that the Lord would open their eyes and give them the courage to flee pimp Ricky.

Please pray that Rick opens his bible, thumbs over to 1 John 2:15-17, and recommits to loving His Savior and the sheep more than he loves his flesh.

A Pimp Robs The Sheep…Again

***UPDATE – MAY 21, 2008***

Well, thank God that a decent pastor in South Florida is cutting his ties with the degenerate pulpit pimp Danny Mundell:

Hallandale Beach church cuts ties with evangelist after Sun-Sentinel report

Preacher’s focus on fundraising raises questions

By Sally Kestin
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 20, 2008

A Hallandale Beach church where the Rev. Daniel S. Mundell has held revivals and preached for nearly a year has cut ties with the evangelist, a church spokeswoman said Monday.The action came after the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported May 11 that Mundell had raised money for a church in Fort Lauderdale that he never built, solicited donations for overseas mission trips he never took and made predictions that followers said never came true.

“I told him he had to leave,” said Melody Gustafson, vice president of Good Shepherd Ministries, where Mundell has been preaching out of a storefront in a strip mall on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. “This is a 55-year-old ministry. I couldn’t let his scandal bring it down.” (click here for the entire article)

Praise the Lord!

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***ORIGINAL STORY*** 

Cast your eyes on the latest addition to the “Pulpit Pimping Gone Bad” series – Rev. Dan Mundell of Hallandale Beach (South Florida). Danny, a degenerate pimp who has been robbing God’s people for years, recently filed for bankruptcy – but not before his former wife pulled the lid off of their (formerly) opulent lifestyle:

Followers invested in S. Florida pastor’s gospel of wealth and say they saw little return

| South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 11, 2008

To a chorus of “Amens” and “Thank You, Jesus,” the Rev. Daniel S. Mundell tells followers God will free them of debt, even make them millionaires.Then comes the sales pitch: Back up your faith with donations. Give, even if it’s your last $100. Write a check. Pay by credit card.

Preaching mostly to a low-income following, the Hallandale Beach-based evangelist has raised millions of dollars through services and crusades in South Florida and across the country.

Former followers say the only one who seemed to attain wealth was the preacher. (click here to read the entire article)

Go to the website and read the article in it’s entirety – and view the videos and photos of this degenerate reprobate in action over the years.

Also, take a gander at his former home below (he lost it because he wasn’t paying the mortgage) and his former wife (he lost her because he couldn’t keep his hands off of her – allegedly):

She looks very happy, doesn’t she?

Anyway, the article and accompanying story is replete with classic pulpit pimping techniques: begging for money from low-income church members, promising them that God is “going to bless” them, declaring that “there are going to be at least 75 millionaires in this room before I leave tonight!”, etc.

This wolf is particularly despicable because he travels across the South (mostly to poorer communities) getting his victims to perform as he commands (in one video he admonishes an older black woman to “jump up, turn around seven times, and say ‘I’m a millionaire’!”)…and she did it!

The article states that (my emphasis in bold):

Mundell’s message of “abundant living” helped the white preacher attract worshipers, most of them low- and middle-income blacks.

So, Mundell goes into poor communities, takes on a southern drawl with a hint of “blackness” in it (watch the videos and listen for yourself), twists scriptures, and commands “brotha’s and sista’s” to give him their money?

When I was a member of Club New Birth (a 99.5% black congregation) years ago, I was always bothered when the “non-black” visiting pimps that Eddie Long dragged into the pulpit thought it would be a great idea to “act black” when they preached.  

I’m not ranting about race, but I always found it interesting that the “non-black” visiting pimps would prance around, roll their heads, “holy ghost” dance, and “act black” just to identify with their black audience.

When you see them on TV in their own churches, however (or visiting non-black congregations), they would speak “the King’s English”. Interesting indeed…

White ministers pandering to their black audiences…it’s disgusting.

The saddest part about this entire escapade is that the sheep would be able to spot this loser from a mile away if they studied the Word of God for themselves – and stopped believing the lie that God was just waiting to pour millions of dollars over their heads.

Look at this “Gold Dust” letter that the degenerate despicable loser Danny sends out to his victims begging them for their hard earned money. Are you kidding me?

If I sound angry, I am. These despicable degenerate “pastors” are really starting to get me worked up. Instead of sharing the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ and praying for the lost, they twist scripture like it’s a garbage bag tie and “prey” on the sheep.

Worst still, the sheep lap this garbage up and are “utterly surprised” when the degenerate pimp takes their money. Absolutely shameful.

This degenerate, worthless pimp is another prime example of Titus 1:16. Sadly, pimps like Mundell will keep reappearing because of our greed, lust of the flesh, and desire for material blessings.

Remember Timothy’s admonishement about “chasing paper”:

7For (P)we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.

8If we (Q)have food and covering, with these we shall be content.

9(R)But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and (S)a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

10For (T)the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have (U)wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

11But (V)flee from these things, you (W)man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, (X)faith, (Y)love, perseverance and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:7-11)

Please join me in praying that the sheep stop chasing after degenerate pimps who dangle prosperity before their eyes.

***hat tip to our brother GCM Watch for making me upset by alerting me of this story

You Too, Jeremiah?

Hat tip to regular reader djenk23 for the heads-up on this story

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Jeremiah Wright has the distinct honor of being featured in two categories on this blog: “A Different Gospel” and “Pulpit Pimping Gone Bad”. 

Take a look at yesterday’s edition of the New York Post:

BARACK’S REV. ‘STOLE A WIFE’

EX-HUBBY: HE COUNSELED US, THEN WED HER

By SUSANNAH CAHALAN and VERONICA HINKE in Chicago and BRAD HAMILTON in New York

wright & wife

May 4, 2008 — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’sloose cannon of a spiritual adviser, stole the wife of a parishioner – after the man sought Wright’s help in saving his troubled marriage, the former husband told friends.

Delmer Reed, 59, confided to pals that he believed the minister moved in on his wife while Wright was counseling the couple at his Chicago church in the early 1980s, The Post has learned.

“That’s exactly how he said it,” Reed’s divorce lawyer, Roosevelt Thomas, told The Post.

“It looks like Delmer might have been right,” he said, because after Delmer and Ramah Reed were divorced, she got remarried – to Wright. “Either that or this was the biggest coincidence in the world.” (click here to read the article)

Here’s an interesting note from the article:

A spokesman for the Wright family flatly denied the allegation yesterday.

“This story has no merit whatsoever and is not based on facts,” said George Lofton. “They had problems throughout the course of their turbulent marriage, and the couple never received marriage counseling from Rev. Wright or anyone else.”

But Reed, a former investigator for the Illinois secretary of state, told The Post he and his ex-wife went to Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ for counseling when their marriage hit the skids over his demanding work schedule.

“I spoke with [Wright] four times over a few months,” Reed said in an interview at his upscale home in Lemont, Ill.

So, Wright (through a representative) denies providing marital counseling to the couple at all, but the ex-husband says they spoke at least four times…I’m sure the truth may be somewhere in the middle.

I can hear you asking “Why are you even bringing this up? You said that this blog will not advance gossip”.

Well, it’s not gossip if the ex-husband asserts that Wright was a factor in his divorce (as potentially evidenced by Wright’s subsequent marriage to Reed’s former wife).

I’m bringing this up as further evidence of the fruit of a false teacher – if Wright twists doctrine to support a different gospel, why would he honor the sanctity of marriage…especially a marriage that is hanging in the balance?

As thorny as the issue of divorce is within the church (this is Wright’s 2nd marriage), Paul clearly speaks to the qualifications for pastoral leadership throughout his epistles, but this passage of scripture addresses multiple points (my emphasis in bold):

5For this reason I left you in (T)Crete, that you would set in order what remains and (U)appoint (V)elders in every city as I directed you,

 6namely, (W)if any man is above reproach, the (X)husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of (Y)dissipation or (Z)rebellion.

 7For the (AA)overseer must be above reproach as (AB)God’s steward, not (AC)self-willed, not quick-tempered, not (AD)addicted to wine, not pugnacious, (AE)not fond of sordid gain,

 8but (AF)hospitable, (AG)loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,

 9(AH)holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in (AI)sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (Titus 1:5-9)

Wright has shown that he’s quite self-willed, quick-tempered and pugnacious, as evidenced by his behavior recently (and in his past sermons). Also, since Black Liberation Theology is not “sound doctrine”, how can he legitimately refute those who contradict it?

I’ll say again, it is my opinion that Jeremiah Wright is a false teacher because he embraces the wicked Black Liberation Theology and holds it on par with the message of Christ crucified for the remission of sin.

While I could care less (in general) about who he’s married to, the circumstances behind the genesis of this marriage can not be separated from his flawed theological allegiance, his public denouncement of “middleclassness” while he privately embraces it, and his attempt to glorify himself instead of the Savior he claims whenever he gets the chance.

Sometimes false teaching and hypocrisy go hand in hand…

When Pimps Won’t Fade Away

Since Juanita Bynum had to grace us with her presence again last week, her soon-to-be-former hubby Tommy Weeks just couldn’t resist slinking out of the pulpit to launch his new book detailing how HE was abused during his marriage to profitess (pun intended) Bynum:

Televangelist’s estranged husband claims abuse in new book

By ERRIN HAINES

updated 11:06 a.m. ET, Tues., April. 29, 2008

ATLANTA – The estranged husband of evangelist Juanita Bynum says in a new book that she has tried to use a highly publicized physical altercation to revive her own flagging ministry.

The self-published book by minister Thomas Weeks III includes chapters with titles such as “I Would Rather Push You Now Than Punch You Later” and “She Wanted to Be Oprah at Any Cost” and says it was Weeks who suffered physical and emotional abuse in the relationship.

In the 153-page “What Love Taught Me,” Weeks says the Aug. 21 dispute was nothing more than a continuation of the “heated fellowship” the two ministers engaged in during their marriage. (click here to read the story)

 Here are a few choice nuggets from the mouth of “the bishop”:

“Ultimately, she had to have a plot and a plan to destroy my credibility, to leak issues that were in the process of being resolved … so that she could get out of the marriage almost blameless,” he wrote.

And, also:

“She needed a way out of the marriage so that she could keep her following, possibly grow her following … develop a cause that can support her without preaching and promote her secular career, while ending her marriage,” Weeks wrote. “Juanita was tired of preaching. She was tired of the conference circuit. She was more bored.”

I could pretend to be shocked but that would be a lie. If you are a follower of Tommy or Juanita and you still believe they have any credibility to evangelize the Gospel, then you need to lay before the Lord in prayer.

As a reminder, here are a few qualifications for church leadership:

Qualifications of Elders

 5For this reason I left you in (T)Crete, that you would set in order what remains and (U)appoint (V)elders in every city as I directed you,

 6namely, (W)if any man is above reproach, the (X)husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of (Y)dissipation or (Z)rebellion.

 7For the (AA)overseer must be above reproach as (AB)God’s steward, not (AC)self-willed, not quick-tempered, not (AD)addicted to wine, not pugnacious, (AE)not fond of sordid gain,

 8but (AF)hospitable, (AG)loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,

 9(AH)holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in (AI)sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

 10(AJ)For there are many (AK)rebellious men, (AL)empty talkers and deceivers, especially (AM)those of the circumcision,

 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting (AN)whole families, teaching (AO)things they should not teach (AP)for the sake of sordid gain. (Titus 1:5-11)

 And, here is what Juanita and Tommy represent:

15(AX)To the pure, all things are pure; but (AY)to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their (AZ)mind and their conscience are defiled.

 16(BA)They profess to know God, but by their deeds they (BB)deny Him, being (BC)detestable and (BD)disobedient and (BE)worthless (BF)for any good deed. (Titus 1:15-16)

God can and does use anyone that He wants to – that’s His Sovereign Will.

And He is using Juanita and Tommy…by exposing them as false teachers and making it even more evident that they don’t represent Him.

They profess to know Him, yet act in entirely contradictory ways.

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ that these two vipers are becoming more and more transparent every day.

Church Mafia – A Casualty’s Perspective

I’ve previously written about the concept of a mafia mentality within the mega-church, and I’ve gotten lots of email from those who have either been victims or perpetrators of this kind of intimidation.

I was in the church mafia, and on my way to becoming a faithful captain to my boss, so I know of what I speak.

My UK blogger colleague Alan Higgins wrote about the same phenomenon across the pond as well, and he was recently contacted by a victim (and potentially future casualty) of the church mafia (click here to read the post in it’s entirety).

The young lady who wrote the post was so despondent with the treatment she was receiving from her mafia church family – and her own husband (under the influence of his mafia church boss) – that she contemplated falling away from the faith.

Through the urging of the Holy Spirit, Alan was able to pray for her (and solicit the prayers of other colleagues around the globe).

The young lady contacted Alan to detail the victory she experienced because of the prayers of the saints.

This is just another example of the far reaching implications of submitting to a pulpit pimp/mafia boss and aligning yourself with them as opposed to the Word of God.

When I was submitted to my former pastor, I knowingly submitted my family to his heresy as well – and the division caused friction in my own household.

While I never browbeat my wife to submit to the same false teacher as I was submitted to, I still viewed myself as “spiritually superior” (more “enlightened”, if you will) than her.

I thank God through Jesus Christ that she saw through that mess and diligently lived out 1 Peter 3:1-2 while God worked on my heart.

God rescued us from that heresy, but many aren’t as fortunate:

  • How many husbands have left their wives because she kept giving their money to the various pimps on TBN who promised “increase”?
  • How many wives suffer in silence because their husbands will jump through any hoop that the mafia boss puts in front of him – just to become an elder, deacon, minister, etc.?
  • How many children grow up alone because mom and dad are “submitted to the vision and the visionary”, but don’t have time to raise them because they’re always “working for the Lord” through the pimp/mafia boss?

Whenever you read any articles on this blog about pulpit pimps and mafia bosses (or if you see the pimps/mafia bosses on your TV schilling God’s sheep), PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO STOP AND PRAY.

Pray for those who follow them, but also pray for the families of those followers as well.

There are many unseen and unknown casualties as a result of the church mafia…and they suffer in silence.

Can God Be Bought?

I was awakened by the dog this morning at 5AM and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to watch a little TV.

Lo and behold, Peter Popoff was up to his old tricks – extorting the sheep and scamming them into “sowing a seed” for his useless trinkets (holy oil, holy water, holy handkerchiefs, etc.).

Pete is a certified, bona fide pulpit pimp who has been conning God’s people for decades. If you’ve never seen his hustle up close, then take a look at an “expose” on him from 2007:

Yeah, he’s despicable – and a phony.

This morning, however, old Pete kicked up the sleaze factor a notch by offering what he calls “Miracle Manna”. All you have to do is send Pete a request for your “manna” (which looks suspiciously like 2 small graham crackers), chew em’ up, and BAM! – you’ll receive money in the mail!

Don’t believe me? Well then, take a look at the people in Pete’s commercial…they wouldn’t lie, would they?:

I know, it’s a miracle…and you didn’t even have to rub your bible or turn around three times and shout “glory”! 

This is yet another example of the wolves and false teachers that the Apostles Peter and Paul warned us about long ago.

God cannot be bought with tithes, offerings, love offerings et al. He will not be persuaded to “move” in “your situation” because you drink “holy water”, wipe your tears with an “anointed handkerchief”, or chew on “miracle manna”.

Our God is Holy and Sovereign, and He dispenses grace, wealth, healing, and anything else He wants in His own time and at His pleasure.

You don’t have to pay Him or play games to get His attention. All you have to do is confess and believe in His Son, and you’ll receive His Gift – free of charge

Once you become a Christian, your challenges will not just “disappear”Jesus said it, and Peter reminded us of it.

I’ll say it again – GOD CANNOT BE BOUGHT!

Peter Popoff is a heretic and an apostate who should be completely avoided.

Pray for him…from a distance.

While I pray that he repents, renounces his foolish hustle and returns to his First Love, I also pray that the Lord would minister to those who have been deceived by Pete – and that they read the Word for themselves and never fall for a scam like this again.

How A Televangelist Becomes A “Doctor”…

There seems to be a proliferation of “Doctors” in the church today.

While many black pastors have called each other “doc” over the decades, there are many pastors who are pursuing their doctoral studies to be more effective in Gospel ministry.

There are also pimps, pimpettes, and false teachers who seek to acquire the title of “doctor” to make you think they’re more knowledgeable about scripture so that they can shake you down for more money.

Sorry for being so blunt, but it’s the truth. Think I’m wrong? Take a look at Friends International Christian University.

Founded in 1978, FICU bills itself as a school whose goal is to accommodate the busiest of students, regardless of educational background. FICU is committed to education; the education of persons preparing for service in Christian ministry”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a believer in ACCREDITED online education like Walden University, the University of Phoenix, or American Intercontinental University – but this place sounds fishy to me.

First, they’re not accredited (and they make that perfectly clear), so why waste your time pursuing a worthless education?

Second, they’re dirt cheap (it only cost $110 to apply and $3600 for a Doctorate…I haven’t even started paying off the bill for my MBA yet and I could’ve received a Doctorate for a fraction of the cost :-( !), and they have “open enrollment” (meaning they’ll accept anyone).

Don’t have time to study? No worries – they give you “lifetime learning credit”. That means you simply detail some of the aspects of your life (your involvement in ministry, career highlights, etc.) and you don’t have to waste your time in a pesky Homiletics or Hermeneutics class.

Want to offer an “extension program” for FICU at your church? Again, no problem – you can help their campuses grow by becoming an “affiliate partner”. I’m sure it won’t cost you much – just sow a small seed ;-)

If that were all, I could end this post right now…but wait, there’s more…

Who are some of FICU’s “famous” alumni, you ask?

Well, none other than some of the most prolific pimps stalking the pulpit today:

  • I.V. & Bridgette Hilliard
  • T.D. Jakes
  • Clarence McClendon
  • Orrin & Medina Pullings
  • Fred Price
  • Paul Morton
  • And many more…

They’ve also been able to squeeze $3600 out of Helen Baylor, Ron Kenoly, and Billy Blanks (who knew?).

I’m not saying that a pastor couldn’t get a legitimate degree from Harvard or Morehouse and still not fleece the sheep – or that a pimp is only a pimp because they got their degree from an unaccredited diploma mill.

I do find it interesting, however, that many of the wolves who empty the pockets of the saints decided to get their phony degrees from the same “university”.

Remember Christ’s observation about how fruit is produced.

Hmmm. “Birds of a feather…”

When A Pimp Complies With Congress

Just when you thought that Eddie Long would dig in his heels and continue to defy the United States Senate in the investigation of his ministry

 

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He has decided to cooperate with the Senate Finance Committee’s investigation, and will disclose the financial information that the committee has been seeking from him since November of 2007.

This is great news for the members of Club New Birth. You finally get a chance to see where your money is going.

Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar (Ken’s “spiritual son”) have continued to tell the Senate to…well…go fly a kite. They must not be too happy that Eddie decided to cooperate, but I guess they couldn’t stick together forever.

It’s interesting to hear that these televangelist think that the devil is using the Senate to investigate complaints that they might be using “charitable donations” to fund their lavish lifestyles. Listen to what Ken had to say:

Copeland, who has been a mentor to Dollar, ramped up his rhetoric last month. According to the Des Moines Register, he sent a letter to supporters saying, “The enemy is not going to steal what the Lord has won through this ministry, and he is not going to use this attack to bring harm to the rest of the churches and ministries in America,”

“Steal what the Lord has won through ministry”? Is Ken talking about money or salvation?

“…not going to use this attack to bring harm to the rest of the churches and ministries in America”? Copeland and his ilk have been harming the Gospel of Jesus Christ by convincing the gullible that they could pay for access to God, and that God would pay them for their obedience and “favor”.

Sounds to me like the enemy has been sitting back with his feet kicked up while Ken and his crew have bastardized the Gospel and destroyed the witness of honest ministers for a long time.

These pimps try to entice us by telling us about how God wants us to have nice things and look good while we “represent” him, but John told us:

15Do not love (A)the world nor the things in the world (B)If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 16For all that is in the world, (C)the lust of the flesh and (D)the lust of the eyes and (E)the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

 17(F)The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who (G)does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

While I’m a bit cynical about these pimps, I don’t believe that they are too removed from the love of God. They need to repent for their heresy, and try to undo the harm they’ve done for so many years.

If they don’t stop corrupting the image of God to a hungry world, then God will repay them.

When A Pimp Pleads Guilty (*updated 6/17/08*)…

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***UPDATED JUNE 17, 2008***
It looks like Pimp Ronny has pled guilty to federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud. By admitting his guilt, Pimp Ronny’s original plea deal has been voided and he could spend up to 80 years in federal prison.

I hope he doesn’t “start a church” while in the pen…but at least they’d “correct his behavior” if he tries to fleece his fellow inmates.

***UPDATED MARCH 31, 2008***

It seems as though pimp pastor Ronny still has a job (at least on paper) at the church he stole from:

Will church fire Sailor as pastor? Members to decide on status of disgraced legislator


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/31/08

The 200-member Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church worshipped with a spirit of resolve and unity Sunday as it prepared to decide Monday whether to fire its pastor and former state lawmaker, Ron Sailor Jr.

A special meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the southwest Atlanta church, where congregants are still reeling from their recent discovery that Sailor secretly took out a $250,000 mortgage on the 2540 Campbellton Road property just days before pleading guilty in federal court to money laundering. (click here to read the rest) 
Do you mean he wasn’t fired after they found out that he stole from them? One of the associate ministers made an interesting point:

“The church is going on …,” continued Boyd, an associate minister. “We need to stop pointing fingers at one another. We need to stay together.”

No, in this case it’s OK to point the finger at the pimp who got you into this mess. I agree, you can’t sulk about it forever, but you have to at least admit that your degenerate (soon to be former) pimp of a pastor dragged you and the rest of the congregation into this mess.

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ORIGINAL POST – March 28, 2008

Until several weeks ago, Ron Sailor Jr. was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 61st district. I guess Ronny  wasn’t too satisfied with his state salary, so in December he decided that it would be more profitable to launder money for a drug dealer to make a little cash on the side.

Unfortunately for Ronny, his “drug dealer” was really an undercover Federal agent. Ronny folded faster than a cheap deck of cards, so he quickly admitted his guilt. Ronny also pled guilty to accepting $80,000 from a lobbyist to push legislation through the House of Representatives.

At this point you might be wondering “why is Ron Sailor so important, and how is he a pimp”?

Well folks…(drum-roll please)…Ron Sailor Jr. is also the Right Reverend Ron Sailor, Pastor of The Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church here in Atlanta.

Not content with just embarassing the people in his congressional district and his family (his father is Ron Sailor Sr., Pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church in north Georgia), Pastor Ronny thought he should embarrass the members of his flock as well:

CHURCH: Sailor Robbed His Flock


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/27/08

Days before pleading guilty to money laundering earlier this month, former legislator Ron Sailor Jr. secretly took out a $250,000 mortgage on the southwest Atlanta church where he was pastor.

The congregation had no idea what he had done, church leaders say. Now, they say they have no idea where the money is.The deacons of Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church were scrambling Thursday to piece together what happened and just who was the minister they thought they knew. “It’s amazing to all of us,” said Jimmie Evans, chairman of the board of deacons. “We can’t believe it.”

Sailor resigned his legislative post after pleading guilty March 18 in federal court. Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday called a May 13 election to fill the seat, which represents sections of DeKalb and Rockdale counties.

A church trustee began checking records Tuesday after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Sailor had accepted at least $80,000 from a lobbyist in a 2007 land transaction, Evans said. (click here to read the entire article)

Ron Sailor Jr is a despicable, desperate, degenerate pulpit pimp because he stole money from the members of his congregation AND he attempted to launder supposed drug money AND he took money from a lobbyist. This church isn’t nestled in any of the affluent suburbs that surround Metropolitan Atlanta. This is an economically-challenged inner city community.

I’m sure Pastor Ronny’s sheep could’ve found better ways to spend their money than to pay off a mortgage that a convicted thief took out without their knowledge.

When reading the article, a few things lept out at me:

The board soon learned Sailor had secretly changed church bylaws to make himself chief executive officer, Evans said.

They also found Sailor had borrowed $250,000 using the church’s buildings and 2.5-acre property as collateral. Fulton County tax assessors value the property at 2540 Campbellton Road at $369,200.

What else would you expect from a degenerate pimp.

“The deacons are shocked at the existence of this security deed and we are moving forward with our investigation,” he said. “We will help the church in any way we can.”

Evans, sighing repeatedly during an interview, said everyone in the church thought Sailor was a great pastor prior to the recent revelations. Sailor, who holds a masters in divinity from Howard University, delivered heartfelt sermons and regularly lead Bible studies with church members, Evans said.

The deacons didn’t even know there was a security deed? I believe it. These days, pastors believe in absolute power – they don’t want to answer to anyone – so what else would you expect? I wouldn’t be surprised if the deacons find more as they dig for the truth.

Also, he was a great pastor because he got a degree from Howard and delivered heartfelt sermons? C’mon people. We’ve got to require more from a shepherd than just smooth talking and charisma. These pimps are preying on you like wolves and you think they’re great just because they speak well when they rob you?

Here’s what trusting a “great man” will get you:

5 Thus says the LORD:        

“ Cursed is the man who trusts in man
      And makes flesh his strength,
      Whose heart departs from the LORD.
       6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
      And shall not see when good comes,
      But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
      In a salt land which is not inhabited. (Jeremiah 17:5-6 NKJV)

I’m not saying that Pastor Ronny’s flock knew that he was a crooked pimp. The article states that he hid things pretty well, so only through Godly discernment could they have detected that something wasn’t right. Even the pimps friends and the former pastor (who the article said left the flock in Pastor Ronny’s hands to serve in Iraq) was completely surprised by these revelations.

Pastor Ronny is going to jail, hopefully for a long time. I ask that we all pray for the members of Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church – the sheep that the lying crooked pimp Pastor Ronny is leaving behind to clean up his mess.

As they seek a new shepherd, let’s pray that the Lord would give them discernment to never be in this position again. If you’re a member of Greater New Light, then read the admonition that the Apostle Peter gave to his fellow elders, and make sure you look for the warning signs in your next pastor:

1(A)Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your (B)fellow elder and (C)witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a (D)partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,

 2shepherd (E)the flock of God among you, exercising oversight (F)not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and (G)not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

 3nor yet as (H)lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be (I)examples to the flock.

 4And when the Chief (J)Shepherd appears, you will receive the (K)unfading (L)crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:1-4)

And don’t worry, your degenerate former pimp will get what’s coming to him:

12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed.

13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception[a] even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals.

14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.

15They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor,[b]who loved to earn money by doing wrong. (2 Peter 2:12-15 NLT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Owes You Nothing!

As I’ve stated in a previous post, Paul warned us in Galatians 1:6-8 that others will try to turn us away from the message of Christ and the Cross by persuading us to subscribe to a different gospel (or what some bible translations call “another gospel”).

Jamal Bryant (the pimp of Baltimore) gave us a classic illustration of this butchering the Gospel for personal justification.

The primary reason that pulpit pimps are allowed to twist scripture and doctrine is simply because we don’t read God’s Word as diligently as we should.

If we are reading it, then we’re not studying it.

If we are studying it, we’re negating it’s truths for the artful prose of an eloquent pimp who completely distorts it until we find ourselves regurgitating the garbage we’ve been fed.

As I state continuously, in the past, I was guilty of being persuaded by a charismatic pimp (and his “spiritual daddy”) so much so that I would doubt God Himself if my pimps told me to.

By the Grace of God, the scales fell from my eyes and I’m having to re-learn the Word of God for myself.

One of the tenants of the bible that I was “taught” was that God abdicated His Dominion on the earth when He created Adam and Eve.

Essentially, my pimps (and every other word of faith or prosperity butcher in the market today) teach that God CAN’T operate in the “earth realm” unless we give Him permission to.

Instead of us being puppets of God, He’s supposed to be our puppet.

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That, my friends, is what we call “heresy”.

Andre Landers (the pimp of Hampton, GA) has even gone so far as to say that it is “illegal” for God to do anything in the earth – except through His created.

He actually said that “God will not break his own rules. He can’t move until we release Him to”. 

I heard this with my very own ears – repeatedly.

It didn’t help that I.V. Hilliard (the pimp of Houston) came to Andre’s church last year to give him more ammunition in spouting this heresy. Old I.V. said that God’s Will is NOT automatic – we have to “release” God’s Will in our lives.

Again, I was there. I heard it with my own ears, and scratched my head in wonder.

I’m already going to take a page and a half to finish this post, so I won’t address this stupidity – you’re welcome to reply if you’re familiar with this insane declaration as well.

Even though Landers is ignorantly spouting the same inane comments that he learned from Eddie Long (his “spiritual father” and the pimp of Lithonia, GA), it’s still a VERY DANGEROUS doctrine that many gullible Christians (both mature and new to the faith) are subscribing to.

Allow me to attempt to deconstruct the argument:

  • The pimps use Genesis 1:26 as “proof” that God gave His authority over the earth to man. The crux of this argument gives them the “revelation” that God CAN’T reign on the earth – He HAS to use men to do it, especially since He “gave us rule (or dominion) over everything else”.

I’ll let Isaiah’s words debunk this idiocy:

16You turn things around!
   Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
   That (A)what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
   Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? (Isaiah 29:16
)

How stupid would I look if I opened my refrigerator door and asked my water pitcher for permission to pour myself a glass of water? It’s just as ridiculous to think that our Holy and Sovereign God, The Maker of Heaven & Earth would keep His (proverbial) hands in His pockets until we “activate Him” in the earth!

I don’t know about you, but my life (apart from Christ) was a HOT MESS. All these years later, even on my holiest days, I’m chasing after God hoping to stay close enough not to operate in my own flesh.

Why would the great I AM (Exodus 3:14) reserve His power – only to be “dispatched” at my beck and call?

It doesn’t make any sense.

I’m no apologetic, theologian, or divinity student, so I’ll let others debate the error in my brief attempt at exegesis.

If you’d like to be “deeper” and more “theologically sound” than I am, and condemn my “weak” argument then go ahead, be my guest – and do me a favor by leaving your homiletic exposition in the “comments” section so that other scholars can participate as well.

The bottom line is this: God is God, and He doesn’t owe you or I anything.

We owe Him EVERYTHING!

When A Pimp Throws A Party…

…it seems as though everyone will show up – especially if the party is thrown by Super (soon to be Alpha Pimp) Eddie Long.

In case you didn’t know, every Easter, Eddie brings his entire congregation to downtown Atlanta to “worship” in the cavernous Georgia Dome. Eddie calls it an “Easter service for the city of Atlanta” – as a former member of Eddie’s mafia, I call it an opportunity for Eddie to show off “his” congregation in order to keep flexing his mega-church as a force in the city.

Eddie is known for aligning himself with anyone who can further his agenda:

Anyway, Eddie took a break from running away from Senate investigators to party at the Dome yesterday. Not to be content with creating a circus environment that gives cursory praise (at best) for the impact of the Resurrection of our Christ, Eddie likes to invite some of his famous friends to the party to attract thousands – and to show you the reach of his influence.

This year’s special guest was Clifford Harris:

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Who is Clifford Harris, you ask? Well, your kids know him as the rapper “T.I.” a/k/a “The King” a/k/a “Tip” a/k/a “The Rubber-band Man”.

You see, young Cliff is a former drug dealer turned rapper who is currently on home confinement as he awaits trial for buying weapons from an undercover FBI agent. Cliff likes to curse when he raps, he calls women all kinds of unmentionable names, and he brags about his…well…let’s just call it his “sexual prowess”.

Young Cliff got permission from the feds to attend the services of his “spiritual advisor” – you guessed it, Eddie Long.

This shouldn’t seem too strange to you. Remember, Eddie and Cliff have the same interests (big homes, big cars, nice jewelry, etc.).

Eddie got what he wanted by inviting young Cliff to the party – lots of young folks showed up to see Cliff (oh, and hear about that Jesus guy also). Cliff even brought some of the other vulgar artists from his record label to the party as well.

Eddie even let young Cliff get up and address the crowd (I wonder if Cliff had to leave a large “offering” at the alter for the privilege?).

I wonder if Eddie inquired about the state of young Cliff’s soul when they schmoozed in the Green Room.

I wonder if Eddie helped Cliff repent of his past and directed him to the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. 

I wonder if Eddie is helping Cliff to learn the Gospel so that Cliff can share the Good News with the thugs on his record label.

Hmm…

To those who think that I’m an “Eddie hater”, I can hear you now:“Paul said that he became all things to all men so that some could be saved”. Once again, you’re quoting your local pulpit pimp who takes the scripture out of context.

Paul said:

20(A)To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though (B)not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;

 21to those who are (C)without law, (D)as without law, though not being without the law of God but (E)under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.

 22To the (F)weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become (G)all things to all men, (H)so that I may by all means save some.

 23I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. (1 Corinthians 9:20-23).

Notice my emphasis in bold above. Paul didn’t seek to associate with “famous sinners” so that he could be seen as their personal “guru” like Eddie does – Paul sought to make disciples and fellow partakers of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Anyway, it was quite the party indeed. And not too far away, the 250 members of Mount Gilead Baptist Church (which was severely damaged by the recent tornadoes that tore through Atlanta) gathered to worship God on a beautiful Resurrection Sunday.

Mount Gilead’s Pastor Dexter Johnson couldn’t attend services – he was injured during an in-home invasion (he lives in the actual inner-city neighborhood where he pastors…imagine that). Anyway, Mount Gilead’s Minister of Music said “I’d rather have a half-standing church that was full of life than a full church with no life in it”.

I know, very profound…and true.


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