When Pimps Have Children…

Hat tip to Melvin over at Pulpit Pimps for this information. Visit Melvin’s post for more details…

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This post isn’t going to be as long as my usual rants, but I’m compelled to step into the mess that I’m presenting to you.

Pastor R.A. Vernon is pastor of The Word Church in Cleveland, OH. I’ve caught a bit of R.A.’s schtick on TV from time to time when I’m cruising for “pimps in action”, and it is my opinion that he is a bonafide pulpit pimp (again, see my previous post on the true definition of the word if it offends you).

Cleveland is one of those formerly industrial Midwestern cities that has been experiencing economic “challenges” for the past 20+ years, but R.A. has been doing pretty well for himself. You see, R.A. subscribes to the prosperity gospel – where God’s chief concern is to make you rich in this lifetime.

I know, he’s done good things in his community, and he has other revenue streams (i.e. books, a church owned roller rink, other church owned property, etc.), but he still likes to rake in tithes, offerings, love offering, first fruit , etc. every week.

R.A.’s daughter Chanae recently celebrated her 16th birthday, and he decided to throw her a party. Only, R.A. didn’t rent the church’s roller rink to host the party. No, R.A. rented the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, and hired MTV to film the debacle for it’s pretentious show “Sweet 16”.

If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a showcase of how uberly spoiled young girls and boys waste their wealthy parent’s money on lavish celebrations – and the parents reward their arrogance and selfish behavior with expensive gifts and cars IN ADDITION to the lavish parties.

In the big picture, I really don’t care what wealthy people do with and for their kids. I’ve got children of my own, so I’m too busy trying to teach them to emulate Christ, but this show caught my attention if for nothing more than the disturbing message it sends.

You can go to MTV’s website to watch the videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4 (each video is approx. 5 minutes in length).

***NOTE*** – Please don’t jump around the website because you’ll be shocked at what else you may find. I’m only advocating that you view the videos from the links above. Also, PLEASE DON’T READ OR RESPOND TO THE COMMENTS POSTED UNDER EACH VIDEO. These are primarily children who have very little understand of the True and Living God, so their comments are mostly made in ignorance. Again, just view the videos to form your own opinions.

There are many statements from this episode that make me labor in prayer for the next generation, but I’m particularly disturbed when I hear:

“Party like a God star!”

“I’m flying in on my daddy’s plane”

“Jesus is in the building” (at the ungodly party)

“Jesus wants me to have a nice party”

“God gave me everything that I wanted”

“I’m blessed!” (said multiple times throughout the episode)

The show also gives you an inside look at R.A.’s lavish home, his nice cars, and his lifestyle.

I understand that some of you will call me a “hater”, and recite the ever popular rap slogan “don’t hate the player, hate the game” (as voiced by R.A. himself from the pulpit on one occasion).

Therein lies the problem – pimps like R.A. ARE players, and they ARE playing a game…with God and God’s people!

To those of you who attend The Word Church (or know anyone who does), I would encourage you to seek the Lord for strength to flee this pimp. Before you go, ask for a financial statement so that you can see how much of your hard earned money went to this “party” (in the video, HE said it cost him at least $25,000!).

To those of you who think I’m condemed to hell for “putting my mouth on the man of God”, I suggest you read your bibles and stop reciting what your pimp has beat into your head over and over. Thumb over to Luke 16:13:

13(A)No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and (B)wealth.”

This is a sad example of what happens when the flawed and twisted doctrine of a pimp influences the mind of a child.

It’s particularly sad when it’s the pimps own child.

Please pray that this child has an encounter with the True and Living God, and that she one day intercede on behalf of her father…

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10 Responses to “When Pimps Have Children…”


  1. 2 Melvin Jones March 20, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Nice post. I love it when others are able to bring out even more to expose these pimps.

    Melvin

  2. 3 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen March 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I’m 17. I find what I saw rather disturbing. Why would any self-respecting parent let their, as you so aptly put it, uberly spoiled kid flaunt their “affluent” lifestyle on MTV of all places!!!! What’s worse is stupid MNRs [great term Bro. Melvin] will defend people like these.

  3. 4 Speaking Truth March 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Douglas. You’re 17, and you’re cruising Christian blogs (I’ve seen you at Melvin’s and IC’s site as well)?

    Wow – if I learned this when I was 17, I’d be dangerous :-).

  4. 5 biblicalfoundations March 25, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Brother,

    You said, “To those of you who think I’m condemed to hell for “putting my mouth on the man of God”, I suggest you read your bibles and stop reciting what your pimp has beat into your head over and over.”

    I’m not worried about what you say about them… They need to worry about the trash they vomit regarding real men of God like yourself! Keep preaching…

  5. 6 dupednomore March 25, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Amen!

  6. 7 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen March 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Amen bro!

  7. 8 kingskid March 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Hello IST,

    After reading the following statements, the words of Isaiah the Prophet came to mind and I felt the need to share:

    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.

    They need to worry about the trash they vomit regarding real men of God like yourself!

    Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

    The wine, and strong drink, is synonymous for FALSE DOCTRINE!

    Peace

  8. 9 LJ June 2, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    That’s calling a spade a spade. No more no less. Keep checkin’ ’em hopefully it will get thru someday.

  9. 10 speakingtruth June 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Glory to God LJ.

    I pray that those who practice in and advance such foolishness repent before the Lord.


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