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.

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4 Responses to “When A Pimp Complies With Congress”


  1. 1 E.Bert Todd March 31, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I am a pastor, and I spent a good part of yesterday explaining to a couple that I am counseling, that they have been lied to regarding the tithe. They are having extreme marital issues, and are on the verge of divorce. Much of it centers around the twisted ‘teaching’ that they have received re: ‘Tithing, and Giving, and robbing God’ …

    Putting your last in the offering basket, then having to walk home from the church with your 6 year old, is NOT an act of faith…

    I have known Eddie Long for many years, and the man that I see today, is not the humble fervent man that I met years ago…
    I am ashamed by the behavior of my fellows, and I know that it grieves the Spirit of God.

    Pray brethren, pray. For the sheep, and even for those who abuse and lead them astray…
    EBT

  2. 2 Speaking Truth March 31, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Thank you for your insight. I always glad to hear from pastors who teach the truth to their congregation and don’t try to hold them in bondage.

    I agree – Eddie Long wasn’t always like this, but it appears as though the thirst of his lifestyle is driving him to continue his pyramid schemes.

    I pray daily that the wolves would repent and return to God, and that the sheep would learn to discern the voice of God and avoid wolves at all costs.

    Please come again 🙂

  3. 3 Caught Thinking April 1, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Let me start with a disclaimer. I don’t not know Eddie Long.

    Having said that ST, I know what the bible says about this matter and I continue to be ashamed by the ignorance of the sheep. Yep I said the sheep. If you have ever heard, (the same preachers that is ducking congress,) say, the bible calls for you to live above reproach, then all systems in your brain should be on full alert!

    Is this not an opportunity to put to rest the assumption that all preacher are scam artist? Shouldn’t we be glad to be accountable to authority? Um, should we still obey the law of the land and honor those that God has promoted?

  4. 4 Speaking Truth April 1, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    @ CT:

    While it irks me personally (cosidering Eddie was one of my former pimps), the larger point is that the preachers under investigation run to the government to get their precious 501-C(3) status, and they brag about how God “takes them before great men and women – including government”, then they scurry like rats and throw fits when that same government as them for accountability of their finances.

    If Eddie et al would open their books to their donors in the first place, then this wouldn’t be an issue. And I’m not talking about the annual tithing statement you get for tax time – I mean a detailed accounting of how much money comes in, how much money goes out, and where it goes out to (salaries, charitable donations, benevolence, etc.).

    While this type of pimpistry (thanks for the word Melvin) can make honest men and women of the Gospel look crooked, you don’t have to worry if you don’t have anything to hide…


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