It doesn’t matter how poor the economy is, the ever faithful pulpit pimp will still find a way to shake the coins from your pockets (and by “your”, I mean those who are foolish enough to keep giving it to them).
Can’t pay your mortgage? No problem – drop $40 on a pulpit pimp and watch God throw open the “windows of heaven” in appreciation. Just don’t ask the pimp for benevolence to help pay the bill because you obviously don’t have enough faith to “speak those things” to take care of your situation.
Car been repossessed? Praise God! You have the privilege of “sowing into” the degenerate pimp’s “good ground” and God will reward you with favor never before seen. Try not to be upset when your walking to the bus stop from church and the pimp blows past you in a $250,000 car – with gas paid for by you.
It’s interesting how the Word of Faith sheeple heap pious scorn on the degenerate pimps that fall into sexual immorality and divorce (e.g The Paulk Hillbilly Chronicles, The Tommy & Juanita Show), yet they are strangely silent when their beloved money-hungry pimp keeps getting fat while the ho… er, uh, sheep are losing all manner of home, car, job, and self-respect waiting on the Genie in the Bottle to show up.
I have written about the outright heresy of the “word of faith/name it and claim it” false gospel, and how it entangles the flesh and appeals to the nature of the lust for more stuff. I wonder – how do the sheep who subscribe to this false “pay to play” gospel reconcile the fact that they are still suffering financially, even while throwing good money after bad in the endless black-hole known as the pimps “good ground”? Even the secular media is starting to notice the correlation to the mortgage crisis and the false prosperity gospel movement. Do the sheep really believe that their faith is weak – or like every other amateur gambler, do they believe that if they keep putting coins in the slot that their luck will finally turn?
All of that was my introduction – here’s my point.
The Pimp of Hampton (Georgia) has a new money making scheme. Even though he just opened his new “worship edifice” in February, he can’t seem to keep the bills paid because all of the big money donors (formerly known as congregants) are leaving due to the lack of biblical truth and sound preaching and teaching. Even having the sheep declare their allegiance (and their money) to him is not sufficient. So what is a pimp to do?
Sell bricks and nameplates!:
Each one of us are Keymakers into the vision of New Birth South. The next phase in the master plan for our Mt. Carmel Campus is to hire an architect to redesign Phase II of the Mt. Carmel Campus which includes a new, larger monumental sign at the main entrance, additional parking lot areas, a children’s educational wing and a 300-seat multi-purpose chapel. We will now implement fundraising projects to “self-fund” the Mt. Carmel Phase II Initiatives.
Our first Keymakers Campaign project allows you to make history by dedicating a plaque on the Mt. Carmel plaza honoring your family or memorializing a deceased family member.
That’s right – this pimp can’t even pay the church’s bills or assist needy families within his own congregation (yet strangely, he moved into a new $1M home earlier this year and still drives a Bentley…anyway). So rather than scale back these monuments to the god of money, and repent of his allegiance to and affinity for mammon, HE BEGS FOR EVEN MORE MONEY AND PROMISES YOU A TRINKET IN RETURN!
Also, I’ve been told by many different people that the pimp had over 2,000 chairs TAKEN OUT of the “sanctuary” because they weren’t filling them with people. Now, all of a sudden they’ve “outgrown” the facility and need “additional parking” and a “phase II”?
Why don’t you just go back to public storage and get the 2,000 seats you put there in April – that ought to accomodate the throng of sheeple who will beat down the door to hear this heresy in person.
Ah, but wait – before you write that $25 check to “the kingdom”, don’t waste your time – this pimp wont even pay attention to you UNLESS you’re a Platinum ($1,000), Gold ($500), or Silver ($250) contributor! You have to give this pimp a little credit – he is Eddie Long’s “spiritual son”, so he learned a few things while sitting at the trough, and he even taught Pimp Eddie a thing or two.
Still, selling the church like some religious Centennial Olympic Park Brick Campaign? In my not so humble opinion, that is simply scurrilous.
Folks I don’t revel in this situation at all. On the contrary, I am even more saddened for the fate of my former church home – and I grieve for those who continue to subject themselves to spiritual abuse and extortion all the while waiting for their “pressed down, shaken together blessing”. The Word of God is clear regarding those who use it for selfish gain:
1 Timothy 6:3-5 (New American Standard Bible)
4 he is (D)conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in (E)controversial questions and (F)disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
Paul warns Timothy of the “constant friction” that men of “depraved mind, deprived of the truth” will cause – clearly made evident when pimps turn the Word of God into a get-rich-quick infomercial. We are admonished not to engage in chasing after things (Ephesians 5:5-7), and chasing after money (Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:9-11). Further, we are clearly forbidden from showing partiality to folks just because they can line the pockets of the pimps:
James 2:1-13 (New American Standard Bible)
3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the (G)fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”
4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges (H)with evil motives?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally (N)drag you into court?
7 (O)Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
9 But if you (R)show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
What’s next, more private luncheons for top donors (this church club already does that), membership cards (issued based on income and “ministry contributions”) that give you access to non-public sections of the “worship edifice”, private “one-on-one personal coaching” with your “spiritual father” (for a small “seed offering”)?
When will the pimps stop preaching about the almighty dollar and fall on their faces in repentance and begin to preach Christ crucified and our riches in salvation and eternal life through Him and Him alone?
I’ve said it 1,000 times before and I’ll say it again – the prosperity gospel is a false, lying heresy from the pit of hell. You can’t buy favor with God, you can’t “sow” $10 and expect $1M in return, and you can’t please God by “sowing” into a corrupt pimp with a cross around his neck. If the pimp truly believed the bull he was shoveling down your throat, don’t you think he could simply “name and claim” the money that he needs without any help from you? Your giving to his “vision” is direct proof that even he does not believe what he is telling you.
RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FROM ANYONE WHO CLAIMS THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE PROSPERITY – & BE REWARDED WITH RICHES BY “SOWING A SEED”!!!
May God have mercy on those who use Him to line their pockets and build monuments to their mortal “greatness”.