Gospel, Inc.

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It never ceases to amaze me how false teachers use the Word of God as just another product in their bag-o-heresy. I’d respect many of these vipers much more if they owned and operated liquor stores or casinos, and just “preached” on the side.

But alas, this is another example of how you can attempt to “sell Jesus”:

Creflo Dollar sued over devotional text messages

A California businessman sued the Rev. Creflo Dollar, his son Jeremy Dollar and his businesses Wednesday, saying the high-profile preacher misappropriated a business idea they developed together to text devotional messages to followers for $4.99 a month.

Dollar and his son reneged on the deal, took the businessman’s trade secrets and started the “Word on the Go” texting service in 2006, the suit by Devone Lawson of Marina del Rey claims. They are making $50 million a year through subscriptions, Lawson claims.

James Evangelista, Lawson’s Atlanta attorney from the Page Perry law firm, said Dollar also bumped up the price to $5.99 a month.

“The word from the preacher ain’t cheap,” Evangelista said.

The attorney goes on to say:

“Apparently, the Rev. Dollar and the Dollar Ministries do not practice what they preach, unless the prosperity gospel they preach justifies fraud and theft in the attainment of material wealth,” Evangelista said.

Umm, counselor, that’s exactly what the false prosperity gospel justifies – a “quid pro quo god” who must be handsomely paid – through the pulpit pimp, of course – in order to perform on command. It’s hard to read the words of the Apostle Paul and try to recognize what has become of Christ’s Bride today:

2 Corinthians 2:17 (New American Standard Bible)

  17For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.

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17 Responses to “Gospel, Inc.”


  1. 1 N'Catina July 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I saw this story earlier this week, and needless to say, I am not surprised in the least bit. The bible specified in 2 Peter 2:2 – 3 that there will be people such as this; that they will be quick to make a dollar at the expense of the Gospel, God and His people. Creflo and far too many others have taken the church and turned it into a profitable enterprise. They have done it to the extent that when people complain about having their tithe money being used to bankroll their lifestyles, the pimps can quickly point to their “businesses” for those profits.

    It stands to say that people need to do some investigating to see how THOSE funds are bring made to begin with. It can be deduced that this activity can pass as a “christianized” form of money laundering: taking money by way of ill-gottten gain and funneling it through a more “acceptable” enterprise. How else to make the funds than to sell all manner of media w/a few out of context scriptures peppered through for relevance.

    I am not sure if James Evangelista is saved, but if he is not, he certainly proves the second half of Luke 16:8…..”for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”

  2. 2 hiscrivener July 2, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Whether it has been through a personal encounter or just checking out his surname from the cheap seats, I am typically reminded of:

    “A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1).”

    The Mand of Gawd, Mr. DOLLAR sure seems to living up to his handle. Because, come on, you know his surname is “Johnson” or somesuch.

    He’s just “speaking those things that aren’t, as tho’ they are.” You know, even if he has to steal to make it come to pass.

    What’s probably the most disheartening thing is that boy can really reach the word of God. You know, when all those Benjamins are crammed down his gullet. Sigh.

    • 3 speaking truth July 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      What’s probably the most disheartening thing is that boy can really reach the word of God. You know, when all those Benjamins are crammed down his gullet. Sigh.

      I pressume you meant “preach the word of God”, as opposed to “reach the word of God”. If I am correct, then I heartily (and respectfully) disagree, brother.

      Creflo Dollar (and false teachers of his ilk) couldn’t properly exegete their way out of a torn wet paperbag. Sure he can deliver a motivational speech of gobbledy gook (and advance some strange hoax that somebody drilled a hole to hell), and preach about the god of mammon. But preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

      Ummm….no.

      Just my 2 cents…

  3. 4 brother willy July 3, 2009 at 12:05 am

    If the allegations against “Reverend” Creflo Dollar are true, I believe they will try and settle so that the business man will go away. I hope he pursues this to the end and exposes Creflo Dollar for the fraud he is. I was seduced and sucked in by his teaching for more than three years until The Lord set me free from his lies by opening my eyes to real Bible teachers like John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul.

  4. 5 hiscrivener July 3, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Exegete, completely right. His doxology is so out of whack, I don’t think his Bible would be recognizable.

    I suppose I’m a little rose-colored. Believe it or not, before I went to seminary, I was searching for an answer about God hearing me.

    I had never heard of the man who would be Dollar until some dude pointed me in his direction. The only message that was TAUGHT (not wraught… thanks for the public edit bro :)) has ever stuck in my craw from him to this day was that first message I heard.

    Man, it moved me.

    Call it an anomaly. Call it fortune. Call it God. I call it all three, but he had to be doing something right that day.

    SINCE that day, the O’Jays sing his theme song (“For the love of money” for those scoring at home) as he comes out to the pulpit in his velvet robe and tailor-made suit. Now, all I see or hear when that dude is on the mic is him blathering about his last name.

    That’s the let down for me. I suppose it was an anomaly, but hey, even God used the jawbone of an a…. ah, never mind 🙂

  5. 6 steward July 3, 2009 at 6:17 am

    “Umm, counselor, that’s exactly what the false prosperity gospel justifies”

    HAHA! love the direct sarcasm!

  6. 7 Lavrai July 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Hello. Why did this gentleman wait so long to file a claim when he’s apparently been tracking how much Creflo and company have allegedly grossed from this venture?

    If they weren’t making $50 million” from this service, would he care so much?

    I understand wanting your fare share and credit, but 3 years?

    But yes, I think this will be settled out of court in hopes of it quietly going away. That’s what this is all about right, money, not integrity and honesty?

  7. 8 ready4change July 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    ST,

    I know that I have been on a long hiatus, but I have justifiable reasons for my absence…Reasons which involve about 600 feet of water. Yes, if you haven’t yet guessed it, I pull duty on a naval submarine, and I have had the “privilege” of being well acquainted with its confines for the last 4 months or so (note the sarcastic definition of “privilege “ is implied here. LOL!!). I am enjoying a brief stint (1 week) of normal life before I prepare to go down again for another 3 months. But now that I’ve actually had a chance to come up for air, I am both elated and disturbed. I am elated that you are still on the wall for God’s glory, utilizing your gift of discernment to sniff out the foul ups, bleeps and blunders of Christendom at large, and highlighting some of the most profound teachers and proclaimers of the gospel and monergistic thought (among them one of my favorite, John Piper). I am disturbed that many of the atrocities and misrepresentations of the gospel are still being espoused by charlatans at-large. Perhaps the most distressing thing is that every false teacher who gains some sense of notoriety in the public eye fuels the passion and desire for some up and coming parrot to duplicate the error. One example (among many) is the recent fiasco of the revealing of the new Mrs. Weeks. Reportedly, the pastor and self-proclaimed prophetess Christina Glenn is next in line to be the premier element of Mr. Weeks’ “global destiny”. As a precursor, let me just say that my prayers are continually with Mr. and Mrs. Weeks as well as the old Mrs. Weeks (JB). My prayer is not for them to have a successful marriage. My prayer is not for Mr. Weeks to bounce back from his embarrassing debacles. My prayer is not for their “global” ministry to expand. No, my prayer is for the salvation of their souls should they be the elect of God. However, in praying for them, one cannot help noting the glaring inconsistencies that pertain to the actions in question. Does Mr. Weeks realize the danger of delving right into a relationship after having not one, but two failed marriages? Is he aware that according to scripture he is not to continue to retain the title of “bishop” much less “minister” or “elder” based upon the most recent actions of the past year and a half or so? Since he will no doubt still continue to “pastor”, “preach” and “minister” despite these factors, is he concerned with the message that this sends to those in his congregation as well as his legions of “partners” in his “global destiny outreach”? Does he even care? Is the new Mrs. Weeks aware of the glaring anti-biblical nature of entering a “reality” show to find her future husband? Is she aware that she is disqualified for ministry on so many levels, not to mention her previous marriage(s)? Since she will no doubt continue to “preach”, “prophesy”, and “minister” regardless of these factors, is she using this to somewhat catapult her otherwise virtually unknown name (except within COGIC circles, of course) into the fame and glamor of today’s “Christian Heavyweights”? Does she even care?

    I took the liberty of listening to an excerpt of Ms. Glenn’s theatrics via the wonderful medium of youtube. Here is the link:

    I gotta admit, the message didn’t do much at all for me, but while observing the goings on of the service and the emotional responses from the parishioners, something hit me like a bolt of lightning. Many of the people jumping up and down in the front were males. It occurred to me that one of the reasons that they may have been jumping up and down, and probably ready to give their last dime in a “seed” offering was because of the chance to see more of the “pretty prophetess”. What a great idea! Any man would jump up and down and break his bank account for some eye candy. Especially carnal, untaught, unsuspecting, emotional men. My wife was sitting next to me, and sensing that I could seize the opportunity to make some extra money, I suggested, “You know, you being a pretty woman and all, why don’t you tag yourself with the name of prophetess. You don’t have to say anything relevant or biblical. Just learn a few trendy catchphrases and colloquialisms, hoop, holler and scream from time to time and flash that big sexy smile of yours every time god is “giving you a revelation”. When you hear them saying a hearty “AMEN!!!” and “PREACH PROPHETESS!!!” , just turn it up a notch and then end with a big crescendo. This all seems to be working for Prophetess Glenn. We then hold an offering, rake in the cash and just keep it moving to the next group of unsuspecting mind-numbed robots and perform the same act. We’ll make enough money for me to be able to get out of the Navy within a year’s time, and then we just fade off the scene and come up with an excuse as to why we no longer do it. We could say that “god is leading us in a different direction” or that “we want to allow our spiritual sons and daughters to prosper in ministry” or “god wants our gifting to expand to a more global impact, requiring us to be stolen away in his presence (in the Bahamas or some other expensive Caribbean island) so that we may be able to discern the next level he is taking us to”. After we both laughed hysterically, my wife retorted, “Baby, if I ever get the notion to do something stupid like that, although I know you would never do it, you have the permission to slap the taste out of my mouth!”

    What does all of this have to do with my original statement of up and comers parroting the actions of those before them? Simple. You see, what Ms. Glenn represents is not much more than a red-boned version of a young Ms. Bynum. Upon close investigation, you will find that the same outlandish offerings you hear in her expressions are what you would have heard JB say years ago (and still may hear her say today). As crazy as it sounds, Ms. Glenn is not only mimicking the insufficient prosperity gospel that Ms. Bynum is guilty of, but she is also making the same practical mistake of getting involved with Mr. Weeks that Ms. Bynum made. Hence, I will make the strong argument that what you observe from your teachers in doctrine, life and practice is what will define you. If the example you see is based upon the gospel of Jesus Christ, scriptural adherence, humble servanthood, a hunger and thirst for righteousness and a desire to see God’s glory in all things, then it will have that type of effect on you. If the example you see is not based upon these things, well, I think you get the picture…

    Much of what we do reminds me of a statement from a book I’m reading, “The Essentials of Prayer” by EM Bounds. Although wtitten many years ago, we can find that the same issues abound predominantly in Christian practice even today. He states the following:

    “This is a busy age, bustling and active, and this bustling spirit has invaded the Church of God. Its religious performances are many. The Church works at religion with the order, precision and force of real machinery. But too often it works with the heartlessness of the machine. There is much of the treadmill movement in our ceaseless round and routine of religious doings. We pray without praying. We sing without singing with the Spirit and the understanding. We have music without the praise of God being in it, or near it. We go to Church by habit, and come home all too gladly when the benediction is pronounced. We read our accustomed chapter in the Bible, and feel quite relieved when the task is done. We say our prayers by rote, as a schoolboy recites his lesson, and are not sorry when the Amen is uttered.
    Religion has to do with everything but our hearts. It engages our hands and feet, it takes hold of our voices, it lays its hands on our money, it affects even the postures of our bodies, but it does not take hold of our affections, our desires, our zeal, and make us serious, desperately in earnest, and cause us to be quiet and worshipful in the presence of God. Social affinities attract us to the house of God, not the spirit of the
    occasion. Church membership keeps us after a fashion decent in outward conduct and with some shadow of loyalty to our baptismal vows, but the heart is not in the thing. It remains cold, formal, and unimpressed amid all this outward performance, while we give ourselves over to self-congratulation that we are doing wonderfully well religiously. Why all these sad defects in our piety? Why this modern perversion of the true nature of the religion of Jesus Christ? Why is the modern type of religion so much like a jewel-case, with the precious jewels gone? Why so
    much of this handling religion with the hands, often not too clean or unsoiled, and so little of it felt in the heart and witnessed in the life? The great lack of modern religion is the spirit of devotion. We hear sermons in the same spirit with which we listen to a lecture or hear a speech. We visit the house of God just as if it were a common place, on a level with
    the theatre, the lecture-room or the forum. We look upon the minister of God not as the divinely-called man of God, but merely as a sort of public speaker, on a plane with the politician, the lawyer, or the average speech maker, or the lecturer. Oh, how the spirit of true and genuine devotion
    would radically change all this for the better! We handle sacred things just as if they were the things of the world.”

    Now ST, I will conclude with an appeal to your readers. Traditionally today is the day our nation celebrates its Independence from Great Britain. My heart and prayerful desire for all who may happen to come across your site is that they will seek to gain their independence from the tyranny of false doctrine, false teaching, money grubbing schemes masquerading as God’s work, pulpit pimps and the professing of what the bible describes as “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6-10). Christ has come to set you free from sin and call you to liberty in Him.

    Sorry the post is so long, I know that your bandwidth is precious…Be well my friend, don’t eat too much BBQ, and have a great 4th of July…

    Solus Christus,

    R4C

    • 9 speaking truth July 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      R4C,

      Brother I’m glad to hear from you. I figured you were spending some time “down below” in service to Uncle Sam, but I thought you’d sneak some web time also (I know, I know, the wife and kids get the first few minutes of your attention – as is appropriate). Yup – you haven’t missed anything – the wolves are still roaming to and fro seeking (willing) victims, and unfortunately they’re still getting fat from their conquests. But, God is faithful, and these last days are really helping all of us distinguish between the sheep and the goats.

      Regarding the new Mrs. Weaks (intentional misspelling), you’re right – she’s easy on the eyes, which means Weaks is going to have brothers throwing cash at his new “Profitess” hand over fist. Not to mention that one has to question her sanity: she’s with an effiminate insecure man twice divorced (and once convicted of battery).

      Alright brother, glance around the blog for a few seconds to see what you’ve missed, then get back to your family…

      SDG

    • 10 N'Catina July 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

      R4C, this is a very well-written post, and really grips at the heart of all things amuck inside the apostate church system. It has been my personal contention that there are far too many “wannabes” that wish to emulate, duplicate or otherwise be like their “christian” idols. As always, it’s done w/o ever examining how the aspired “church” reached its apex point; the focus is ALWAYS on the outward appearance.

      I have been part of congregations that sought to choreograph their services after the juggernauts in the christian industry. As was well described by EM Bounds (just purchased his book on borders.com), the modern day “church” is operated as a machine. It’s cold-hearted, uncaring, w/o compassion or love for those that work and act as cogs in its operation. The results behind such are staggering, and has caused many to abandon God in their quest to separate themselves from the apostate church system that has damaged or destroyed them. Here is a link from someone giving a personal account on how such a “church” behaves–http://rising-up.blogspot.com/2006/04/thoughts-on-church.html. The story can be applicable to anyone, and this has created very large numbers of numbed people who have become spiritual and emotional invalids; dazed and confused from having been used for their money, time, attention, blind devotion, loyalty and talent, just to be tossed away as garbage once the person is spent.

      As far as Bynum, Weeks and their “supporters,” they are among the worst opportunists (along with Creflo and many others) using the Gospel and people for their own personally expedient ends. Quite honestly, I wish for their end to be very close at hand. The depths at which they stoop for a dollar is nauseating, and the manner in which they flick off people for not going along w/their program is even worse.

      As today closes out and folds into tomorrow, I will pray again for the ears that can hear Jesus to hear by the spirit to permanently denounce these worthless charlatans. It has long been time for this machine’s demise.

  8. 11 ready4change July 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    ST,

    You said:

    “Alright brother, glance around the blog for a few seconds to see what you’ve missed, then get back to your family…”

    I’ll gladly take that advice any day bro…(smile)…

    N’Catina,

    Wish you would have told me you were going to order the book. Unless you just have an affinity for collecting books (which, judging by the wonderfully orchestrated manner in which you phrase your words I assume you do) the book is available online for free in a few places. One of them here:

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bounds/essentials.toc.html

    Thank you both for your kind words and thoughtful insight…Let me encourage you to continue to stand firm in the faith and in the hope of our our only Savior, Jesus Christ…

    Solus Christus,

    R4C

  9. 12 N'Catina July 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    R4C, thanks (blushing). I do enjoy reading, but the majority of it is confined to the web unless I am able to get my books from the public library, if it is available there.

    My late father was in the Navy during the late 40s/early 50s, though was not actively involved in combat that I could remember. Thank you for the sacrifice you are making for our freedom.

    I didn’t realize the book was available for free, yet the cost of the book is nominal (less than $11 including shipping & tax). Nonetheless, given the excerpt you have posted, the reading will be well worth the small cost. 🙂

  10. 13 pierced July 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    R4C, thank you for sharing the on-line version of E. M. Bounds’ “The Essentials of Prayer”. I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about today’s “Church”. The phrase “doing church” is most descriptive and apt concerning the culture that permeates the modern church.

    I am saddened and sometimes disheartened, but also hopeful the increasing brazenness and boldness of the false prophets and pulpit pimps, worsening economic conditions around the world and the general sense of fear and hopelessness many are experiencing will cause those with a contrite and repentant heart to follow the true and living savior, Christ.

    How will they know him? Confession, repentance, study of the scriptures, and developing a relationship through earnest and heartfelt prayer and devotion.

    How will we know who the truly called of God to lead are? Diligent study and application of the Word -especially books and chapters that speak directly to the role of the church (the people); its character, mission, outreach, and its relation as members of the body to the Head.

  11. 14 James July 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

    R4C, that was a wonderful post. I watched that utube link and was laughing on the inside. It was like the birth of a new “prophetess” to take the place of the other one (ya’ll know who…).

    As for the Creflo story, I had read that a couple of weeks ago and had a pressing question?…….WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE PAYING TO GET AN AUTO-TEXT OF SCRIPTURE WHEN YOU HAVE THE BOOK RIGHT THERE IN YOUR HAND, OR IN YOUR CAR OR ON THE COFFEETABLE!!!! I DON’T GET IT? How silly is this mess? ARe people actually that lazy that they can’t pick it up and read at least one scripture daily?

  12. 15 Uzza July 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    For me, it is good to see the Creflo Dollar’s and Weeks’es. It confirms the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word said that there will be………and the world confirms Word of God. As for those that will follow after these vipers, again, did not God’s Word tell and warn us that many will have itchy ears? Therefore, I know that for every deed of these vipers, they will be held accountable. As for the Church, the road is widening that leads to destruction and getting narrower that leads to eternal life. Many will come and say “Lord, Lord.” Remember, it was the religious establishment that brought charges against our Big Brother Jesus. Jesus told us that in the last days we would be brought before the authorities and persecuted for His Namesake. Being bold and speaking out against this false doctrine will someday bring more than just an “amen” corner on blogspots. You will be sought out and brought before the authorities! It may appear that they aren’t loosing, but God’s Word says that these things must happen.

    Remember, this: In Luke 14, Jesus went into a ruler of the Pharisees house to get one sheep. If you notice that sheep identified himself when he made the statement: “15When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” (Remember the thief on the cross. Jesus went in to pull one of his sheep from trying to hang with the “Jones”)

    Just as Jesus went in to get that one lost sheep, the Holy Spirit will lead us in to get the lost sheep from within the confines of Dollar and Weeks houses. Jesus told Our Father that He did not loose one of the ones that God gave unto Him, except the one destined. That still holds true! He leads us out into the highways and byways of this World to gather those whom are chosen by God.

    The Dollars and Weeks of this world, I feel sorry for them. God’s Word said that it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea, than to cause one of these little ones to sin.

  13. 16 Mercedes July 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I am really tired of Kept Yo Dollar and his antics. Can’t people see the foolishness of him, Weeks, and Bynum? Truly sad indeed.

    • 17 Sugacoles July 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm

      ST,

      What is so ironic is that you placed CD’s picture in place of George Washington on a dollar bill. What do you do when your children come home with play bucks ($1,000,000) from the church with CD and TD picture on it? I asked can you buy anything with it? They said that they can buy toys and candy. Needless to say, those C & T Dollar bucks when straight into the trash can.


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