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A Pimp And A President

I was content with just letting the 2008 fade away and continue preparing a few articles to finish the year out right. My plan seemed to be working until I got an email from Eddie Long:

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Eddie Long is an opportunistic snake-oil salesman who seeks to cast himself as relevant as “a voice of God for the nations” (as he declares from his “pulpit” regularly).  As our brother Independent Conservative eloquently noted a few weeks ago, Eddie has decided that he needed to pimp the new president – in addition to the lemmings who line his pockets weekly – by creating a hybrid “worship service/inaugural viewing party”. Eddie has lined up to the trough for Bill Clinton and GW Bush in the past (famously declaring that he went to Bush’s White House but “didn’t have intercourse”, and bragging about how he “deals with the White House…I deal with Tony Blair…”), so it would stand to reason that he’d try to climb into bed (figuratively) with “No Drama” Obama.

Like the many subway hucksters selling t-shirts, buttons, and magazine covers, Eddie is employing his EXCELLENT marketing strategies to host an “inaugural party” on January 20th – thus the “ticket” you see above.

That’s right, I said “EXCELLENT marketing strategies” because Eddie is a masterful marketer. He has created a brand with his church Club New Birth, so much so that he uses the “goofy trident”symbol as opposed to a representation of the Cross of Christ. Before I fled Eddie’s club in search of my dignity and self respect, I heard him say on many occasions that he wanted “the New Birth brand to be as famous as McDonald’s Golden Arches”. Not to be content with just creating a brand, Eddie even had expensive jewelry designed to replicate the “goofy trident” symbol, and he wears it faithfully. He also has the jewelry replicated so that he can present baubles to various “ministry sons”  as a sign of allegiance…like a thug rapper presents gold chains to his crew.

Eddie is such an excellent marketer that he has created a revenue stream from licensing the “goofy trident’s” likeness to various “ministry sons”. Back in 2004, Eddie charged $10,000 a year to “sons” like Terrell Murphy of New Birth Charlotte and Andre Landers of New Birth South (as seen in this archived site from 2002) so that they too could market the “goofy trident’s” likeness for their New Birth satellite churches. Landers grew tired of paying the annual licensing fee (now well over $10,000 a year), so he broke away from Eddie’s marketing machine to start his own marketing empire (Landers is still Long’s dutiful son, however – he’s just happier pimping his own congregation instead of kicking money up to the Alpha pimp).

Eddie Long is such a masterful marketer. He figured that in addition to launching his own homegrown “ministry sons” from the “mothership” to wreak havoc on unsuspecting sheep, he could establish the “New Birth Family of Churches” in order to collect even more money from lemmings all across the land – so he convinced at least two pastors to turn their churches over to him:

New Birth California

Since the early days of New Birth Church in 1997, our goal has been to reach out to the Bay Area with the love of God and the good news of His Son, Jesus Christ. Early in 2004, this vision stepped into high gear as we became part of the 25,000+ member strong New Birth Family of Churches under Bishop Eddie Long

New Birth Greenville (SC)

July 1, 2006, after much prayer Pastor Getties and Elder Anita Jackson met with the United Christian Ministries Church family to make the announcement official. We will officially become New Birth Greenville January 1, 2007

Eddie decided that he also needed to step up his “television game”, so he appeared on two Atlanta-based reality shows within the last two months: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (a show detailing the excessive lifestyles of wealthy black “housewives” in Atlanta) and “Keyshia Coles: The Way It Is” (a reality show follwing R&B singer Keyshia Cole and here dysfunctional family). On the “Housewives” show, Eddie thinks that he’s marketable enough to be auctioned off (along with his wife) for a lunch date in order to help one of the vapid housewives raise money for her “charity”. On the “Keyshia Coles…” show, Eddie is chosen to counsel Coles’ mess of a sister (in front of the cameras, off course – what a shock!). Yup, that Eddie Long is a doggone marketing genius!

You almost have to (grudgingly) give Eddie Long his due – he is a masterful marketer who rakes in millions of dollars in personal income annually. I say “almost” because you must remember that Eddie Long props himself up to be a minister of the Gospel – which means that he is a degenerate pimp who uses God to attract and abuse spiritually immature “Christians”, all the while extracting cash and property from their possession with surgical precision.

So for Pimp Eddie the Masterful Marketer, there is hardly a better way to attach yourself to the newest marketing superstar – Barack Obama. If you notice the “ticket” above, Eddie’s “goofy trident” symbol is overlayed right on top of Obama’s “hope/change” symbol” – and Pimp Eddie is pictured essentially sitting on Obama’s back. If that doesn’t scream “I’M WITH OBAMA!”, then I don’t know what does. Lets forget the fact the Obama’s personal beliefs (abortion, homosexual unions and “rights”, the irrelevancy of scripture) are enough to make a TRUE minister not even want to be photographed with him.

But we must remember – Eddie Long is NOT a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he’s a balding slick-haired, tight shirt wearing, “watch this” spouting marketing genius…so there is no compromise to speak of.

When you look at the facts, Eddie and Obama have a lot in common:

Too bad the Apostle Paul wasn’t as savvy a marketer like Eddie Long. If he would’ve just co-opted his ministry with the rulers of his day, he wouldn’t have had to live off handouts from the early Christians who desired to know God’s truth. Instead of roaming town to town proclaiming the TRUE GOSPEL, Paul should have marketed himself better, and avoided this testimony:

2 Corinthians 11:24-27 (New American Standard Bible)

24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.

25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;

27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

Such a waste.

But hey – Eddie Long is WAAAYYY smarter than the early Apostles. He has this whole “we’re here to take over” dominionism/alignment with the “kings of this world” thing all figured out.

Yup, old Eddie Long is a masterful marketer 🙄 …

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The “Root” Of The Word Of Faith Heresy

Last week, I posted a few articles on Justin Peters and his ministry in exposing the wicked origins of the WOF heresy that is choking the church today. You can’t rail against Creflo Dollar, Ken and Gloria Copeland, and other vipers of the day without digging a little deeper at the root of their heretical allegiance to the false gospel of health and wealth.

Our brother Escapeetoo over at Pimp Escape has posted an excellent article entitled “The Word of Faith Movement – Who’s Your Great-Granddaddy?”:

While a member in Club Hustle & Flow I heard over and over the importance of “Sonship.” Over and over we’d hear the story of the “family tree”; from Jakes, to Eddie Long to Andre Landers, the pseudo Levitical order was set like cement into the minds of the giving units at “Club Hustle & Flow.”

But one long lost family member was left out in this family tree. One member that is considered the father of the Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel Theology running wild in the church today. That missing branch on the family tree is that of Korv Essek William Kenyon [aka] E. W. Kenyon (1867–1948).

Click on the title above to read the entire article. Like me, that brother fled New Birth South (or “Club Hustle & Flow” as he calls it), and did some research on E.W. Kenyon. He too has seen the root of Kenyon’s wicked metaphysical philosophy up close and personally.

Yet more evidence that the “name it and claim it” heresy is in fact a tenet of metaphysical philosophy, and not the Word of God – no matter how bad these wolves and vipers twist scripture to make it appear biblically sound.

 

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
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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!

Like Son, Like Father?

I know, generally you hear the phrase “like father, like son”. But it’s truly the reverse when you look at Super (soon to be Alpha) pimp Eddie Long and his “spiritual son” (and well trained pimp) Andre Landers.

You see, Eddie’s got a new money making scheme “sowing opportunity” that he’s making available to the hard working men and women of God, and it’s called “Beyond Tomorrow”. Eddie says:

“Beyond Tomorrow is our opportunity to take ownership of the future. God is moving us out of our comfort zone to expand the impact and influence of our ministry. Now is the time to respond with faith, obedience, and sacrifice”.

Ahh, sacrifice. I knew that was coming. “Sacrifice what” you ask? Well, Eddie says:

“A sacrificial financial commitment is one that will affect your lifestyle. It will cost you something! This is a two year commitment, therefore I encourage you to join me…”

There you have it – Eddie wants your money. Again. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, GA claims to be a worldwide ministry that affects the lives of millions around the globe. Over thirty thousand members claim membership to the church, and each of them pay tithes, offering, love offering, etc. ON A WEEKLY BASIS.

So, why would Eddie be asking you and me for MORE MONEY to do “Kingdom work”? What is he doing with the millions that pass through his hands every year? Wait – that question was answered several years ago. Moving on…

Eddie goes on to ask you for a “first fruit” offering, then a two year commitment to aid in his “Kingdom work”. Our friend Independent Conservative already exposed the “first fruit” scam,  so remember that this “offering” GOES DIRECTLY TO THE PASTOR.

I carefully reviewed the “commitment card”, and I suddenly remember that I had seen this before. Andre Landers, pastor of New Birth South Metropolitan Church (now Higher Living Christian Church) of Hampton, GA (Eddie’s “son”, remember?) did the same thing when he was building his $22 million dollar church a few years ago (the church opened a month ago, and has been losing money since they unlocked the doors).

As I’ve said before – as a point of full disclosure, I was “submitted” to pimp Landers in ordained ministry for several years before I repented before the Lord and fled his assembly while I still had my dignity.

What Long and Landers don’t advertise, however, is that they also share the same philosophy regarding benevolence for their members in need.  I speak as someone who worked in benevolence and saw this first hand: members in need were only given $300 ONCE A YEAR if:

  • They were a tither at the church AND
  • Were members in good standing (regularly in attendance) for 6 months to 1 year AND
  • They enrolled in a money management class

While there were people who “played the system” by going from church to church looking for money to solve their poor management problems, most people had a genuine need, and we turned them away if they didn’t meet ALL of the criteria I listed above. Unless, of course, they “knew someone” who could “grease the wheels” and make something happen – fast.

Again, I’ve repented before the Lord and moved as far away from both of these pimps and their diabolical plans as I could.

So, in this case the father really did learn from the son. And the end result is still the same – YOU lose more of your money to foolishness and pimpery.

These wolves are becoming more and more brazen in their extortion attempts – and they remain successful in “shaking you down”.

7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Sorry Paul – these pimps don’t have time to teach about grace giving or giving from the heart to our brothers and sisters who are in need…

There’s money to be made here.

“Father Knows Best”?

I’ve already explored the concept of “spiritual fatherhood” and “covering”, so this short post is simply an illustration. If you attend New Birth South Metropolitan Church in Hampton, GA, then Pastor Andre Landers is your spiritual father (your “daddy”, if you will). Eddie Long is your “spiritual grandaddy”, and T.D. Jakes is your “spiritual great granddaddy”.

For disclosure purposes, I was “submitted” to Andre Landers in ministry before I repented, left this church, and submitted myself to Christ Himself as opposed to this “prophet” who “spoke on His behalf”.

Moving along…

If you’re a woman who attends NBSMC, then you’re in luck – your “daddy” is going to meet with you tomorrow night (March 11th) in the new 4 week old $22 million dollar worship facility. Your “daddy” wants to talk to you about what’s on the minds of the men in your life – and he’s calling the event “Father Knows Best”. Click the link to view the video, and come back.

Don’t waste time going to your real Father to discern what’s on the heart of your man. Don’t even waste your time talking to your man about it. Forget what God say’s about your man’s heart (Jeremiah 17:9-10). Just relax – your “daddy” is going to fill you in on everything you need to know.

When you get back home from the event, read Matthew 23:8-12:

8“But (A)do not be called (B)Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.

 9“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for (C)One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

 10“Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.

 11(D)But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

 12(E)Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Ahhh, Now I Know Why…***UPDATED***

…the Pimp of Hampton (GA) is demanding that his club members “get me my money”. A concerned citizen has shed some light on just how desperate the Pimp of Hampton has become recently.

It appears as though he’s 4 months behind on his property tax bill (scroll to the end of the post for an update as of 3/2/09):

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Click the picture above for a better view (and zoom in). You will see that the Pimp of Hampton lives in a home valued at $1.04M, and owes $15, 570.27 in property taxes – which was due 11/17/2008. Well, the bill is still unpaid (as of 2/19/09), and there are $1,557.03 in late penalties and $622.80 in interest, totaling $17,750.10 due on this account.

Before I go any further, let me say this: stand down, haters. I can hear you now: “That’s none of your business what the mand of gawd has, gawd will get you for snooping through his stuff!”. Well, this information can be found on the website of the Henry County (Georgia) Tax Authority– and it’s public information. A concerned citizen found it, brought it to my attention, and I am bringing it to the blogosphere for an important illustration.

Like all word of faith, prosperity pimps, the Pimp of Hampton preaches a message of “Look at me now! I am a living example of what God will do when you tithe faithfully and sow into good ground.” The Pimp of Hampton has also preached regularly about the importance of paying bills on time, not dodging bill collectors, and being faithful over your affairs.

I find it a bit ironic that this “living example of God’s desire to see us financially prosper” hasn’t paid his own property tax bill – proving that he and his ilk preach a false gospel of prosperity that continues to invalidate itself time after time. If the prosperity gospel message was true, then NO ONE who “sowed money into good ground” WOULD EVER EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY, let alone the chief evangelist of the lie. It appears as though the pimps lose again, and the Word of God is further solidified as the truth!

Well, now we know why the remaining sheep are flogged weekly and extorted into giving under duress – the pimp is having problems paying his own bills.

Allow me to remind you of what God says about fulfilling our obligations (my emphasis in bold):

Romans 13:7 (New American Standard Bible)

7(A)Render to all what is due them: (B)tax to whom tax is due; (C)custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

And let me also remind you of the qualifications of an elder worthy of following (my emphasis in bold):

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (New American Standard Bible)

1(A)It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the (B)office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.

 2(C)An overseer, then, must be above reproach, (D)the husband of one wife, (E)temperate, prudent, respectable, (F)hospitable, (G)able to teach,

 3(H)not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, (I)free from the love of money.

 4He must be one who (J)manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity

 5(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of (K)the church of God?),

 6and not a new convert, so that he will not become (L)conceited and fall into the (M)condemnation incurred by the devil.

 7And he must (N)have a good reputation with (O)those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and (P)the snare of the devil.

Folks, this is a clear reminder that desperate people do desperate things. Ask yourself: how can a man with such a poor reputation in the County tax office bring glory to God as the leader of a 10,000+ member church?

If you are still a member of this club after everything else you’ve read here, then I implore you to seek God for strength to flee this pimp, his false doctrine, and his desperation to keep his own lights on by taking your light money. There are pastors who are earnestly seeking God and teaching sound, biblical doctrine that glorifies God, and you do much better finding one of the “good guys”. In fact, you’d do better gathering your family together at the kitchen table and studying the Word for yourselves than trekking to this pimp’s $22M club (which is also hemorrhaging cash and gaining a poor reputation in accounting offices across Metro Atlanta).

Don’t waste anymore of your time with a desperate pimp who cares about the upkeep of his own gated estate more than he cares for the upkeep of your eternal soul.

May God have mercy.

***UPDATE 3/2/09***

It appears as though the Pimp of Hampton has some influence with Henry County (GA) Government (a few officials are sumbitted to him at his club). The website that allows Henry County (GA) residents to pay their tax bills online has been “down” for the past 7 days. A call to the County tax office yielded an “I don’t know when the site will be back up” from a clerk. Call me a cynic, but I think the Pimp’s influence is on display for all to see.

“…get me my money!”

*Brace yourselves, because this article is very lengthy. The subject, however is vitally important, and many need to hear it, confirm it with the Word of God, and flee false doctrine…

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Listen to me and listen good. I don’t give a s..t what happened to you. You hear me? Now get yourself together, get back out there and git me my money! “Goldie” from the 1973 classic “The Mack”

Goldie the pimp lashed out at his “employee” (which is what desperate pimps do) because his cash flow began to severely constrict. He didn’t care about competition, the economy, or lack of “customers” – Goldie wanted his money!

Well, those words might have also been uttered recently by the Senior Pastor Pimp at Higher Living Christian Church (formerly New Birth South). I have written extensively about The Pimp of Hampton (GA) and his club in the past – overtly and covertly. The club is leaking leaders and members like the Titanic, and people are finally growing weary of hearing lie heaped upon lie, amateurishly disguised as the Word of God. No matter how many trinkets are dangled in front of the lemmings sheep who are still there because they need “covering”, the money is beginning to only trickle in. Sure, people are losing their jobs, homes, and families – but they are also sick and tired of seeing The Pimp of Hampton driving a Bentley, living in a $1M home, and prospering (with their help, no doubt) as they continue to suffer hardship.

So, the Pimp of Hampton has channeled his inner “Goldie” and resorted to doing what any self-respecting pimp would do…threaten to unleash his mafia on them if they don’t pay up.

I have been hearing (from multiple unrelated sources) about “the letter” – an intimidating correspondence sent out to anyonewho serves in leadership at The Pimp of Hampton’s club AND is in arrears on their “tithe payments” (from ministers and paid church staff all the way down to nursery volunteers). This correspondence is sent to put them on notice that “Daddy” isn’t happy with their inconsistent tithing, and he’s not going to take it anymore. 

“Dis-fellowshiping” church members for not “tithing” is nothing new, yet the threat is still surprising.

Even though I know how desperate The Pimp of Hampton has become recently, I would never have believed the tone of “the letter” – until someone sent a copy of it so that I could share it with the blogosphere (personal information redacted):

Hello (name redacted),

The 2008 End of Year Financials & contribution statements are closed and Pastor Landers has been provided with a view of the 2008 tithing records for ALL ministry leads and it’s CRITICAL that EVERYONE is operating in the order of the house as a member and LEADER of Higher Living Christian Church.

Consistency in tithing is not optional for LEADERS. It is a requirement. Any LEADERS experiencing tithing issues at the close of 2008 will be subject to a probationary warning letter and a quarterly review of their contributions, throughout year 2009. If tithing requirements are not met, LEADERS Will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or being asked to step down from leadership. The next review of LEADER contributions is scheduled on April 1, 2009.

(personal information redacted – essentially stating that the recipient of the letter agreed to “submit to leadership” when they joined) adhering and following the leadership of the Senior Pastor and the leadership that has been appointed to the lead the ministry in which you are submitted and committed. Consistency in tithing is a condition of your submission and commitment to God and with the Higher Living Christian Church ministry. Failure to adhere to any HLCC governing policies can lead to probationary warnings, suspension or dismissal.

Are you interested in bi-weekly automatic debit drafts for your tithe and contributions?

Obtain a automatic draft form from Deacon (name redacted) or (name redacted) for processing.

Are you busy serving on Sunday and forget to drop your tithes in the offering basket?

Place your tithes on the altar, prior to service or make sure to utilize the brown receptacles in the main lobby or near the elevator, before or after service.

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me in tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground.” (Malachi 3:8-11)

Yup. The Pimp of Hampton is teetering on the edge of insanity – and this salvo sent even more contributors to the exits recently as well.

Rather than shaking my head in dismay and thanking God through Jesus Christ that I no longer subscribe to this foolish cult-like heresy, please indulge me for a moment as I succinctly present scriptural proof that tithing is an Old Testament law that modern day pulpit pimps, wolves, vipers, false teachers, money grubbers et al wield as a 10% tax and intimidation technique to take your money.

Let me be clear – we are commanded by God to give for the furtherance of the Gospel, the care of the Elder who preaches the Gospel, and the needs of those around us (from our household to the community and more). We are not commanded to contribute a fixed amount (a tax, if you will) under the duress of an imminent curse. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Paul commends the Corinthian church to give generously and in joy – inside and outside of the church, and we should give according to our income (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). We should practice what I call “grace giving” – giving as the Lord leads to whomever He leads you to give – and in whatever amount. Many embrace the tithe (pastors and parishioners) because it is “lazy benevolence” – it’s easier to give “to the church” and hope that they will distribute money and aid throughout the community instead of bringing food, diapers, money, and other resources directly to those in need yourself.

The averageChristian would rather lay $100 at the alter and expect their “breakthrough” than to give that same $100 to a single mother scraping her change together in the Kroger supermarket, primarily because the average Christian has been convinced that God will curse them if they don’t lay that money at the alter, whereas ignoring the single mother in need won’t cause the “devourer” to “invade their storehouse”.

Tithing was a requirement of Old Testament law where the Israelites were told to give 10% of their earnings and crops to the Tabernacle. Since the priests lived in the Tabernacle, they were sustained by the tithes (or 10% “tax”) of their “congregation” (Deuteronomy 26:12-15). Numbers 18 details the ordinance of the priesthood, including tithing and its original intent, and Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 14:24, and 2 Chronicles 31:5 all offer evidence of the requirement of tithing for Jews under the Old Covenant.

Aside from Paul’s admonitions to care for the needs of the Gospel, there is no reference under the New Covenant (through Jesus Christ) that Christians are required to pay any tithe or tax. There are countless mentions of giving for the sake of the saints, but no mention of a set percentage as a “minimum”. Even when Jesus mentions the tithe in the New Testament, it is in reference to Jews and their custom (Matthew 23:23). Paul even admonishes that saints pay for the care of good elders (1 Corinthians 9:9-14), but even Paul doesn’t advocate throwing good money after bad when you see that your money is being wasted on extravagant living and excess while those in need (in your own congregation)still go lacking. And just to be completely clear – The Pimp of Hampton does NOT live in his club – he has a $1M home surrounded by a gate to keep the great unwashed at bey. He should be well compensated for serving in Gospel ministry, but he should preach the TRUE Gospel, and he SHOULD NOT live in extravagance while the sheep under his care are suffering…AND HE SHOULD NOT KEEP BEGGING FOR MORE.

Having said all of that, the tithing legalists will talk about how tithing is applicable because it falls within the order of the priesthood of Melchizedek (or some other wishy-washy recounting of Abraham paying a tithe to Melchizedek). When you read Hebrews 7 in (entirety and in context) we see the true application of the Levitical priesthood AFTER the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and Hebrews 8 details our New Covenant under Jesus Christ. Further, Hebrews 7:12 explicitly details the shift from the Old to the New Covenant.

And for those of you who adhere to the admonition of your pimp to “give your tithe first before you give anything to anybody else!”, you would do well to heed 1 Timothy 5:8 (my emphasis in bold):

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Rather than address “the letter” line by line, I’ll tackle it in whole. The Pimp of Hampton can hand down any edict that he wants – it’s his church (I know…it should be “God’s church”, but it’s not. The Pimp of Hampton has fashioned and designed a kingdom after his own heart, and he got it – so the Lord has nothing to do with that club). The staffers who work there who were threatened with being fired unless they got “caught up” on their tithes received a valid threat because Georgia is a right-to-work state, which means that you can quit your job for any reason, and you can be fired from your job for any reason.

Threatening people who volunteer in ministry is within the pimp’s right as well – again, it’s his club. When you submit to a pimp and his authority, then you are subject to the pimps rules (see Goldie’s quote above). It does not matter that you lost your job, are supporting family and friends with your “extra” money, or you’ve just decided to stop paying your tax to the club, the pimp has decreed that your service is useless unless you are “in good standing” with your giving. To him and his ilk, your giving is equal to or greater than your heart for the service of God.

Your first peek into the heart of the Pimp of Hampton should have been his lack of concern about why your money is tight right now…just the fact that your money is tight and he hasn’t seen it much lately.

Where I draw the line to separate the pimp’s rights and heresy is the continual intentional twisting of Malachi 3:10 (or in this case, Malachi 3:8-11). Please pay close attention – when you read the book of Malachi in entirety, you will see that God is pronouncing His judgement on disobedient priests who absconded the sacrificial offerings for themselves. In fact, Malachi 2 is subtitled “Priests to be Disciplined”. So, as you see, we have to go through 2 full books of scripture where God is “spanking” the priests before we get to Malachi 3, and specifically verses 8-11.

When you read the Word of God in context, you see just how far off base the pimps are when extorting your money. You are bound and intimidated into giving a tax for fear of eternal curse and damnation from God – yet His Word clearly states that He wasn’t even talking about you! But the pimps don’t want you to read the Word for yourself, because you’ll then have no need for his “covering”.

It’s shameful, it’s despicable, and it is an affront to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the liberation we have through His Redeeming Blood. Ask yourself, why would God send His Son to free us from the bondage of sin and death yet require us to pay into a system of bondage that never applied to us?

If you are reading this article and you are still a member of the Pimp of Hampton’s club (and I know this blog is well read and discussed within the club), then you must repent of your allegiance to this false gospel, flee the cult that you have been involved in, and repent before the Lord Jesus Christ. Find yourself a bible believing pastor who preaches and teaches for the glory of God and not the fame and adoration of men (hint, you might have to find a church that does not have a television ministry, or a huge building).

The Lord Himself knows of your distress, and He will repay those who intentionally deceive you in His Name:

Jeremiah 23:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)

11“For (A)both prophet and priest are polluted;
         Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the LORD. 
    12“Therefore their way will be like (B)slippery paths to them,
         They will be driven away into the (C)gloom and fall down in it;
         For I will bring (D)calamity upon them,
         The year of their punishment,” declares the LORD.

And since the Pimp of Hampton also reads this blog, pray for him. Pray that he repent before the Lord and return to his First Love, lest his false teaching continue to anger the Lord:

Jeremiah 23:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)

 1(A)Woe to the shepherds who are (B)destroying and scattering the (C)sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD.

 2Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to (D)attend to you for the (E)evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.

 3“Then I Myself will (F)gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.

 4“I will also raise up (G)shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will (H)not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, (I)nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

For more solid biblical exegesis of tithing, see these excellent resources:

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