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Heresy: 2 For The Price of 1

Remember when Eddie Long made multiple visits to the Bush White House (multiple times) a few years back – and how “black leaders” responded?

Several speakers, including Jesse Jackson, took aim at a visit that Long and other black pastors made to President Bush at the White House. Long responded good-naturedly, saying he thought it was important to gain access to powerful circles.

Just because we went to the house,” he said, “does not mean we had intercourse.” (source)

Well, it looks like Eddie’s trying to get back to the Obama White House by participating in a little “Obama worship” of his own. Our brother Independent Conservative has an excellent post on how Eddie wants to have a worship service and inaugural viewing so that folks can worship him, Obama (and maybe God):

Eddie Long’s Club Makes Obama A Reason For Worship. Even Partners With A Secular Radio Station To Promote It.

With the economy taking a slump, it seems those who promote false money doctrines are doing whatever they can to keep some attention on themselves. Even if it means partnering with secular entertainment and hosting events that have absolutely nothing to do with the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not even an event that does any service of good works to the community. It’s not giving food to the poor or free medical care, just a free spot to praise Obama

You can argue with me until you’re blue in the face, but those of us who escaped Eddie’s plantation know FULL WELL that this is Eddie’s attempt to:

  1. Shine the light of attention on him by co-opting a “historic event”
  2. Capitalize on the man worship being heaped on Barack Obama, and
  3. Start his “trek back to the House” campaign to flaunt Club New Birth’s alleged “influence with the kings of this world” (that I and others have heard him tout from the pulpit many times in the past)

Click the title to read the rest of this excellent article.

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Quid Pro Quo – “Something For Something”

Pulpit pimps are extremely successful in shaking you down for your hard-earned money because they’ve convinced you that if you give God money, then He will open up the windows of Heaven and drown you in Bentley’s, free homes, endless cash, and “favor” in the world.

They’ve butchered Malachi 3:10 so much that you don’t even bother to read the entire book of Malachi to see God’s words in their clear context.

So, in the classic concept of “quid pro quo”, you give “something” to get “something” else.

Never mind the Apostle’s clear warning against “quid pro quo”:

Acts 8:20 (New American Standard Bible)

20But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could (A)obtain the gift of God with money!

Of course, the pimps have to find a way to grease the dough from your hands, so they come up with catchy bible-esque sounding mantra’s, creeds, and “confessions” to make you feel like your breakthrough is on the way – AFTER you give your weekly “seed” for the building campaign.

Our brother Independent Conservative wrote an excellent post exploring this lying, deceitful concept:

Insane Prosperity Cult Giving Chants!

When at various places that promote the false prosperity doctrine, I noticed many places have various unbiblical chants. That they recite in their proclamation that THEY’VE GOT SOME BIG MONEY COMING THEIR WAY. At many places that do this sort of thing, the pulpit pimps usually have it recited by everyone during the time people are about to show how duped they are and give the pimp more of their money. So they can do things like hope God gives them lunch money for the week, while they give 10%+ away to the pimp and mistakenly believe they are fulfilling a “church tithe”.

PLEASE click the title and read the entire article – it will blow your mind to know what the pimps are resorting to in order to continue extorting God’s people.

And if you find yourself reciting the same inane garbage, this might be a sign that you need to flee the pimp and find an assembly that is Christ-centered, and not man-centered.

“Stop Slandering God’s Leaders!”

“Stop slandering God’s leaders!”

That’s the typical edict that I get on average. Of course, some admonitions are a bit more…descriptive, but the message is still the same: “God said ‘touch not my anointed’, so get your mouth off the man of God!”.

My brother Independent Conservative edited an article written by GaryV on his site this past February that shines more light on the twisting of scripture used to protect pimps:

“Touch Not My Anointed”..The command of God or the cries of the misled??

Those who feel the call to be watchmen on the wall during this time of apostasy have heard this phrase repeated ad nauseum, by those who seek to defend their favorite “ministers” against the claims of Scripture. In fact, along with “Judge Not”, it’s probably among the most frequently used (though commonly misunderstood) texts in the entire Bible. Have any of them ever actually read the verse in question??

Click on the title to read the rest of that excellent article (one that I’ve emailed to countless friends, family, and foes). Why is it that those of us who blog God’s truth to expose deceit are always attacked, yet those who KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY distort, butcher, and assault God’s Word for selfish gain get protection?

These pimps rail against their detractors (i.e. mature bible reading Christians who dare take God’s Word over theirs), yet they (and their followers) get thin-skinned when the light of truth is shined on them. I pray that more sheep learn to defend the faith more than they defend their resident wolf, viper, false teacher, pulpit pimp, apostate, and heretic. I think those names sum it all up quite nicely.

So, why do I “call people names”? Simply because the names that I use aptly describe the pimps, heretics and apostates that stalk the “pulpit” today. I’m not “bitter” or “church hurt” – I’m just a former sheep of two skilled pimps (one Alpha Pimp, and one wanna be pimp) who decided to read my bible for myself and expose the doctrinal error that permeates Christ’s church today.

Since slander is defined as “a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report”, I clearly DON’T engage in slander when I provide links to videos and text of the pimps own words for validation.

The Apostle Peter called people “names” when he exposed them for their deceitful works against the Gospel (2 Peter 2 NASB) Even Jesus used “harsh language and tone” when calling out the Pharisee’s and corrupt religious leaders of the day (Matthew 23 NASB).

Now, I’m not comparing myself to Peter or Jesus…not in the least. I am, however, comfortable that I am operating in biblical order with sound precedence – and sound biblical doctrine.

So, I’ll keep “calling people names” and calling out the wolves, vipers, apostates, pimps, heretics, false teachers and their ilk until they simply go away.

There, that outta keep my inbox full for a while…

The Allure of the Pimp

Alrighty. Now that I’m refreshed and ready to go, it’s back to the keyboard…

I was having a running dialogue with my colleague over at Independent Conservative about tithing, and the discussion turned towards pulpit pimps and how they exploit their followers. We started talking about the concept of spiritual fatherhood – and how it’s bastardized in the church, so I decided that this subject needed to be addressed on this blog.

Who’s Your Daddy? 

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First, the overall concept of spiritual fatherhood is doctrinally sound WHEN USED IN THE FULL CONTEXT OF THE GOSPEL. When a pastor first introduces someone to Christ, it’s their obligation to present the true and living Savior, and to instruct the new convert in righteous living so that they grow mature in the Word for themselves – and so that they can disciple someone else someday.

Today’s pimps simply use it as a tool to further drag their congregants into submission to them. They always point to 1 Corinthians 4:15-16:

15For if you were to have countless (A)tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in (B)Christ Jesus I (C)became your father through the (D)gospel. 16Therefore I exhort you, be (E)imitators of me.

But, like a good pimp, they don’t give the total context of scripture – only the part that benefits them:

Servants of Christ

 1Let a man regard us in this manner, as (A)servants of Christ and (B)stewards of (C)the mysteries of God.

 2In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.

 3But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.

 4For I (D)am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this (E)acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.

 5Therefore (F)do not go on passing judgment before [a]the time, but wait (G)until the Lord comes who will both (H)bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s (I)praise will come to him from God.

 6Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed (J)what is written, so that no one of you will (K)become arrogant (L)in behalf of one against the other.

 7For who regards you as superior? (M)What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 8You are (N)already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.

 9For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men (O)condemned to death; because we (P)have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.

 10We are (Q)fools for Christ’s sake, but (R)you are prudent in Christ; (S)we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.

 11To this present hour we are both (T)hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;

 12and we toil, (U)working with our own hands; when we are (V)reviled, we bless; when we are (W)persecuted, we endure;

 13when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have (X)become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

 14I do not write these things to (Y)shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved (Z)children.

 15For if you were to have countless (AA)tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in (AB)Christ Jesus I (AC)became your father through the (AD)gospel.

 16Therefore I exhort you, be (AE)imitators of me.

 17For this reason I (AF)have sent to you (AG)Timothy, who is my (AH)beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, (AI)just as I teach everywhere in every church.

 18Now some have become (AJ)arrogant, as though I were not (AK)coming to you.

 19But I (AL)will come to you soon, (AM)if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are (AN)arrogant but their power.

 20For the kingdom of God does (AO)not consist in words but in power.

 21What do you desire? (AP)Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

Paul was speaking of spiritual fatherhood in the context that he was the one that introduced them to Jesus Christ, thus making them “babes” in Christ. Therefore, he exhorted them to imitate him because he strove to passionately pursue and imitate Christ.

“What about Timothy, and Silas, etc.” you ask? Good question. This is another area of scripture that the pimps butcher in order to garner submission to them. Timothy never called Paul his “spiritual father” – although Paul does refer to Timothy as his “beloved and faithful child (or son) in the Lord“. Paul goes on to say that Timothy “will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17).

Notice Paul said that Timothy would continue in the sound teaching of the Gospel for the glory of God – not so that the sheep would continue to be coerced into submitting to Paul (even in his absence).

It’s the common practice of a pimp to flatter you about your potential, break you down so that you’re dependent on him, and slowly build you up so that you are an exact replica of his philosophy – all the while surrendering your hard earned money to him.

Some are good at it, others are clumsy yet effective, but the results are always the same – you submit.

I’ve seen grown men refer to their pastors as “daddy” or “dad” – much like a prostitute addresses her pimp. Not only have I seen it, I’ve participated in it.

The argument could be made that this bastardized “father-son” exploitation is rampant in the black church because of the lack of fathers in black homes. I can see that perspective. I had a fractured relationship with my own father. Sure, he was in our home but he was emotionally unavailable. I first bought into the “daddy” concept while seeking healing for the relationship with my biological father (we’re fine now), and I found comfort in the concept of a “spiritual father” who was charismatic and (I thought) had God’s ear.

I’m a grown man with an MBA, but I fell for it – hook, line, and sinker.

I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I’ve repented for my error in submitting to a flawed man (and men) as though he were the manifestation of Christ Himself.

The truth is that anyone who is searching for a sense of belonging is susceptible – especially if the first stop in your search isn’t the Word of God.

The next time your pimp stands behind the book-board to preach submission to him, or declares that he is your spiritual father (especially if he doesn’t even remotely resemble Christ in his actions), quietly turn your bible to Matthew 23:8-12, read it slowly, close your bible – AND RUN AS FAST AND AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN.

Also, visit Kwesi over at SCREAM for another look at the abuse of pastoral authority.


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