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The Criminal Returns to the Scene of the Crime

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It appears as though the original “Pretty Paula” – the original Florida Gator pimpette – has slithered back into the “pulpit”. This should-be criminal has returned to the place where she and her husband have robbed so many people, a failing church club that continues to stand as a shining example of the bankrupt and morally corrupt “Prosperity Gospel”. I can’t help but think of scripture:

Proverbs 26:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)

    11Like a dog that returns to its vomit
         Is a fool who repeats his folly.
    12Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
         There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Well, the dog has certainly returned to the vomit:

Paula White Returns to Lead Ailing Megachurch

Charismatic preacher Paula White is stepping in as senior pastor of the Florida megachurch that she and her now ex-husband founded nearly two decades ago.

On Sunday, White was expected to officially mark the start of a new chapter in the history of Without Walls International Church, which once attracted 23,000 worshippers and was heralded as one of the nation’s fastest-growing congregations.

“It will be my first Sunday to officially preach and to minister to you as the mandate and the mantle that I’ve received for the great assignment for this city, for this ministry, and for our lives collectively as your new senior pastor,” White reported in an eBlast to the Tampa-based congregation.

A mandate from who, the Devil? Sorry…read on…

In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times on Friday, White said he was stepping aside as senior pastor because of health concerns and that he has been in and out of the hospital for much of the last seven months.

“I have some serious health issues right now,” the bishop said. “I’ve had six different doctors say that I had to take the stress, the pressure out of my life.”

As a result, Bishop White called up his ex-wife about two months ago to inform her of his health situation and to ask her to consider returning to lead the congregation they once pastored together.

After much prayer and counsel, Paula White decided accept the mandate and mantle of senior pastor of Without Walls International Church and the entire ministry organization, according to Paula White Ministries.

“Pastor Paula is very excited about this wonderful assignment and opportunity from the Lord,” her ministry reported. “We know this is the divine plan of God and that great things are in store!”

Read the entire article for yourself – no need for additional commentary from me. We are simply seeing God’s judgement pour out before our very eyes. If you are a former member of this club, rejoice in the Lord for His grace and mercy. If you are a current member of this club – flee now while the Lord is still merciful. If you know a current member of this club, pray.

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Without Walls Keeps Their Walls…For Now

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This post is an illustration of the potential consequences of espousing and propogating the prosperity gospel lie. As background, here’s a video of an NBC News expose last spring on pulpit pimps Randy & Paula White (courtesy of DazzaraiEzekial34):

Paula & Randy White Fleecing The Flock

So fast forward to this past Sunday:

Pastor Hails Without Walls Foreclosure Deal

Without Walls International Church escaped the specter of foreclosure after its lender agreed to drop demands for control of its books, tapes and other intellectual property, Pastor Randy White said today.

White, the church’s founder, told his congregation during this morning’s service that the California-based Evangelical Christian Credit Union had agreed to a modified loan agreement Wednesday that took the church out of foreclosure.

The church defaulted on a $1 million loan due in August, prompting the credit union to begin foreclosure proceedings in November.

The foreclosure proceedings included another $24.5 million in loans for the Tampa ministry, headquartered at 2511 N. Grady Ave., and its Lakeland branch.

“That’s a miracle in today’s economy,” White said.

No, pimp Randy, what’s “miraculous” is that you and your deviant ilk still purport that God is throwing riches from the sky to those who faithfully pay their tithes, love offerings, and first fruit extortion payments. All the while your followers are penny-less – and you and your fellow pimps can barely manage your own finances with your “house of cards” ponzi schemes.

And if you think that pimp Randy has learned his lesson, then think again:

The church has outgrown its Tampa location, which is still for sale, and would like to build a facility that’s free of debt, White said.

Without Walls has tried for about a year to sell its Tampa property, housed in a former Canada Dry headquarters, and its campus in Lakeland, the former 10,000-seat Carpenters Home Church.

Yup – this hireling (gloating over his “loan modification” and having just escaped a foreclosure because of non-payment of the church’s mortgage) is already planning his next ponzi scheme: another building campaign. I’ve said it a thousand times – these vipers DO NOT believe the crap that they spew, they RELY SOLELY ON THE SHEEP IN ORDER FOR THEIR  MONEY GRABS TO WORK. If they believed 1/10 of their prosperity lies, then they would simply “activate their faith” and “speak abundance” over themselves.

Instead, they speak intimidation over YOU and demand YOUR money so they THEY can drive THEIR new cars and live in THEIR new homes.

Quck question for those of you who are struggling with your mortgages right now…how is your quest for a loan modification coming along?

And those of you who still submit to the Pimp of Hampton and his club– don’t be surprised if/when this story repeats itself in your club. Your pimp has clearly proven that he can’t pay his own bills without extorting money from you – and his club has been losing money (and having trouble paying the bills) since the ribbon was cut over 1 year ago.

So even though pimp Randy has been spared for now, his (and his ilk’s) blood lust for many will cement his (and their) ultimate failure. Just another reminder of how God deals with those who spiritually molest His sheep:

Ezekiel 34:1-10 (New American Standard Bible)

1Then the word of the LORD came to me saying,

 2“Son of man, prophesy against the (A)shepherds of Israel Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been (B)feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds (C)feed the flock?

 3“You (D)eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you (E)slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock.

 4“Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, (F)the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you (G)sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.

 5“They were (H)scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became (I)food for every beast of the field and were scattered.

 6“My flock (J)wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; (K)My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was (L)no one to search or seek for them.”‘”

 7Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:

 8“As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock has become a (M)prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock;

 9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:

 10‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am (N)against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them (O)cease from feeding sheep So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will (P)deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”‘”

First Rotten Fruit

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Every year between January and Easter, pulpit pimps begin to lick their chops as they look forward to flogging the sheep into giving to their absolute favorite pyramid scheme of the year – the “First Fruit offering.”

Unlike the tithe scam (where the pimp puts a gun to the back of your head every Sunday and Wednesday by threatening holy wrath upon you and your descendants for “robbing God”), the “First Fruit” scam is a 1 day cash windfall for the pimps. Before I go any further, I invite you to watch two brief videos (courtesy of  spirituallysound) featuring “Pretty” Paula White – the original Florida Gator – pimping with wreckless abandon. These videos are from 2008, but you can surely believe that the same hollow lie is being perpetuated in churches across the country today:

Paula White’s “First Fruit” Scam!

(breathe in…breathe out…breathe in the good…breathe out the bad)

Like Pretty Paula, many pimps want you to give them “your increase” (a day’s salary, a week’s salary, or a month’s salary) so that God will “protect your crops for the remainder of the year” – and they always start off with a poor exegesis of Proverbs 3:9 as justification. However (and, as always) when you read Proverbs 1, 23, 4 and so on, you’ll see that the proverbs are (essentially) the letters of a father to a son extolling the virtue of knowledge, wisdom, insight into his royal court, instructions on relationship and correction. The Proverbs were written as “wisdom literature”, designed to produce meditation on God, and they should be read thoroughly and in context in order to see the deeper truth contained therein.

The Proverbs (in particular) are not “legal guarantees” from God (e.g “honor the Lord with the first fruit…so shall your barns be filled…) – they are written in hyperbolic language, based on the whole truth of the Old Testament. The entire Proverbs (all 31 chapters) are a very interesting read, but they are challenging, particularly because of the nature of wisdom literature (veiled understanding that must be studied thoroughly, hyperbole, etc). Further, the Proverbs are essentially “sayings” as opposed to direct Law given by God to Moses and the children of Israel. 

Having said that, let’s start at the very beginning (where the pimps don’t dare tread)…the first fruit offering was initiated in Leviticus:

Leviticus 23:9-14 (New American Standard Bible)

9Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 10“Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and (A)reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.

 11‘He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 12‘Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD.

 13‘Its (B)grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a [a]hin of wine.

 14‘Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, (C)you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.

…and further detailed in Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 26:1-10 (New American Standard Bible)

 1“Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it,

 2that you shall take some of (A)the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and (B)go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name.

 3“You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare this day to the LORD my God that I have entered the land which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’

 4“Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God.

 5“You shall answer and say before the LORD your God, ‘(C)My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, (D)few in number; but there he became a (E)great, mighty and populous nation.

 6‘And the (F)Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us.

 7‘Then (G)we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression;

 8(H)and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders;

 9and He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, (I)a land flowing with milk and honey.

 10‘Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground (J)which You, O LORD have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God;

First fruits are mentioned in the New Testament, but only symbolically; new converts were referred to as “first fruits” in the early Church because they were often the first followers of Christ in their communities (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15). However, Paul and James made it explicitly clear that Christ was a type of first fruit for those of us in the faith (1 Corinthians 15:20; James 1:18).  There is no mention of cash or money in regards to the biblical principle of first fruit (see every reference to “first fruit” or “first fruits” in Nave’s Topical Bible). Under the Law, sacrifices (animal, grain, burnt offerings, etc.) were required by God for the forgiveness of sin and for “covering” or “blessing” (Genesis 3:21; Genesis 4:4-5; Genesis 8:20-21; Genesis 22:10-13; Leviticus 4:35; Leviticus 5:10).

Jesus Christ became the final Passover Lamb when He shed His Reedeming Blood for His elect, rendering these ceremonial sacrifices moot, null, and void (John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:5-6). There is no need or reason for ANY CHRISTIAN to “sacrifice” or present “sacrificial offerings” in a mock ceremony. The sad reality is that these hirelings  (who have already spiritually molested you with the tithe, convincing you that God is moved by your money) now tell you that your “crops” need to be “blessed”, otherwise you’ll meet all manner of financial calamity and the “devourer” will wreak havoc over your finances.

“So, passa, bishop, apostle, evangelist Smith…how can I be assured that God is going to make my crops reap a huge harvest this year” you ask? They can barely hide their delight when they reply “You have to give a first fruit offering  – the first and best of your harvest – so that God will cover you for the remainder of the year!”. Next thing you know, the hireling is standing before the congregation in his best ceremonial frock with a huge basket (full of your money), declaring that he’s going to “wave the heave offering (another sacrifice of grain that was rendered moot) over the congregation so that God will be pleased with our sacrifice”.

What you don’t know is that your “special offering” to (essentially) get God off your back is actually a windfall cash payment to your hireling – a payment that he’s been waiting for since he took it from you the previous year. Sure, you may be told that “this offering is going to programs in the church”, and you don’t even question it when those same “programs” require a payment from you if you want to participate in them (sound familiar, lemmings of the Pimp of Hampton’s club?). Your pimps love of cash and material things has created an insatiable lust for stuff that is no longer satisfied by the consumption of even more cash:

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 (New American Standard Bible)

10(A)He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.

 11(B)When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?

I know for a fact that the “first fruit offering” goes directly to the pimp as a love offering, so don’t attempt to defend your pimp’s money grab here. And even if the “first fruit offering” was used for “benevolence”, it was taken from you in the guise of a lie because (yet again) your hireling doesn’t trust you to give from your heart (2 Corinthians 9:7) – you must be threatened and cajoled. Further, some churches even move the date of the collection of the “first fruit” during the months of January through April. If this was a mandatory offering (mandated and honored by God), then don’t you think God would clearly say so (in His Word), something like: “My Bishops/Apostles/Pastors/Shepherds et al shall collect a first fruit offering on My behalf on the 3rd Sunday of January”.

Even further, I find it curious that these vipers will put a pistol to your head for (at least) two Old Testament customs (that NEVER EVER EVER APPLIED TO YOU), yet they overlook every other animal sacrifice, (real) grain offering, etc. The next time your pimp wants a “sacrificial first fruit offering”, then throw a New York strip steak or a bushel of oranges on his “altar” – and see what he does then.

Folks, I implore you from the bottom of my heart to flee these lying, wicked, vile, covetous, desperate pulpit pimps and degenerate hustlers. They wouldn’t get within spitting distance of you were it not for their profane lust for your money – that’s why they can dismiss you with no impunity when you remove their hands from your pockets.

Those of you who have paid (or are paying) into these money scams because your pimp has convinced you that God doesn’t even see you unless you have money in your hand, you need to repent of your fleshly desire to gain favor and material things from God. Jesus paid the sacrifice for you already, and God is not a slot machine.

If you truly love the Lord and are earnestly seeking to be transformed into the Image of Christ (Romans 12:1-2), then please get away from these money-grubbing thieves before they cause you to question your faith when you see that you (and them) aren’t prospering as they promised you would.

If you are a hireling that knowingly participates in and perpetuates this first fruit scam (among other parlor tricks) then you still have time to repent before the Lord, renounce your wickedness, and seek restoration through Jesus Christ. Now is the hour, because you do not know what tomorrow holds for you.

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“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”

Man. As the song says – “It’s hard out here for a pimp…”

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What a week here in the ATL. First, the good Bishop Thomas Weeks pleads guilty to beating his wife – even after protesting his innocence since last summer (and his bizarre attempts to clear and defame his wife, all at the same time).

Now we learn that “local legends” Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar could be subpoenaed to surrender their financial statements to Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In case you’ve been under a rock lately, Charles Grassley (a ranking member of the committee) began a formal investigation last November, and requested detailed financial information from 6 televangelists in response to their followers complaints of their lavish lifestyles – and concerns that “donations” weren’t going where intended.

The televangelists are: Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Randy & Paula White, and Kenneth Copeland. So far, only Meyer has responded. Copeland, Long, and Dollar have told the Senate to…well…go fly a kite.

For years, these pimps have fleeced their followers (me being a former follower of Long, and losing money to many of his direct or recommended hair-brained schemes), and now their chickens are coming home to roost. The bible clearly states that God has NO PROBLEM with us having money, in fact He gives us the ability to gain wealth (Dueteronomy 8:18).

“God don’t want us walking around looking all busted and disgusted” say the pimps. Your response, however is equally (if not more) troubling: “Our man of God is supposed to live well – he’s representing God! Nobody has a problem with Jay-Z driving a Bentley, or Jermaine Dupri living in a big mansion, so why shouldn’t God’s man live like that too?” .

If flawed logic is to be believed, then we’re supposed to justify the lifestyle of a minister based on the lifestyle of an entertainer that curses us out for a living while parading scantily clad women before video cameras?

Wait – now that you mention it, I guess the logic IS to be believed when the minister (or ministers) in question is a doctrine-twisting, scripture butchering pimp – thus making his lifestyle parallel to the average vulgar “entertainer” in almost every way.

Money, wealth and stuff are not evil, but the love and selfish pursuits of them are:

8If we (A)have food and covering, with these we shall be content.

 9(B)But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and (C)a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

 10For (D)the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have (E)wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:8-10)

So what are we to do? Simple:

11But (A)flee from these things, you (B)man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, (C)faith, (D)love, perseverance and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11)

Of course, these pimps don’t read that to you because it exposes the anecdote of selfish material gain – and it confirms (yet again) that we are to pursue RIGHTEOUSNESS, not stuff!

Maybe Eddie is lucky enough to have a ministry son in the House of Representatives or Senate, or even one that is a good lawyer. He’s going to need it…


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