Posts Tagged 'prosperity gospel'

One Of The Fastest Growing U.S. Exports Is…

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…the false gospel heretofore known as “the prosperity gospel”.

From Africa to Asia, across Europe and more – pastors are propagating, furthering, and deifying the false “pay to play” gospel of greed. The ignorant (or willfully deceptive) enslave millions of followers with promises of riches and favor untold if and when you “pay God”.

I’m a bit virulent in my open disdain for such lies – lies that I bought into (literally and figuratively) for years, but John Piper is a bit more plainly spoken, and well, reasonable about his thoughts on the matter:

John Piper and the Prosperity Gospel

John Piper – “Why I Abominate the Prosperity Gospel”

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When A Pimp Scales Back…

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“I can’t give you any stimulus money, Eddie – I’m not even President anymore! Cheer up, your sheeple will have more money for next year’s party!”

We already knew that Eddie Long is a master marketer.

We also knew that Eddie knows how to throw a party.

Now we’re reminded that Eddie Long is astute enough in his pimpistry to scale back on his game when his workers aren’t bringing in as much dough as they used to (emphasis added):

Atlanta Megachurch Downsizes Easter Service

Easter in this economy will be decidedly less extravagant for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, as its annual service is leaving the Georgia Dome for the first time in more than 15 years.

Since 1993, the megachurch — which boasts a 25,000-member congregation that is largely black and mostly middle-class — has held its annual Easter service at the Dome, attracting crowds of up to 40,000 that have included athletes, entertainers, politicians and entrepreneurs.

[…] The message commemorating Christ’s resurrection is being tailored to the recession. Sunday’s service will not be the $200,000 production worshippers have come to expect, since revenues are down and many members’ pockets are hurting.

So, Eddie is just now realizing that his sheeple don’t have enough money to lay at his feet twice a week? And $200K may sound like a lot to lay out for a party, but you better believe that Eddie raked in at least 4X that amount from the sheeple who came out to see T.I., Patti Labelle, and Jennifer Hudson. So, in earnest, it was a great ROI.

Long, who often delivers his message draped in tailored suits and diamonds, said this year required a new approach.

“In this time of recession, we had to look at some different ways of doing things,” Long said. “The unemployment situation, the mortgage situation has definitely affected our members. This money could be better utilized to bless more people, feed more people.”

[…] Long said church revenues are off by about 20 percent from last year, a significant drop that has forced his ministry to make changes like cutting back on its televised services and focusing more on online streaming to reach more viewers — and potential donors.

Wait, isn’t Eddie Long a prosperity pimp that promises people that they’ll “be fed” if they “paid God”? Why doesn’t he just “declare wealth in the house” (for the umpteenth time) and wait for the cash to roll in? Doesn’t he know how to “speak those things that be not…”?

This is (yet another) example that the prosperity gospel heresy is a laughable lie that is disproved time and time again.Clearly if we could command riches from God based on our faith, then no one – especially a “world-wide influential ministry” headed by a bejeweled pimp – would EVER suffer ANY LACK, ANYTIME. And by the way Eddie, the money that you’ve been amassing over the past 20 years at Club New Birth could have been better utilized as well – not just the hundreds of thousands of dollars you waste with the City of Atlanta every spring.

Interestingly, Eddie stopped streaming his services online last year because his “donors” were watching him online and NOT coming to see (and pay) him live. Even his “spiritual son” the Pimp of Hampton tried the same tactics. Of course, Eddie and the POH had to resume streaming when they realized that the money wasn’t flowing in any faster. Now, Eddie sees his online pimpistry as a viable revenue stream?

So rather than repenting before the Lord for espousing such a wicked and false prosperity gospel, scaling back on his garishly expensive wardrobe, cars, and jewelry, and telling his sheeple that God is not moved by prosperity pleas, Eddie will continue to roll the dice with other people’s money – and he’ll win far more often than he loses.

And there are still poor people who will give this degenerate their very last dime in hopes that God will bless them with money for their obedience to the “mand of gawd”.

This dichotomy would be laughable if it weren’t so sad.

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“…materialism, flashy self-promotion, and foolish carnality.”

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I know I’m taking considerable time denouncing the godless and heretical prosperity gospel (inextricably intertwined in the equally heretical “word of faith” movement).

It just continues to make me righteously indignant – and downright angry – when I see that the prosperity wolves continue to raise their heads from their vomit long enough to bilk the sheep into financing their disgustingly garish lifestyles. They don’t care that their congregation (and viewing public) are losing their homes, jobs, cars, and families during these terrible economic times – they just keep begging for more.

The quote above is taken from one of the latest articles in the February edition of Christianity Today magazine:

Prosperity Gospel on Skid Row

Some of the high-flying icons of the prosperity gospel—the belief that God rewards signs of faith with wealth, health, and happiness—have run into financial turbulence.

Not all of their troubles can be blamed on the nation’s economic crisis, say critics of the name-it-and-claim-it theology found in some charismatic churches.

“I believe the charismatic movement, of which I am a part, is in the midst of a dramatic overhaul,” said J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma magazine. “God is shaking us.” Grady predicts the movement will look much different in a few years as it refocuses on evangelism and overcoming what he calls the distraction of “materialism, flashy self-promotion, and foolish carnality.” But Scott Thumma, a Hartford Seminary sociologist who studies megachurches, is not so certain.

“Most clergy who preach a prosperity gospel would interpret for their congregation any conflict, scrutiny, or questioning as an attack of the Devil and proof that they are following God,” he said.

Among recent developments:

• In Fort Worth, Texas, a review board ruled December 7 that Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ $3.6 million jet did not have tax-exempt status. The ruling came after the ministry, whose 1,500-acre campus includes a $6 million church-owned lakefront mansion, refused to release the salaries of Copeland, his wife, and others.

• In suburban Atlanta, Georgia, a sheriff’s deputy served an eviction notice November 14 at Bishop Thomas Weeks III’s Global Destiny Church. Court documents indicate the bishop, the ex-husband of televangelist Juanita Bynum, owed half a million dollars in back rent. The church has lost roughly half of its 3,400 members since Weeks and Bynum’s 2007 fight in a hotel parking lot, in which Weeks was accused of pushing, choking, and beating his then-wife.

• In Tampa, Florida, Without Walls International Church—which once attracted 23,000 worshipers—has shrunk drastically after co-pastors Randy and Paula White announced in 2007 they were divorcing. The church faces an uncertain future after the Evangelical Christian Credit Union began foreclosure proceedings November 4 and demanded repayment of a $12 million loan on the church’s property.

• In suburban Minneapolis on November 18, Living Word Christian Center pastor Mac Hammond won the first stage of a court battle with the Internal Revenue Service to keep his salary private. Yet in 2008, he was forced to put his private jet up for sale and cut Living Word’s hour-long television show in half to save money amid falling contributions.

Meanwhile, Copeland and the Whites are among six televangelists whose large organizations have been targeted in a Senate Finance Committee investigation into allegations of questionable spending and lax financial accountability. All six preach some form of the prosperity gospel.

Could followers of the prosperity gospel—encouraged by pastors to “sow a seed” of faith by spending money, often in the form of a donation to the pastors’ ministries—be turned off by the recent turmoil?

Oh..oh…let me answer that last question: OF COURSE NOT!!!

It doesn’t matter how despicable these degenerate pimps are, or how brazen their money-grabs become. They have perfected the following wicked equation:

Give cash to the pimp + “speaking those things that be not as though they were” + dance and speak in tongues = Access to God!

That means that no matter how bad the economy is, just keep paying the pimp (and rub your bible 8 times because 8 is the number of new beginnings!) and you will manifest prosperity in your life! (cue jumpy organ music).

And unfortunately, the lust of the flesh keeps compelling the gullible to throw the dice “one more time”…no matter how bad the odds are against them.

The article ends on a wishful note:

In Grady’s view, the notion that “God blesses us so we can be a blessing” is biblical. What is needed, he believes, is a shift to a more selfless movement where people “realize that God wants to bless us so that we can feed the poor, lift up the broken, and transform society.

“We need that kind of prosperity,” he said, “and I think that is where things are going.”

Yup, that’s the kind of prosperity we need, but Eddie, Creflo, and the other degenerates can’t take that kind of prosperity to the bank every Monday and Thursday morning…

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“Moneeeeeey Cometh…To Me…NOW!

hat tip to Garcelle for pointing me to this video

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The man pictured above is Dr. Leroy Thompson, a degenerate con-pimp from Darrow, Louisiana. Rather than waste breath detailing his pimpistry, I’ll begin by showing you a classic video clip of this degenerate in action:

“Money Cometh & The Anointed Money Ritual” (source: ringo4life )

OK…allow me to take a couple of deep breaths before I rip into this fool.

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This “mand of gawd” has been stalking the pulpit for 30 years (in fact, one of his prized protoge’s can be seen with him in the video DANCING ON MONEYCreflo Augustus Dollar, a/k/a “Cashflow Dolla”). Like many of those poor misguided sheep lapping up this false teachers heresy, I too did the “money cometh cheer” when I was at Eddie Long’s club back in the day – which makes it even more sickening to see such a sad reminder of the cancer that is infecting Christ’s church today.

In fact, at Eddie’s club, we used to turn in every direction in order to command God to “send money from the East, West, North, and South!” 🙄

I am living proof that you can be delivered from apostates and their heretical lunacy!

Moving along…

I can almost hear this pimps followers whaling and knashing their teeth: “That was an old video, you blaspheming demon from the pit of hell…Dr. Leroy is a mand of gawd who is doing the lawd’s work and helping gawd’s people walk in their divine favor and financial prosperity!”.

Well lemmings, that may be a 10+ year old video – but Pimp Leroy is still fleecing the sheep at a record pace today!

Let us also remember that the prosperity/Word of Faith “gospel” is a false, heretical gospel that decieves the gullible into thinking that God wants them “dripping in ice” (i.e. wearing expensive diamonds and other jewelry) and “pushing big whips dripping in candy paint” (i.e. driving big expensive cars with vibrant colors).

Even worse, dogs like Pimp Leroy, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, and other 2-bit hustlers have the ba…I mean, nerve to publicly declare that we can command “covenant wealth” from God because it is our “divine right” and He is obligated to do it.

What sick, twisted, vile tripe!

There’s no need to dissect the video because the rebukes contained within it are very clear, but I’ve got to note a few things:

  • People are walking up and throwing their hard-earned money at the feet of this liar – AND HE’S WALKING ON IT TO “PUT SOME ANOINTING ON IT”.
  • “Give them the money Lord – send it to them!” shouts the liar
  • This really gets the lemmings excited – so they run up to the “altar” to throw EVEN MORE CASH at the liar (and his protoge’) so that they will be blessed!

Oh, and let’s not forget about how Pimp Leroy bragged about the wealth he throws at his children – and his expensive taste in pets.

Still think Pimp Leroy is “gawd’s man for such a time as this”, lemmings?

Congratulations, Louisiana – I think we found a specimen more vile than “Bishop” Paul Morton and his money-grubbing pimpistry.

Please indulge me for a moment as I remind you of the dangers of this false propserity gospel:

  • The heretical lie fools the sheep into thinking that they can “command” God to bless them, negating God’s dominion over His created. He rules us – we don’t rule Him.
  • Covetousness (which is what these pimps push by making you want material things from God) is idolatry – and every TRUE believer is commanded to avoid such heresy:

Ephesians 5:5-7 (New American Standard Bible)

 7 Therefore do not be (F)partakers with them;

 5 For this you know with certainty, that (A)no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom (B)of Christ and God.

 6 (C)Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things (D)the wrath of God comes upon (E)the sons of disobedience.

  • God blesses whomever He wants to bless in whatever way He wants to bless them – and most often His blessings ARE NOT MATERIAL WEALTH. You can’t just “speak those things” and expect money and wealth to “manifest in your life” – NOTHING HAPPENS APART FROM GOD’S WILL:

James 4:13-16 (New American Standard Bible)

  13 (A)Come now, you who say, “(B)Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”

 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. (C)You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

 15 Instead, you ought to say, “(D)If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; (E)all such boasting is evil.

  • God’s Word clearly admonishes us to avoid the pursuit of money and earthly gain (Matthew 6:19, 24; Luke 12:15; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 3:3, 6:10 and so on). Why would God CLEARLY forbid the pursuit of earthly treasures, yet “bless us” with those same treasures because we have “commanded” Him to? 

As I see it, those who claim to be Christians AND subscribe to this crap must believe that (1) degenerate pimps like Pimp Leroy and his ilk are “prophets of God”, AND (2) God must be schizophrenic because He simultaneously curses the pursuit of mammon, yet blesses His children with mammon.

I will stand with the Word of God concerning this vile heresy – and YOU SHOULD RUN QUICKLY AWAY FROM ANYONE WHO PUSHES THIS ANTICHRIST MESSAGE…or else you are dangerously close to having 2 Peter 2:17-19 describe your current state.

If you are one who subscribes to and teaches this false, wicked, heretical gospel – REPENT & RETURN TO THE LORD in fear and trembling…or Jude 1:11 will be your fate.

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The Deconstruction Of A Heresy

I’ve spoken at length in the past about the Word of Faith, Health & Wealth, Name It and Claim It, prosperity heresy that sickens the church today. As unbiblical (and frankly, ungodly) as these claims are, despicable pulpit pimps still act as pied pipers in leading the sheep astray with their masterful butchering of the Word of God.

My brother Independent Conservative took an entire week to further deconstruct and expose the Health & Wealth heresy by making the video series “The Agony Of The Health & Wealth Gospel – Parts 1-5” available. This week, he provided the following video as a guide for every pimp-in-training and wannabe viper to learn to systematically extract copious amounts of money from unsuspecting followers:

Defense of Word of Faith Heresy 101:

Yet another reminder to pray that God’s children stop falling prey to hustlers and liars…

“If The Lord Is God, Follow Him…”

1 Kings 18:20-22 (New American Standard Bible)

21Elijah came near to all the people and said, “(A)How long will you hesitate between two opinions? (B)If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.

When the prophet Elijah made that bold declaration on Mt. Carmel, it was in response to rampant idolatry and the rise of the false prophets of Baal. The effect of that declaration was God’s destruction of 450 false prophets and the unquestionable reminder that He IS God (read the entire 18th chapter of 1 Kings for context).

In an age of rampant apostasy and heresy, we’re faced (yet again) with that same juxtaposition – except some of the “alleged” prophets of God (pastors) are straddling the fence…just in case this “God thing” doesn’t work out.

Check out this interesting article from the August 2008 edition of “Christianity Today” magazine (click the title to read the entire article):

Dual Allegiance

Pastor jailed for using human head in occult ceremony.

Glory To God – Another Sheep Flees!

While we lament as the church slides into unabashed apostasy, those of us who still pray for the deceived can rejoice when the sheep begin to flee false doctrine.

My brother in Christ Independent Conservative posted a story on his blog about the recent epiphany of youtubber Ringo4LIfe:

A Sign of Hope. Ringo, YouTubber Ringo4Life Proclaims the Prosperity Doctrine is a Scam!

…How we once would warn about a guy using the handle “Ringo”. And it was because he was a member of Creflo Augustus Dollar, Junior’s club and would repeat the false doctrines of Creflo.

Well tonight I feel even more comfort about my YouTube account being suspended than I did before. Because I see that the Lord is removing scales from Ringo’s eyes. He’s now speaking openly against the same man he used to admire, Creflo Dollar.

Click the title of the article to read it in it’s entirety, but I’ve posted the same videos here:

Creflo Dollar: Misinformed The Public

If You Don’t Give Money, You Don’t Get None!

Thank God through Jesus Christ that this former member of Creflo’s club stopped defending him and started defending the Gospel that Creflo twisted (and twists) for selfish gain. Folks this is yet another testament of the power of prayer.

As we expose doctrinal error and deceit at the hands of false teachers, pimps, wolves, and vipers, we should still pray for them (that they repent before the Lord) and their followers (that they repent and flee the false doctrine they hear) – ultimately that the Lord’s will be done.

Hallelujah!

 


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