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The Sin of Partiality

hat tip to Lavrai for the “pre-buzz” on this story


When I was a member of Eddie Long’s churchclub, it never ceased to amaze me at how Eddie collected celebrities and athletes as “sons and daughters”. He loved to parade around with Usher, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Quincy Carter (former NFL quarterback), Brian Jordan (former Atlanta Brave), and various other local celebrities and politicians. These folks always got prime parking, front row seats AND a private meeting with “the bishop” every service – except Montell Jordan (you know…”this is how we do it…”). Jordan would always attend services with his wife and children and sit on the back row, shunning the ushers and Deacons who tried to get him to “come up front”. He would sit quietly and leave right after service was over – no fuss, no entourage, no drama.

I am reminded of those days because ESPN aired a very interesting story (with an accompanying article) exploring the relationships between pulpit pimps and their famous congregants. Specifically, the focus of inquiry was the law of the tithe that mega-pimps throw around the necks of star athletes – and their lust for the star’s cash. Below is the full video presentation in two parts (less than 12 minutes for both videos). The videos and the host commentary pretty much says it all, so there’s no need for a thesis from me. I have written extensively about the tithe and the unbiblical practice of using it to extort followers as well, so this is simply an illustration:

“Pulpit Pimpin’ + Rich Athletes = $$$!”

In all honesty, does any of this surprise you – especially coming from the likes of Creflo Dollar, TD Jakes and Randy White?

I am keenly aware of how the pimps watch their weekly cash grabs like you and I watch our 401K statements (or least how we used to watch them). The pimps are not stupid – blindly ignorant of the Word of God? yes – but smart enough to know that you rob a bank because that’s where all the cash is.

If the vipers read the Word of God as much as they read the Robb Report, they would see (yet again) that they are in direct violation of the Word of God:

James 2:1-9 (New American Standard Bible)

 1My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

 2For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,

 3and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”

 4have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

 5Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

 6But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?

 7Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?

 8If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.

 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

If you are a member of a mega church and your pastor caters to the rich and famous, how does it feel to know that you can’t crawl on your belly over cut glass to get within spitting distance of your pastor, yet for a little cash you can summon a meeting – even a counseling session– with the mand of gawd?

And poor (literally), pitiful Evander Holyfield. This man has been taken advantage of by Don King AND Creflo Dollar – what a dubious distinction, indeed! Here is a man who has baby mamas and babies across the country (as a self-professed die-hard Christian, mind you) AND HE DOESN’T TAKE CARE OF THEM!…but he sure makes certain that Cashflow Dollar is well-fed and can fly across the country at his leisure.

It’s sad to see a grown man manipulated into giving by being told that everything in his life is in order EXCEPT his tithing – especially since he was fathering children out-of-wedlock during that same period. So if I’m to believe the pimps twisted tithe logic: sow a financial seed and you’ll be blessed with victory; sow your …um…personal seed (out of wedlock) then it doesn’t matter. A REAL pastor would’ve taken Evander to the side and read him directly from the Word of God:

1 Timothy 5:8 (New American Standard Bible) 

8But 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.  

Stories like this ESPN piece continually throw back the curtains of the mega church pimps so that the sheep can see their REAL intentions.

Be certain, the wolves and vipers will still have their unfair share of apologists – and more stars and athletes are willing to line up to kiss the gold ring of “da bishop” so that God will bless them (i.e. excuse them for the wickedness in their lives). These donations are nothing more than the 2009 version of indulgences.

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Air Pimp One

Eddie Long has one.

So does “Apostle” K.C. Price, Creflo Dollar, TD Jakes, Ken Copeland, Benny Hinn, and many other wolves, apostates, heretics, vipers, pulpit pimps and wannabe’s.

The argument goes something like this:

“You know, Apostle Bishop Right Reverend Prophet Joneshas an anointing on his life – and that anointing isn’t on a convenient flight schedule. Apostle Bishop Right Reverend Prophet Jones has been called by God to minister to the nations, and he needs a ministry tool that will catapult him to the forefront of evangelical outreach, thus the need for a private jet”.

The problem, of course, is that these vipers don’t take their jets to Calcutta, India or the jungles of the Philippines to minister the Gospel to those who either (a) haven’t heard it or (b) have rejected it for Islam or another false gospel.

Nope, these wolves (and their families and “sons and daughters in the ministry”) always end up in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or some other tropical (and tourist-friendly locale) in order to “spread the Gospel” (as long as it doesn’t interfere with sun bathing, surfing, exotic dinner excursions, and the like).

You don’t expect these degenerates to fly Delta (even in the 1st class cabin) when they can load up a plane and go anywhere they want to on a whim, do you?

Our brother bezel333 reports on the latest happenings of the supreme airbone pimp Benny Hinn (Benny was flying in private planes while most of these pimps were still being tooled around in Rolls-Royce’s). It looks like old Benny needs a little more cheddar to upgrade his Air Pimp One – and pay for the rising cost of fuel to minister to the nations blow on people and expect them to fall over:

Attention: Benny Hinn Needs Money for Jet Fuel:

Now come on people, you don’t want old Benny to “plummet from the sky” in an “unsafe aircraft” (i.e. last year’s model), now do you? You know the drill – pay the Prophet Profit and he’ll make sure to put in a good word with God on your behalf.

Benny won’t give you a shout-out to God if you keep him in an “old” corporate jet!

These vipers have escalated the pimp game to a level that is unprecedented. Soon, they’ll be able to shake-you down like any other street-corner hustler instead of wrapping their “game” in religious jargon.

And sadly, the sheep will still throw hard-earned money at their feet.

Hebrews 13:5 (New American Standard Bible)

5Make sure that your character is (A)free from the love of money, (B)being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “(C)I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

Instead of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and reminding the sheep that the gift of salvation and right relationship with God through Jesus Christ trumps any financial reward that we can gain, old Benny keeps parroting the tired “you gotta pay to play” line.

And of course, it all starts with paying him.

Pray that Benny Hinn and his ilk repent before the Lord for their heresy before it’s too late for them. Either way, pray that the Lord’s will be done – and that the sheep avoid Benny and crew.

A Sorely Needed Call For Discernment

***hat tip to reader Caron for introducing me to Justin Peters’ ministry***

Justin Peters is a Mississippi-based minister who presents a seminar entitled “A Call For Discernment”. In the seminar, Justin succinctly debunks the “trifecta” of the Word of Faith (WOF) heresy:

  1. You can “speak those things that be not” and they will magically appear
  2. We are all “little gods” and can do what God does
  3. The heartbreaking reality of how people are taken in by phony faith healers

Below are 4 videos (about 34 minutes total) of Justin addressing students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – his alma mater – a few years ago. Sitting at a lectern (as the result of his cerebral palsy), Justin quietly and calmy takes great detail to warn the students about the dangers of those who preach “a different gospel”.

“A Call For Discernment” – Part 1 [8:07]

“A Call For Discernment” – Part 2 [9:58]

“A Call For Discernment” – Part 3 [9:14]

“A Call For Discernment” – Part 4 [5:16]

Pray that the Lord would continue to use Justin and others like Him to shine the light of truth on the dark apostasy and heresy that grips Christ’s church today…


Stay Away From The Ministers Of Satan!

The latest video from our brothers Mark & Rich over at ProclaimHisWord:

Jude 1:11-13 (New American Standard Bible)

11Woe to them! For they have gone (A)the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into (B)the error of Balaam, and (C)perished in the rebellion of Korah.

 12These are the men who are hidden reefs (D)in your love feasts when they feast with you (E)without fear, caring for themselves; (F)clouds without water, (G)carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, (H)uprooted;

 13(I)wild waves of the sea, casting up (J)their own shame like foam; wandering stars, (K)for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (New American Standard Bible)

13For such men are (A)false apostles, (B)deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

 14No wonder, for even (C)Satan disguises himself as an (D)angel of light.

 15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, (E)whose end will be according to their deeds.

 Yup, that about sums it all up…


Could Todd Bentley Be Coming to YOUR Church Soon?

Maybe…if your church is pastored by a pulpit pimp who likes love money.

I’ve previously written (at length) about Todd Bentley’s demonic machinations– as have others in the blogosphere – but a recent turn has caused me take another look at this tool of satan. Now even Pat Robertson is jumping on the Bentley Appreciation Wagon (yet another reason to distrust Pat Robertson, by the way).

A recent article entitled “Fresh Face, Fresh Fire – But Same Old Scam?” in World Magazine (and republished in The Charlotte World christian news) gave us more insight into Bentley’s ability to bring in the big bucks (my emphasis in bold):

A visit to one of Bentley’s services suggests that he was learning how to turn the big crowds into big money. ATM machines had been set up, providing attendees with ready cash for the offering plate and book purchases. The tent itself both expanded the meetings’ capacity and relieved the group of the $15,000 a day rent it was paying at the local convention center. The offering is now a significant part of the service, taking as long as 30 minutes. Bentley has not released financial information, saying he was currently “too busy keeping up with what God is doing” to pull the information together. On the night WORLD attended, Bentley said God had told him that 1000 people would give $1000 that night – either from the live audience or from the TV audience. (click here to read the entire article)

So, based on the information highlighted above, Todd Bentley is operating in a dual-role: satanic tool AND pulpit pimp. How can you even deny that, considering that Bentley has now employed the same tools that Eddie Long, T.D. Jakes, Fred K.C. Price, Creflo Dollar, and others have employed to separate you from your hard-earned money.

After priming the money pump and dedicating a good half-hour to collecting the spoils, Bentley even dares to drag out the old tired classic pimp’s retort of “I’m too busy doing God’s work to account for the money”.

Bentley doesn’t even register on the radar of most mega churches clubs today because those pimps are busy taken money from unrepentant homosexuals and others that they used to preach against. Now, since it’s a documented fact that Bentley is raking in the dough, watch and see how fast some of these alpha pimps are gonna invite old Todd in for some “fresh fire”.

Once again, I’ll remind you that you SHOULD NOT be taken in by these claims of signs and wonders from Bentley’s camp – particularly since Jesus warned against it:

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24 NASB)

Of course, the pimps complete ignorance of 1 Timothy 6:9-10(NASB) will negate Jesus’ warning:

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

10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Oh well, if you attend a charismatic mega church club, then you might as well get the welcome mat ready…old Todd may be paying you a visit really soon… 

***hat tip to Independent Conservativeand Walter Kambulow for the heads-up***


The Pimp Game Moves South…WAY South

After having pimped all that he could out of Mega-Fest visitors here in the United States, Alpha Pimp T.D. Jakes is taking his show on the road, and targeting a whole new continent – South Africa:

MegaFest moves to South Africa later this year

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/04/08

Bishop T.D. Jakes is moving MegaFest, the giant Christian entertainment and teaching event that ran in Atlanta from 2004 to 2006, to another continent.

MegaFest International 2008 will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 11-12.

Jakes put the event on hiatus after three years in Atlanta, saying he would resurrect it, although not necessarily here.

Attendance had declined over its three-year life from about 500,000 to fewer than 100,000.

When Jakes pulled out of Atlanta after 2006, Derrick Williams, a spokesman for Jakes’ mega-church, the Potter’s House in Dallas, said Jakes made the decision based on post-MegaFest surveys. Attendees found travel and lodging costs burdensome. At least 70 percent of the MegaFest’s visitors came from outside Atlanta, Williams said. (click here to read entire article)

While the article does mention that Jakes’ ministry plans to offer 4 days of free medical care to South Africans, it also states that Jakes moved the event from Atlanta because of the “financial burden” it caused for delegates:

“When you’re the mother of a couple of kids, it’s not something that you can do on an annual basis, ” said Williams, who managed MegaFest for Jakes. “We want to be sensitive to the needs of our delegates.”

So, Jakes’ idea of making this event more accessible and “sensitive to the needs of delegates” is to move it thousands of miles away and charge up to $6,000 to attend?

Ummm…that makes sense 🙄

Jakes (like every other pimp) stands in the pulpit twice a week to declare that you should still “sow into the Kingdom” (i.e. give him your money) – even in your lack, because God wants to test your faith.

I wonder if this means he’ll be “more sensitive to the needs” of his congregation once he’s tapped their pockets dry?

Oh well…what do expect from a man who (according to this MSNBC report) views the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ as a “product that almost sells itself”:

Hey, you can’t knock this pimp’s hustle. Unlike most of his wanna be followers (or pimps-in-training), at least he’s more than a “one-trick pony” – extorting tithes from his congregation isn’t his only means of support. 

Aside from charging people to be his “spiritual sons and daughters”, he does own legitimate businesses – but he also uses them to pimp Jesus Christ.

Allow me to remind you of what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:17 (I love the New Living Translation of this text):

17 You see, we are not like the many hucksters[a] who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.

I guess this just doesn’t fit into the “TD Jakes Translation” of Holy Scripture.

***hat tip to Independent Conservative for the video***

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