Friday, June 5, 2009

Greedy Ministries

It’s really sad to see how many people are being manipulated by greedy ministers. Money hungry sharks. They play on peoples’ fears to get people to contribute to their ministries and support their lavish lifestyles. Know I am not excusing them; but I think some have been taught this, and therefore, they teach others. Deceived, they go out deceiving others. But you better believe there are some cognizant of the manipulative techniques they use on people. Laughing in the shadows when no one is looking. Yet there is One looking—God. He sees and He knows their hearts.

I became born again in a church which taught if you give, you will get back ten fold, one-hundred fold, etc.. They also taught people to sow monetary seeds for miracles—although I rejected that notion some years ago—there is no biblical support for it. Nevertheless, for several years after I became a Christian, I gave money to get healed, and it never “manifested”. I gave money to get better off financially, and it never manifested. I tithed faithfully; yet there was no ten-fold, 100-fold or 1000-fold harvest. There were no extra perks for giving above my tithe—just the same old work check week after week. I believe we have to support good ministries and churches out there with our financial contributions, but miracles are not for sale. Nor do I believe giving to a certain ministry to provide you with some sort of “anointed covering”—unless it’s some pimped up winter blanket for excessive contributions. Surely their faces would be plastered on it somewhere—woven in the threads---along with an 800 number.

Speaking of 800 numbers and high visibility; some host telethons and hold telethons. There is entertainment of course, and sponsors get additional perks. Gold, silver, and bronze memberships abound. Gold will allow you to sit in choice seats at conferences, maybe even get a plug or two for your own ministry while the camera cranks. Silver gets you a yearly calendar and pre-printed envelopes with prosperity scriptures on them to send contributions in. They are very concerned about you saving $1.50 cents in paper so you can send $1500.00 to them yearly. Just tugs at the heart, doesn’t it? Bronze gets you a free mini-book and free tickets to free events. You will be covered daily by prayer by the prayer team for all in partnership. And the poor fellow James was talking about in the New Testament—in vile raiment, security will be hauling him out for trespassing if they don’t shoot him first. Lately, some of these slick types haul beds on the stage, to demonstrate if they can “get some” maybe you can too!!! ‘Increase your sex life NOW by ordering the Cd today’! …Ok, I won’t go there. But do “get some Pepto Bismal” for watching and listening to these folks.

James 2:1-6
1) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2) For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3) And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4) Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5) Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6) But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

When I stopped sending my weekly contributions to my church, they stopped calling me with their ever so concerned monthly ministry call. I was in a fight for my very life--medically, had no insurance and could no longer work. My sister appealed for help to them in my behalf. They sent a free book to her. Sweet. And still no phone call, even to say we are praying for you. There was a direct correlation to ceasing to contribute to ceasing to call. A + B =C.

Some hustlers do telethons saying there are 58 people out there needing a miracle. ‘God says to send $58.00 and you WILL see your miracle manifest. You just need to take that FIRST step of obedience. Maybe it will manifest in 58 days or 58 minutes! Hallelujah!’

Of course, more than 58 people clamor to the phones, desperate for their miracle; believing the ever so benevolent pimp master. Perhaps, these people calling in to donate question themselves: “God is testing me and I must pass this test of obedience.” I tell you, this breaks my heart. Just deceitful and hurtful manipulation. Greedy wolves they are. The money-miracle connection. If you see it-- run from it. Steve Muncey, Mike Murdock, Leroy Thompson, —yet there are some not so obvious.

I don’t believe we are to give just to get bless. I believe we should give from the heart. Yes, God may bless us, but in His own way, on His own terms. I know that is a foreign concept to some people, but consider what Jesus told his disciples:

Luke 17:10
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Yet these pulpit pimps teach contrary to this, and they are very adept in manipulating people.

Some of these hustlers are selling “financially anointed” prayer clothes, and I say it’s not even good for mopping up jelly spills off kitchen tables. Have they no shame? Where is their fear of God? Yet, some are so deceived, they believe their own lies. And too many times the people sending in their finances are desperate for a financial miracle. Could it be poor and middle class people are furnishing their luxurious homes with marble counter tops and Ming dynasty vases? Hotel suites for $10,000 a night? Georgio Armani suits and gold Rolexes and diamonds while sister so and so weeps because no return came off her last two dollars? Yet are they not the teachers, the experts, and do we dare question them? Yes, we dare question them, and we turn to our bibles and away from the theories of men.

I remember being in a church where the pastor made fun of people driving old cars, and a check went off in my spirit, even as a very new Christian. I left that service thinking ‘this guy cannot be right’. What a person drives is not a reflection of how their relationship with God is like, as this pastor implied in his sermon. Was John the Baptist an unfaithful servant? Where was his nice threads and delicacies?

You got mobsters living the good life on this planet, rich, and straight on their way to Hell. Millionaires, and likely billionaires, rich, without Jesus, straight on their way to Hell. Some of them have benevolent hearts too, and still, some are miserly. Yet they are super rich. Some earned their money with dirty hands through ill gotten gain, like some of these ministers. Are we to look at them with envy and awe, and emulate them? Are we to look at them and proclaim, ‘you must be “in the know” with God because you are rich’?

1 John 2:15-17
15) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

What’s alarming is how many of these pimping the prosperity gospel will point to scriptures such as above, and say ‘you cannot be covetous’, ‘God must be number one’, etc. Yet a huge portion of what they preach is on what He can do for us, as oppose to what we can do for Him. And such bait often makes the sale.