Tuesday, January 16, 2007

9. TV PREACHERS

I have some questions perhaps you can help me with. I don`t believe the financial statements of TV ministries are an accurate portrayal of where the money goes. For example, what is the personal wealth and annual salary of people like Pat Robertson, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, T.J.Jakes, and Others? What are their annual "business or personal expenses" charged to the ministry? Any "perks" that people are not aware of? How about income from their book sales? Are they using the ministry as their personal ATM machine like Benny Hinn is supposedly doing? How about possible "nepotism"? A preacher friend of mine told me that recently, Creflo Dollar was boasting he gave a $1 million dollar check to another ministry! And that he rides around in his personal JETS! It`s an outrage! Some of these tv preachers live an extravagent lavish lifestyle! Ministers of the Gospel are "not to be given to Coveteousness" [which is a form of Idolatry Col 3:5]. We don`t have Men And Women of God, we have TV Preacher Celebrities/Movie Stars! No one preaches on Sin in the Body of Christ anymore! Christianity is Big Business in this Country! It reminds me of what Jesus said on one occasion, "My Father`s House will be called a house of prayer but you have turned it into a den of thieves...", when he turned the moneychangers tables over in the temple. On another note, I watched as Kenneth Copeland said, "We are at the same spiritual level as God" and "We are gods" [believers]. BLASPHEMY! IT`S NOT RIGHT! YHVH said in the Tanakh [O.T.], "You shall have no other gods besides me" [with me or an addition to me]. Jesus himself told Copeland the following prophecy: "Don’t be disturbed when people put you down and speak harshly and roughly of you. They spoke that way of Me, should they not speak that way of you? The more you get to be like Me, the more they’re going to think that way of you. They crucified Me for claiming that I was God. But I didn’t claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was in Me. Hallelujah." (Kenneth Copeland, Take Time to Pray, Believer’s Voice of Victory February 1987) When are those in the Body of Christ going to stand up and say, Enough is Enough already? Does a minister have to claim to be God in the flesh, before Christians are outraged and do something? Copeland is a half step away from that! By not saying anything, doing anything, we are "enabling" these people. We`re just as guilty - passive participants! It`s about time that we in the Body of Christ stood up and sometimes ask tough questions of these TV Preachers, and ministers in general? With all the comments, I need to clarify some things. THERE`S NOTHING wrong withing asking questions of a preacher`s doctrine, teaching, interpretation, or application of the word of God. THERE`S NOTHING with asking a minister questions about their lifestyle you feel might be inappropriate. As long as you do it in a respectful way, THERE`S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! [Acts 17:11; 2 Tim.2:25; 3:16; 4:2; Ezek. 33: 7-9; 34: 1-15] BOYS and GIRLS WAKE UP! You`re giving preachers WAY too much power to over You! They are here to SERVE US! They are fellow SERVANTS in the Body of Christ! My God if you are afraid just to ask questions of these ministers, I feel sorry for you! They are ACCOUNTABLE to US - The Body of Messiah! Let`s use common sense too, when it comes to Spiritual Things! [A good read on the Faith Movement / Faith Theology is "Christianity in Crisis" by, Hank Hanegraaff.]

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Blogger tomjworkman said...

The Senator "Grassley Six"
Shalom Senator. I hope you are doing well. I`d like to say thank you for checking into some of these TV preachers. As a Born-again Christian, I`m DEEPLY offended at Some of these tv preacher "movie stars", [because that is what they are.] They sure are not Men & Women of God! Possibly diverting non-profit ministry funds into private for profit companies, then pocketing the profits into their extravagent lavish lifestyles. And using false doctrine/teaching to extort money from God`s people. I`m in COMPLETE agreement with you, if they say they are a non-profit ministry then they need to ACT like it and follow its guidelines. It`s called Financial Accountability!

Peoples` spiritual lives and personal lives and faith in God are being destroyed at times by the fraud and misrepresentation of God`s Word.

While you`re at it, PLEASE check into Pat Robertson [and Jesse DuPlantis] and possible improper things going on there down through the years. Possibly using ministry funds to purchase and then sell "the family channel" and then pocketing the profit. His personal wealth is estimated at $140 million dollars! It`s outrageous! PLEASE continue your investigations. It`s LONG Overdue!
Alot of people [including born-again believers at times] like to whine when confronted with Sin, "You`re judging people" or "That`s your interpretation"! I`d like them to explain 1 Cor 2:15; 5:3; 11:31; and 14:29, for a few examples, where we are told to "judge"! And the prophets preaching Yahweh`s judgements at times! Matt chapter 7 verses 1-5 all goes together! Jesus goes on to explain what he means and is talking about in Matt 7:1-2 in verses 3-5! The Entire passage goes together. Basically, it is dealing with basic human nature to find fault with others, but not to take responsibility for their own sin in their own lives!

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