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Did The Pentecostal Prosperity Doctrine And TBN Cause The Financial Crisis?

Posted by Job on October 3, 2008

Foreward: please note that the Bible DOES NOT PROMOTE reckless financial behavior, but quite the contrary promotes hard work, frugality, and conscientiousness. Contrast the ostentatious wealth of King Solomon – who left God for syncretism – with Jesus Christ, who was born in a manger and lived the life of a pauper. And as for you prosperity preacher adherents, well, you wanted to be world changers, right? To take authority and dominion? Well, it looks like you did it. Your doctrines helped cause the international banking crisis that just may set the stage for the anti – Christ to come to power. By the way, sorry for picking on Palin, because TONS of black prosperity doctrine preachers have gotten behind Obama as well. You know, it makes for the perfect conspiracy theory.

All of these Council on Foreign Relations – backed preachers get on TV – especially if they own networks like TBN – or dominate the book publishing market (Left Behind) or even get mainstream publicity (like TD Jakes on the cover of Time Magazine – which ironically published this article ) which exploit the poor with false promises of wealth. Then have the same Council on Foreign Relations – connected politicians (Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Clinton, Gingrich at minimum) change the banking laws, requiring/forcing banks to lend to these people. And when the inevitable economic collapse occurs (which by the way was just the result of terrible economic policy dating back to at least Reagan … remember how the Democrats AND Republicans exhorted you to go buy an SUV and invest your retirement accounts in Pets.com in the 1990s … and that speaks nothing of deficit spending and free trade deals with third world countries where people will gladly work for $5 a day) then use it as an excuse to practically nationalize the banking sector and promote economic globalism. If this WASN’T a conspiracy, it certainly played out like one. In any event, now you see how massively evil false doctrines are, and the prosperity doctrine is both false and evil.

Foreclosures: Did God Want You to Get That Mortgage? 

or “God caused the bank to ignore my credit score and blessed me with my first house.” 

Has the so-called Prosperity Gospel turned its followers into some of the most willing participants — and hence, victims — of the current financial crisis? That’s what a scholar of the fast-growing brand of pentecostal Christianity believes. While researching a book on black televangelism, says Jonathan Walton, a religion professor at the University of California Riverside, he realized that Prosperity’s central promise — that God would “make a way” for poor people to enjoy the better things in life — had developed an additional, toxic expression during sub-prime boom. Walton says that this encouraged congregants who got dicey mortgages to believe “God caused the bank to ignore my credit score and blessed me with my first house.” The results, he says, “were disastrous, because they pretty much turned parishioners into prey for greedy brokers.”
Others think he may be right. Says Anthea Butler, an expert in pentecostalism at the University of Rochester in New York state, “The pastor’s not gonna say ‘go down to Wachovia and get a loan’ but I have heard, ‘even if you have a poor credit rating God can still bless you — if you put some faith out there [that is, make a big donation to the church], you’ll get that house, or that car or that apartment.'” Adds J. Lee Grady, editor of the magazine Charisma, “It definitely goes on, that a preacher might say, ‘if you give this offering, God will give you a house. And if they did get the house, people did think that it was an answer to prayer, when in fact it was really bad banking policy.” If so, the situation offers a look at how an native-born faith built partially on American econoic optimism entered into a toxic symbiosis with a pathological market.

Although a type of Pentecostalism, Prosperity theology adds a distinctive layer of supernatural positive thinking. Adherents will reap rewards if they prove their faith to God by contributing heavily to their churches, remaining mentally and verbally upbeat, and concentrating on divine promises of worldly bounty supposedly strewn throughout the bible. Critics call it a thinly disguised pastor-enrichment scam. Other experts, like Walton, note that for all its faults, it can empower people who have been taught to see themselves as financially or even culturally useless to feel they are “worthy of having more and doing more and being more.” (Sure, if you forget about the Bible says that the Holy Spirit, God the Father,and Jesus Christ are supposed to comfort and reassure us. Blessed are the poor for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.) In some cases the philosophy has matured with its practitioners, encouraging good financial habits and entrepreneurship.

But Walton suggests that a decade’s worth of ever-easier credit acted like drug in Prosperity’s bloodstream. “The economic boom 90’s and financial over-extensions of the new millennium contributed to the success of the prosperity message,” he wrote recently. And not positively. “Narratives of how ‘God blessed me with my first house despite my credit’ were common. Sermons declaring ‘it’s your season to overflow’ supplanted messages of economic sobriety,” and “little attention was paid to.. the dangers of using one’s home equity as an ATM to subsidize cars, clothes and vacations.”

With the bubble burst, Walton and Butler assume that prosperity congregants have taken a disproportionate hit, and are curious as to how their churches will respond. Butler thinks that some of the flashier ministries will shrink along with their congregants’ fortunes. Says Walton, “You would think that the current economic conditions would undercut their theology.” But he predicts they will perservere, since God’s earthly largesse is just as attractive when one is behind the economic eight ball.

A recently posted testimony by a congregant at the Brownsville Assembly of God near Pensacola, Fla., seems to confirm his intuition. Brownsville is not even a classic Prosperity congregation — it relies more on the anointing of its pastors than on scriptural promises of God. But the believer’s note to his minister illustrates how magical thinking can prevail even after the mortgage blade has dropped. “Last Sunday,” it read, “You said if anyone needed a miracle to come up. So I did. I was receiving foreclosure papers, so I asked you to anoint a picture of my home and you did and your wife joined with you in prayer as I cried. I went home feeling something good was going to happen. On Friday the 5th of September I got a phone call from my mortgage company and they came up with a new payment for the next 3 months of only $200. My mortgage is usually $1020. Praise God for his Mercy & Grace.”

And pray that the credit market doesn’t tighten any further.

Some videos that speak of the error of these doctrines.

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Sex Sells Especially In The Church: Bishop Thomas Weeks III To Use Reality Show To Find Next Adultery Partner Excuse Me Wife

Posted by Job on September 19, 2008

Now this is talking the pulpit game to the next level. Christians must pray and intercede for the church daily! Of course, I am awaiting the first “judge not”, “touch not mine anointed and do my prophet no harm”, “instead of criticizing them why not pray for them” and “what positive are you doing for the kingdom of heaven/how many people have you healed of sickness or gotten baptized”, “how many skeletons do you have in your closet”, “Christians need unity instead of all this division”, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, “let the wheat and tares grow together” replies. People, “Bishop” Weeks III is not a Christian. He is a deceiver, an apostate who preaches abominable heresies. He has no respect or love for God or for the Body of Christ. Do not follow him. There are plenty of good decent respectable pastors out there preaching and teaching sound doctrine and practice and living it in their own example. Pick one, and leave reprobates like this man to their eternal fates. By the way … why did I state that this man is seeking another adultery partner? Because Bynum was his second “wife” and now he is looking for #3. Read what your New Testament says about the topic of divorce and figure it out.

Bishop Weeks looking for a new wife after Bynum

The recent ex-hubby of national evangelist Juanita Bynum is looking for love again — this time on his own reality show. Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III, head of Duluth-based Global Destiny International Ministries, wants a new wife to mend his broken heart. And he’s skipping the usual path to romance: chance meetings, singles mixers, social networking, speeding dating, fix-ups. (Or repentance, fasting, meditation on the word of God, and prayer.)

He is seeking advice from his followers. This time, Weeks intends to get it right. He will be documenting his efforts to open his heart to love again in 10 streaming video “Webisodes” starting next Tuesday on his Web site www.bishopweeks.com. The idea came after Weeks was flooded with thousands of e-mails and letters from people offering advice about what to look for in his third wife. Some even offered to be his wife. “There are some very adamant women,” says Weeks associate, Minister Guy Reeves of Global Destiny. “A lady from Belgium flew all the way here to meet him. She came to the campus. She wanted to be the next Mrs. Weeks like many others who have approached me about their strong desire to be Bishop Weeks’ wife.”

Weeks is opening his life to his followers so they can get a Christian perspective on dating and coping with the desire for intimacy. “What kind of advice would you give me about the new Mrs. Weeks?” he asks on a Web site promo of the episode. “We will probably find in due time who is that perfect woman for me,” Weeks says. “This time I’m not going to limit it just to the local church … It’s a global ministry. We’ve got to have a global search.” Weeks is opening his life to his followers so they can get a Christian perspective on dating and coping with the desire for intimacy. (So people struggling with feelings of lust are going to get advice from this fellow? If that is not the blind leading the blind … and needless to say his “perspective” will not be any more Christian or biblical than his “Teach Me How To Love You” conference$.)

Weeks is still serving probation for the August 2007 attack on his ex-wife Bynum. He was charged with aggravated assault as a first offender and has completed the required community service hours and anger management counseling. Weeks hopes to wed again someday. His Webisodes, however, won’t be an open call for a wife like typical reality dating shows. But if women send love letters — they will likely be shared. (What the Bible says about being modest and conscientious? Ah, who cares, obeying the Bible is for people who lack an anointing, right?) As for his standards, Weeks says the next Mrs. Weeks “can’t be ugly. She has to be easy on the eyes.” (There you go, Weeks. Let everyone know up front without a shadow of a doubt what you are all about: lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. In other words, LUST AND PRIDE. This way, your followers cannot claim to be deceived, and are without excuse.)

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Jesse Duplantis On CBN Promoting New Age Metaphysics

Posted by Job on September 7, 2008

First, please note that CBN strategically placed Jesse Duplantis on their broadcast to serve a political purpose. The Robertsons have billion dollar business interests that greatly benefit whenever a Republican wins the White House. That explains why Robertson got behind Rudy Giuliani early on: he correctly figured that a more liberal candidate was his party’s best chance of holding onto the White House and furthering his businesses. Now that the situation in Iraq has calmed, perhaps the biggest burden that the GOP must carry is economic uncertainty. So, the very negative jobs report that was released on the day of the broadcast plays into the very mood that could result in an Obama presidency that would mean many millions less for the Robertson empire. So right after the story on the jobs report, out they trot Jesse Duplantis with a message that Christians have nothing to fear from a bad economy. A true and Biblical message, right? Not when it is perverted with the false Word of Faith/prosperity doctrine that Duplantis, Robertson, and fellow travelers push like drugs. Duplantis opens by telling people not to have faith in God’s plan for their lives and His ability to bring it to pass with His control of world events and history, but rather to have faith in “their seed.” Later Duplantis says, “Yes, the economy may take a downturn, but I can take the attitude that I will not participate.” That is New Age metaphysical teaching that people can create and conform a new reality around their thoughts, which in truth is nothing but denying and refuse to deal with the hard truths of life – the quickest way for a Christian to lose his faith – and is even a form of self brainwashing that can lead to madness. Strong delusion, indeed! Duplantis closes his politically and financially motivated apostasy lecture with an odd embrace of an unsophisticated form of the open theism heresy advanced by such intellectual leaders of the Pentecostal movement as theologian and megachurch pastor Greg Boyd. Duplantis claims that he had reached the point where he did not have to seek God for guidance, but rather that God had told Duplantis that he could largely do whatever he chose, and that God would bless it and conform His own will and actions around the decisions of Duplantis. If that does not turn man into a god and God into a manservant, then what does? I don’t know whether Duplantis has read Greg Boyd (doubtful because Boyd, who moves in Ivy League circles and similar, thinks very little of the Robertson – Duplantis branch of his movement), but whether he has or hasn’t, this is clear evidence of how so many doctrines of devils are moving through the prosperity/Word of Faith movement. An interesting twist is how these doctrines can be used to manipulate people’s political behavior. I wonder if there are other doctrines promoted by the religious left designed to influence people’s voting patterns for the benefit of a financial and power elite as well. (It would be curious, for instance, if Barack Obama is exploiting it, and if so how and to what degree. While the embrace of Obama by black evangelical and charismatic pastors is certainly disturbing and odd, I do not consider it to be part of what I am speaking of, especially when you consider that Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, John Lewish, and many other leaders of the religious left initially opposed Obama.) It is a subject that bears looking into. 

In any event, the occasion for Jesse Duplantis’ promotion of his heresy is his new book “Turning Your Dreams Into Reality.” Please note how Duplantis talks so much about dreams and visions while never mentioning anything resembling the actual person or work of Jesus Christ. What difference, then, is there between Duplantis and a New Age teacher like, say, Oprah Winfrey or Eckhart Tolle? When you consider that the son of Paul Crouch left his wife to enter into an unbiblical relationship with a New Age teacher that their corrupt TBN empire promotes (this same TBN where Jesse Duplantis is a major personality), the answer is borne out by the works of these people, including the way that they live their lives. 

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MIKE HUCKABEE TO WORK FOR WORLD’S BIGGEST PORNOGRAPHER RICK WARREN CRONY RUPERT MURDOCH!

Posted by Job on June 12, 2008

Per the link below, the fellow – who actually defended Jeremiah Wright on MSNBC – has been hired to be a contributor for Fox News. Now Rupert Murdoch is a Council on Foreign Relations guy. So is Rick Warren. When Huckabee was being hammered by the anti – Christians in the right wing media for not knowing anything about foreign policy, HE HIRED A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS TO GET HIM UP TO SPEED ON THAT TOPIC! But hey, it is just me being a conspiracy – monger I guess. All of these things are just coincidences. 

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25131506

To learn why I call Rupert Murdoch the world’s biggest pornographer and Rick Warren his pastor, see here: 

Rick Warren Is “Pastor” To Porn King Rupert Murdoch!

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John Hagee: God Sent Hitler To Help Jews Reach The Promised Land!

Posted by Job on May 22, 2008

Apparently this was too much for John McCain, who has now rejected the fellow. “The Arizona senator has said he sought Hagee’s support because the pastor, like himself, is a strong supporter of Israel.” Hmmm … seems as if the LaHaye – Lindsay – Scofield premillenial dispensationalism causes one to love ISRAEL more so than, you know, actual Jews. Why? Because ISRAEL is more important to that eschatological system than actual living breathing human beings are. (The same is true of America with this crowd by the way!) Proof of this is how so many premillenial dispensational leaders are advocating dual covenant theology and/or promises to refrain from evangelizing Jews. Why? So they can maintain the relationships that they need with the Israeli government and Jewish interfaith groups such as the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews that they need to pursue the goal of repatriating as many Jews as they can to Israel. Why? Not so that they can be saved, but so that Jesus Christ will come back and rapture THEM to heaven. The Jews that they will have chosen to repatriate to Israel rather than evangelize (and it is illegal to evangelize in Israel!) will be mostly slaughtered by the anti – Christ WITHOUT HAVING BEEN EVANGELIZED soon after the Christians are in heaven according to this doctrine. So … if this is how you love a Jew, how do you hate one? This doctrine basically causes Christians to focus on their own self interest – getting the rapture to happen as quickly as possible – with little regard for anyone else. Are attitudes like that loving towards Jews or anyone else, including Jesus Christ? 

This is yet another example of how false doctrine makes the heart hard, wicked, and perverse … twice the son of hell that the person was before according to Jesus Christ. Sound Biblical Christian doctrine, on the other hand, inculcates a true love for the Jewish people. 

Hagee said: “In his sermon, Hagee said, “Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun, and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. … How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said, ‘My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.'” This is yet another problem with false doctrine. If you stick with sound doctrine based on what the Bible actually says, then you do not have to come up with these crackpot theories. So … God sent the Holocaust against the Jewish people so Jesus Christ can come back and Christians can be taken up in the rapture? Excuse me, but where does the Bible say that? It doesn’t. Since the Bible does not speak of the Holocaust, there is no justification for coming up with a doctrine based on it. But here, in order to justify his eschatological beliefs, Hagee comes up with something so appallingly dripping with self – interest. 

A Biblical perspective makes it clear: the Holocaust happened for the same reason why other great evils do … original sin. There is no reason to add to it, take away from it, or come up with vain speculations that tickle the ears of the hearer. 

But this line from Hagee was classic: “I am tired of these baseless attacks ...” Hagee, these attacks are based on your own comments. Things that you said. From your pulpit. Things that you broadcast on your own TV show. Things contained in your many books, CDs, DVDs, etc. that you have become an exceedingly wealthy man selling. Oh yeah, and isn’t telling people that in 2006 (or was it 2007?) America and Israel were going to attack Iran, leading to the rapture within 6 months to a year later a great way to make sure that they don’t fall behind on their tithes, prosperity preacher! Are you still having your congregation pay tithes now that gas is $4 a gallon and economic times are hard, Hagee? Well Hagee, if you are tired of these baseless attacks, I am tired of your sermons, your ministry, and your entire lifestyle (hey Hagee, how’s the first wife doing?) being baseless as far as the Bible is concerned. If you are tired of it Hagee, then you can either A) become a true Biblical preacher instead of one who deceives and fleeces the flock for money and power or B) get out of the pulpit altogether. The choice is yours. And I am not ashamed to say, Hagee, that if you are tired of a few weeks of criticism based on your false doctrines and lies – and if what you were preaching was TRUE and if you were a TRUE PREACHER you would be GLAD to suffer humiliation and persecution for the Name of Jesus Christ! – the lake of fire will be much more intolerable than people holding you accountable for the falsehoods that come out of your mouth. And oh yes, your stint in the lake of fire will last a lot longer than a presidential election …

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24781872

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