Another Senate Investigation: Televangelists

Friends,

Here’s some interesting news being reported by CBS: Senate Probes 6 Top Televangelists. Says the report:

CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.

Hmmmm….I wonder if there is any validity to this or if it is a fishing expedition? Those being investigated:

The six ministries identified as being under investigation by the committee are led by: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. Three of the six – Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar – also sit on the Board of Regents for the Oral Roberts University.

Well, about their financial arrangements I have opinions that I’ll keep to myself. On the other hand, though, I can think of several reasons why these ‘ministries’ ought to be investigated solely because of their theology.

If anything, this ought to lay to rest the notion that the Republican party is managed by Christians. Or maybe not. If you get the chance click on that link because the replies that people are leaving are hilarious. What do you think? Is the government pushing the envelope and invading these ‘ministries” privacy? I say, if these ‘ministries’ have nothing to hide, they shouldn’t be too worried. I think the only ones that will worry are those that fear they have something to hide.

As much as I believe in freedom, I think the Senator has a good point.

jerry

See also: $69 Million Reasons to Be a Christian for more insight into this developing story.

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  1. michael a brown

    this is just the tip of the iceberg…what do or how can these church leaders start with so little and once they become successful all of a sudden need so much for themselves. little or nothing goes to the people who in many cases ignorantly pay for all of their luxuries

  2. Mike,

    I think people have suspected for a long time that there are problems with these ‘ministries.’ Of course, that which is not the ‘tip of the iceberg’ is the theology that helps these people become so successful. One wonders if it is biblical success and if a Biblical success was the goal at all or if the goal was always their luxeries which others have paid for? Based on their theological ideas, I would opt for the latter.

    Thanks for stopping by. I think perhaps prayers for these people are in order. Perhaps I should have been praying for them from the start. I think that when their sin is exposed, it also exposes my own: jealousy, judgmentalism, and, to be sure, a certain type of arrogance that hoped they would fall. I’ll pray for God’s grace to intervene and challenge their theology since they do have such a powerful influence over people. May God’s will be done.

    jerry

  3. Tommy

    It is time for these bunch of crooks to return the money they have stole to poor ignorant people and start paying taxes like we all do.
    It is outrageous to see how they live, but the must important thing, THEY PREACH A PROSPERITY GOSPEL, WHICH IS A FALSE GOSPEL. They are part of the latter days apostacy. They are evil. They should be jailed.

  4. I’ve been there, that’s why I am here.
    Exactly who does have a right to question Copeland about where the money goes? Copeland put on a exhalent performance at his latest ministers conference, visible at http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/copelandclips , in which has now gotten the attention of people all across the USA, and abroad. If I didn’t personally know better, one would actually think he cares about the protection of all his followers (partners),that pour money into his ministry. Requesting a summery of my mothers (Bonnie Parker) contributions, a long time partner of KCM, we like Grassley got little or no response. (Request viewable at http://sis359.blogspot.com/ ). If their partners aren’t entitled to this privileged information, even though they are funding this lavish lifestyle KCM has grown very accustom to, nor is the Senate entitled either, then who is? The IRS perhaps? Are the teachings of the Prosperity Gospel message being misconstrued? Do we, any of us, have a valid argument, or the right to ask for these records ? I believe with all my heart, we should let the ones affected most by this money making scam have a say in determining the answer to those questions..
    “ I had a home“, “I had a life“, “I had faith“, “I had a family“, “I lost a loved one“, “I have no clue what the truth is anymore!” “I will never trust any form of religion.” these are merely a handful of endless testimonies coming to light nationwide. Ranging from all walks of life, their heartbreaking testimonies can be found throughout the web, yet inconceivably, victims are being labeled as fools, ignorant, and basically downright blind for not seeing the truth behind the Prosperity Gospels falsehoods. ” Being only human, our quest for health and wealth, regrettably does lead some in the wrong direction. Promises and guaranties, made by the Prosperity Gospel ministers, give people that have not obtained these blessings on their own, a second chance at achieving their goals in life. An important discovery I made while reviewing testimonies, revealed the fact numerous victims had very little knowledge of the Prosperity Gospels dark side. These unfortunate victims, appear to be equipped with only a small portion of the web of deceit these ministers weave . Picture yourself being raised in a small country town, with a population of only a few hundred, the closest city, only a population of only a few thousand. Computers, internet, cable, satellite TV, and other high tech gadgets are not needed or desired. You are living a simple , solemn life you wouldn’t trade for any amount of cash. After your working day is done, you gladly remove your shoes, kick back in your easy chair, and relax without a care in the world for a while. After flipping on the TV to view the local evening news broadcast, you are reminded to give thanks that you don’t have the worries that accompany life outside the safe haven of your home, and your community. Religion is your safeguard, your faith is strong, and you have no doubts about the truth behind your sacred beliefs. This was my life, before KCM.
    Prosperity Gospel ministers enter the homes of many victims though a thirty minute Sunday morning worship service on a local broadcast station. Growing up in Jigger La., truly located in the middle of nowhere, I can testify to the fact that we only received on a clear day about three or four channels at most. Warnings of dangers associated with Prosperity Gospel ministries, made by critics, ministers, and victims go unheard, therefore tragically for many, when the realization of this scam is discovered it is already to late. Family’s have lost their homes, lifesavings, and some even their lives due to the Prosperity Gospels misleading doctrines. Unfortunately my mother was not one of the lucky ones, her confidence, and faith in this false Gospel, ultimately cost her, her life. After more than a decade of programming her mind to believe and think the Prosperity Gospel way of life, she lost her battle with cancer. By refusing medical attention, she sealed her fate, but the programming she had acquired from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland proved strong all the way to her last breath. A diary she left behind revealed the horrific tale of her life from 1992-2002, the top of each page titled with Kenneth Copeland, Gloria Copeland, or BVOV. Some mistakes in life we can not undo, and good intentions don’t always go as planed, these victims are simply following misleading promises of health and wealth. The use of miraculous healing confessions, and newly found wealth testimonies, are their sales pitch, sadly my mom among many other are proof that their sale pitch works. The possibility these Mega churches were misusing finances for personal luxuries is what brought this scam to the publics attention, not the loss of life, the financially bankrupt, and numerous homeless victims they have been left in the wake of this devastating hoax. So, do we continue blaming the victims, or do we stand up beside them, learn from there mistakes, and put an end to these senseless tragedies? Even I being a victims daughter have many lingering questions, such as follows, “How is it that some see the truth, and others do not?” ” What leads these victim to believe the unbelievable?” “ Are some more vulnerable to these sort of money making scams than others When all is said and done, perhaps they will be tagged, not as the Prosperity Gospel, but the false gospel. One Quote from Copelands mouth should erases any doubts of KCM innocence,
    “It’s not yours, it’s God’s and you’re not going to get it and that’s something I’ll go to prison over. So, just get over it!”

    The family of Bonnie Parker
    E-MAIL sis359@gmail.com

    Photo, before and after KCM,
    http://picasaweb.google.com/sis359/BonnieParkerDiaryPhoto
    Documentary Suffer The Children, exposes televangelists lavish lifestyles ,
    http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/suffer-children
    Book recently published by Sara Posner, also looks into these subjects,
    http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Profits-Republican-Crusade-Values/dp/0979482216




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