Beware of Cash Cow “Ministries” and “Fat Cat” Money Changers

Since when did the Church become a Business anyway?

Thought you’d heard it all when it comes to the false “Prosperity Gospel” ? Well, think again. It seems these money grabbing charlatans never come to an end of schemes they can come up with to fleece the flock out of their hard earned money. PLEASE! For your own sake,  and that of your Christian brethren, read the brilliant, blockbusting article below exposing the latest rash of get rich quick, (on your money) these wolves in sheep’s clothing have come up with! Jesus never said anything that wasn’t TRUTH, and when He said, “Money is the root of ALL evil”, it was a very serious warning. We know the world system is corrupt and out to steal everything they can, but folks, this sneaky thievery concerns the Church, His Body. Do not be deceived!
http://www.christianresearchservice.com/the-cult-of-evangelical-leadership-part-2-cah-cow-fat-cat/

 

Ministry Watch does a good job….as far as it goes, but unfortunately doesn’t even scratch the surface of the plethora of the latest para-church groups that have sprung up since this video was released. Groups that operate seemingly under the radar, as opposed to most of the large mega “prosperity gospel ministries”.

One of these may have recently hung up their shingle in your town as it did mine! About 8 years ago, I happened to be invited to a get acquainted banquet of a new church that had come rolling into the city where I live. The price was $10 for the food, and the guest of “honor” was some other guy who was the main speaker that evening. What I remember so vividly is that the church “leadership” was all grouped at the head of the main table, then the  guest speaker began his speech by dropping a bunch of names he had met personally…one of which was Rod Parsley. That was the first red flag.  You know you can often tell a lot about a person’s eyes, and I can still remember his eyes, not having the soft light of the love of Christ in them, but even in a rather darkened banquet hall, they were glittering and black as pitch. He went on to tell how he was going to “grow” his own new church in another town, on the required tithes of the members he was going to get to subsidize his operation. His entire talk consisted of not one word about Jesus Christ and the gospel, but instead of money, money and more money. This all seemed to meet with the approval of the new local “church” leadership.
I don’t remember now whether the buffet was served before or after his pitch, but I do remember that when it was…the new church bunch and their guest speaker served themselves first. There were a couple of Christian friends who came with me, and collectively, we were shocked and saddened at this entire display of greed and outrageous flaunting of wickedness done in the name of our precious Lord and Savior. What was especially sickening about the entire thing is that this “new church” that had set up camp had as it’s proclaimed ministry purpose, “Reaching the Unchurched for Jesus”. Reading between the lines…or, translation if you will…conning a bunch of babies who didn’t know better, scripturally, into joining up with a “church” who’s real purpose was in enforcing the tithe to support themselves and their greed.

Of course, my friends and I left, and never went back, hearts broken for those innocent babes who were being led like lambs to the slaughter. Prayers went up, and I haven’t checked recently, but I believe this bunch has folded up and left town. Some fly by nights just aren’t as well organized as others…but rest assured, there are still many proliferating, and all under the handy tax exempt 501 C-3 status .

Maybe they all aren’t as obvious and blatant as this group of thieves and money changers, but the point is, we wouldn’t enter into a business deal without first checking up on the other persons character and background, and all the more so, of any “ministry”  with whom you are considering placing you and your family under. And, by the way, that would include the Internet ministries that populate the Internet that are asking for money, even less innocuously, with a PayPal account. I’m not saying all of them are bad, but just suggesting to use godly wisdom and discernment. The following wisdom as stated on the article holds true for any of them!

You don’t know if he’s a gambler, a prescription drug addict, or an abuser of children. You know nothing about the man save for the image that is meticulously crafted, cultivated and finally “beamed” to your campus for your spiritual consumption. Consequently, you don’t truly have a pastor. Instead, you have a pleasing “image,” an “image” that knows how to turn a witty phrase as he delivers a sermon he often didn’t even write by his own hand. 

 

Be as Jesus admonished his followers, “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves”.

 

 

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4 comments on “Beware of Cash Cow “Ministries” and “Fat Cat” Money Changers

  1. timbob says:

    The love of money is so blatant in thee organizations (I cannot refer to them as churches) that it is beyond astonishing. Not only the love of money, but a complete lack of any fear of God…..that every deed is going to be given account for.

    Last week, I heard a report that further highlighted the problem. I don’t remember the lady’s name, however, she is a Christian who has escaped the ISIS controlled area of Iraq and is now in the U.S speaking on behalf of the saints who are still there. She was at a conference wherre she recognized the pastor of a well-known mega-church. (The report didn’t identify the church) She went to him and began to tell about what was happening to our brethren in Iraq. About half-way through, she completely broke down in tears. After regaining some composure, the pastor replied….with a response that was void of any emotion what soever….”thank you for telling me about this” and then rushed off to his next scheduled event.

    The hardness has become so blatant; the disconnect from true biblical Christianity so complete, that it’s heart breaking. I have been to church after church after church in recent years; only to find the same lack disconnect. I am praying for fellowship (as in the same place-not just via the internet) but so far, I have not found it. The contact that i have with saints on the internet is really my only fellowship….and the time will come when regulation will deprive us of this venue as well.

    Thank you for sharing this report. I plan to pass it along to other locations. Blessings in Jesus name.

  2. Scarlett says:

    Actually John….none of the above, since they are all out of sync with Jesus. I just want to be His disciple, bearing my own cross, denying my own desires, ambitions, and self will, and following Him.I may fall down from time to time, but He, in His grace and mercy has picked me up and sustained me to get back on the Christian road and the very real battle we must wage daily.

  3. john Calhoun says:

    Three people are standing before the judgment seat of God. Each are about to have there lives judged.

    One was a televangelist who raised $300 million in his life time. Now to raise the $300 million, he asked constantly for money so much so that he got a reputation for being greedy. He used tactics like, prayer shawls, Jordan River water, anointing oil, sow a seed for a need, and was seen regularly on Christian television asking for money. During his life time bought a $1 million house, flew around in a private jet, wore a Rolex and had documented over 600,000 salvation decisions at a lifetime expense of $500 per saved soul.

    The second person was Protestant minister who never asked for money. Lived modestly. Never made $100,000 a year. He was respected and loved by thousands and was a living example of integrity, humility and purity. But, he never rocked the boat because he did not like conflict and he wanted to be liked and as such he never preached on hell or sin. He served a church with a $2 million annual budget and averaged about 50 professions of faith (salvations) a year at an expense of $40,000 a saved soul.

    The third was a religious media marketing professional who, for the first guy (and many like him), wrote the prayer shawl letters, produced the seed faith television, wrote the fundraising television scripts and directed the anointed oil fulfillment events and charges millions of dollars a year to do it. Then, he marketed his experience with the first guy (and many like him) as the reason other televangelists should hire him and pay him so much money. Then goes to the internet, as well as religious and secular media and criticizes the very people he charged millions of dollars for the very work he produced.

    On judgment day which one would you rather be? The Egotist? The Coward? The whore?

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