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Creflo Dollar: Cause I’m Worth All That!

Creflo Dollar has made the news the last several months for soliciting funds to purchase a new jet.  Dollar has his sights on a Gulfstream G650, which has a robust price tag of $65 million. After Dollar’s ministry, World Changers Church International (WCI), asked his followers to cover the bill, they suffered substantial media backlash, which prompted them to quickly withdraw the solicitation.  But, unfortunately, it doesn’t end there.  WCI has now announced they will move forward with the purchase of the jet so Creflo Dollar can travel the globe and spread the gospel.

Here are the words of WCI:

We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate. (Source.)

Those who follow God’s Word and strive to live a life of righteousness can immediately see the pride and arrogance of such a statement.  This attitude is antithetical to the attitude that Jesus Christ Himself possessed, for He told those who wished to follow Him that He had nowhere to lay His head, He owned no home, He traveled on foot, He didn’t wear a microphone (not that there’s anything wrong with that… just stay with me), and you can bet there was no camera in His face while He taught the sermon on the mount.  In fact, His followers weren’t in possession of most of those things either, and yet… wait for it … the gospel FLOURISHED!!!

Creflo Dollar believes that as a minister of the gospel (so-called), he should have only the best, and anyone who contradicts this, in Dollars’ words, just doesn’t understand the bible.

“See, don’t get upset when the world says stuff and talks about stuff, and all that. They’re just looking through the wrong lens, they don’t understand,” Dollar said in a recent sermon. “‘What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ They don’t know. They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the word. They will never know, never never know.”  (Source.)

There’s something about WCI’s statement that needs to be corrected.  They state they will purchase the jet, but they aren’t the ones actually purchasing it.  They aren’t footing the bill. They asked 200,000 people to give a gift of $300 each.  They’re the ones footing the bill.  Dollar wants to ride in style, but he wants YOU to pay for it.  The sad part?  There are MORE than 200,000 deluded people out there who would gladly send this wolf $300 so that he can travel the globe in style perverting the gospel.

The days grow late, loved ones.  Pray that we not enter into error, and praise God that we have eyes to see… and we see, and that we have ears to hear… and we hear.  Discernment is such a gracious gift from God.

Rodney Howard-Browne is not Amused

Seems like Rodney Howard-Browne (RHB), the self-titled “Holy Ghost Bartender,” is not amused with John MacArthur’s upcoming “Strange Fire” conference.  In fact, he made note of it on his Facebook page and warned MacArthur and friends that should they continue, they are in danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Phil Johnson, Executive Director of “Grace to You,” wasn’t amused and wasn’t pulling punches when he responded to RHB’s comment over at Grace to You’s blog on their website.

You can read that by clicking here.

Rod Parsley Zip Lines into Pulpit

I found this over at A Little Leaven, so I tip my hat to the Museum of Idolatry’s curator, Chris Rosebrough.

Rod Parsley zip lined into his church, and awkwardly arrived at his pulpit.  When you’re a popular, hip, happenin’ pastor, you don’t just walk in, place your Bible on the pulpit and begin to preach; you have to be cool!  I don’t know the reason for this, but I’m sure it was to generate adoration from his devoted followers.

The church has become a circus and anyone with an ounce of discernment can see it.  I’m just wondering when the elephants and clowns will come marching in?

Benny Hinn’s Son Detained for Beating Deaf/Mute Man at Crusade

JAMES 5: 1-3:

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.  3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

I’ve covered Benny Hinn for years at this blog and his ministry never ceases to be a source of shame for the visible church.  According to the Daily Mail Online, Joshua Hinn, Benny Hinn’s son, allegedly assaulted a man at a crusade in Brazil who is both deaf and dumb.  Taking the man to a trailer nearby, Joshua Hinn and two of Benny Hinn’s body guards beat him mercilessly.  Afterwards, Joshua Hinn was detained, but no charges were filed after the victim’s father entered into an agreement with Hinn’s representatives.  (Sources say that alleged agreement included a large sum of money.)

This is from the Daily Mail:

According to police, Mr Araujo, a local pastor, was sitting in the front row of seats at the event, in the city’s Povos da Amazonia arena when, during Mr Hinn’s sermon, he got up and approached the stage.

Mr Araujo, who was carrying a bottle of water, later said he only wanted to receive a blessing from the famous evangelist, who claims he can heal the sick.

But he was allegedly pounced on by Mr Hinn’s son Joshua and two bodyguards, Caleb Shirk, 26, and Konstantins Konstantinovs, 34, who claimed they thought he was about to throw water at the preacher, who is worth an estimated £27 million ($42 million).

The men took Mr Araujo to a trailer parked near the stage where they allegedly held him captive inside, beating and punching him as they demanded to know who he was.

Because the man could not hear or respond to their demands, the physical aggression continued, police said.

Tactical squad officers burst into the trailer after concerned members of the public called police.

Mr Araujo was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he received medical treatment and was later released.

Manaus’ Civil Police confirmed the three men, all Americans, were arrested and taken to the city’s 3rd Integrated Police Department for questioning.

The men reportedly claimed they didn’t know that Mr Araujo was deaf and dumb and wanted to know why he had approached Benny Hinn during his sermon.

According to police, Mr Araujo’s father, a sign language translator, entered into an agreement with Benny Hinn’s representatives to not press charges against the men.

Police sources told Brazilian website Portal do Holanda that the agreement involved a “large sum of money”.

The Civil Police said an investigation will still be launched into the incident.

After being released, Joshua Hinn and the two bodyguards reportedly continued to Manaus’ international airport from where they flew directly back to the US.

Benny Hinn has a gaggle of bodyguards, that’s nothing new.  I’m just wondering what the apostle Paul would have done in this instance – oh, that’s right – he was stoned, beaten, whipped, and all for the glory of Christ Jesus and for the sake of the gospel.  He wasn’t a regal celebrity who couldn’t be approached or touched by the common folk.  But, then again, the apostle Paul didn’t make merchandise of those with whom he was responsible for sharing the gospel.

Hinn is financially able to buy himself out of compromising situations now – but, what will he do when he stands before the Judge of the living and the dead and all of his riches are cankered and moth eaten?  What will he do when he stands before the ONE who cannot be bought with filthy lucre?  Sobering thought.

Click here for the article at the Daily Mail.

Click here for the article at the Christian Post.

Can you Let Go of Money and Still Smile?

Ever hear of Mark Gorman?  Well, you’re about to.

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I feature two kinds of teachers here… the really good, or the REALLY bad.  Mr. Gorman’s really bad.

The title of the featured video below is “How Much Can You Let Go of and Still Smile?”  Now, one thing you need to know about Word of Faith (WOF)/Prosperity ministers is that they always have a pitch.  Some are clever, some are laughable.  So, how would I grade Mark Gorman’s pitch?  Well, it’s not clever, and I’m not laughing.  Here is a little of Gorman’s logic (taken from the beginning of the video):

“One of the things I’ve learned as I’ve studied the principles in God’s Word is this, that God wants us to prosper.  But, the way He determines the level of our prosperity is based on how much we can let go of and still smile.  So, if you can’t release that money and still smile, then you can’t be trusted with any more than you have right now.”

Wow!  That’s quite the intro, isn’t it?  Hold up, he’s not finished.  He goes on to say:

“How do I prove I don’t love it?  Can you let go of it and still smile?”

Guess where he wants you to “let go of it?”  You guessed it….right in his hands.

I’ve heard many pitches, and his is no different, just wrapped in a different type of logic, and every bit of it is based in greed and fraud.  See the video below and beware of him.

What Happened to Joyce Meyer’s Face?

I’ve been sick this week and the doctor wrote me out of work, so I decided to do nothing but lay in the recliner and suffer.  I got bored with that so I flipped on the television, which is something I rarely ever do.  While channel surfing, I came across Joyce Meyer, so I left it for a couple of minutes to see what she was saying.  I’m afraid I can’t remember anything except maybe … nah, just can’t remember.  The reason why is because I couldn’t stop staring at her mouth.

At first I thought, “Oh, my…the poor dear has Bell’s Palsy.”  No joke – I’m being serious.  I felt sorry for her for a minute.  But, then I crinkled my eyebrows and cocked my head ever so slightly to the right, and the more I watched her the less I was inclined to think the change to her face was the result of a medical malady.  I think she had some work done.

Why can’t women leave their faces alone?  I would much rather see a woman grow old gracefully, especially those who “claim” to preach the gospel, than to see them destroy their faces with cosmetic procedures that do not make them look young… it just makes them look worked on.  Your lips aren’t supposed to swell and droop, and your face is SUPPOSED to move when you talk.  It just doesn’t look normal if it doesn’t.

Joyce Meyer wasn’t a bad looking lady before.  I don’t like her doctrine, but her face looked fine.  Not any more.  Check out some screen shots I swiped from You Tube.

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