Evangelical preaching: Preying for Jesus

Some people claim that sin is the disease and faith in Jesus is the cure, but I see it differently to that. I see much of Christianity as a ‘money making scam‘, and you only have to look towards the ‘evangelical preachers‘, and see how their spreading of the ‘gospel of Jesus Christ‘ is filling up their bank accounts. According to several sources, one in every four Christians is an evangelical, and unsurprisingly the largest concentration of them are in the ‘United States of America‘. The message of evangelicalism is to promote the gospels of Jesus Christ, and his life, death, resurrection, and his atonement in which he gave his life for man’s sin, and only after accepting Jesus and his sacrifice can you achieve redemption, and let into Heaven. So by that definition, evangelical preachers are spreading the teachings, and parables of Jesus in the hope of engulfing their followers in guilt.

In America some of the TV channels have the pleasure of ‘televangelists‘, and many of them have become famous, wealthy and extremely influential, and they convince their viewers that their life is in God’s hands and if you support the church financially then God will grant you a prosperous life. The cable channels even have events called ‘praiseathons‘ where they had fundraising events for the church, and after the events were over, the televangelists went home to their multimillion dollar estates. How do these people sleep at night preying on the vulnerable, and people that genuinely believe that the church wishes to help them?

“A number of those making the most persistent pleas for money tap into something called the prosperity gospel, which hinges on a belief that your health and wealth are controlled by God, and God is willing you to be prosperous. Believers are encouraged to show their faith through payments, which they understand will be repaid – many times over – either in the form of wealth or healing.” – BBC

Two of the most well known evangelists in America are worth an estimated $400,000,000 combined,, whilst millions of people around the world live in poverty and squalor, and genuinely don’t know where their next meal is coming from. When ‘Kenneth Copeland‘, and ‘Pat Robertson‘ are swanning around the world in their private jets, why hasn’t Jesus told them during their prayers to share some of their ill gotten wealth? Maybe because it’s all one huge scam, and only by deceit can they live their lives of luxury?

3 thoughts on “Evangelical preaching: Preying for Jesus

  1. Last summer, there was a comedy series that aired on HBO called “The Righteous Gemstones”, which was about a family of televangelists that built their fortune off of bilking their followers out of millions of dollars. During the first season, the son of the founder’s oldest son, who had decided to not enter the “family business” to become a Hollywood stuntman, and thus earning the disfavor of his father and becoming a “prodigal son”, returned home to perpetrate a blackmail scheme (which had involved him taking video of his dad and several of the dad’s associates indulging in drugs and prostitutes while they were on a business trip), and when the son is going over the plan to rob the family church’s vault, he actually describes to his accomplice (a fellow stuntman) how his family bilks their followers out of money to fund their extravagant lifestyle and refers to their church as a “front”.

    And some of these televangelists have served time for things like fraud, but not even prison time stops them. Jim Bakker (pronounced like “Baker”) is the most famous of these. He and his then-wife Tammy Faye (who has since died) made their names by building a televangelism empire centered on their show “The PTL Club” and even built a Christian theme park called Heritage USA. Then allegations that he paid hush money to a secretary who accused him of raping her led to his resignation from his ministry. He was eventually charged with and convicted of accounting fraud (related to their theme park), and he ultimately served five years in federal prison (he had been convicted on 24 counts and was originally sentenced to 45 years in prison, later reduced to eight years). Tammy Faye divorced him while he was still in prison, and both Jim and Tammy Faye remarried, Tammy Faye to a property developer (who she remained married to until her death from cancer) and Jim to a former televangelist. Since his release from prison, he’s returned to televangelism and now bilks people out of their money by preaching about the “end times” and selling “doomsday supplies”. So he’s still at it after all these years.

    It also made me think of a Golden Girls scene where Sophia (who had passed out from choking on some food) imagines she’s at the Pearly Gates of Heaven and the man tending the gates (not explicitly said to be Saint Peter) is getting ready to welcome her. She says, “I got straight into heaven? No Purgatory?”, and he replies, “Oh, you Catholics!” Then he says, “We’re getting a televangelist, and quite frankly, I’m excited.” She responds, “Why?” The man at the gate then says, “We’ve never had one here before!” (He was implying all the other dead televangelists went to Hell.) I think at this point, her dead husband Sal shows up and tells her it’s not her time yet, and then she regains consciousnesses and tells the other Girls what happened while she was passed out. I believe this was the same episode where Blanche’s grandmother’s old plantation home (which had been sold and turned into a bed and breakfast inn) was going to be demolished, and she drags the Girls to Atlanta to visit it one last time.

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  2. Matthew 19: 16-30: 16 A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” 17 Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have eternal life, obey the law’s commands.” 18 The man asked, “Which ones?” Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not tell lies about others, 19 you must respect your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ 20 The young man said, “I have obeyed all these commands. What else do I need?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all that you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me!” 22 But when the young man heard Jesus tell him to give away his money, he was sad. He didn’t want to do this, because he was very rich. So he left. 23 Then Jesus said to his followers, “The truth is, it will be very hard for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom. 24 Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.”

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