A Comment on Prosperity Preachers

I had received this comment below on the article, “A Look At Prosperity Gospel – CBS News“. I was debating in my mind whether or not to approve the comment in that post, because it looked like someone just spamming for attention to their site. But then i read the material in the links provided and i thought it was all very interesting and informative in the least. I want to hear your thoughts and intuition on the information below. Here’s the comment:

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Kenneth Copeland put on a excellent performance at his latest ministers conference held on January 22,2008 visible here , which has now gotten the attention of people all across the USA, and abroad. The message he was unmistakably sending, came across loud and clear on every subject he was addressing. From voicing his personal feelings about the senate investigation, to a multitude of other issues facing KCM. Surprisingly, Kenneth does admit to some element of truth in the letter KCM received from the Senate, but did not go into any detailed explanations. Also in his defense, he makes the accusation that the truth is being twisted a bit. A old saying comes to mind , what comes around goes around. Years of promoting the promises of prosperity, physical healing, and last but not least the twisting of biblical scripture for personal gain has returned to KCM full circle.

“I had a home“, “I had a life“, “I had faith“, “I had a family“, “I lost a loved one“, 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 . For example, 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. 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. Myself, 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. Therefore warnings of the numerous dangers, and intentional deceit, associated with Prosperity Gospel ministries, being made by critics, ministers, and victims went unheard by many. The irony of this are the many warning labels we all encounter every day. From cleaning supplies to over the counter medications, labels posted on various products warn us of the dangers associated with that particular product. Regrettably Prosperity Gospel does not offer this, but should! Family’s have lost their homes, lifesavings, and some even their lives to the Prosperity Gospel.

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. Their use of miraculous healing confessions, and newly found wealth testimonies, are their sales pitch, my mother among others, are proof that their sale pitch does work. The possibility of certain Mega churches misusing contributors finances for their own personal luxuries is ultimately what brought this scam to the publics attention, not the loss of life, the financially bankrupt, nor the numerous homeless victims that have been left in the wake of this devastating hoax.

Knowledge, is the only discovery I found to be effective in this seemingly endless battle. Sadly for some our efforts will go unheard. As for my family, once again I am addressing another envelope to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, asking once again for a summery of my mothers (Bonnie Parker) contributions to KCM, and since they have bankrupt our family also due to the numerous expenses we encountered before and after mom’s death, and once more, ask them to purchase a headstone for mom. I believe they at least owe her that much.

– 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

http://sis359.blogspot.com

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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5 comments on “A Comment on Prosperity Preachers
  1. Mary says:

    We have never been given a gospel of prosperity..The Lord told John..”The poor have the gospel”..He never said..the poor have a spirit of poverty..Real poverty is when a person can’t have enough..never satisfied..real poverty is a soul going to hell..and there is a hell..This is not mentioned in prosperity preaching because a prosperity preacer can’t get enough of the innocent’s money..BUT..There is hope because the Lord went to calvary to give us the greatest riches..and it is eternal life..No matter how we have to live on this earth..our home is eternal..only because of the BLOOD OF JESUS that can’t be repaid..nor does it reast on riches on this earth but salvation by believing in Jesus and reading His word to discern what is not of Him..to stand in these times until we see Him face to face..the only one that bought and paid for our sin..Christians are to spread the gospel..it is a command..and praise the Lord..the gospel is free to all men

  2. Leslie says:

    I lost my mother to cancer and I do not blame anyone. It seems like the author is bitter and looking to place blame. My mother went through chemo along with trusting God. I can tell you that chemo IS NOT the answer, and my mother was very ill due to recieving chemo! I think we have to decide if the Bible is true. Do you believe the Bible? I do. Maybe we need to decided if we have doubt or unbelief or maybe even unforgiveness in our lives? I think everyone should stop picking scripture to support their claim and look at the Bible as a whole!

  3. Caleb says:

    Metaphysicians who practice successful prosperity consciousness often find that affirming luck or winning is actually limiting to their wealth. This is because Universal Mind works best open-ended. We’re more likely to succeed if we focus on a more specific result than money initially, such as a nicer home.,love.

  4. Vicky Bachert says:

    The secret to this life is what Paul said: “For I have learned to be content with whatever state I’m in. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned to both be full and to be hungry. I can do all things through Christ who strenghthens me.” Phillipians 4:11-13. And whatever happened to I Timothy 6:6-10, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which sone have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” What more needs to be said?

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