John had lost his job. Eighteen months later he applied for a job at a college and was waiting to find out if he got the job. His wife Patricia knew “John had always been a wonderful husband and a great provider, but through the Word of God I knew John was not our source. Our source was God”. Patricia had been to a Kenneth and Gloria Copeland convention. Continue reading
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Oh, this is rich -
Television evangelist Oral Roberts — who once said God would “call him home” if he failed to meet a fundraising goal — has died after suffering a weekend fall. He was 91.
I only began to truly understand the magnitude of this crisis on my recent trip to Uganda. I have ministered in Nigeria many times, but I had always thought Nigeria was a special case – that the awful poison I saw there had not spread so far in other places.
Yep, Todd is getting ready to descend upon unsuspecting folks everywhere….
No. ‘Christians’ maybe, Christianity not so much.
It can be hard to get used to how much Garay talks about money in church, one loyal parishioner, Billy Gonzales, told me one recent Sunday on the steps out front. Back in Mexico, Gonzales’s pastor talked only about “Jesus and heaven and being good.” But Garay talks about jobs and houses and making good money, which eventually came to make sense to Gonzales: money is “really important,” and besides, “we love the money in Jesus Christ’s name! Jesus loved money too!” That Sunday, Garay was preaching a variation on his usual theme, about how prosperity and abundance unerringly find true believers. “It doesn’t matter what country you’re from, what degree you have, or what money you have in the bank,” Garay said. “You don’t have to say, ‘God, bless my business. Bless my bank account.’ The blessings will come! The blessings are looking for you! God will take care of you. God will not let you be without a house!”
Pastor Benny Hinn is being investigated by the Senate Finance Committee and was recently denied entry into the United Kingdom. The press has been bad, he says, because the media doesn’t understand him.
In this chronicle of mutations within the Pentecostal movement, we learn to distinguish among the Prosperity Gospel, Word of Faith, and New Apostolic Movements — and we learn why it matters.
One of the worse ‘mutations’ of Pentecostalism is the Prosperity Gospel -
“God knows where the money is, and he knows how to get the money to you.” That was the message of Gloria Copeland as she was speaking at the Southwest Believers’ Convention recently held in Fort Worth, Texas. The event drew the attention of The New York Times and reporter Laurie Goodstein contributed a compelling report about the meeting and its message.
The Southwest Believers’ Convention drew a crowd of more than 9,000 to hear an “all-star lineup” of preachers deliver the message of the prosperity gospel. One by one, the preachers and the speakers enticed the gathered thousands by offering them the assurance that God wants them rich — even fabulously rich. (read the rest here.)