Monday, August 17, 2009

The Pulpit Pimps Preaching Remains Popular

At this convention, attendees were quicker to lay their cash on the altar then their knees or burdens.

Sigh... so despite (or more likely, BECAUSE of) the fact that this country is mired in the worse economic downturn since the great depression, many Christians are following the Pulpit Pimps and their special brand of preaching called the Prosperity Gospel. According to this New York Times story:

"Onstage before thousands of believers weighed down by debt and economic insecurity, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and their all-star lineup of “prosperity gospel” preachers delighted the crowd with anecdotes about the luxurious lives they had attained by following the Word of God.

Private airplanes and boats. A motorcycle sent by an anonymous supporter. Vacations in Hawaii and cruises in Alaska. Designer handbags. A ring of emeralds and diamonds.

“God knows where the money is, and he knows how to get the money to you,” preached Mrs. Copeland, dressed in a crisp pants ensemble like those worn by C.E.O.’s.

Even in an economic downturn, preachers in the “prosperity gospel” movement are drawing sizable, adoring audiences. Their message — that if you have sufficient faith in God and the Bible and donate generously, God will multiply your offerings a hundredfold — is reassuring to many in hard times."

Eww... may God have mercy! More and more, I've become very distressed at how the True message of the Gospel has been replaced in Christianity today by an overemphasis on things of this world, which will pass away. I'm immediately reminded of Jesus warning in Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."


Living, Loving @ Laughing said...

Great blog! too many people chase the dream of a better life instead of seeking the hand of Christ who gives eternal life....Whoa onto those that scatter the sheep......

Alisha De Freitas said...

Amen, sister!

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