Profiteering Prophets Pt. 1

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Profiteering Prophets Pt. 1
By Howard Green

This article is meant to be a loving warning about apostasy (falling away from the Truth) creeping into the church. The morning paper, nightly news, and internet are brimming with the latest stories on geopolitical events, natural disasters, and terrorism. These events are increasing in frequency and intensity while pointing to the Lord's return.

If there is one crystal clear sign that the end times are at the door it is this:

The rapid proliferation of false prophets and unbiblical apostate teaching.

Ezekiel 13:6 - They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, 'Declares the LORD,' when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, 'Declares the LORD,' although I have not spoken?" Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD.

In Profiteering Prophets part 2, we will focus on the apostasy that is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Latter Rain movement, and the people promoting these unbiblical movements.

Here in part 1 we will focus on the people who preach and teach the prosperity gospel and word-faith. Although the unbiblical foundations of the prosperity gospel (PG) are well documented, I want to briefly describe the (PG) in a nutshell for the benefit of new Christians and others who are unaware of these deceptive teachings. The television, Christian bookstore shelves, and a growing number of churches are promoting profiteering prophets. The picture below is of Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis discussing the reasons they need private jets for their 'ministries' just this week. Kenneth doesn't want to fly commercially because apparently there are too many demons on the commercial aircraft.

The prosperity gospel is a dangerous heresy that seeks to divert glory from God and place it on money. Moreover, the (PG) commissions God as some sort of genie in a bottle to be used on a whim for personal financial gain. The buzz words & phrases that (PG) teachers use are, but not limited to: Make a vow, sow a seed, 100 or 1,000 fold yields, points of contact, sowing for an increase, and the list goes on and on. Word-faith and (PG) are closely related in the way they both promote the belief that blessings and windfalls.....usually financial abound. Word-faith teachers and adherents use the term 'faith' like a magical word, positive confession, or a spiritual Carte Blanche to obtain whatever we desire. Thus the term...name it claim it sums up the motives of the word-faith teachers.

The heresy of word-faith goes even deeper when one examines the damnable teachings these people proliferate. They attack Job and others in the Bible for not having enough faith. In one booklet, Jesus is admonished for not having enough faith. They believe they are just like God. In fact, many teachers proclaim that we are "little Gods." In the process, God is demoted and we are glorified. In their warped theology, God is reduced to a cosmic genie. This twisted doctrine is diametrically opposed to the true Christian that knows : He must increase, but I must decrease.

I have been a believer for many years now and I've seen the good, the bad, and ugly when it comes to preaching and teaching. This (PG) & word-faith movement is nothing new. In the 1970s, I was a young boy and new believer. I had an appetite for all things gospel. Even back then, the heresy of (PG) and word-faith was very prevalent. Men such as Robert Schuller...a motivational speaker who promoted positive thinking and Kenneth Hagin...a name it-claim it teacher were on television and publishing booklets to the masses. The things I heard on tv and read had references to God and sounded spiritual enough, but I knew there was something very wrong with the message. Faith wasn't in God and His sovereignty.....it was in faith itself.

Here we are some 40 years later and the apostate teachings of (PG) and word-faith are more popular than ever. This world desperately needs to hear the message of the gospel. There are numerous ministries and teachers who do nothing but proclaim the gospel boldly and teach the Bible accurately. In teaching the Bible, warning people about false teachers and unbiblical messages is critical. Jude the apostle was eager to write other 1st century believers about salvation, but he had to address the apostate teachings that were creeping into the church instead.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude was referring to people who crept into the church with false doctrine. He calls them hidden reefs, fearless, and wild waves. They were worshipping alongside true believers (Jude 1:12). In writing this article I want to warn two groups of people about these prosperity gospel & word-faith movement deceivers.

First, new Christians need to be warned about these con-men & con-women because their teachings are sprinkled with Christian sounding platitudes and smatterings of Bible verses that are used out of context. (PG) and word-faith teaching does the very opposite of glorifying Jesus. They place the focus on self and having everything we want, instead of focussing on God's will and His word. If you are a new Christian, I want to lovingly warn you to (run) from these deceptive teachings and the false prophets who promote them.

If you aren't a Christian and just happened upon this article, I want to warn you as well. There are some solid Bible teachers on television, but there is also a lot of nonsense on tv. masquerading as true Christianity. Many of these people are money grabbing, swindling, selfish individuals who in no way represent the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don't let anyone blind you to the truth about Jesus. He is God's Son and died so that you can come to salvation through Him. Don't become embittered by the hypocrisy you see there, because these people don't represent the Lord Jesus or true Christians. Many sound Bible teaching ministries are listed on our resource links page. To know about eternal life through Jesus please visit Are you saved?

Myself along with other Bible teachers are resolute about exposing these false teachers because of the damage they do in many lives and for the reproach they bring upon the true church and the name of Jesus. We must expose these false doctrines and the wolves in sheep's clothing who preach them.

To that end, we are certainly going to name names and warn people about the people and teachings the apostles warned us about..... as we are biblically mandated to. The list below doesn't cover every false teacher, but we wanted to include some of the main players in the prosperity gospel & word-faith movement.

Joel & Victoria Osteen - He is the pastor of Lakewood Church and a major player in spreading the false prosperity gospel. I cannot imagine Jesus, John the Baptist, the apostles, Edwards, Spurgeon, Tozer or preaching and teaching for selfish gain. This man is a motivational speaker disguised as a pastor.

Kenneth & Gloria Copeland - His ministry and television broadcast is will known. Believer's Voice of Victory is aired on hundreds of channels around the world. He is an offshoot of his word-faith mentor Kenneth (Dad) Hagin and his teachings are no less dangerous. Copeland teaches that Christians are guaranteed physical healing and financial prosperity.....something that the Lord never guaranteed. He is one of the people that teach, "We are little gods."

Kenneth Hagin - The late "Dad" Hagin is referred to as the modern father of the word-faith movement. He another one that taught that we are 'little gods'. He taught that if Christians weren't healthy and wealthy, it's due to lack of faith. He wrote about a time when Jesus appeared to him in a vision and the Lord was being shouted down by a "demon monkey." Kenneth had to rebuke the demon monkey and told him to "get out in Jesus' name" so he could hear what the Lord was saying to him. Then he said Jesus told him, "If you hadn't done something about that, I couldn't have." Hagin's many false teachings live on through taped messages and numerous booklets.

Mike Murdock - Is a televangelist who is regularly on television and has been on TBN's "Praise A Thons". He is a swindler and huckster if there ever was one. I can hardly turn on the television and not see him selling the riches of God's kingdom (financial of course) for a price. The premise of guaranteed riches and financial overflow is certainly false and so is his seed faith racket. He loves when people sow a $1,000 seed to the ministry. Once the seed is sown, he teaches that credit card debt will be wiped out and the dollars will flow. He is correct, the dollars do flow...unfortunately they flow directly to Mile Murdock's bottom line. As the case with many (PG) teachers.......he preys on the innocent, downtrodden, and minorities. This man is not a true man of God and his deceptive teachings should be exposed and avoided.

Creflo Dollar & Taffi Dollar - Creflo is the pastor of World Changers Church based in Atlanta. He has the attention of millions with his prosperity gospel message. He is another preacher who proclaims that we are little gods. His ministry is heavy on the seed faith and reaping financial windfalls. Creflo has uttered so much unbiblical nonsense to list here, but these sum up the message: "You are not a sinner saved by grace, you are sons and daughters of the most high." He also wrote via Twitter: Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity. As you can see...this man has no business calling himself a pastor or a teacher. Just this year, Creflo made an appeal to raise $65 million dollars to buy a new private jet for his ministry. Stay away from this man's so called ministry.

Jesse Duplantis - He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis ministries and Covenant Church in Louisiana. Jesse is a prime time voice in the (PG) & word-faith movement. He is known for his many outlandish theological statements such as, "God made animals and didn't have the foggiest idea what they were." Jesse screams at the devil while preaching, 'slays' people in the Spirit, and claims that God has answered his every prayer. His comedic skill is in demand during Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) fundraising events. Jesse chants things like, "I declare increase and financial anointing" at meetings and TBN rallies. Jesse Duplantis may be a biblically iliterate comedian, but he is not funny in the eyes of the holy God. Jesse is laughing all the way to the bank thanks to donations for his 'ministry'.

Peter Popoff - He is the founder of Peter Popoff Ministries and is well known for his so called 'miracle crusades'. Mr. Popoff is another in a long list of word-faith & (PG) gurus that relies on theatrics and trickery to deceive people. His 'ministry' sends a massive amount of mail outs to people. He asks people to send in their seed offering so God can release a great harvest. Is this a harvest of saved souls or renewed holiness? No........the harvest is a financial windfall of course. His big things is points of contact and this involves sending trinkets such as: 'miracle water' and 'silver & gold blessing bracelets' which are rubber bands. The racket is if you send back your silver and gold bracelets back (with your seed offering), God will send a silver and gold blessing. unfortunately....you just can't make this garbage up. Peter often puts a time limit on your window to send in the money so you "won't miss out on your blessing." Finally, there is ample documentation of Peter Popoff receiving 'prophetic' information about attendee's prayer cards submitted during the service. The 'prophetic word' is received through an ear piece. We have exposed Peter Popoff so that you can warn others about this man's work against the Lord.

Paula White - She is the founder of Paula White Ministries and a rising star in the word-faith & prosperity gospel world. I first became familiar with her when I lived in Florida. In the 1990's, she was co-pastor of Without Walls Church in Tampa and Lakeland alongside her now former husband Randy White. She had the makings of a (PG) megastar and now some 20 years later, she has a world wide following. She is another one who constantly asks people to plant a financial seed. She uses familiar word-faith & (PG) catch phrases such as: claiming the anointing, sowing your seed. She has stated that, "Poverty is a curse." That would come as a shock to the millions of born again Christians in the third world who know the that true treasure is in heaven. Thousands of 'Pastor Paula's' books have been sold and the self help, me centered gospel of the word-faith movement keeps getting gobbled up with titles like: You're All That!, Move On-Move Up, and Deal With It! Her book sale numbers and packed meetings are a true testimony to the fact that the false message of the (PG) sells. Paula White is another teacher spreading false doctrine and others must be warned about her deception.

Here are a few other prosperity gospel and word-faith teachers that we want to warn others about:

Morris Cerullo, Steven Furtick, Eddie Long, Robert Tilton, Richard Roberts, Frederick KC Price, Marilyn Hickey, and much of what is on TBN. (Trinity Broadcasting Network)

We are living in times when apostasy is rampant and false prophets are tickling the ears of many. The prosperity gospel and word-faith movements are a satanic tool used to spiritually shipwreck people. It's my intention to warn you about these false teachers.

This is a group of our Christian brothers & sisters worshipping Jesus in India. There are numerous congregations just like this all over the world from S.E. Asia, Africa, Central & South America, Europe, and here in the US. who know the true riches of the kingdom of God cannot be measured in digits, but in fruit.

In Profiteering Prophets Part 2, we will expose the lies of the New Apostolic Reformation & Latter Rain movements.

Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

God bless you as you contend for the faith.

All for Him,

Howard

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TParrish

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It is so sad that many don't recognize God's blessing. If your NEEDS are met, then you are blessed! If you have good health, you are blessed! If you are saved by the blood of Jesus, you are blessed! Everything that I have belongs to the Lord! The money in my checking account is HIS. The car in my drive way is HIS. We are not here to accumulate money and stuff! We are here to serve the Lord and build HIS kingdom, not our own! Praise God I have learned that lesson. I have been set free from ME! Thank you Lord Jesus for opening my eyes!

These PG preachers are everywhere, but greater is He that is living in me, than he that is in the world. Amen!
 

Hol

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It is so sad that many don't recognize God's blessing. If your NEEDS are met, then you are blessed! If you have good health, you are blessed! If you are saved by the blood of Jesus, you are blessed! Everything that I have belongs to the Lord! The money in my checking account is HIS. The car in my drive way is HIS. We are not here to accumulate money and stuff! We are here to serve the Lord and build HIS kingdom, not our own! Praise God I have learned that lesson. I have been set free from ME! Thank you Lord Jesus for opening my eyes!

These PG preachers are everywhere, but greater is He that is living in me, than he that is in the world. Amen!
Amen!

I wish he would add some more of those who have more recently been discovered: KP Yohanan's Gospel for Asia; World Vision, Wycliff/YWAM/Frontiers, Discovering the Jewish Jesus' Rabbi Schneider.
 

Dana

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Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis discussing the reasons they need private jets for their 'ministries' just this week. Kenneth doesn't want to fly commercially because apparently there are too many demons on the commercial aircraft.
Ya know being a Christian doesn't mean you have to turn off your built in skepticism and just accept everything being told to you. I just have to shake my heads at people who actually believe everything they are told, just because some one like Jesse Duplantic and people like him say it. Sorry but I just don't get it? If they are such spirtual giants like they try to come off as, then why don't the ask THE LORD himself and not say one word to their congregation. I mean why don't they people practice what they preach. They should ask GOD for the money. Why are they constantly having to manipulate the people who listen to them? Some how I feel those prayers will fall on deaf ears, and that is probably why they constantly have to go to the people
 
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Andy C

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Ya know being a Christian doesn't mean you have to turn off your built in skepticism and just accept everything being told to you. I just have to shake my heads at people who actually believe everything they are told, just because some one like Jesse Duplantic and people like him say it. Sorry but I just don't get it? If they are such spirtual giants like they try to come off as, then why don't the ask THE LORD himself and not say one word to their congregation. I mean why don't they people practice what they preach. They should ask GOD for the money. Why are they constantly having to manipulate the people who listen to them? Some how I feel those prayers will fall on deaf ears, and that is probably why they constantly have to go to the people
I agree, some folks simply have no clue. These phony pastors know exactly what they are doing, and as long as their flock does not read and study the bible, they will get away with their hustle. These false teachers are no different from other con men who hustle old folks out of their retirement money. They can motivate the uninformed masses with their holy sounding words, and easily get them all to empty their pocketbooks.
 

Kenny64

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It is so sad that many don't recognize God's blessing. If your NEEDS are met, then you are blessed! If you have good health, you are blessed! If you are saved by the blood of Jesus, you are blessed! Everything that I have belongs to the Lord! The money in my checking account is HIS. The car in my drive way is HIS. We are not here to accumulate money and stuff! We are here to serve the Lord and build HIS kingdom, not our own! Praise God I have learned that lesson. I have been set free from ME! Thank you Lord Jesus for opening my eyes!

These PG preachers are everywhere, but greater is He that is living in me, than he that is in the world. Amen!

Amen sister. :thumbup
 

Kenny64

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I agree, some folks simply have no clue. These phony pastors know exactly what they are doing, and as long as their flock does not read and study the bible, they will get away with their hustle. These false teachers are no different from other con men who hustle old folks out of their retirement money. They can motivate the uninformed masses with their holy sounding words, and easily get them all to empty their pocketbooks.

Not reading and understanding Biblical standards also goes for the false teaching and hearing in politics. There is no ethics today nor
politicians with fruits of the spirit. I'd say Huckabee maybe one of the close one who speak the truth.
 

Rez63

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It is so sad that many don't recognize God's blessing. If your NEEDS are met, then you are blessed! If you have good health, you are blessed! If you are saved by the blood of Jesus, you are blessed! Everything that I have belongs to the Lord! The money in my checking account is HIS. The car in my drive way is HIS. We are not here to accumulate money and stuff! We are here to serve the Lord and build HIS kingdom, not our own! Praise God I have learned that lesson. I have been set free from ME! Thank you Lord Jesus for opening my eyes!

These PG preachers are everywhere, but greater is He that is living in me, than he that is in the world. Amen!
Wow!! This is awesome and oh so true!! I teared up (AGAIN!) when I read these words and realized how blessed I am!! God is SO good to us!!!
 

Hol

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ShilohRose, this is from another thread (I think titled: Two Types of Terrorism)

"These are tough times as many large evangelical organizations are leaving Christ's authority in our Bibles. As I pray before making donations to a large organization (especially after a bad encounter with World Relief), today I again was both grateful for the Lord answering my prayers about donating to Gospel for Asia, K.P. Yohannan's organization & grieved. Ironically, today my info packet to donate arrived in the mail.

I think we do need to stop being gullible, but we also can anticipate that some large efforts will get lied about in the media, so I did some research before deciding to toss GFA in the trash earlier today. Just now I learn that they have been dropped from approved charities by ECFA.

From Wikipedia:
"Warren Throckmorton is reporting on apparent financial irregularities for Gospel for Asia on his blog. Warren has reported on the illegal practice of smurfing which GFA admits to doing for two years.[23][24] He also has reported on large reserves GFA holds in Indian Banks including $23.5 million designated for “welfare of children.”[25] The total reserves held are reported to be over $158 million.[26] GFA has also told donors that the offshore books are not available to look at due to persecution. However the books can be found on the Internet on the fcraonline website under the state of Kerala listed as the Believers Church of India, Gospel for Asia, Love India Ministry, and Last Hour Ministry.[27]There is also controversy regarding the kissing of KP Yohannan's ring which KP has denied although there is a video tape showing it being done.[28] In October 2015 Gospel for Asia had their membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability terminated for several irregularities." (Bolding mine)

How sad is this?

Wycliffe has stopped sending faithful translations of Scripture & their counterparts YWAM, SIL Frontiers. World Vision is secularized.

For me, GFA, with whom I had sponsored a child under several years ago, replaced World Vision who lied to me & later have been exposed in supporting gays to come work evangelizing for them, etc., and it grieves me that once again it is the money trail.

But the graphic images of Mr. Yohannan blessing men kissing his ring = MAJOR yuck :vomit

Let's pray for Samaritan's Purse to survive in service to the Lord and refuse to bow to money."
 

Michael Ross

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I agree, some folks simply have no clue. These phony pastors know exactly what they are doing, and as long as their flock does not read and study the bible, they will get away with their hustle. These false teachers are no different from other con men who hustle old folks out of their retirement money. They can motivate the uninformed masses with their holy sounding words, and easily get them all to empty their pocketbooks.
This is sad on two accounts. one being the false message they are spreading and the other is,,,,, They probably know what they are doing is wrong.... They have sold there soul for money.

Joyce Meyer is a great example of this. I got curious about her once and looked online about her a few years ago. Her house is a compound of many houses.... It's worth millions and I was like this is insane....
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the root of this evil...

As my relationship grows with Jesus Christ I find myself desiring very little if anything of the material world. I have but very little, almost nothing,... but I have everything in Jesus. I have never been happier in my life and it just get's better.

Thank you for posting this article. It is important that people know this.
 
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Hol

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Gospel for Asia? I had not heard that anything negative was going on with K.P. Yohanan. What has happened, Hol?
I posted the stuff I learned in Post 13, but wasn't sure if you noticed so I'm hoping a "quote" will catch your eye❤️
 

GoldenEagle

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Profiteering Prophets Pt. 1
By Howard Green

This article is meant to be a loving warning about apostasy (falling away from the Truth) creeping into the church. The morning paper, nightly news, and internet are brimming with the latest stories on geopolitical events, natural disasters, and terrorism. These events are increasing in frequency and intensity while pointing to the Lord's return.

If there is one crystal clear sign that the end times are at the door it is this:

The rapid proliferation of false prophets and unbiblical apostate teaching.

Ezekiel 13:6 - They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, 'Declares the LORD,' when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, 'Declares the LORD,' although I have not spoken?" Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD.

In Profiteering Prophets part 2, we will focus on the apostasy that is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Latter Rain movement, and the people promoting these unbiblical movements.

Here in part 1 we will focus on the people who preach and teach the prosperity gospel and word-faith. Although the unbiblical foundations of the prosperity gospel (PG) are well documented, I want to briefly describe the (PG) in a nutshell for the benefit of new Christians and others who are unaware of these deceptive teachings. The television, Christian bookstore shelves, and a growing number of churches are promoting profiteering prophets. The picture below is of Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis discussing the reasons they need private jets for their 'ministries' just this week. Kenneth doesn't want to fly commercially because apparently there are too many demons on the commercial aircraft.

The prosperity gospel is a dangerous heresy that seeks to divert glory from God and place it on money. Moreover, the (PG) commissions God as some sort of genie in a bottle to be used on a whim for personal financial gain. The buzz words & phrases that (PG) teachers use are, but not limited to: Make a vow, sow a seed, 100 or 1,000 fold yields, points of contact, sowing for an increase, and the list goes on and on. Word-faith and (PG) are closely related in the way they both promote the belief that blessings and windfalls.....usually financial abound. Word-faith teachers and adherents use the term 'faith' like a magical word, positive confession, or a spiritual Carte Blanche to obtain whatever we desire. Thus the term...name it claim it sums up the motives of the word-faith teachers.

The heresy of word-faith goes even deeper when one examines the damnable teachings these people proliferate. They attack Job and others in the Bible for not having enough faith. In one booklet, Jesus is admonished for not having enough faith. They believe they are just like God. In fact, many teachers proclaim that we are "little Gods." In the process, God is demoted and we are glorified. In their warped theology, God is reduced to a cosmic genie. This twisted doctrine is diametrically opposed to the true Christian that knows : He must increase, but I must decrease.

I have been a believer for many years now and I've seen the good, the bad, and ugly when it comes to preaching and teaching. This (PG) & word-faith movement is nothing new. In the 1970s, I was a young boy and new believer. I had an appetite for all things gospel. Even back then, the heresy of (PG) and word-faith was very prevalent. Men such as Robert Schuller...a motivational speaker who promoted positive thinking and Kenneth Hagin...a name it-claim it teacher were on television and publishing booklets to the masses. The things I heard on tv and read had references to God and sounded spiritual enough, but I knew there was something very wrong with the message. Faith wasn't in God and His sovereignty.....it was in faith itself.

Here we are some 40 years later and the apostate teachings of (PG) and word-faith are more popular than ever. This world desperately needs to hear the message of the gospel. There are numerous ministries and teachers who do nothing but proclaim the gospel boldly and teach the Bible accurately. In teaching the Bible, warning people about false teachers and unbiblical messages is critical. Jude the apostle was eager to write other 1st century believers about salvation, but he had to address the apostate teachings that were creeping into the church instead.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude was referring to people who crept into the church with false doctrine. He calls them hidden reefs, fearless, and wild waves. They were worshipping alongside true believers (Jude 1:12). In writing this article I want to warn two groups of people about these prosperity gospel & word-faith movement deceivers.

First, new Christians need to be warned about these con-men & con-women because their teachings are sprinkled with Christian sounding platitudes and smatterings of Bible verses that are used out of context. (PG) and word-faith teaching does the very opposite of glorifying Jesus. They place the focus on self and having everything we want, instead of focussing on God's will and His word. If you are a new Christian, I want to lovingly warn you to (run) from these deceptive teachings and the false prophets who promote them.

If you aren't a Christian and just happened upon this article, I want to warn you as well. There are some solid Bible teachers on television, but there is also a lot of nonsense on tv. masquerading as true Christianity. Many of these people are money grabbing, swindling, selfish individuals who in no way represent the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don't let anyone blind you to the truth about Jesus. He is God's Son and died so that you can come to salvation through Him. Don't become embittered by the hypocrisy you see there, because these people don't represent the Lord Jesus or true Christians. Many sound Bible teaching ministries are listed on our resource links page. To know about eternal life through Jesus please visit Are you saved?

Myself along with other Bible teachers are resolute about exposing these false teachers because of the damage they do in many lives and for the reproach they bring upon the true church and the name of Jesus. We must expose these false doctrines and the wolves in sheep's clothing who preach them.

To that end, we are certainly going to name names and warn people about the people and teachings the apostles warned us about..... as we are biblically mandated to. The list below doesn't cover every false teacher, but we wanted to include some of the main players in the prosperity gospel & word-faith movement.

Joel & Victoria Osteen - He is the pastor of Lakewood Church and a major player in spreading the false prosperity gospel. I cannot imagine Jesus, John the Baptist, the apostles, Edwards, Spurgeon, Tozer or preaching and teaching for selfish gain. This man is a motivational speaker disguised as a pastor.

Kenneth & Gloria Copeland - His ministry and television broadcast is will known. Believer's Voice of Victory is aired on hundreds of channels around the world. He is an offshoot of his word-faith mentor Kenneth (Dad) Hagin and his teachings are no less dangerous. Copeland teaches that Christians are guaranteed physical healing and financial prosperity.....something that the Lord never guaranteed. He is one of the people that teach, "We are little gods."

Kenneth Hagin - The late "Dad" Hagin is referred to as the modern father of the word-faith movement. He another one that taught that we are 'little gods'. He taught that if Christians weren't healthy and wealthy, it's due to lack of faith. He wrote about a time when Jesus appeared to him in a vision and the Lord was being shouted down by a "demon monkey." Kenneth had to rebuke the demon monkey and told him to "get out in Jesus' name" so he could hear what the Lord was saying to him. Then he said Jesus told him, "If you hadn't done something about that, I couldn't have." Hagin's many false teachings live on through taped messages and numerous booklets.

Mike Murdock - Is a televangelist who is regularly on television and has been on TBN's "Praise A Thons". He is a swindler and huckster if there ever was one. I can hardly turn on the television and not see him selling the riches of God's kingdom (financial of course) for a price. The premise of guaranteed riches and financial overflow is certainly false and so is his seed faith racket. He loves when people sow a $1,000 seed to the ministry. Once the seed is sown, he teaches that credit card debt will be wiped out and the dollars will flow. He is correct, the dollars do flow...unfortunately they flow directly to Mile Murdock's bottom line. As the case with many (PG) teachers.......he preys on the innocent, downtrodden, and minorities. This man is not a true man of God and his deceptive teachings should be exposed and avoided.

Creflo Dollar & Taffi Dollar - Creflo is the pastor of World Changers Church based in Atlanta. He has the attention of millions with his prosperity gospel message. He is another preacher who proclaims that we are little gods. His ministry is heavy on the seed faith and reaping financial windfalls. Creflo has uttered so much unbiblical nonsense to list here, but these sum up the message: "You are not a sinner saved by grace, you are sons and daughters of the most high." He also wrote via Twitter: Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity. As you can see...this man has no business calling himself a pastor or a teacher. Just this year, Creflo made an appeal to raise $65 million dollars to buy a new private jet for his ministry. Stay away from this man's so called ministry.

Jesse Duplantis - He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis ministries and Covenant Church in Louisiana. Jesse is a prime time voice in the (PG) & word-faith movement. He is known for his many outlandish theological statements such as, "God made animals and didn't have the foggiest idea what they were." Jesse screams at the devil while preaching, 'slays' people in the Spirit, and claims that God has answered his every prayer. His comedic skill is in demand during Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) fundraising events. Jesse chants things like, "I declare increase and financial anointing" at meetings and TBN rallies. Jesse Duplantis may be a biblically iliterate comedian, but he is not funny in the eyes of the holy God. Jesse is laughing all the way to the bank thanks to donations for his 'ministry'.

Peter Popoff - He is the founder of Peter Popoff Ministries and is well known for his so called 'miracle crusades'. Mr. Popoff is another in a long list of word-faith & (PG) gurus that relies on theatrics and trickery to deceive people. His 'ministry' sends a massive amount of mail outs to people. He asks people to send in their seed offering so God can release a great harvest. Is this a harvest of saved souls or renewed holiness? No........the harvest is a financial windfall of course. His big things is points of contact and this involves sending trinkets such as: 'miracle water' and 'silver & gold blessing bracelets' which are rubber bands. The racket is if you send back your silver and gold bracelets back (with your seed offering), God will send a silver and gold blessing. unfortunately....you just can't make this garbage up. Peter often puts a time limit on your window to send in the money so you "won't miss out on your blessing." Finally, there is ample documentation of Peter Popoff receiving 'prophetic' information about attendee's prayer cards submitted during the service. The 'prophetic word' is received through an ear piece. We have exposed Peter Popoff so that you can warn others about this man's work against the Lord.

Paula White - She is the founder of Paula White Ministries and a rising star in the word-faith & prosperity gospel world. I first became familiar with her when I lived in Florida. In the 1990's, she was co-pastor of Without Walls Church in Tampa and Lakeland alongside her now former husband Randy White. She had the makings of a (PG) megastar and now some 20 years later, she has a world wide following. She is another one who constantly asks people to plant a financial seed. She uses familiar word-faith & (PG) catch phrases such as: claiming the anointing, sowing your seed. She has stated that, "Poverty is a curse." That would come as a shock to the millions of born again Christians in the third world who know the that true treasure is in heaven. Thousands of 'Pastor Paula's' books have been sold and the self help, me centered gospel of the word-faith movement keeps getting gobbled up with titles like: You're All That!, Move On-Move Up, and Deal With It! Her book sale numbers and packed meetings are a true testimony to the fact that the false message of the (PG) sells. Paula White is another teacher spreading false doctrine and others must be warned about her deception.

Here are a few other prosperity gospel and word-faith teachers that we want to warn others about:

Morris Cerullo, Steven Furtick, Eddie Long, Robert Tilton, Richard Roberts, Frederick KC Price, Marilyn Hickey, and much of what is on TBN. (Trinity Broadcasting Network)

We are living in times when apostasy is rampant and false prophets are tickling the ears of many. The prosperity gospel and word-faith movements are a satanic tool used to spiritually shipwreck people. It's my intention to warn you about these false teachers.

This is a group of our Christian brothers & sisters worshipping Jesus in India. There are numerous congregations just like this all over the world from S.E. Asia, Africa, Central & South America, Europe, and here in the US. who know the true riches of the kingdom of God cannot be measured in digits, but in fruit.

In Profiteering Prophets Part 2, we will expose the lies of the New Apostolic Reformation & Latter Rain movements.

Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

God bless you as you contend for the faith.

All for Him,

Howard

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I think this is a good article on the subject of the prosperity gospel and word of faith movement. I’ve come out of and am still recovering from the damage of these kinds of teachings as I’m sure many others are.
 
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