Prosperity Pastors Are Blood Sucking Parasites

June 30, 2018

Graft is “The act of taking advantage of one’s position to gain money, property, etc. dishonestly, as in politics.” (Webster’s Dictionary.) The “Prosperity Gospel” heresy is nothing more than spiritual graft.

On August 9, 2016, the New York Post published an article that opened with the startling claim: “Hillary Clinton put the [U.S.] State Department up for sale, with top aides pulling strings and doing favors for fat-cat donors to the Clinton Foundation … according to smoking-gun emails released Tuesday.” The article was carefully worded to avoid libel laws, but the title itself revealed the conclusion of the publishers: “Emails reveal Hillary’s shocking pay-for-play scheme.”

Graft may be synonymous with politics, but it is also illegal, so politicians try to keep evidence of their corruption hidden. In fact, graft allegations may have played a large role in Hillary Clinton’s surprising loss to Donald Trump in the United States’ 2016 presidential elections. Graft has permeated mainline Protestantism and many spiritual leaders are guilty of participation.

Following World War II, American evangelicalism saw an explosion of Pentecostal revivals.

In 1941 America went to war and in a very short time the economically depressed United States turned into a fiscal powerhouse. … Post-World War II America considered itself doubly blessed. The economy boomed … Good health required fewer miracles … Positive thinking matched the nation’s triumphant mood … Even pentecostals found the message irresistible. In the 1940s and 1950s, independent pentecostal healing evangelists began to speak of financial blessings, spiritual laws, and the significance of high-spirited faith. Their new focus on mind-power to win both health and wealth would be the start of the modern prosperity movement.1

Out of this post-war revival, a new heresy was born: the “prosperity gospel.” Bradley A. Koch clearly defines this ideology, stating: “The Prosperity Gospel is the doctrine that God wants people to be prosperous, especially financially. Adherents to the Prosperity Gospel believe that wealth is a sign of God’s blessing and the poor are poor because of a lack of faith.”2

It sounds good. Hurting for money? Give what you have to God and He will return it to you pressed down and running over! Gloria and Kenneth Copeland preach a “hundred-fold return” doctrine. In her book, God’s Will Is Prosperity, Gloria Copeland wrote:

You give $1 for the Gospel’s sake and $100 belongs to you; give $10 and receive $1,000; give $1,000 and receive $100,000. I know that you can multiply, but I want you to see in black and white how tremendous the hundredfold return is…Give one house and receive hundred houses or one house worth one hundred times as much. Give one airplane and receive one hundred times the value of the airplanes. Give one car and the return would furnish you with a lifetime of cars. In short, Mark 10:30 is a good deal.3

This is worse than graft. This is simony. Simony is graft disguised in robes of light. It is defined as “The act of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment, ecclesiastical pardons, or other things regarded as sacred or spiritual.”4 The term itself comes from Simon Magus, whose story holds a dire warning to all believers to shun the dangers of this false gospel.

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