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Choice News FRIDAY, DEC 28, 2007  |  21 comments
Believer bitter over 'prosperity' preachings
The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor's living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches.

And so the 53-year-old accountant from the Tampa, Florida, area pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer, the evangelist whose frank talk about recovering from childhood sexual abuse was so inspirational. She wrote checks to flamboyant faith healer Benny Hinn and a local preacher-made-good, Paula White.

Only the blessings didn't come. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed the explanation given on television: Her faith wasn't strong enough.

"I wanted to believe God wanted to do something great with me like he was doing with them," she said. "I'm angry and bitter about it. Right now, I don't watch anyone on TV hardly." ...


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News Item10/31/09 7:09 PM
ccconnery | PA  Contact via emailFind all comments by ccconnery
My beloved brothers and sisters, the new versions of the Bible have remove God and Jesus from many verses and have replaced rightous with prosperous. Get a KJV and compare. The enemy has worked hundreds of years to slowly make many decieved by new upgraded versions. did you know the NKJV is very close to the jehovah wiitness bible? Why do you think they ask people to get their bible NKJV and compare with them. Oh, that you would notbe decieved. Study the scriptures and compare the truth. In the name of Jesus I pray for you. CC
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News Item10/5/09 8:00 AM
Dee | Here on earth  Find all comments by Dee
BINGO!!!!....I know that I am posting very late on this, but prosperity preachers are running a gambling casino type church. Invest a little, make a lot. Twenty dollars on the table may win you the big heavenly jackpot.
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News Item1/9/08 1:31 PM
GK  Find all comments by GK
here's aquestion for all these prosperity "teachers"

if they believe that people can reap an excess return when they "sow their seed",why is it that they don't give all they have and reap so much that they'll never have to ask for anything again.....??

don't they have enough "faith"?

[URL=http://www.christianissues.com/examined.html]]]The Prosperity Doctrine Examined[/URL]

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News Item1/9/08 1:18 PM
Clinton | Georgia  Contact via emailFind all comments by Clinton
I think that is messed up with what happened with the lady in Florida. Many people will disagree with you if you tell them that most of the ministers on TV are only out for money. Money is a tool, but the Bible does teach on the love of money, which is evil. I hope that lady doesn't hate people or the church for what happened to her. I am African-American and I know that these evangelists are quite popular within our community. Personally, I don't agree with their doctrine. I think that they all need to repent and to study the Scriptures more closely. I am a college student that wants to be a medical doctor, but I don't buy the prosperity junk. I think that I want to do what the Lord wants of me and I do believe in blessings, but I think that they can come in many ways, from who you marry, where you work, to God helping you grow spiritually from day to day. All of these movements that are occuring in the church are similar to when the church was being rooted in the missionary travels of Paul. I am not bitter towards them(the televangelists) but I think that they, particularly Benny Hinn, abuse spiritual gifts, and may not have really been blessed by God. It is not up to us to answer, but it is up to us to study the Scriptures, like the Bereans.
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News Item1/8/08 7:20 AM
Sir Straightforward | Phoenix Az  Find all comments by Sir Straightforward
You can bet that God is very bitter over these heretics too!
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News Item1/7/08 10:54 PM
enough already | usa  Find all comments by enough already
scdg, you are absolutely right, not everyone with money is evil. You can tell a true Christian by their fruit. It's wonderful to point out that Jesus didn't even have a home while He preached, and John the Baptist wore camel hair and ate locust and honey, Paul was beaten and imprisoned,and Stephen was stoned to death. Yet you turn on the television and some have fake hair, tons of make-up, diamonds on practically every finger, face-lifts, their teeth are polished and whitened, and their limos and private jets are warming up outside the auditoriums that are filled with people flocking to have their itching ears satisfied. "Don't tell me I need to repent, tell me I will be healed [physically], tell me God will bless me with abundant wealth." In Christ' day, they all flocked to Jesus for physical healing and miracles, but left when He spoke of the true bread, and the need to feed upon it {John 6:53-66}. Wanting comfort and satisfaction in the here and now is what many deem important, and sadly, they are 'robbed blind' by these wolves in sheep's clothing.
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News Item1/7/08 6:03 PM
scdg | canada  Find all comments by scdg
i dont disagree with what the Word of God says, im simply saying that money is not neccessarily the problem, its the love of money...which leads to all kinds of evil (paraphase) In some cases many of these evangelists may love money, i dont know...but to paint anyone with some or alot of money as evil or whatever is foolish, b/c there are many Godly people that have money and Godly people that do not...

enough already wrote:
scdg, here's some wonderful words of wisdom from Almighty God that puts it all into perspective, 'Remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me. Lest I be full and deny thee and say 'Who is the Lord?' Or lest I be poor an steal and take the name of my God in vain. Proverbs 30:8-9. Also this from 1st Timothy 6:6-8, 'But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.'
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News Item1/6/08 10:18 PM
Dessie | WV  Find all comments by Dessie
Satan is a LIAR and so are His ministers.

I do believe that God will provide and make what little we have go further.
However, He does not make us rich or
do any of these outrageous things that
these false cults teach.....They are
greedy and want to be rich at any cost
even if it means taking from folks
that cannot make ends meet.

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News Item1/6/08 9:56 PM
SAM289 | USA  Find all comments by SAM289
If people would only read their Bibles, they would find that Peter had neither silver nor gold; Paul was in prison much of the time and depended on others for his basic needs. Early Christians as well as prophets went about living in caves and running from their persecutors. Jesus had no place to lay his head.
We need to know what the Word says if we are to keep from being fleeced.
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News Item1/5/08 9:39 PM
enough already  Find all comments by enough already
scdg, here's some wonderful words of wisdom from Almighty God that puts it all into perspective, 'Remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me. Lest I be full and deny thee and say 'Who is the Lord?' Or lest I be poor an steal and take the name of my God in vain. Proverbs 30:8-9. Also this from 1st Timothy 6:6-8, 'But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.'
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News Item1/5/08 8:45 PM
scdg | canada  Find all comments by scdg
i think that there is nothing wrong with giving money to ministries as long as you find out about them before you give. For all those that are quick to cut down the health and wealth gospel, remember, most of us in this country or on this side on the world are far richer than millions around the world. The bible does say that some will use the word of God for financial gain, so none of this really should be a surprise. In general there is nothing wrong with having money, as along as it doesnt control you, and you know who is the Provider which is God. I think it is wrong to say that to be a christian means that you have to be wealthy, because some people dont have much, it has nothing to do with their faith. If we do have excess in money we should use it to bless others...and agree with the people above that say that giving to your local church is important, because thats where it begins...
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News Item1/5/08 9:52 AM
Dan | Navarre, FL  Find all comments by Dan
Where does it say in the Word that you should borrow money to give?
If you don't have the money, you have no right to give it away, we are told to tithe on our INCREASE, not to take a loan out....and to seek FIRST the kingdom of God, not a return on our giving.
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News Item1/5/08 9:01 AM
scifiwritir | NY  Contact via emailFind all comments by scifiwritir
The Bible says the word preached didn't prosper because they didn't have faith. I don't believe in super-prosperity for every believer but I DO believe that Jesus gave us a great salvation. People talking against what they call the "health and wealth" gospel don't know what it's like to be truly sick and poor. I believe the devil kills steals and destroys and that Jesus saved to uttermost and brought us abundant spiritual and physical life. I have tithed and believed that Jesus would bless us and miracles started happening in my life. My health improved. My husband got a $8000 raise in one year. My son's developmental delay started going away. In addition, I began praying for people who had homosexual issues and addiction issues and many were strengthened and healed. I understand that there is suffering in the world and that God is not the God of mammon. But I believe we glorify God when prayers are answered. I could never turn back to a weak pale Galilean savior taught by many churches, one who didn't destroy the power over demons, sickness, poverty. God has given us health, blessings, authority, and abundant life. The bitter believer indulged in magical thinking not true faith...which is hard to develop in a world of doubtfilled sermons that offend those trying to trust God.
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News Item1/5/08 9:01 AM
kevin | Georgetown DE  Contact via emailFind all comments by kevin
Mike of DE

This is why I have gotten out of the church system.

However, I don't watch those prosperity fools on TV.

My question to you is, which Church in Sussex County can I attend, that teaches the truth?

Also where in the writings of Paul, James, and Peter requires us to tithe/

Kevin

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News Item1/5/08 8:52 AM
mike of delaware  Find all comments by mike of delaware
many people today don't attend a church instead watch the TV prosperity preachers. I feel people should attend their local church and tithe there.
most churches i been in use the Malachi chap. 3 along with some testimonies to encourange giving or scare them into it .
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News Item1/1/08 11:38 PM
ErnieG  Find all comments by ErnieG
This article shows the results of believing that God has given more knowledge and power in His Word to these "ear ticklers"!

It is very easy to get into this snare of compromise if this is your main walk of faith. It is lazy and very unproducttive. Your parcipation and fellowship should be in person with other Born Again Christians in your local assembly of "LIKE_MINDED" believers!!!

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News Item12/29/07 9:10 PM
Gayle Pospeschil | MA  Contact via emailFind all comments by Gayle Pospeschil
I'm no fan of Joyce Meyer but at least she seems to've developed the correct attitude about finances.

That "poor" woman may be a believer but she's also illiterate concerning the Word. Otherwise she'd've known better and wouldn't have an excuse to be bitter. Makes me wonder if she regularly attends church and/or does she attend an apostate church that will not and does not equip the saints. But at least she's broken her TV habit. Now if she would just spend that time studying the Word and seeking the kingdom of God she'd have true prosperity!

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News Item12/28/07 2:44 PM
check it out  Find all comments by check it out
The 'payoff' comes by following God's word, not some greedy man or woman who use God's word for their own financial gain. She would have done well to read 1st Timothy 6:5, 'useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. vs.6, Now godliness with contentment is GREAT gain. vs. 7, for we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry NOTHING out. vs. 8, and having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. vs. 10, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.' We must enter heaven through the narrow door.
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News Item12/28/07 2:38 PM
Abigail | Oregon  Contact via emailFind all comments by Abigail
The article states:

"But it wasn't until the postwar era -- and a pair of evangelists from Tulsa, Oklahoma -- that "health and wealth" theology became a fixture in Pentecostal and charismatic churches.

Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin -- and later, Kenneth Copeland -- trained tens of thousands of evangelists with a message that resonated with an emerging middle class, said David Edwin Harrell Jr., a Roberts biographer. Copeland is among those now being investigated."
____

The only ones that are getting rich are the televangelists that exploit the gullible.

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

If people would believe the Word of God, they would know these wolves in sheep's clothing are frauds, but greed blinds their eyes.

In the love of Jesus Christ with prayers
Abigail

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News Item12/28/07 2:21 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Wise, that was a wise statement.

Gil Rugh said or, wrote:
Everybody wants to be happy.

Where can true happiness be found? What brings true happiness?

In Psalm 1 the contrast is drawn between the righteous and the wicked, the blessed and the cursed. This Psalm also reveals where true happiness is found and how it can be maintained through all our circumstances. We learn that this happiness will then permeate all areas of life and prove enduring through the whole course of our lives.

What and who, must and must not be allowed to influence and shape our lives becomes critical in this pursuit of happiness. The word of God is our source of happiness and the counsel that will guide us in our living the life of happiness, peace and joy.

[URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=11170610187]]]http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=11170610187[/URL]

and, [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=1050512213]]]Nullifying the Gospel's Saving Power[/URL]. SermonAudio picked a good article. It should be read. Note the actions of a Methodist minister who graduated from Oral Roberts University.

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