Below is another article writtem before  Unholy Trinity, which I believe hits the nail right on the head. This is taken from  Shepherd’s Fellowship

(By John MacArthur)

Former NASDAQ chairman Bernie Madoff ran a ponzi-scheme swindle for nearly 20 years, and he bilked an estimated $18 billion from Wall-Street investors. When the scam finally came to light it unleashed a shockwave of outrage around the world. It was the largest and most far-reaching investment fraud ever.

But the evil of Madoff’s embezzlement pales by comparison to an even more diabolical fraud being carried out in the name of Christ under the bright lights of television cameras on religious networks worldwide every single day. Faith healers and prosperity preachers promise miracles in return for money, conning their viewers out of more than a billion dollars annually. They have operated this racket on television for more than five decades. Worst of all, they do it with the tacit acceptance of most of the Christian community.

Someone needs to say this plainly: The faith healers and health-and-wealth preachers who dominate religious television are shameless frauds. Their message is not the true gospel of Jesus Christ. There is nothing spiritual or miraculous about their on-stage chicanery. It is all a devious ruse designed to take advantage of desperate people. They are not godly ministers but greedy impostors who corrupt the Word of God for money’s sake. They are not real pastors who shepherd the flock of God but hirleings whose only design is to fleece the sheep. Their love of money is glaringly obvious in what they say as well as how they live. They claim to possess great spiritual power, but in reality they are rank materialists and enemies of everything holy.

There is no reason anyone should be deceived by this age-old con, and there is certainly no justification for treating the hucksters as if they were authentic ministers of the gospel. Religious charlatans who make merchandise of false promises have been around since the apostolic era. They pretend to be messengers of Christ, but they are interlopers and impostors. The apostles condemned them with the harshest possible language. Paul called them “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:5). Peter called them false prophets with “heart[s] trained in greed” (2 Peter 2:14). He warned that “in their greed they will exploit you with false words” (v. 3). He exposed them as scoundrels and dismissed them as “stains and blemishes” on the church (v. 13). 

Those biblical descriptions certainly fit the greed-driven cult of prosperity preachers and faith healers who unfortunately, thanks to television, have become the best-known face of Christianity worldwide. The scam they operate ought to be a bigger scandal than any Wall Street ponzi scheme or big-time securities fraud. After all, those who are most susceptible to the faith-healers’ swindle are not well-to-do investors but some of society’s most vulnerable people—including multitudes who are already destitute, disconsolate, disabled, elderly, sick, suffering, or dying. The faith-healer gets lavishly rich while the victims become poorer and more desperate (cf. Ezek. 34:1-4, 10).

But the worst part of the scandal is that it’s not really a scandal at all in the eyes of most evangelical Christians. Those who should be most earnest in defense of the truth have taken a shockingly tolerant attitude toward the prosperity preachers’ blatant misrepresentation of the gospel and their wanton exploitation of needy people. “But we don’t want to judge,” they say. Thus Christians fail to exercise righteous judgment (John 7:24). They refuse to be discerning at all.

How many manifestos and written declarations of solidarity have evangelicals issued condemning abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and other social evils? It’s fine, and fairly easy, to oppose wickedness and injustice in secular society, but where is the corresponding moral outrage against these religious mountebanks who openly, brashly pervert the gospel for profit 24 hours a day, seven days a week on international television?

Advocates of abortion and euthanasia don’t usually try to pass their message off as biblical. The people who say we need to redefine marriage haven’t portrayed themselves as an arm of the church. But the prosperity preachers deceive people in Jesus’ name, claiming to speak for God—while stealing both the souls and the sustenance of hurting people. That is a far greater abomination than any of the social evils Christians typically protest. After all, what the prosperity preachers do is not only a sin against poor, sick, and vulnerable people; it also blasphemes God, corrupts the gospel, and profanes the reputation of Christ before a watching world. It not only tears at the fabric of our society; it also befouls the purity of the visible church and abates the influence of the true gospel. It is surely among the grossest of all the evils currently rampant in our culture.

In the weeks to come, we’re going to be looking at the preposterous claims and false teachings of some of religious television’s best-known figures. We’ll analyze why a disproportionate number of celebrity faith-healers and prosperity preachers have succumbed to serious immorality. And we’ll see what Scripture says about how Bible-believing Christians ought to respond. I hope this series will challenge you to take a more active stand against the phony miracles and false teachings that are being peddled in the name of Christ.

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Comments
  1. Olu says:

    Keep it up brother.

    There are so many Christians out there , who haven;t had the scales fall from their eyes yet, to recognize how dangerous the “prosperity” gospel actually is.

    I thank God for people like Paul Washer, John MacArthur. John Piper who the Lord uses to open our eyes. Pastors who are among the few i can rely on to bring sound teaching on Christian living. Jentezen Franklin and Andy Stanley are others whose teaching i enjoy.

    Over the course of 2009, i stopped listening to a lot of the “prosperity” preachers. Not because i don’t believe in financial prosperity.

    But because i hate how they twist the word of God to promote it.And they are playing with the souls of both the unsaved and the false converts, because they propagate a gospel that attends to carnal desires that those that don’t even acknowledge Christ are careful about.

    I believe growing of our faith and the gospel should number 1 priority of ANY pastor, regardless of what he claims his calling is.

    May the Lord open up our eyes , and deliver us from having itching ears.

  2. Alan Higgins says:

    Morrie, because your comment has nothing to do with the article, I am removing your comment

  3. jeff says:

    by the way fraud is FALSE or misleading advertising. now read ISIAIh 41 BRING forth your IDOLS did they PREACH to you see they can’t speak they can’t DO ANYTHING all they do is cause confusion. spalms 115 and spalms 135 thier IDOLS are FALSE cant speak can’t hear cant smell and those that make them shall become like them. Jeremiah 10 they nail their IDOL down like a scarecrow it can’t move can’…t speak can’t move must be carried these are nothing but the WORK of CON men.john 10 jesus christ sais his sheep hear his voice and another voice thy will not follow and if another person tries to preach to them they WILL FLEE from him. jeremiah 5 the priests bear rule on their own authority what will you do when your judged my word is not inside them. Now here is the kicker john 5 son of man voice goes back in time mathew 16 jesus christ claims to be the son of man.‎1 cor2 mind of CHRIST preached internally and john 16 sais the spirit of truth comes in the future. Ezekiel 13 lying prophets of ISRAEL my word is not inside them saying god sais god sais god sais wrote hoping mankind would CONFIRM their WORDS. all of this is EASILY verifiable.

  4. alex says:

    I am from Indonesia, I already knew it, prosperity gospel only want your money they are false prophet.I encourage everybody to stand for Jesus to tell all people

  5. John says:

    You are a very sad person. Jesus loves you anyway. Remember there is enough grace for you too!

  6. mark says:

    He, the Lord is not going to ask on that day how much money you have ” OR ” how much you don’t have. He’s going to ask did you believe in my son Whom I sent to you? The center of Christanity is not money but a relationship with Jesus the Christ Period. I want to encourage the reader to search the scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding in this area and not rely on the opinion of man. Here are a couple among hundreds. 2 Chr. 26v.5 and Psalms 35v. 27. To whom this may concern, I commend you for wanting to take a stand for truth and justice but let me suggest to you that because a man or woman’s heart is evil does not make the Word of God untrue. John 10v. 10 tells us clearly that we have an enemy and what his job is, but God’s plan is for His people to prosper even as our soul prospers.

  7. Henry says:

    Mark,
    You rail against the author and proffer your own supposition about what you think God’s plan for His people are yet provides no scriptural backing. Can you therefore share with us the scripture which outlines that God wants us to prosper as our souls prosper? Since when did John’s greeting to and prayer for Gaius (3 John 1-3) became God’s universal plan for His people? Or did it become God’s plan when the prosperity preachers like Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland told you that it was? Study the scriptures for yourself and don’t allow men to deceive you with cunning words – that was the point of the article.

  8. Mr. Franklin owes me $300.00 please pay. Donna Shepherd 1035 Pleasant Hill Dr. Johnson City, Tn. 37604. You know this to be true. I need my money.

  9. Please pay me my money. My sister in Christ, in Pakistan is not coming and it is not my fault. Billy Graham said this is a scam. I want my money. Do the right thing.

  10. I want my money back. I was told this was a scam. I need my money back. A.S.A.P.

  11. Elaine Urban says:

    Well, all I know is that the Bible says we should tithe and give. Many of the names you have mentioned teach tithing as part of our worship. All I know is that I was barely making it, always late with car payments, and other things until I started tithing and became diligent in pray and learing what to pray, and it didn’t change overnight, but I have more than enough! And it seems the more I give the more comes back to me. Oh wait! The Bible says that will happen! “Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, running over.” Imagine that! I guess this prosperity gospel does work! Because God set this system in place. But you all just keep on doubting and criticizing………….and see where it gets you. You see God is the rewarder of those earnestly seeking Him and we need to give, not because God needs our money but we need to give it as an act of worship and to show God that we trust him to provide for all of our needs.

  12. I. Ron Yi says:

    It’s mythology. Stop taking it all so goddamned seriously. Written by men. Translated over and over.

    Just try and be kind to each other. Love is all you need.

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