Hall of Heretic Hucksters (Updated)
“CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.” Christianity Today also has a report on this investigation.
The six hucksters being investigated for “improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles” are Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar (the name says it all), Benny Hinn, Eddie Long, and Joyce Meyer.
Sen. Grassley describes their lifestyles as â€œRolls Royces, Bentleys … a marble commode in an expensive home: thatâ€™s a lot of money down the toilet.â€ And Michael Horton has a term for their false teachings: “wild and wacky theology.” Here are some examples of their heresies and blasphemies:
“Life Coach” Paula White – renowned, twice divorced marriage counselor and “inspirational speaker”: “Anyone who tells you to deny your self is from Satan.” “You will die! You will die unless you go to the phone and do what God says to do.”
Kenneth Copeland – “Satan conquered Jesus on the Cross” (his emphasis); Christ in hell is an “emaciated, poured out, little, wormy spirit.”
Creflo Dollar – “You are gods, little ‘g’. You are gods because you came from God… You are not just human. The only human part about you is this physical body that you live in.” “Jesus didn’t know that he was the Son of God; he had to grow into Sonship.”
Benny Hinn – “God the Father is a person separate from the Holy Ghost… Do you know that the Holy Spirit has a soul and a body separate from that of Jesus and the Father? …God the Father then is a triune being within Himself. He’s a person, He has a soul… and He has hair… has eyes… has a mouth… has hands.”
“When you don’t give money, it shows that you have the devil’s nature.” “Poverty is from the devil and that God wants all Christians prosperous.”
“Bishop” Eddie Long – “You have enough glory in your mouth that when you declare a thing, then it shall be established… Touch your neighbor and say, ‘You have power in your mouth.’ Tell them, ‘There is power in your words.'”
Joyce Meyer – “During that time He entered hell… God rose up from His throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless Son of God, ‘Let Him go.’ Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus… He was resurrected from the dead – the first born-again man” (emphasis mine).
After looking at this list, one wonders why only these six? How about other Trinity Broadcasting Network regulars like Juanita Bynum, Paul Crouch, John Hagee, Marilyn Hickey, “Bishop” T.D. Jakes, Clarence McClendon, Fred Price, Robert Tilton and many other “wild and wacky” peddlers of “the gospel of bling“?
Update: With the sex abuse scandal, Eddie Long’s wife has divorced him. He then resigned from his mega-“church.” The latest comedy stunt is his crowning as “king,” but of course, he’s one of the kings of the Kingdom of Satan, which includes the other five heretics above.
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