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  • Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress: Satan 'Delivered' Islam to Muhammad

    05/16/2015 6:47:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/16/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said Sunday during his "Countdown to the Apocalypse," sermon series that it was Satan who delivered the religion of Islam to the prophet Muhammad and further asserted that following that religion will "lead you to hell." In his six-week sermon series, Jeffress, who pastors Dallas' 11,000-member First Baptist Church, explains how Jesus told of the rise of radical Islam and that increased Christian persecution around the world would "precede His return to this Earth." In a Sunday sermon, the 59-year-old attempted to debunk the claim that Muhammad was delivered Islam by an angel and stated...
  • Megachurch Pastor Paula White Weds Rocker Jonathan Cain in Third Marriage

    05/01/2015 8:57:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    charismanews ^ | 5/1/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Paula White just got married to New Zealand rocker Jonathan Cain. He is perhaps best known for his days with the band Journey and Bad English. He sang the classic Journey ballad "Faithfully" and was part of over a dozen other Journey albums. "What a weekend—Blessed beyond description," she tweeted. White, a controversial pastor was divorced from her last husband, Randy White, in 2007. White married her first husband, Dean Knight, when she was a teenager. Together, they had a son named Bradley. She divorced Knight after she got saved. White stirred controversy in 2011 after she was appointed senior...
  • Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar arrested

    06/08/2012 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 98 replies
    AP ^ | 06/08/2012 | KATE BRUMBACK
    ATLANTA (AP) — Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home. Fayette County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home in unincorporated Fayette County around 1 a.m., Investigator Brent Rowan said. The 50-year-old pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar "got physical" with her, leaving her with "superficial injuries," Rowan said. Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He bonded out of Fayette...
  • How Pastor Creflo Dollar Manipulates A Lower-Class Community Into Giving Him Millions

    03/19/2015 8:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 15, 2015 | Peter Mosley
    The headlines were surprising. Creflo Dollar (yes, that’s his real name), a pastor at World Changers Church International headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, actually had the nerve to ask his congregation and watchers, nationwide, of his program on the Internet, to replace his broken-down private jet with a state of the art model. And the plane Dollar requested, the Gulfstream G650, is not just your run-of-the-mill private jet. It’s, according to a quote on the Gulfstream website, “The biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet — by far — that Gulfstream has ever built.” Indeed, its writeup...
  • A 53-acre estate, a Rolls Royce, $4m from Evander Holyfield and a plea to (Creflo $) [ed tr]

    03/31/2015 11:25:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 31, 2015 | Paul Thompson
    When mega church leader Creflo Dollar wanted a new private jet he asked his parishioners to open their hearts and wallets and help foot the $65m bill. But when it comes to his own finances, the Rev Creflo is considerably less open. Documents obtained by Daily Mail Online show that the pastor and televangelist was threatened with prison for failing to hand over documents that would reveal the source of his income. He was held in contempt of court - carrying the possibility of prison - during a messy divorce between boxer Evander Holyfield and his second wife. The preacher...
  • Creflo Dollar: Megachurch Pastor Slams Critics, Insists The ‘Devil’ Blocked His $65M Jet Dream

    04/23/2015 4:41:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    Creflo Dollar is still talking about his dream of owning a $65 million Gulfstream G650 private jet. For those who missed it, the Atlanta megachurch pastor previously made headlines after he started an online campaign asking his congregation and followers to donate for the purchase of the extravagant aircraft. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the initial campaign, known as “Project G650,” asked for 200,000 people to donate $300. “We are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream...
  • Funeral for Robert H. Schuller To Be Held at Former Crystal Cathedral, Now Owned by Catholic Diocese

    04/08/2015 6:27:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/7/15 | Michael Gryboski
    Services for Crystal Cathedral founder, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will be held in the very iconic sanctuary that his ministry created. While it's now under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and named Christ Cathedral, the large southern California church building will be used for the famous televangelist's funeral. Carol Schuller-Milner, daughter of the former "Hour of Power" host and head of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, announced the details last weekend. "A funeral service for Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 20 at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove," noted...
  • Feds press megachurch to return $300K donated by Michigan's largest Ponzi schemer

    04/06/2015 6:20:25 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    M Live ^ | April 04, 2015 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- As he gave generously to Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, David McQueen was fond of saying he was "blessed to be a blessing." Trouble is, McQueen, the mastermind of a $46 million Ponzi scheme, donated others' money. By the government's tally, it was $300,000. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula sought its return as part of an ongoing effort to reimburse victims, in a small way, with some of the money taken by McQueen. The church rejected the request. "Resurrection Life Church had no knowledge of the source of the funds, nor was it in any way...
  • Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. He was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in 2013. Schuller, who preached in a flowing purple robe and outsized aviator glasses, led an evangelical Protestant ministry that was a product of modern technology. He and his late wife, Arvella,...
  • Dr. Robert Schuller, Former Crystal Cathedral Leader, in ‘Critical Condition,’ Says His Family

    04/02/2015 5:58:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    crossmap.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Dan Wooding
    ORANGE COUNTY, CA (ANS - April 1, 2015) -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, famed televangelist and founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, is in critical condition in a Los Angeles-area nursing home and is not expected to make it through the week, family members said Tuesday (March 31, 2015). This has been revealed in a story by Deepa Bharath, staff writer for the Orange County Register Bharath said that according to his daughter-in-law, Donna Schuller, the reverend's condition has been deteriorating since he had an exploratory procedure in January examining his digestive tract. Donna Schuller, a regular contributor to the...
  • Ponzi Perpetrator at Eddie Long, Joel Osteen Churches Heads to Prison

    03/19/2015 3:47:14 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Even as Creflo Dollar is under fire for his efforts to raise $65 million for a private jet, a man once associated with Bishop Eddie Long and Joel Osteen is heading to prison. Ephren Taylor II, and Wendy Connor have been sentenced in connection with the fraud scheme they perpetrated while officers at City Capital Corporation. The duo tricked over 400 people out of at least $16 million on their "Building Wealth" tour. Taylor, 32, was sentenced to 19 years, seven months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $15.6 million in...
  • Creflo Dollar Shuts Down Campaign for $65 Million Jet; Will Now Focus on 'Spreading the Gospel'

    03/17/2015 6:58:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/17/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    After a bruising weekend handling ferocious backlash over his campaign to acquire a $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane with planned donations of $300 or more from 200,000 people, controversial televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar has completely abandoned the idea and will only consider acquiring one in the future if it's "properly priced." "There is no campaign right now," said Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations, who represents Creflo Dollar Ministries, in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday. The website hosting the campaign page was deactivated last week and an option to donate to...
  • Why Creflo Won't Be Getting My Dollars [Why does he need a $65 Million Jet for Ministry?]

    03/16/2015 6:54:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/15/2015 | Michael Brown
    I’m all for generous giving, and I’m all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene. On a manipulative video now removed from his website, the narrator explains how Pastor Dollar’s ministry is touching people worldwide and how the old private jet they’ve been using for years has become unusable, also explaining how it is actually dangerous to fly. Now, we are told, in order to travel around the world, he needs a...
  • A Response to the Statement from City Church San Francisco on Its Ministry to the LGBT People

    03/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Christopher Robins
    [Editor’s note: The Elder Board of City Church in San Francisco, formerly in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and now in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), released a statement on changes of how it will minister to those who are considered a part of the LGBT community. This is a response to this statement; the full statement follows the response.] Dear friend, I’m so sorry. Thanks for forwarding this letter from City Church this morning. You’ve been a good friend and I want to speak to you plainly. This stuff breaks my heart. The letter makes it sound...
  • San Francisco's Largest Evangelical Megachurch to Allow Non-Celibate Homosexuals to Be Members

    03/15/2015 6:03:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 108 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 03152015 | ANUGRAH KUMAR
    The Elder Board of San Francisco's largest evangelical church, City Church, has announced that the megachurch will end its practice of preventing LGBT people from becoming members if they are unwilling or unable to practice lifelong celibacy. "Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long 'celibacy,' by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing," Sr. Pastor Fred Harrell writes in a letter "on behalf of the Board and for the Gospel." The pastor cites social science research, saying...
  • Say What?: Creflo Dollar Creates GoFundMe For a $65 Million Plane

    03/14/2015 4:56:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Uptown ^ | 3.13.2014 | Jasmine Grant
    Famed pastor Creflo Dollar is living up to his name these days. He apparently heard about all the great projects and dreams that have benefitted from crowd-funding sites like GoFundMe. So the televangelist decided to create his own for a very noble cause: to get his followers to fund a brand new $65 million airplane. Creflo’s church, The World Changers Church International, owned a private aircraft that recently suffered engine failure mid-flight. Luckily, no one onboard was injured and the plane landed safely. However Dollar, whose estimated net worth is $27 million, insists that the only way he can reach...
  • Joel Osteen’s "Gospel of Me"

    03/10/2015 8:09:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    aleteia ^ | March 06, 2015
    Live at your full potential. Become a better you. Be happier. It’s your time. Live an extraordinary life. Achieve your dreams. Go beyond your barriers. You can, you will. This is the therapeutic message of Joel Osteen, lifted right from his dust jackets. In contrast with the more classical and philosophically grounded evangelicalism of a Billy Graham or a C.S. Lewis, Ross Douthat termed Osteen’s brand of TV preaching “the gospel of self-help.” But notice it’s not the self-help of the Gospel; self-help is the gospel. The Gospel is the cask to deliver it, shucked and cast out as soon...
  • The Dreadful Loneliness of Life Without Scripture

    03/09/2015 8:28:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 9, 2015 | Peter Jones
    On a recent Oprah Winfrey show, Kristen and Rob Bell make a lavish use of “values language,” in an attempt to justify same sex marriage. Kristen stated: “Marriage, gay and straight, is a gift to the world because the world needs more not less love, fidelity, commitment, devotion and sacrifice.” Who does not want to see more love in the world, but do the terms like “love,” “commitment” and sacrifice” need a lot more definition? Do the millions watching Oprah deserve a better defense of biblical sexuality? Indeed, the “made-for-TV” superficiality of these arguments is staggering and is part of...
  • “You Are Quite Wrong”

    03/06/2015 8:06:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | 3.6.2015 | Adam Parker
    I used to celebrate that the emergent church has gone the way of the buffalo. With Rob Bell jumping the shark and Brian McLaren’s “marriage” of his son to another man it had outed itself as at best a reincarnation of old-school 20th century liberalism and at worst another vehicle for moving large numbers of people out of the church. But the reality is, the ethos and theologically unorthodox impulses haven’t disappeared. Even more nefariously these impulses have been incorporated as a part of modern evangelicalism’s already sickly emaciated theological assumptions. Perhaps the greatest lasting rhetorical aspect of the emergent...
  • Joel Osteen promotes the warrior mentality

    02/27/2015 8:36:46 AM PST · by Gamecock · 92 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 26 February 2015 | Czarina Ong
    Popular American evangelist Joel Osteen is promoting the warrior mentality among Christians, telling them not to be weighed down by their problems because all things are possible with Christ. "If you'll have this warrior mentality and do what you can do, God will help you do what you cannot do. Remember, God has armed you with strength for every battle. Keep praying, keep believing, keep pressing through because with God, you will tap into strength you didn't know you had!" he said.
  • Rob Bell, Gay Marriage, and the Movie Tombstone

    02/24/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | 2/23/2015 | Michael J. Kruger
    It seems that Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey are pretty good friends these days. Bell has appeared on Oprah’s show numerous times, and just recently appeared, along with his wife Kristen, on her “Super Soul Sunday” episode over Valentine’s Day weekend. Their appearance was designed to promote their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage (HarperOne: 2014). Now, I have to confess that I have no idea what the main title means. But, the subtitle is pretty bold. Given that marriage dates back to the very creation of mankind in Genesis, do we really need...
  • Rob Bell Trashes the Bible and Marriage on Oprah

    02/20/2015 7:21:59 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/19/15 | Michael Brown
    For those who had any questions, Rob Bell has now made himself totally clear: He is willing to trash parts of the Bible as "letters from 2,000 years ago" when God's Word contradicts his views on same-sex "marriage." Bell appeared on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program together with his wife Kristen to promote their new book The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage. In an interview last December, Bell explained that on page 16 of the book, he and Kristen give their "whole hearted affirmation" to same-sex "marriage." That was no surprise in light of his announcement...
  • Rob Bell Not Faring Well

    02/19/2015 6:05:46 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 34 replies
    RCSproulJr.com ^ | 2-18-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Rob Bell believes the Bible is irrelevant. The Bible says Rob Bell is irrelevant. Transcript: At some level, I’m happy when this happens, it’s not that unusual. We have someone who makes a splash in our little world, the evangelical world. And he typically makes that splash because he’s quite effective at gathering large numbers. But after a while we begin to doubt his loyalty to the core convictions of evangelicals. Well, it’s not unusual when this happens that about this same time, our hero with the wide reach determines to turn on we evangelicals and embrace the broader world....
  • Oprah Asked This Ex-Megachurch Pastor When Christianity Will Embrace Gay Relationships and his answe

    02/18/2015 5:26:10 AM PST · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 17, 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    Full Title: Oprah Asked This Ex-Megachurch Pastor When Christianity Will Embrace Gay Relationships — and His Answer Seemed to Take Her By Surprise Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell told TV host Oprah Winfrey that he believes Christian churches will become even more irrelevant if they fail to embrace gay relationships and that he sees the Christian umbrella becoming more favorable of homosexuality in the very near future. When Winfrey asked when the church will come on board with same-sex relationships, Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, said that he believes that the time is...
  • TD Jakes’ Church Sued By Member Who Wrote Book About ‘Tithing’ As a ‘Sunday Morning Stickup’

    02/12/2015 6:21:37 AM PST · by Gamecock · 80 replies
    EUR Thin n That ^ | 02/09/2015
    When David Lee Richardson wrote a book that essentially implied tithing is a rip-off, I guess he didn’t think the consequences all the way through. Especially since the church he held a leadership position in, was none other than the Dallas, Texas mega-church, The Potter’s House, founded by public figure Bishop T.D. Jakes. Now, after being stripped of his title and told that he and his family are no longer welcome at the church, Richardson has filed a lawsuit. The church has a congregational attendance rate of 17,000 and is home to familiar names like Sheryl Brady, Joby Brady, and...
  • 'Held at gunpoint': Scandal rocks biggest Christian network

    02/10/2015 10:18:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2.5.2015 | Bob Unruh
    The former chief financial officer of Trinity Broadcasting, the nation’s largest Christian broadcasting network, has filed a lawsuit against her former company and its top bosses for allegedly threatening her with a loaded gun when she objected to “unlawful distributions” of $100 million to themselves and others. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 29 by Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of TBN founder Paul Crouch Sr., who died last year, and her husband, Michael Koper, against Trinity Christian Center, International Christian Broadcasting, Matthew Crouch, Janice Crouch and John Casoria. Brittany Koper was TBN’s CFO and treasurer until she was fired in 2011,...
  • Megachurch Pastor Ed Young to Baptize Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey;'

    02/05/2015 2:20:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/5/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Full Title: Megachurch Pastor Ed Young to Baptize Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey;' Calls Book a 'Perverted Attempt to Trap Readers' ______________________________________________ Just over a week before the steamy "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie opens on Valentine's weekend, controversial founding pastor of the popular Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, Ed Young, says he will baptize copies of the book on which the movie is based, calling it a "perverted attempt to trap readers." "There is a cultural epidemic out there that is wrapped up in complete fantasy. The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, is a perverted attempt to trap...
  • Nashville Evangelical Church Comes Out for Marriage Equality

    02/02/2015 6:31:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Time ^ | January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    "Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community?" says pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church. "I don’t think I can do that." Three Sundays ago in Franklin, Tenn., twenty minutes south of Nashville and in the heart of the country’s contemporary Christian music industry, pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church preached what was perhaps the most important sermon of his life. You can watch it above–start around 44:40 if you are short on time.
  • Why The Prosperity Gospel Is The Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

    01/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 01/27/2015 | Nicholas McDonald, Associate Pastor at Carlisle Congregational Church
    I have a confession.  When I was in college, I read a book by a prominent megachurch pastor. The author told me to live like a child of God. He told me God wanted to bless me. He also mentioned that if I only believed, God would give me the nicest house in the neighborhood. That seemed to make sense. The author explained that he once wanted the nicest house in the neighborhood, and God gave it to him. Here was a man with evidence. Not only did he have the story about the house, and other anecdotes, he also had a very nice set of white...
  • Tammy Faye’s gravesite is an attraction for her fans

    01/22/2015 6:20:28 PM PST · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    The State ^ | January 21, 2015 | BECCY TANNER
    WALDRON, KS — On the edge of Kansas’ windswept prairie, near a nondescript grave, sits the most recent token of affection. It’s a tube of lip gloss. Since her death on July 20, 2007, fans and friends of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner occasionally make pilgrimages to where the ashes of the Christian television celebrity were laid to rest. There, they leave the types of cosmetic items – lipstick, mascara – that helped give Tammy Faye her distinctive look. In a Harper County cemetery, remote and unmarked, Tammy Faye’s gravestone is far away from the glamour, controversy and cameras that followed...
  • SC megachurch minister takes fire from SC Baptist Convention

    01/22/2015 5:10:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ron Barnett
    NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble is in hot water with the South Carolina Baptist Convention over a sermon he preached at the Upstate-based megachurch in which he interpreted the Ten Commandments as 10 “sayings” or “promises” rather than commandments. The Rev. Tommy Kelly, president of the convention, issued a statement calling on members of the state’s largest denominational group to “remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches.” In his Christmas Eve sermon, which Noble said he believed God...
  • Dr. Charles Stanley: The real deal? (vanity)

    01/18/2015 10:53:07 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
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    I was flipping channels and came across Dr. Charles Stanley preaching a sermon. I am, in general, suspicious of TV preachers. But Stanley came across as the real deal. Anyone care to offer opionions on his ministry?
  • Benny Hinn Blasts Osteen & Oprah

    03/18/2010 5:52:50 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 49 replies · 1,306+ views
    The Irish Calvinist ^ | 3/18/2010 | Rnmomof7
    This may be the best 10 minutes of Benny Hinn’s life. He goes after Joel Osteen for being a ‘coward’ on Larry King Live and then he tells everyone that Oprah is ’sick’. Notice also how he preaches the life, death, and resurrection of King Jesus. Very interesting, to say the least.
  • Benny Hinn divorce confirmed

    02/22/2010 9:24:31 PM PST · by Patrick1 · 33 replies · 9,190+ views
    WTSP-News ^ | 2/23/10 | patrick1
    Guess he couldn't heal his marriage. Cult Alert!
  • Benny Hinn Asks Followers for $2.5 Million to Get Out of Debt

    04/29/2013 11:02:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 76 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 30 Apr 2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Televangelist Benny Hinn has asked supporters of his ministry for $2.5 million in donations, which he says an anonymous donor will match dollar by dollar to help him get out of debt. "God wants your ministry to be completely out of debt, and I want to plant an anointed seed that will help you take a giant step toward becoming totally debt-free!" says the anonymous man, whom Hinn calls a "long-time and beloved" friend. "God has laid it on my heart to plant a seed of $2.5 million into your ministry, but God only wants me to make this gift...
  • The Ponzi Prosperity Gospel [According to: Joel Osteen, Ken Copeland, Paula White, Benny Hinn, Etc]

    The Ponzi Prosperity Gospel May 21 2009 The Ponzi Prosperity Gospel Today we shriek as we hear of financial scams, corporate greed, and virtually anything money-related that isn’t entirely on the up-and-up. While religion has generally been a help in these economically difficult times, there is one segment of Christianity that is scamming as many as they can. Those who have ears (and debt) let them hear. The Prosperity Gospel, also known as a facet of the Word of Faith movement (a louder voice in Pentecostalism), has been writing checks with its lips that its theology can’t cash. Last year’s...
  • Osteen meets with Pope Francis at Vatican

    06/07/2014 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 6, 2014 | Carol Christian
    ....Joel Osteen, the pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church, was meeting Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Osteen said Friday it was a great honor to represent the pastors of America in the meeting with the pontiff, whom he described as warm, personable and full of joy. "I like the fact that this pope is trying to make the church larger, not smaller," Osteen said. "He's not pushing people out but making the church more inclusive. That resonated with me." "We had very little time with him," Osteen said. "We were going to have more time, but a cardinal died...
  • Joel Osteen: Filthy Lucre and the Cult of Personality

    01/09/2015 12:32:27 PM PST · by Gamecock · 70 replies
    DiMarkco Chandler's Guardian Liberty Voice Blog ^ | December 28, 2014 | Matthew R. Fellows
    Joel Osteen, filthy lucre and the cult of personality, three points of reference and intersection that seemed so distant, so separate, so distinct . . . until today. The atmosphere is electric, buzzing with anticipation. Osteen is about appear. If you were not mistaken you might think you were at a rock concert, the only thing missing might be the smell of pot and the tatted up, scantily clad teenagers. Osteen is televangelism’s new rock star. He is what is referred to as a prosperity preacher, suggestive of the belief that God is keen to see his children prosper in...
  • ‘Staying in His Lane’ — Joel Osteen’s Gospel of Affirmation Without Salvation

    01/07/2015 11:36:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    albertmohler.com ^ | September 21, 2012 | Albert Mohler
    Joel Osteen was back on CNN this week, appearing Thursday morning on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.” Osteen’s new book, I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, recently hit the nation’s bookstores. Osteen’s positive thinking theology was on full display in the interview, as in the book. O’Brien asked if he really believes that speaking declarations out loud can make them come true. Osteen assured her that he does, promising that speaking positive words can bring positive results and warning that speaking negativity will bring negative results. “I don’t think there’s anything magic about it, but those words...
  • Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015

    01/05/2015 10:47:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    On Christmas Eve, Perry Noble gifted the world a rewritten Ten Commandments. In so doing, he contradicted Scripture, celebrated his ignorance of the Bible, and ultimately rejected the gospel. NewSpring had repeated its Christmas service during the week before Christmas day, yet before the final pre-Christmas service, word went out over the NewSpring social media grapevine that Noble had a new sermon, so everybody should come back to hear it.Noble raised the stakes at the outset, saying that God had told him the previous day that he needed to deliver this sermon. After some of Noble’s staff confirmed for him...
  • God isn't dead in Gotham

    12/27/2014 4:59:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12.19.2014 | Kate Bachelder
    ‘Cheer up, you’re worse than you think,” Rev. Timothy Keller says with a smile. He’s explaining that humans are more weak, more fallen, more warped than they “ever dare admit or even believe.” Then comes the good news: At the same time people are “more loved in Christ and more accepted than they could ever imagine or hope.” Do you know many New Yorkers who believe that? Perhaps not, but on Sundays some 5,500 city folk file into the church Mr. Keller founded 25 years ago, Redeemer Presbyterian, at eight packed services across three Manhattan locations, the Greenwich Village campus...
  • Is Joel Osteen within miles of clinic where babies who survive abortions are murdered ?

    12/19/2014 1:55:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Saynsumthn ^ | June 6, 2013 | Saynsumthn
    50 churches within 2 miles of “Texas Gosnell’s” late-term abortion clinic (Osteen’s – 3 miles) WARNING GRAPHIC ABORTION IMAGES ON LINK! Says, Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek: “The worst part of this poster, in my opinion, is the fine print at the bottom: “This child was murdered in Texas by abortionist Douglas Karpen within 2 miles of 50 visible churches.Lakewood Church, which boasts a weekly attendance of 43,500, and where Joel Osteen is pastor, is located only three miles from this Houston clinic. This is just one example. Were snapshots taken inside very abortion clinic in America we would see photos...
  • Christianity Attacked From Outside-Betrayed From Inside

    12/19/2014 10:44:40 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/14 | Larry Fell
    1 Timothy 4:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)Warnings against False Teachers4 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.In looking around at what is happening in the world today I am convinced that now, more than ever before, the evidence is clear we are living in the times God as chosen as the final period before He, the Father, will send Jesus back to claim His...
  • Joel Osteen, Gosh . . .

    12/17/2014 4:32:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 201 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | David Mills
    Not a shock: megachurch celebrity tv star preacher Joel Osteen doesn’t know the Bible, reports the clever and energetic Tristyn Bloom of The Daily Caller. (The story’s several weeks old but I just saw it so pass it on for those of you who hadn’t.)In a Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I...
  • Rick Warren And Catholics Together

    12/12/2014 8:42:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | December 10, 2014 | R. Scott Clark
    Darryl Hart has a thought-provoking post today on Rick Warren’s recent comments about what Rome and Protestants have in common. Warren’s comments are a sterling reminder of the importance of knowing our church history. Yes, Christians of all the major traditions receive the biblical and catholic truths of the Holy Trinity and the two natures of Christ. Yes, confessional Protestants are committed to the protection of unborn humans and the affirmation of a creational order for sex and marriage—is Pope Francis committed to the latter?—but we share these commitments with Mormons, Jews, and even some atheists.  Obviously, these concerns, as...
  • Megachurch Pastor: Watered Down Gospel to Blame for Why Giving God 'Blank Check' Is So Foreign

    12/09/2014 11:02:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    christianpost ^ | December 9, 2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Full Title: Megachurch Pastor David Platt: Watered Down Gospel to Blame for Why Giving God 'Blank Check' Is So Foreign David Platt, The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., speaks on the opening night of 2014 SBC Pastors’ Conference in Baltimore, Md., on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Southern Baptist International Mission Board President and megachurch Pastor David Platt said the reason why many Christians balk at the idea of allowing God to send them anywhere in the world for His purpose is because churches have watered down what it means to accept Jesus Christ as their savior. The megachurch...
  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 1:36:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 73 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/02/2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”...
  • Martin Luther responds to some @JoelOsteen tweets

    12/05/2014 2:03:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
  • Accountant accused of stealing millions from N.J. megachurch

    12/05/2014 5:56:22 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    nj.com ^ | December 04, 2014 | Katie Lannan
    The former accountant for the Agape Family Worship Center has been indicted for embezzling more than $4 million from the church over a period of seven years, church officials said today. The thefts were hidden in 900 separate transactions in which Gridiron would write checks to himself or arrange wire transfers, said Matthew Davis, a Texas-based attorney representing the church. "As a church, we are trusting people," he said. "We hired a professional, certified public accountant who served us for many years and there was no reason for us to question his integrity in the past.
  • Joel Osteen and Family Feud

    12/02/2014 5:47:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | Aug.24, 2012 | James Gilmore
    On Friday, July 13, 2012, Joel Osteen made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio. Fourteen thousand people filed into Quicken Loans Arena that evening to take in “A Night of Hope.” I had no desire to attend, but I did want to head downtown and do something outside the gathering as an act of quiet personal protest. For weeks prior to the event, I pondered what to do. So one night, to find some inspiration, I tuned in the weekly broadcast from Lakewood Church. When channel-surfing I will sometimes briefly watch Osteen, but on this occasion I committed myself to watching...