RELIGIOUS PEOPLE


I WAS TOLD ONCE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT POLITICS AND RELIGION...

I ONLY TALK ABOUT IT’S CROOKS, the FALSE PROPHETS, FAKE NEWS

What are the most widely practiced religions of the world?
There are some 4,300-4800 religions of the world. They tend to come and go. This is according to Adherents, an independent, non-religiously affiliated organization that monitors the number and size of the world’s religions.  There are 6,800 -7200 languages.  

Side-stepping the issue of what constitutes a religion, Adherents divides religions into churches, denominations, congregations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, and movements. All are of varying size and influence.

Nearly 75 per cent of the world’s population practices one of the five most influential religions of the world: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Christianity and Islam are the two religions most widely spread across the world. These two religions together cover the religious affiliation of more than half of the world's population. If all non-religious people formed a single religion, it would be the world's third largest.

One of the most widely-held myths among those in English-speaking countries is that Islamic believers are Arabs. In fact, most Islamic people do not live in the Arabic nations of the Middle East.


The world’s 20 largest religions and their number of believers are:


PERSONS OF FAITH - PROSPERITY GOSPEL /  BABLICALLY PROPHETS OR FOR PROFIT$

They tell you to never to talk about Religion, Sex and Politics.  But many do, every day  and here are some of the real answers gleaned from the real world and coffee break rooms found all over the world.  And it's a world of no fear, for the truth shall prevail.

For those who are squeamish, afraid of the bogeyman, hell, fire, brimstone, and other man made fear derivatives, this might not be the place for you.  For those of you being accused of heresy, seeking the truth, welcome home brother.  And the truth many times does not come from those we trust to tell it.

When you think of these mega-wealthy prosperity teachers who rake in millions each year and live ridiculously lavish lifestyles, you probably don’t think about them as preachers in brown harsh fabric robes, walking for days,  in the desert sands wearing sandals spreading the gospel. 

Instead they are in suits made by the Brioni, fabulous mens designers who started right after World War II. Brioni suits are a favorite of mogul Donald Trump, who is selling out the United States but nowadays they are best known for dressing James Bond who has on occasion saved the United States since 1985.  Hmm, I guess Brioni must be on Seville Row now as in the older Bond movies, regardless he is impeccably dressed as is TRUMP.

But as you’re about to find out, spreading the gospel has become a very profitable business for several well-known televangelists, affording them the opportunity to live in mansions, own private jets, one has had several of these 20 million dollar jets, one new mega jet the Gulfstream 650M went for 65 million and his stairway to heaven congregation raised the money.   They could have fed the poor lavishly in Chicago and two other cities for a year.   

The personal trips in them, relax in hotel rooms that cost thousands per night, and even own second and third homes and in one case much more just two or three and driven in Roll-Royces.  Its all legal, the only ones to blame are the idiots ( and it just might be you) who gave him their money.

Of course, these preachers are the heads over nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, so whenever one of them starts to flaunt their wealth, the government is going to take notice. Over the course of the past 6 years, the Senate has been investigating 6 of the wealthiest televangelists to ensure they aren’t taking advantage of their nonprofit status.  Understandable, the Senate which basically does nothing, really did nothing with this problem either, working more to protect big business and the NRA who donate money for their re-election.  

These are the “Prosperity Evangelists” who have no shame in getting paid for their spiels and routines, fake savings and miracles, gizmos, holy water from the tap and special prayer cloth’s and powders herbs and vitamins.  They are fakes and charlatans, taking advantage of anyone they can who is weak enough to believe them.  They are good at what they do and many fall prey.  


TELEVANGELISTS  /   LIVING LIKE KINGS?... NO LIVING LIKE POLITICIANS

They will try to get away with anything.  Before we talk about the preachers under federal investigation, let’s take a look at some of the laws and consequence applicable to churches and religious organizations.  Remember our GOP is big on the evangelical or Jesus vote, thats where every answer to ponderous questions in our democracy starts with Jesus said...

Charles Grassley, US Senator from Iowa, May 3, 2001, 2008 had Good Intentions, dropped the ball just like a politician.  Thats because many of our politicians have no balls.  He’s so tied up in processes so clearly partisan, I need a Zantac when I hear him speak.  Only Trump does that to me.

They are called Republicans, as long as it is for their Republic.  Lately we have concluded they are more like Rumpublicans.   Since the Evangelical vote goes for the GOP, Grassley dropped the investigation.  Another Scumbag...effort by a party player who rewrites the rules of decency every day he spends in the Senate, especially on forums and Senate business.

Because they run churches they do not have to file tax forms with the IRS. So it's unclear how many millions - or billions - are collected every year.  And it's uncertain how all the money is spent,  "Rolls Royces, Bentleys ... a marble commode in an expensive home: that's a lot of money down the toilet," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, capped a two-year investigation on Monday by requesting financial records from six top televangelists to see whether they are helping others - or themselves.   Today, five of six denied any wrongdoing.  One did not respond to calls for comment.  “My goal for reform is not necessarily to pass laws but to make sure the laws are being followed,” Grassley said.


THE REAL PEOPLE

Ole Anthony, director of the Trinity Foundation, has been on a 20-year-crusade to expose TV ministers who abuse the faith of others.  "They live like multi-billionaires off the income from the poorest and most desperate people in our society," he said.

Some of these televangelists preach the so-called “Gospel of Prosperity” which was invented by Pastor Oral Roberts, and you might remember Mr Roberts said if his TV partners did not send in ten million dollars the Lord will take him away.  Good news Mr. Mephistopheles counter offered with $385.42 and won the bid, he already had Oral Roberts soul, the rest was easy.

And then the corruption of funds from the foundation upon investigation got his even more corrupt son thrown out of ORU.  By the way, ORU stood for,  “ Oh, aRe You getting screwed”! 

Now a powerful Republican senator has demanded they all provide financial records by early December - to determine if they are living that gospel as well.    That basically got nowhere, these crooks have all the best accountants, and lawyers and political friends, including Donald Trumps  Jay Sekulow.            RELIGIOUS SCUMBAG ATTORNEY JAY SEKULOW

More than a year after the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee of Finance called out six televangelists suspected of opulent spending and possible abuse of their nonprofit status, one has gone to great lengths to clear her name while one still refuses to turn over information, according to the latest update this past week.  The remaining four of the "Grassley Six," meanwhile, still lie somewhere in between.

They included: the Joyce Meyer Ministries, World Healing Center Church, Without Walls International Church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church/Eddie L. Long Ministries,  Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and World Changers Church International/Creflo Dollar Ministries.

The church also defended the “ Prosperity Gospel," a controversial belief that each of the "Grassley Six" organizations have been accused to preaching.  According to Dollar’s organization, the “Prosperity Gospel” is “  deeply held religious belief that God's devout followers and earthly leaders will prosper and be successful in all they do, including in financial matters, as the outward expression of His favor."  ( CERTIFIED AS HORSESHIT)

Critics, however, say the preaching of the "Prosperity Gospel" is a teaching of materialism masqueraded as theology. Some also argue that the major hallmark of the Prosperity movement is the accumulation of wealth and material goods and not the work of the Gospel, which is marked by sacrifice and selflessness.

Other prominent proponents of Prosperity include T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, and Frederick K. C. Price, among others.


THE PROSPERITY PREACHERS
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
The foremost concern with the prosperity gospel is that in all its emphasis on financial prosperity, the deep need for spiritual prosperity is inevitably displaced and eventually lost altogether.  In this way a relationship with Jesus Christ becomes little more than the key to unlocking temporal wealth and abundance. 

David W. Jones and Russell Woodbridge helpfully distill the doctrinal errors of prosperity theology to five key points.

  1. The Abrahamic covenant is a means to material entitlement. Prosperity teachers look to God’s covenant with Abraham and see its fulfillment as providing material prosperity to Christians today.   Dollar’s mentor Kenneth Copeland says, “Since God’s Covenant has been established and prosperity is a provision of this covenant, you need to realize that prosperity belongs to you now!”   

  2. Jesus’ atonement extends to the “sin” of material poverty. They hold that Jesus’ atoning death provided not only for our spiritual needs but also for our financial prosperity. Thus it is only sin that keeps us trapped in poverty or anything less than abundant wealth.

  3. Christians give in order to gain material compensation from God. Creflo Dollar and others like him teach that giving to the Lord’s work is primarily a means of gaining further compensation from God.

  4. Faith is a self-generated spiritual force that leads to prosperity. Many prosperity gospel preachers, Dollar among them, teach that we, like God, have the ability to speak reality into existence when we speak in faith. Thus faith becomes a force that allows us to speak prosperity into our lives.
  5. Prayer is a tool to force God to grant prosperity. Dollar writes, “When we pray, believing that we have already received what we are praying, God has no choice but to make our prayers come to pass. … It is a key to getting results as a Christian.” Thus prayer is little more than a means through which we bring about our desires for wealth.

Al Mohler says it well: “Prosperity theology is a False Gospel. Its message is unbiblical and its promises fail. God never assures his people of material abundance or physical health. 

Instead, Christians are promised the riches of Christ, the gift of eternal life, and the assurance of glory in the eternal presence of the living God. In the end, the biggest problem with prosperity theology is not that it promises too much, but that it promises far too little. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers salvation from sin, not a platform for earthly prosperity.  While we should seek to understand what drives so many into this movement, we must never for a moment fail to see its message for what it is — a false and failed gospel.   Millions of dollars that could be used for good, the way Christians are supposed to act,  are squandered to these false prophets for their personal enjoyment and you get the tab.  The poor still suffer because of your actions.

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