Posted by: okmike | August 9, 2011

Welcome

The following update only applies to books with “Version 1.1″ in the front, published before the August of 2012.

UPDATE! I found a mistake in chapter 4. The only place I did not site a verse and did not look it up, and I did not remember the info correctly, so I was wrong about Moses melting the gold and making the people drink it. That did happen, but not in the context which I site, it was the golden calf that was melted and drank.

Here is the UPDATED paragraph to replace the incorrect one:

The prosperity preachers like to talk about how wealthy the Israelites were when they left Egypt. They left with much of its wealth. What they fail to tell you is that God later asked them to give that wealth for the construction of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Even though they did not have to give it all, what good did the gold do them in the desert? They could not buy food or even clothing, so God had to provide them with manna and make their garments not wear out. It is clear that God did not give the Israelites the wealth of Egypt so they could live in luxury, but so they could give it to God, which did not include giving it directly to priests. The priests did not become wealthy. 

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Some people say, “It works for me.” No, it does not work for you; just look around. You think the only people living in nice homes and driving nice cars are those who send money to preachers on TV? The atheists have good paying jobs, the Mormons are some of the most prosperous people in the U.S.; they own multimillion-dollar companies and live in big homes. But YOU think you are prospering because you send money to a preacher on TV! You are being tricked and lied to!! You think you are prospering because you help your pastor drive a Cadillac; but you are WRONG! The “Church of Christ” denomination members drive Cadillacs, the Buddhists have high paying jobs!  Stop believing the lies! 

Unlike other writers on this subject, the author once believed the Prosperity Gospel, but after twenty years of financial struggle and frequent unemployment God called him to research the Prosperity Gospel. What he found proves the Prosperity Gospel is totally false, and a horrible sin, and calls for a Reformation of the Charismatic Movement.

Other books on this subject take a theological point of view, but the prosperity teachers failure is in not properly interpreting the Scriptures; so he analyzes every verse they use to teach the Prosperity Gospel, and gives the correct interpretation. As a result of properly interpreting the Scriptures, this book totally destroys the Prosperity Gospel.

Fortner says all Christians have been deceived by wealth, not just Charismatics, the result is spiritual lukewarmness. The Scriptures show that Biblical prosperity is having all your needs met, or not being in want, but the American definition is having lots of stuff. He also says that many pastors, especially the mega-church pastors, earn too much money, while Jesus taught that his future ministers should live without high incomes or material wealth.

This book says most preachers on Christian TV today, the Bible refers to as almost true yet false prophets because they are leading people away from the truth. This book further discusses the most well-known Word-of-Faith doctrines and shows the correct doctrines from the Scriptures. But he is not against all Pentecostal / Charismatic doctrines, but takes a balanced approach because he grew attending an old fashioned Pentecostal church. 

He believes Christianity in America today is the church of Laodicea, and so God has already started to refine us as gold; which means suffering the fire of judgment. In the final chapter he details the economic and natural disasters that have come upon America in the last few years and that it is the judgment of God upon us. He says the judgment will likely get worse until we repent, resulting in another Great Awakening in America.

The author was called into the ministry at age 20, but because he is not an eloquent speaker he chose to spend his adult life doing in-depth study of the Scriptures. He has a B.A. in journalism with a minor in history, and is a skilled researcher, with God-given ability to figure things out. He is also the author of “The Truth About United Flight 93” showing that the conspiracy theories about the crash are false.

Read the first four chapters and the last chapter at the links below:

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Deceived by Wealth

Chapter 2 – Spirituality and Riches

Chapter 3 – The Way of Balaam

Chapter 4 – Using Proper Context and Interpretation

Chapter 5 – No Wisdom Here …

Chapter 6 – The New Covenant Priesthood …

Chapter 7 – Rich and Poor Christians …

Chapter 8 – Supernatural Signs or Strange Fire …

Chapter 9 – The Almost True Yet False Prophet …

Chapter 10 – Holy Laughter and Strange Manifestations …

Chapter 11 – Strange Charismatic Doctrines …

Chapter 12 – Prophetic Voices Crying in the Wilderness …

Chapter 13 – The Judgment of God and Revival

Conclusion …

Bibliography …

You can read the introduction and first two chapters at the links at the top of this page, below the banner image.

Michael Fortner makes an invaluable contribution by showing that such commonly heard claims as that believing in Jesus will make you rich are totally mistaken.” Robert S. McElvaine, author of Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America

The Prosperity Gospel Exposed: And Other False Doctrines Link to buy it at Amazon.com, or you can buy it from the book’s printer at a $2.00 discount: https://www.createspace.com/3641931, just put in this discount code before checkout: ADXYKSMN

See my other book just published, Discoveries in Bible Prophecy.

Read sample chapters here: www.usbibleprophecy.com.

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You can read an interview of me at this web site: http://tomblubaugh.net/?p=270

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  1. Every critic that I have found against the message of prosperity thinks it is only about money. They could not be more wrong. It is about prospering in every area of life: in wisdom, in relationships, in influence, in health etc… And what should we believers do to prosper? We simply need to live a life of obedience; obey his word and follow the leading the God’s Spirit. I have been a Christian for 37 years and I have seen the Lord prosper me and lead me through difficult time, include financial difficulties. You can not destroy what believers are actually accomplishing through God’s word.

  2. That is not the Prosperity Gospel, the PG says God wants you rich, and those who teach it drive Royals Royces and wear Rolex watches.

    • “…drive Royals Royces and wear Rolex watches,”That would be an over generalization Mike; it does not apply to every PG teacher. I have read your first chapter and there is nothing earth shaking in it. I think a year from now the PG will still be going strong. And it is not difficult to see that you do not fully understand it or apply it teaching. I suggest you work on renewing your mind by meditating on God’s word, improving your love walk and learning to hear the voice of God. The you will prosper and in more ways than you can realize.

      • I cannot put the whole book in the first chapter. Rolex watches and Royal Royces are what the big names on TV own, and it is the goal for them, to get you to be as rich as they are. But they know it will never happen. I challenge anyone to take the SCRIPTURES and prove me wrong. I don’t mean give me your false interpretation, I know that already, I mean PROVE my interpretation is false. It cannot be done, because you will have to closely analyze the text, which will force you to accept my interpretation.

  3. Ok Mike I will read your book, but just want you to know that I have been studying the scriptures for over 30 years and do believe that God wants us to prosper and have good success. When God told Joshua that it was time for him and the people of Israel to cross over the Jordan river and go to the land that He was giving them, He commanded Joshua to “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Josh 1:7-9 NKJV) My question for you is this: Was God setting Joshua up to fail by promising him that if he meditated on HIs word day and night that he would prosper and have good success?

    • Biblical prosperity is having your NEEDS met, not in having so much you can live lavishly. That is a false idea. When Jesus said seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and “all these things” will be provided, WHAT THINGS did he mean? BMW sports cars? Big mansions? NO. He named what he meant, food, clothing, and shelter. The Bible does NOT promise more than that. That is having your needs met. That is prospering. But that is not the modern American prosperity gospel view of prospering.

  4. Ok so your saying that the Prosperity gospel that you are upset with is one that promises lavish homes and expensive cars and you would probably include other expensive items as well. On the surface I accept your bias about the problems of wealth and I agree that we can squander our resources on riotous living like the prodical son. However, It still remains that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth so that His covennat may be established (Deuteronomy 8:18-19). I do live in a nice home, my wife drives a new car and I still drive my old 1995 GMC pickup.We tithe, give offerings, give alms and God has provided us with a very good household income (Malchi 3:8-12). When we have financial problems, it is never because of God, but because we have made foolish decisions. If I had not made some of the foolish decisions that I have made of the years, I would be very wealthy. Why? Because of the blessing of the God at work in my life (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

  5. So how do you explain why Hindus and atheists also drive nice cars and live in nice homes, but the Christians in China live in mud huts are fortunate if they have a bicycle. You must be more righteous than them right? Oh, well maybe they just don’t pay tithes?

    Why did Paul ask one church to give an offering to another church that was experiencing a famine? If God was punishing them, why did Paul try to subvert God’s judgment? If not that, why didn’t God bless them just the same as the church who was giving the offering?

    I discuss all this in the book, though I do not actually ask those questions, the answers to them are there.

  6. There are people in China who prosper and there are those who don’t, just as there are people in the United States who prosper and those who don’t. There are also Christians all over the world who prosper and there are Christians who don’t. When people are obedient to God’s word and do things His way they will always prosper and have good success.

    You will find in Psalm 1 three reasons why some Christians prosper and some don’t.
    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3) He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4) The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5) Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6) For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (NKJV)

    Notice there are three things that will rob a Christian of their properity. First, walking in the cousel of the ungodly. Second, standing in the path of sinners and finally, sitting in the seat of the scornful.

    Again, God says through the psalmnist that if we meditate in His word day and night we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in it’s season; and whatever he does shall prosper. My question to you is did God set us up to fail?

  7. You did not answer my question about why Paul asked for financial help from one church for another. It is found in 1 cor. 8.

    Read what two Chinese church leaders have to say in chapter two of my book, which is found on this web site.

    You are defending being Laodicea. You need the smoke removed from your eyes. By your definition, Lazarus was not a righteous man and it was his own fault that he was poor. Seriously, read my book.

    As I told another fellow, I know what your view point is, I can read those passages in the Bible too. You cannot prove me wrong by telling me what those passages say, you can only prove me wrong by reading the passages I quote and telling me they are not in the Bible.

    You must take ALL of the Bible, not just some of it. That is what all those who distort the Bible do.

    Again, to prosper is not to have all the wealth of the average American. That is NOT biblical prosperity. That is Loadicean prosperity. Biblical prosperity is having enough, not way way more than you need.

  8. I think you 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.Yes Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to give generously to the aid of the saints in Macedonia. We dop not know why they were under such great hardship, but we do know that they had given a gift that had abounded in the riches of their liberality. In fact Pasul says that they, the Macedonians gave beyond their ability to give.

    Paul was encouraging the the Corinthians to give what they desired to give the year before. In fact Pauls says,”that now at this time of your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack.”

    Paul also remined the Corinthian church that as they sowed their finances into the needs of the Macedonians that they would reap what they had sown. ” But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7) So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9) As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad,he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10) Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11) while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12) For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13) while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14) and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15) Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor 9:6-15 NKJV)

    Actually, Michael you do not know my view point at all, nor do you know me from anyone else. In fact, I doubt that if you saw me you would even know me or any of the things that the Lord Jesus Christ has done in my life and ministry.

    In reading chapter 2 of your book there are things that you say that should be a warning to churches all over the world. The love of money is the root of all evil. When the children of Israel forgot their God in the promised land it brought judgment on the nation of Israel.

    We minister to people from all backgrounds of life and some of them are very poor, but thier poverty is not God’s judgment. Actually its been more a cycle of poverty that been in the family for generations. When discipled in the word of God and given the tools that they need in life to succeed; they succeed and become prosperous.

    • Something most people do not notice is that Paul was saying that they would reap, not by giving to a preacher or to build a big church building, but to help poor Christians. How many offering are taken to help poor Christians in China or India? They give to themselves, their own church, and expect to reap money.

      But you should also notice that Paul was referencing the Old Testament, the manna in the wilderness. They all worked to gather manna but some were not able to gather enough while others gathered more than they needed, but they shared with those who did not have enough. So that none would have too much and none would have too little. I like the NIV translation of that verse.

      Are American Christians sharing their excess with poor Christians? No, they are just expecting GOD TO PROSPER THEM. But the Bible shows us that some will not be able to have enough and that those who are able to have more are supposed to share, not keep it for themselves and saw, look at how God has blessed me, why are you not blessed too?

  9. Your comment that “American Christians are not sharing their excess with poor Christians” is again a generalization. Our congregation gives a minimum of 10% of our annual income to help spread the gospel around the world. Also, we have local benevolence ministries to help with financial needs of members within our congregation, as well as, helping people in the communities where are members live and work.
    Since I preach what God says in His word about finances, members of our congregation have prospered in very difficult economic times. Their increase has brought an increase in our ability to help more people who are struggling financially; i.e. help with food, utilities and medical bills etc.
    Also, we are starting a Distribution Center to help further these ministries. It will be a place were people will be able to come and get food, clothing, houshold furniture, beds, bedding and other household items. It even has a living area that people use from time to time.
    We are not unique in this. Other congregations in America give their time and financial resources to minister to people’s needs; spirit, soul and body.

    • I was not going to spend thousands of dollars to poll every church in the country, but most churches are not doing as much as yours. You help the poor locally, that is good. But overseas you only help to preach the gospel.

      Most of the verses in the bible about giving, probably more than 90% are about giving to the poor, not to preaching the gospel. Poor Christians are suffering in China and India and Africa, your brother and sister have no shoes to wear. Some are in indentured servitude to pay off a small debt that you could pay off with pocket money. Go ahead and buy the big screen TV and let your brother and sister go without shoes, or work day in and day out invirtualslavery. They should learn seed faith giving, RIGHT? Mike

      • So how many times have you gone on a mission trip to minister to people who live in poverty? We have people in our congregation who have traveled to Mexico, Central America, South America and Africa, just in the last couple of years. There are ministries that do disciple people in Third World Countries to live by faith and guess what; the poor begin to prosper.

        I know that you are attacking TV ministries, but have you ever checked out ministries like Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis and Jerry Sevelle’s to find out how much of the money they raised goes to meeting the physical needs of the poor in countires like India, China, the nations of Africa and other Third World Countries? I think you would be suprised!

  10. It does not matter how much they give, when they live in Mutimillion dollar mansions, they are not living by the teachings of Christ, and they are teaching others to follow them down the path to ruin.

    • Let me ask you a couple of questions. If a person writes a book and the book retalis for $15.00 and the royalty from that book is 25%, how much of that money is a person allowed to keep? If a person records a CD and the royalty is 25%, how much of that is money is a person allowed to keep? Let’s say that the donations to the ministry is $1,000,000.00 annually, how much is that person allowed to be paid for a salary? Just asking!

      • I am not sure I know what you are asking. Morally? Morally, according to the bible, you can keep “enough” to meet your living expenses, and even no doubt a small retirement. And it also depends on whether you are in the ministry or not. God does not want hireling ministers, that is why Jesus required his apostles in training to give up everything and live without accumulated wealth. Others only have to give up most of their accumulated wealth, especially when there is a need, and in the world we live in today, we can know about needs in any nation of the world. Mike

      • Are you saying it’s ok for someone who is not in the ministry to be wealthy, while someone in the ministry is to be living a modest life? Also, how about those of us who work outside the ministry, but still draw a salary from the ministry. Do we live a double standard, keeping 50-70% of our income after taxes, tithes and offerings from our secular employment and then having to give up most of what we earn from the ministry after taxes, tithes and offerings. And then what about our spouses income, how much of that are we allowed to keep? Is there one standard for ministers and another standard for our spouses?

      • I did not say you could be wealthy, read it again. What I wrote applies to your last question as well. When a need arose, the people sold houses and land and gave to meet those needs in the book of Acts. Those needs were not just preaching the gospel, but included providing food for those who needed it. Any needs of Christians in China today? Africa? Mike

      • Your missing the point Mike. How much is too much? If I remember correctly, the Levites were given 10% of all the tithes and offerings that came into God’s storehouse. Why were they given 10% of all the tithes and offerings, because they did not receive and inheritance of land. Why was there a storehouse, so that there would be meat in God’s house, both literal and figurative. What were the Levities required to give? Reference Numbers 18:8-32.

      • Your missing the fact that food was distributed to the poor from the storehouse, not just the Levites. You also seem to pass over the fact that they did Not receive an inheritance in the land, which means they had No way to get rich. Mike

      • Yes there was food that was distributed from the storehouse to meet the needs of the children of Israel. The Levites received their inheritance from the tribes of Israel. How many Levites were there and how many people made up the nation of Israel? God also told the Levites what was required of them to give, no more and no less. Why, because of the storehouse!
        Another point that is made in the scriptures was that there was provision for the poor, such as the the corner of the fields were not harvested and were left for the poor. And the point that you raise from Acts chapters 2, 4 & 6 is well taken. However, it was for the brethern, those who professed faith in Jesus Christ.

      • Yes, I agree, that is my point. Rich Christians are supposed to help poor Christians who are not able to earn enough. Finally, you see my point. Mike

      • Yes, we do agree on meeting the needs of people who are less fortunate than we are. I never disagreed on this point. I just wanted you to know, that eventhough I do not have a T.V. Ministry, I do have a weekly radio program called “Living by Faith” which airs live over a spanish speaking radio station. By the way, I don’t speak Spanish but they wanted an English speaking program which teaches faith and although the station is regional, through the internet has a global audience.
        God has blessed my wife and I and the ministries that the He has given us and our goal is to meet peoples needs, spirit, soul and body. Spiritually, by teaching the word of God and how He wants to bless us to be a blessing. Emotionally, by praying for the members of our congregation and radio audience and physically, by helping people through our distribution center and benevolence program. We believe that ministry begins in the city where we live and then to our region, state, nation and the nations of the world. If I did not believe that God blesses his servants, we would not be able to do what He has given us to do.

  11. Be sure to click on the video link for some great videos I recently added that I found on youtube.com.

  12. Here is a link to a web site that is a MUST visit which exposes much falsehood of Kenneth Copeland Ministries:

    http://kennethcopelandblog.com/

  13. Financial Misdeeds At TBN

    (Read the entire article, because the best stuff is in the last 1/2.)

    By GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Associated Press
    Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch have faced plenty of mountains building their religious broadcast empire – among them allegations of a homosexual tryst and a prolonged battle with the Federal Communications Commission – but the most recent attack on the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network comes from their own flesh and blood.

    Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, recently filed court papers that include allegations of $50 million in financial shenanigans at the world’s largest Christian broadcasting network. Her suit was followed by another from a Koper in-law, who detailed opulent spending at the network on items such as private jets, mansions in California, Tennessee and Florida and a $100,000 mobile home for Jan Crouch’s dogs.

    The lawsuits came after Koper’s husband was accused by a debt collection company of embezzling more than $1 million from TBN. The debt collection company that filed the lawsuit later added the Crouches’ granddaughter and two of her in-laws as defendants.

    The outbreak of legal skirmish offers a rare window into the secretive world of the sprawling religious non-profit and exposes a family feud that could draw more outside scrutiny of TBN. Attorneys from both sides say they have contacted police and the Internal Revenue Service.

    The Crouches founded TBN in 1973 and grew it into an international Christian empire that beams prosperity gospel programming – which promises that if the faithful sacrifice for their belief, God will reward them with material wealth – to every continent but Antarctica 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has 78 satellites and more than 18,000 television and cable affiliates and owns seven other networks, as well as its headquarters in Costa Mesa in Orange County, an estate outside Nashville called Trinity Music City, USA and the Holy Land Experience, a Christian amusement park in Orlando.

    On any given day – or night – viewers from the United States to India can watch Christian-inspired news updates, documentaries, movies, talk shows and sermons by preachers such as Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes and Dr. Creflo Dollar without leaving their armchairs.

    The lawsuit attention comes at a bad time for TBN, which has seen viewer donations drop steeply. TBN raked in $92 million in donations in 2010 and cleared $175 million in tax-free revenue, but its net income plummeted from nearly $60 million in 2006 to a loss of $18 million in 2010, the most recent year available. Donations fell by nearly $30 million in the same period – a hit the network blames on the bad economy.

    At the same time, Koper’s father – the eldest Crouch son – resigned abruptly as vice president and chief-of-staff late last year. The unexplained departure of Paul Crouch Jr. roughly coincided with his daughter’s legal battle and came just months after he launched iTBN, a project to expand the network’s online and mobile reach.

    TBN places a premium on privacy and it’s almost impossible to divine what is going on behind the scenes. Yet televangelist empires built largely on charisma often encounter choppy waters as their founding personalities age.

    “It’s true that in these large ministries, they do become family enterprises … and in many ways that can be a most precarious problem for them,” said David E. Harrell, a professor emeritus of American religion at Auburn University, who has written about well-known televangelists. “Business squabbles, if they’re complicated with family squabbles, can get nasty indeed.”

    TBN referred requests for comment to its attorney, Colby M. May. Crouch Jr. did not return a call.

    May dismissed the idea of family turmoil and said the reason behind the legal fight was simple: Koper and her husband stole from the network.

    “They’re attempting to create a diversion and to create as much public spectacle as they can in the vain hope that this will all get resolved and that’s simply not going to happen,” he said.

    TBN’s reach and programming are expansive, but what is more impressive is the amount of money it receives from viewers – even in a downturn.

    During TBN’s Praise-A-Thon earlier this month, a preacher exhorted viewers to bellow “Fear not!” three times, count down from 10 and then rush to the phone with donations. In exchange, he said, they would receive a miracle from God “about this time tomorrow.” Within seconds, all 200 phone lines were busy.

    Ministry watchdogs have long questioned how TBN – which declared more than $800 million in net assets in 2010 – spends that wealth.

    TBN files reports with the IRS, but the Crouches run nearly two dozen other organizations that are harder to track and they operate extensively overseas, said Rusty Leonard, who founded Wall Watchers, an organization that monitors the financial transparency of church ministries to which its members donate.

    Wall Watchers gives TBN an ‘F’ for financial transparency and keeps them on its list of the 30 worst ministries.

    “They could run a loss like the one they ran last year for an awfully long time before they would run out of money,” Leonard said. “They’re basically taking money from old people and putting it in their pocket and living the high life.”

    Allegations of lavish spending are central in the battle between the Crouches’ granddaughter and a debt collection company called Redemption Strategies Inc., which was incorporated by a TBN attorney.

    According to Koper’s attorney, the 26-year-old took over as chief financial officer at TBN after obtaining a master’s in business administration degree and quickly realized that its directors – her family members – were acting illegally.

    Koper sent a memo to the board detailing her allegations, but was fired within days, said the attorney, Tymothy MacLeod.

    Koper’s husband was sued by Redemption Strategies, which alleged he had embezzled hundreds of thousands while he worked at the family business. The debt collection company was registered with the state by a TBN attorney one day before it filed suit against Michael Koper.

    The case was dismissed, but not before Brittany Koper and two in-laws were added as defendants.

    Brittany Koper countersued, alleging that TBN’s attorneys formed Redemption Strategies to retaliate against her for whistleblowing.

    Her suit doesn’t list TBN as a defendant, but it alleges that Koper was fired and made to turn over her house, condominium, life insurance policy, car, furniture and jewelry as “an act of Christian contrition” when she complained about the financial misdeeds at TBN.

    A similar suit filed by Michael Koper’s uncle, Joseph McVeigh, alleges that TBN attorneys also targeted him as part of a campaign of retaliation.

    McVeigh’s suit names TBN as one of seven defendants and alleges that TBN bought a $50 million luxury jet through a sham loan; owns an $8 million Hawker jet for Jan Crouch’s personal use; bought a $100,000 RV for Jan Crouch’s dogs and has 13 mansions and homes around the U.S. for the Crouch family’s use.

    TBN attorney May called the McVeigh’s lawsuit a “tabloid filing” and said the allegations in both cases were “utterly and completely contrived.” TBN suspects McVeigh, who claims he received a $65,000 loan from the family empire, was working with the Kopers to steal money from the ministry, May said.

    The network’s spending is in line with its mission to spread the gospel throughout the world, May said, and the Crouches travel by private jet because they have had “scores of death threats, more than the president of the United States.”

    The ministry keeps large amounts of cash in reserve because incurring debt goes against the Biblical exhortation to “owe no man any thing,” he said.

    “The answer is, there is no fire there,” May said. “They pay as they go and every now and then one of the things that they pay as they go on is the acquisition of a broadcast facility and that’s a multi-million dollar transaction.”

    TBN is no stranger to outside scrutiny.

    In 1998, the elder Crouch secretly paid an accuser $425,000 to keep quiet about allegations of a homosexual encounter. Crouch Sr. has consistently denied the allegations, which were first reported by the Los Angeles Times, and has said he settled only to avoid a costly and embarrassing trial.

    In 2000, after a five-year battle, a federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the FCC that found Crouch had created a “sham” minority company to get around limits on the number of TV stations he could own.

    © 2012 Kansas City Star and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved. http://www.kansascity.com

  14. The Prosperity Gospel and its preachers are nothing more than a disgrace to the name of Jesus Christ.Shame on you all!

  15. 1968 Prophecy by a 90 Year Old Norwegian Woman
    (The main reason I have this prophecy on this web site is because she predicts the prosperity gospel.)

    This prophecy was given by a 90 yr. old woman in Norway 42 years ago about events leading up to the second coming of Christ. An Evangelist by the name of Emanuel Minos wrote this prophecy down in 1968 and thought it was so extreme that he put it away. He recently reviewed the prophecy and was amazed that it is not “extreme” anymore–but the norm in our society. Read the prophecy below.

    An old woman of 90 from Valdres in Norway had a vision from God in 1968. The evangelist Emanuel Minos had meetings (services) where she lived. He had the opportunity to meet her, and she told him what she had seen. He wrote it down, but thought it to be so unintelligible that he put it in a drawer. Now, almost 30 years later, he understands he has to share the vision with others.

    The woman from Valdres was a very alert, reliable, awake and credible Christian, with a good reputation among all who knew her. This is what she saw:

    “I saw the time just before the coming of Jesus and the outbreak of the Third World War. I saw the events with my natural eyes. I saw the world like a kind of a globe and saw Europe, land by land. I saw Scandinavia. I saw Norway. I saw certain things that would take place just before the return of Jesus, and just before the last calamity happens, a calamity the likes of which we have never before experienced.

    She mentioned four waves:

    1. “First before Jesus comes and before the Third World War breaks out there will be a ‘détente’ like we have never had before. There will be peace between the super powers in the east and the west, and there will be a long peace. (Remember, that this was in 1968 when the cold war was at its highest. E. Minos) In this period of peace there will be disarmament in many countries, also in Norway and we are not prepared when it (the war) comes. The Third World War will begin in a way no one would have anticipated – and from an unexpected place.

    2. “A lukewarmness without parallel will take hold of the Christians, a falling away from true, living Christianity. Christians will not be open for penetrating preaching. They will not, like in earlier times, want to hear of sin and grace, law and gospel, repentance and restoration. There will come a substitute instead: prosperity (happiness) Christianity.

    “The important thing will be to have success, to be something; to have material things, things that God never promised us in this way. Churches and prayer houses will be emptier and emptier. Instead of the preaching we have been used to for generations -like, to take your cross up and follow Jesus, – entertainment, art and culture will invade the churches where there should have been gatherings for repentance and revival. This will increase markedly just before the return of Jesus.

    3. “There will be a moral disintegration that old Norway has never experienced the likes of. People will live together like married without being married. (I do not believe the concept ‘co-habitor’? existed in 1968 – E. Minos.) Much uncleanness before marriage, and much infidelity in marriage will become the natural (the common), and it will be justified from every angle. It will even enter Christian circles and we pet it – even sin against nature. Just before Jesus return there will be TV- programs like we have never experienced. (TV had just arrived in Norway in 1968. E. Minos)

    “TV will be filled with such horrible violence that it teaches people to murder and destroy each other, and it will be unsafe in our streets. People will copy what they see. There will not be only one ‘station’ on TV, it will be filled with ‘stations.’ (She did not know the word ‘channel’ which we use today. Therefore she called them stations. E. Minos.) TV will be just like the radio where we have many ‘stations,’ and it will be filled with violence. People will use it for entertainment. We will see terrible scenes of murder and destruction one of the other, and this will spread in society. Sex scenes will also be shown on the screen, the most intimate things that takes place in a marriage.” (I protested and said, we have a paragraph that forbids this kind of thing. E. Minos.) There the old woman said: “It will happen, and you will see it. All we have had before will be broken down, and the most indecent things will pass before our eyes.”

    4. “People from poor countries will stream to Europe. (In 1968 there was no such thing as immigration. E. Minos.) They will also come to Scandinavia – and Norway. There will be so many of them that people will begin to dislike them and become hard with them. They will be treated like the Jews before the Second World War. Then the full measure of our sins will have been reached (I protested at the issue of immigration. I did not understand it at the time. E. Minos.)

    The tears streamed from the old woman’s eyes down her cheeks. “I will not see it, but you will. Then suddenly, Jesus will come and the Third World War breaks out. It will be a short war.” (She saw it in the vision.)

    “All that I have seen of war before is only child’s play compared to this one, and it will be ended with a nuclear atom bomb. The air will be so polluted that one cannot draw one’s breath. It will cover several continents, America, Japan, Australia and the wealthy nations. The water will be ruined (contaminated?). We can no longer till the soil. The result will be that only a remnant will remain. The remnant in the wealthy countries will try to flee to the poor countries, but they will be as hard on us as we were on them.

    “I am so glad that I will not see it, but when the time draws near, you must take courage and tell this. I have received it from God, and nothing of it goes against what the Bible tells.

    “The one who has his sin forgiven and has Jesus as Savior and Lord, is safe.”

    WHEN THE OIL FLOWS

    An elder in the Pentecostal Church at Moss, Norway, Martin Andersen, heard the following prophecy in 1937, in Moss:

    ‘When oil comes out of the North Sea and along the Norwegian coast, things will begin to happen, and the return of Jesus is approaching.’

    When these words had been proclaimed, people stood up in the congregation and asked the man to sit down and not speak such nonsense. In 1937 it was indeed nonsense to talk about oil being pumped along the Norwegian coast. Today all the world’s big oil companies are pumping oil along the coast of Norway. Norway is the world’s second greatest exporter of oil – after Saudi Arabia.

    There is also a video on youtube that gives another translation of the same prophecy: search for: A Prophecy from 90yr old lady in 1968

  16. Sad to say, the only thing that will break the back of this falsehood is 4-fold judgment of God.

  17. You just can’t get the truth through to someone who believes the prosperity gospel or that tithing puts you under the law.These two false teachings are wed.Their is a very strong religious spirit behind these teachings.God is about to bring the false gospel down.FALLEN, FALLEN

    • Yes, unfortunately when it happens it could be the end of TBN, or economic problems cause people to open their eyes and TBN reforms. It would be better if they reformed voluntarily but they will not.

  18. I just read this book and wanted to leave an evaluation. All we need to do is read the Gospels, to know what Jesus taught about money. It is quite easy to see the prosperity gospel is false doctrine, or scripture being completely taken out of context. Our prosperity is one of Spiritual prosperity (a calm mind and heart, peace in the midst of trials), you see that is what having a relationship with Jesus is all about. He will always take care of our needs. The great commission is our mission. (He helped to bring out through research more of the truth on what these ministers are hoarding up thank you).

    I was disappointed when he begins to put an ok on the prophecy movement. There was a lack of true research on old time revivals and his discernment of them, those that were of God and those that weren’t. He puts a stamp of approval on these crazy visions, and acts of dancing and laughter etc. laying hands on each other to transfer the anointing. ( You see I John 4 says He gives us the anointing when we become His.) There is nothing in The Word about holy laughter, slain in the spirit, people screaming and yelling. God is a God of peace not one of confusion. (Read Corinthians) The Pentecostal Movement is one of confusion.

    He goes on to to give his own visions, and all of this is adding to the Bible, we were told to not add to it. Ending times have already been prophesied in the Word, either all the Word is true or none of it….he is still basing some of what he believes on experiences. Experience must not go outside of The Word. What happened in past revivals or in your church yesterday, if it did not line up with the Word, it was not of God, to make excuses or try to reason out these experiences is wrong. This is why there is so much confusion within the Body of Christ. The line has to be drawn on exactly what is in The Word. (I have been involved in the Prosperity Movement and The Charismatic Movement).

    • Well you see, “if it did not line up with the Word, it was not of God” that is the issue isn’t it. Whether it lines up with Your view of the Word or not. There is no visions from me, there is only a dream, and dreams are given throughout the Bible, from Genesis to the letters of Paul. And it ADDS NOTHING but merely shows what mega churches are watering down the Word.


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