The Greatest “Show” on Earth – The Big Lies Of Black Prosperity Preachers: Pt. 1
By Wayne Hobson, AT2W Contributing Writer
As a new contributing writer for AT2W, I thought that I would introduce myself with an article on the subject that angers me the most about our “so called” leaders in many Black churches. Let me tell you just a bit about myself first.
Over 25 years ago, I was called by The Lord to preach at the tender age of 18 and as I humbly listened to the Spirit of God, He spoke these words from the prophet Isaiah to me:
Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions.”. .
I was commanded to speak the truth despite the consequences. Though I am a licensed Baptist minister, I am called to preach the truth regardless of denominationalism.
And be warned now that I back up what I say with Scripture and I quote it heavily when necessary.
That being said, as an African American, I must call to question the whole “Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel” movement among Black preachers and their blatant discard for Biblical truth.
The Word of Faith (WOF) and Prosperity Gospel (PG) promises wealth and health for all that adhere to its heresies (and that’s what they truly are – heresies).
These preachers make it seem as if not being rich and in total good health equate to us not being “saved enough” or not in good standing with God.
Let’s get some things straight – your place in Heaven has nothing to do with how little (or how much) you have down here. It is strictly based upon acceptance of Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of our sins, a repentant heart (turning away from sin), and following the instructions left behind in God’s Word (the Bible alone).
Many Black preachers have started “pimping out” their congregations by leading them into the slaughter of unbiblical doctrines in order to “fleece” their own flocks. Dollar, Long, Jakes, and others have spread unethical and perhaps even damnable doctrines among Black Christians (as well as many Whites also).
All of this is filtrated with filthy loot and ill-gotten gains from the sale of CDs, DVDs, and “conferences” designed to penetrate the hearts of unsuspecting and Biblically inept Black folk.
Since the time that Blacks were first taken hostage and shipped to America back in the 17th century, we have been victims of swindlers, Ponzi schemes, & lies – all perpetrated to make money off of us.
One of the best kept secrets about the slave trade is that oftentimes, Black African tribes were the ones that sold other Blacks (captured prisoners) into slavery – we sold each other out then and we’re still doing it now.
Oh, the method of sales transaction is different now, but the intent and the participants are still very much the same.
Yes, many White preachers have swindled us readily as well, but we should be appalled and outraged that Black preachers still engage in such spiritual debauchery.
But then again, perhaps we should not be surprised that so many Black preachers are determined to capitalize on a legacy of naivete and un-learnedness on the part of far too many Black churchgoers.
What angers me to no end is that these false leaders talk about God, carry a Bible around in their hands as they “preach” lies, yet they obviously have no fear of God who will judge all unrighteousness.
Perhaps even more irritating is the fact that so many folk still buy into the lies, thinking that “if it worked for those preachers, it’ll work for me too”.
“Money is in some respects life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master. “ – P. T. Barnum
Hopefully, most of you reading this article are not victims of these spiritual degenerates.
But if you are a victim and think that the WOF and PG are legit, let me show you why they are wrong from the Holy Scriptures (I told you from the start that I quote Scripture, didn’t I?) :
1 Tim. 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Tim. 6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, and it is clear that we can carry nothing out.
1 Tim. 6:8 But having food and clothing, we will be content.
1Tim. 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all evils, of which some having lusted after, they were seduced from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1Tim. 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things [lust & the love of money] and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.”
Heb 13:5 Let your way of life be without the love of money, and be content with such things as you have, for He has said, “Not at all will I leave you, not at all will I forsake you, never!”
Heb 13:6 so that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”
Heb 13:7 Remember those leading you, who have spoken to you the Word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct:” (Modern KJV)
If you clicked on the name Leroy Thompson already, then you heard an excerpt from his infamous “Money Cometh To Me” homily which was preached at Creflo’s church some years ago. If Thompson isn’t the epitome of a “lover of money”, then I don’t know who is. He makes Donald Trump look like St. Francis of Assisi. Notice how Thompson does a “holy dance” on the money that Creflo’s parishioners have thrown up on the steps so that they can get in on the money blessing.
Apparently, these false teachers went to the P. T. Barnum School of Ethics. They have been deceiving so many people for so long that its second nature to them.
Like Barnum, who was the master of publicity, as well as a master of the circus, these phonies are also masters of manipulation and outright showmanship – they show you a Bible verse, then masterfully manipulate its meaning before your very eyes.
So here are a few tips when listening to any preacher:
1) “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably certainly is” – false preachers make outrageous claims and promises of “blessings”, healings, miracles, and money. Please click on this article to get a better understanding of the WOF and PG’s heretical and impractical beliefs – “Ten Reasons To Reject Word Of Faith Teachings”.
2) “Listen for “buzz phrases” like: “your faith releases…”, “you must activate faith”, “God wants to do…”, “God needs something to work with…” and other similar phrases. Why are these phrases suspicious? They put the responsibility for your blessing solely on you! Ask yourself this – “If I am responsible for my blessing, then why must I send this preacher money to get my blessing; shouldn’t I give my money to myself in that case”? If your “faith” could release anything, then why did Jesus have to die for our sins – shouldn’t my faith be able to save me by itself? Of course it can’t and neither can your faith “release” anything; no, in Luke 11:9-13, Jesus said “And I say to you, Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives. And he who seeks finds… For what father of you, if the son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? …If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? We are not told to “release our faith” to get something from God; Jesus tells us to simply ask. Now ask yourself this – “When did Jesus ever refuse to heal someone or to perform a miracle because they did not have enough faith in Him? (See Matt. 8:16, Matt. 14:35, Mark 1:32-33, and Mark 9:17-27). Even in cases where people had doubt, Jesus’ compassion causes Him to respond – even if we only have enough faith to just ask, God has more than enough power to answer. Again, ask yourself, “If God is Almighty (which He is), then why would He need me to do something to help Him with His blessing for me? When has God ever needed someone’s help?” (see Job chapters 38-41).
3) Listen for misinterpretations of verses like Heb. 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” This verse has NOTHING to do with prosperity; it refers to the fact that we as humans must have faith that the unseen God Almighty exists – the reward for diligently seeking Him is eternal life because of Christ’s death for us (see Heb. 11:1-40, Heb. 12:1-2).
4) Never be convinced that something is true just because of one or two verses – read the whole chapter to get the correct context (meaning) of the verse quoted to you.
In part 2, we’ll examine the most commonly used Scriptures by Black WOF and PG preachers to deceive the masses.
Here endeth the lesson for now.