Profiteering Prophets Part One

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This article is meant to be a loving warning about apostasy (falling away from the Truth) creeping into the church. The morning paper, nightly news, and internet are brimming with the latest stories on geopolitical events, natural disasters, and terrorism. These events are increasing in frequency and intensity while pointing to the Lord’s return.

If there is one crystal clear sign that the end times are at the door it is this:

The rapid proliferation of false prophets and unbiblical apostate teaching.

Ezekiel 13:6  They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the LORD,’ when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the LORD,’ although I have not spoken?” Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD.

In Profiteering Prophets part 2, we will focus on the apostasy that is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Latter Rain movement, and the people promoting these unbiblical movements.

Here in part 1 we will focus on the people who preach and teach the prosperity gospel and word-faith. Although the unbiblical foundations of the prosperity gospel or prosperity gospel are well documented, I want to briefly describe the prosperity gospel in a nutshell for the benefit of new Christians and others who are unaware of these deceptive teachings. The television, Christian bookstore shelves, and a growing number of churches are promoting profiteering prophets. The picture below is of Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis discussing the reasons they need private jets for their ‘ministries’ just this week. Kenneth doesn’t want to fly commercially because apparently there are too many demons on the commercial aircraft.

Screen_Shot_2016-01-04_at_12.14.26_AMThe prosperity gospel is a dangerous heresy that seeks to divert glory from God and place it on money. Moreover, the prosperity gospel commissions God as some sort of genie in a bottle to be used on a whim for personal financial gain. The buzz words & phrases that prosperity gospel teachers use are, but not limited to:  Make a vow, sow a seed, 100 or 1,000 fold yields, points of contact, sowing for an increase, and the list goes on and on. Word-faith and prosperity gospel are closely related in the way they both promote the belief that blessings and windfalls…..usually financial abound. Word-faith teachers and adherents use the term ‘faith’ like a magical word, positive confession, or a spiritual Carte Blanche to obtain whatever we desire. Thus the term…name it claim it sums up the motives of the word-faith teachers.

The heresy of word-faith goes even deeper when one examines the damnable teachings these people proliferate. They attack Job and others in the Bible for not having enough faith. In one booklet, Jesus is admonished for not having enough faith. They believe they are just like God. In fact, many teachers proclaim that we are “little Gods.” In the process, God is demoted and we are glorified. In their warped theology, God is reduced to a cosmic genie. This twisted doctrine is diametrically opposed to the true Christian that knows: He must increase, but I must decrease.  John 3:30

I have been a believer for many years now and I’ve seen the good, the bad, and ugly when it comes to preaching and teaching. This prosperity gospel & word-faith movement is nothing new. In the 1970s, I was a young boy and new believer. I had an appetite for all things gospel. Even back then, the heresy of prosperity gospel and word-faith was very prevalent. Men such as Robert Schuller…a motivational speaker who promoted positive thinking and Kenneth Hagin…a name it-claim it teacher were on television and publishing booklets to the masses. The things I heard on tv and read had references to God and sounded spiritual enough, but I knew there was something very wrong with the message. Faith wasn’t in God and His sovereignty…..it was in faith itself.

Here we are some 40 years later and the apostate teachings of prosperity gospel and word-faith are more popular than ever. This world desperately needs to hear the message of the gospel. There are numerous ministries and teachers who do nothing but proclaim the gospel boldly and teach the Bible accurately. In teaching the Bible, warning people about false teachers and unbiblical messages is critical. Jude the apostle was eager to write other 1st century believers about salvation, but he had to address the apostate teachings that were creeping into the church instead.

Jude 1:3  Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude was referring to people who crept into the church with false doctrine. He calls them hidden reefs, fearless, and wild waves. They were worshipping alongside true believers (Jude 1:12).  In writing this article I want to warn two groups of people about these prosperity gospel & word-faith movement deceivers.

First, new Christians need to be warned about these con-men & con-women because their teachings are sprinkled with Christian sounding platitudes and smatterings of Bible verses that are used out of context. Prosperity gospel and word-faith teaching does the very opposite of glorifying Jesus. They place the focus on self and having everything we want, instead of focussing on God’s will and His word. If you are a new Christian, I want to lovingly warn you to RUN from these deceptive teachings and the false prophets who promote them.

If you aren’t a Christian and just happened upon this article, I want to warn you as well. There are some solid Bible teachers on television, but there is also a lot of nonsense on tv. masquerading as true Christianity. Many of these people are money grabbing, swindling, selfish individuals who in no way represent the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t let anyone blind you to the truth about Jesus. He is God’s Son and died so that you can come to salvation through Him. Don’t become embittered by the hypocrisy you see there, because these people don’t represent the Lord Jesus or true Christians. Many sound Bible teaching ministries are listed on our resource links page. To know about eternal life through Jesus please visit Are you saved? 

Myself along with other Bible teachers are resolute about exposing these false teachers because of the damage they do in many lives and for the reproach they bring upon the true church and the name of Jesus. We must expose these false doctrines and the wolves in sheep’s clothing who preach them.

To that end, we are certainly going to name names and warn people about the people and teachings the apostles warned us about….. as we are biblically mandated to. The list below doesn’t cover every false teacher, but we wanted to include some of the main players in the prosperity gospel & word-faith movement.joel-osteen-night-of-hope-christian-con-artists-church-laodicea-great-falling-away-best-life-now

Joel & Victoria Osteen – He is the pastor of Lakewood Church and a major player in spreading the false prosperity gospel. Joel has been interviewed numerous times by Larry King, Oprah, and others, but I have yet to hear him articulate why man is in desperate need of a Savior. Instead, he sheepishly explains why he stays away from topics like sin, repentance, and judgement when addressing people. Instead he answers that he sees himself more as a coach or motivator to help them experience the life God has for us. I cannot imagine Jesus, John the Baptist, the apostles, Edwards, Spurgeon,  or Tozer  preaching and teaching for selfish gain. We’re not talking about a nominal fee or love offering…were wondering why someone should have to pay between $117-$850.00 for a “night of hope?” To be fair…there are some general admission $15 seats, but there is no reason to charge anyone for the hope of the gospel. This man is a motivational speaker and life coach disguised as a pastor.

Kenneth & Gloria Copeland – His ministry and television broadcast is well known. Believer’s Voice of Victory is aired on hundreds of channels around the world. He is an offshoot of his word-faith mentor Kenneth (Dad) Hagin and his teachings are no less dangerous. Copeland teaches that Christians are guaranteed physical healing and financial prosperity…..something that the Lord never guaranteed. He is one of the people that teach, “We are little gods.”

Kenneth Hagin – The late “Dad” Hagin is referred to as the modern father of the word-faith movement. He is another one that taught that we are ‘little gods’. He taught that if Christians weren’t healthy and wealthy, it’s due to lack of faith. He wrote about a time when Jesus appeared to him in a vision and the Lord was being shouted down by a “demon monkey.” Kenneth had to rebuke the demon monkey and told him to “get out in Jesus’ name” so he could hear what the Lord was saying to him. Then he said Jesus told him, “If you hadn’t done something about that, I couldn’t have.” Hagin’s many false teachings live on through taped messages and numerous booklets.

Mike Murdock – Is a televangelist who is a regular on TBN’s Praise A Thons. Mike has his own show called Wisdom Keys, but it isn’t sound biblical wisdom he is offering. He is a swindler and huckster if there ever was one. I can hardly turn on the television and not see him peddling the riches of God’s kingdom (financial of course) for a price. The premise of guaranteed riches and financial overflow is certainly false and so is his seed faith racket. He loves when people sow a $1,000 seed to the ministry. Once the seed is sown, he teaches that credit card debt will be wiped out and the dollars will flow. He is correct, the dollars do flow…unfortunately they flow directly to Mile Murdock’s bottom line. As the case with many prosperity gospel teachers…….he preys on the innocent, downtrodden, and minorities. This man is not a true man of God and his deceptive teachings should be exposed and avoided.

Creflo Dollar & Taffi Dollar – Creflo is the pastor of World Changers Church based in Atlanta. He has the attention of millions with his prosperity gospel message. He is another preacher who proclaims that we are little gods. His ministry is heavy on the seed faith and reaping financial windfalls. Creflo has uttered so much unbiblical nonsense to list here, but these sum up the message:  “You are not a sinner saved by grace, you are sons and daughters of the most high.” He also wrote via Twitter: Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity. As you can see…this man has no business calling himself a pastor or a teacher. Just this year, Creflo made an appeal to raise $65 million dollars to buy a new private jet for his ministry. Stay away from this man’s so called ministry.

Jesse Duplantis – He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis ministries and Covenant Church in Louisiana. Jesse is a prime time voice in the prosperity gospel & word-faith movement. He is known for his many outlandish theological statements such as, “God made animals and didn’t have the foggiest idea what they were.” Jesse screams at the devil while preaching, ‘slays’ people in the Spirit, and claims that God has answered his every prayer. His comedic skill is in demand during Trinity Broadcasting Network’s (TBN) fundraising events. Jesse chants things like, “I declare increase and financial anointing” at meetings and TBN rallies. Jesse Duplantis may be a biblically iliterate comedian, but he is not funny in the eyes of the holy God. Jesse is laughing all the way to the bank thanks to donations to his ‘ministry’.

Peter Popoff – He is the founder of Peter Popoff Ministries and is well known for his so called ‘miracle crusades’. Mr. Popoff is another in a long list of word-faith & prosperity gospel gurus that relies on theatrics and trickery to deceive people. His ‘ministry’ sends a massive amount of mail outs to people. He asks people to send in their seed offering so God can release a great harvest. Is this a harvest of saved souls or renewed holiness? No……..the harvest is a financial windfall of course. His big things are points of contact and this involves sending trinkets such as: ‘miracle water’ and ‘silver & gold blessing bracelets’ which are rubber bands. The racket is if you send back your silver and gold bracelets back (with your seed offering), God will send a silver and gold blessing. Unfortunately….you just can’t make this garbage up. Peter often puts a time limit on your window to send in the money so you “won’t miss out on your blessing.” Finally, there is ample documentation of Peter Popoff receiving ‘prophetic’ information about attendee’s prayer cards submitted during the service. The ‘prophetic word’ is received through an ear piece. We have exposed Peter Popoff so that you can warn others about this man’s work against the Lord.

Paula White – She is the founder of Paula White Ministries and a rising star in the word-faith & prosperity gospel world. I first became familiar with her when I lived in Florida. In the 1990’s, she was co-pastor of Without Walls Church in Tampa and Lakeland alongside her now former husband Randy White. She had the makings of a prosperity gospel megastar and now some 20 years later, she has a world wide following. She is another one who constantly asks people to plant a financial seed. She uses familiar word-faith & prosperity gospel catch phrases such as: claiming the anointing and sowing your seed. She has stated that, “Poverty is a curse.” That would come as a shock to the millions of born again Christians in the third world who know that true treasure is in heaven. Thousands of ‘Pastor Paula’s’ books have been sold and the self help, me centered gospel of the word-faith movement keeps getting gobbled up with titles like:  You’re All That!, Move On-Move Up, and Deal With It! Her book sale numbers and packed meetings are a true testimony to the fact that the false message of the prosperity gospel sells. Paula White is another teacher spreading false doctrine and others must be warned about her deception.

Here are a few other prosperity gospel and word-faith teachers that we want to warn others about:

Morris Cerullo, Steven Furtick, Eddie Long, Robert Tilton, Richard Roberts, Frederick KC Price, Marilyn Hickey, and much of what is on TBN. (Trinity Broadcasting Network)RV6164_Articolo

We are living in times when apostasy is rampant and false prophets are tickling the ears of many. The prosperity gospel and word-faith movements are a satanic tool used to spiritually shipwreck people. It’s my intention to warn you about these false teachers.

This is a group of our Christian brothers & sisters worshipping Jesus in India. There are numerous congregations just like this all over the world from S.E. Asia, Africa, Central & South America, Europe, and here in the US, who know the true riches of the kingdom of God cannot be measured in digits, but in fruit. They are not living for their ‘best life now.’

In Profiteering Prophets Part 2, we will expose the lies of the New Apostolic Reformation & Latter Rain movements.

Matthew 6:19  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

God bless you as you contend for the faith. All for Him,

Howard

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About Howard Green
Howard uses end time Bible Prophecy to proclaim the gospel and to exhort believers. He focuses on end time prophecy because it points to repentance, salvation, and holy living through Jesus. 2 Peter 3:11 What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God...
  • Paul Long

    I lived on a country where the traditional churches came in the 1940′ s. Until the 1980’s the evangelical population was around 0.8 of the country. In the 80’s Kenneth Hagin’s books were translated to the language and Christians started learning about spiritual warfare. More than 20 million people got saved after the teachings of Kenneth Hagin got there. The heresy hunters combated his teachings but they all disappeared. I never heard about anyone that got saved through a heresy hunter. They normally talk bad about people but they are unable to go to a hospital visit someone or show love to someone. Heresy hunters are just talkers and most are jealous because God is using other people. Jesus was attacked all the time by heresy hunters. I believe Howard Green needs to get baptized with the Holy Spirit.

  • Helen

    Dear Fern,

    We love Joel too. He is a great motivational speaker. But claiming to be a PASTOR, with a CHURCH, he has a responsibility before God to preach the WHOLE counsel of God. Paul said if any man comes preaching another Jesus, another Gospel, he is to be accursed. 2 Cor. 11:4. Pretty strong language. I used to hear so many self-proclaimed preachers on TV sounding good,nothing really wrong with what they were saying but they were leaving out A LOT OF TRUTH. What I struggled with, and perhaps you may, is that one way another Jesus is preached is by not preaching the whole Gospel. Therein lies the problem. Our goal here in this life is to be conformed into the image of Jesus! This life is practice for Eternity. When nothing is said about sin, the need for a Saviour and how we must repent, that leaves out a great deal! Maybe you know better and have heard the Gospel but many many have not and have the wrong idea when they go, not to a motivational conference, but to CHURCH and are not given the whole Gospel and are LOST. Yes, you’re right that we, as Christian sometimes pick at each other but over the basic tenets of the Christian Faith, we must ” grow up in Christ and speak the truth on love”.Eph. 4:15. Every day, every one of us needs to pray for WISDOM ad DISCERNMENT.

  • Fern Queen

    Whenever I see Christians picking at other Christians I know this: The devil is at work again. Questioning what Joel preaches? Get a 2nd job or a mentor. Joel is right on track, helping millions of people walk a straight line. And how about these people who are throwing rocks on YouTube? How many millions of people are they helping every day again. Oh, that’s right, they’re too busy gathering stones to throw at effective men of God to be bothered with putting together and sustaining a worldwide televised ministry like Joel has. I just shake my head.
    Joel (as well as others) get attacked a lot. The people who are attacking them are people who have never contributed ANYTHING to further God’s kingdom. I especially like what Paul said in above “if they preach from selfish ambition, false motives, personal gain, who cares? The important thing is that THEY PREACH CHRIST!”

    • Mojo

      He also said, in Romans 16:17-18: “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”

      And in Galatians 1:6-9: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”

      And 1 Tim 5:20: “As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.”

      Or how about 2 Tim 3:5: “Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
      Have you ever asked yourself why he doesn’t actually ever teach the gospel, that we are sinners in need of a savior?

    • AllvarligtTalat

      I will pray for you so that God open your eyes and turns your heart over to Him again so you will get out of the deception that you are currently experiencing.
      These preachers are putting up obstacles for you so you will not be able to serve the Lord as He wants you to but you are currently a slave to their corrupt minds who thinks nothing more of you than how much money you can offer them. They are carnal and will shut the doors of heaven for you if you are not careful!
      I wish all well to you and hopefully you and I will meet in heaven one day.

    • wandakate

      Many so called Christians can’t see the forest for the trees. He is talking a “false gospel”, a “PROSPERITY-FEEL GOOD GOSPEL”. When does he talk about salvation, the saving of souls? When does Joel tell people they MUST confess their sins, they MUST repent of them, and finally they MUST forsake them?
      I knew from just about the first time I saw him (and his animated speeches) that he was talking a false message. And the cost for these tickets, from $100+ to $800 +, that’s nothing more than highway robbery, a rip off, outrageous.
      JESUS would NEVER do that. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes come judgment day!

  • Fern Queen

    Do not speak evil of one another brethren.  He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law.  But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.  Who are you to judge another? (James 4:11-12)

    Don’t criticize and judge others. It is the Lord’s job, not ours, to “bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts” (I Corinthians 4:5). Your part is to “keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit” (Psalms 34:13).

    Avoid irreverent babble & pointless discussions that lead you further away from God” 2 Tim. 2:16

    The greatest churches are yet to be. Styles change but “God’s PURPOSES are the SAME for every generation” Ps.33:11

    Satanists, Muslims, and all the other demon worshippers the world over are UNITED. These people worship devils and they are united, that is why they are so powerful and their cause is advancing so rapidly. We worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and we can’t get together long enough to tackle important issues because we are so busy picking at each other.

    “Avoid irreverent babble & pointless discussions that lead you further away from God” 2 Tim. 2:16

    The greatest churches are yet to be. Styles change but “God’s PURPOSES are the SAME for every generation” Ps.33:11

    There are different ways to reach the lost and just because someone doesn’t preach the same way as someone else, we should not demonize them.

    • AllvarligtTalat

      Interesting that you mention demon worshippers. Because two reasons why Copeland and Duplantis need a fleet of airplanes for themselves are that they cannot stand in an airliner and talk to God and another reason was that there are too many demons in a regular airliner. Here are some citations from their monologue.
      C: “You get in a loooong tube with a bunch of demons and it’s deadly”
      D: “And it works on your heart”

      So let me get this straight.
      They can’t fly a regular airliner because there are demons in the airliners?
      So as a consequence I guess they rationalize their private jets because that they can’t talk to God in a regular airliner due to the demonic influence of being there?
      In my opinion it’s painfully obvious that they are wrong.

      • Fern Queen

        I never argue with fools like you. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

        • Mojo

          And yet, The Lord set the example by reasoning from the scriptures with people. So are you going to follow the example of the One you claim to follow, or are you going to continue to act like the hateful Pharisees he was dealing with? And I don’t use that word, “hateful”, lightly. It’s spewing from you with every comment.

    • 2smooth

      He who comes preaching another gospel is not of God, READ your bible

  • Fern Queen

    I love Kenneth Copeland!! He is a brother in Christ. You judgemental hack.

    • Mojo

      Sharing the love of Christ, are you? Gently correcting, just as the bible has instructed you to do? Or has his article his a nerve with you, and you’re lashing out because the truth is staring you in the face, and you can’t do anything but twist the bible out of contect to support your views? Some prayer and serious contemplation in humility may be called for.

    • wavetheshales

      He is a scammer and a tool of Satan. Do not be deceived: the “prosperity gospel” is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

      • wandakate

        Amen, many don’t know what the scriptures actually say, and that’s why they listen to these people.
        There are others that are NOT on this list as well. The “feel good” gospel is popular as well as the “name it and claim it” gospel and the “hyper grace” gospel. Some people don’t know one from the other. Satan has blinded them to the truth of the word. These preachers are the blind leading the blind and both will fall into the ditch.

  • Fern Queen

    May your soul be required in hell. You are a self righteous accuser of the brethren and a student of satan. Your false pride and self righteousness will be your downfall

    • Mojo

      Wait a minute…you just said that we are not to judge, yet you are hoping that a man who teaches God’s word ends up in Hell? Do you see what you are saying?

    • 2smooth

      Yopu better read the whole bible instea of taking a motivational speakers word for it.

      • wandakate

        Perhaps you should read what you wrote first before you post the comment. Yopu must have been YOU, and instea must have been instead.
        Correct your typos, thanks!

  • AllvarligtTalat

    Great article! If I may mention some other variably large players who are way off the mark:
    Rick Warren
    Brian McLaren
    Benny Hinn
    Joyce Meyer
    T.D. Jakes
    Leroy Thompson
    Patricia King
    Ed Young Jr
    Todd Bentley
    Rob Bell
    John Hagee
    Late: Myles Monroe

    As a side note I would like to mention that Kenneth Copeland have stated the utterly blasphemous statement that “God is the biggest failure in this universe”. I don’t understand how he dares, mind-boggling.
    It’s a very hard task to cover the entire minefield of false preachers.
    God Bless you!

    • It is a very large group of people indeed. Stay tuned….in part 2 I will cover some of the Latter Rain-NAR false teachers.
      Blessings

      • AllvarligtTalat

        I’ll keep an eye out and I’m looking forward to it 🙂
        I’m glad that you stick to the truth and speak it out loud here, we all need to hear it.

        • wandakate

          What people “need” to hear and what they “want” to hear or believe are two different things. Most are willing to listen to anything even if it’s NOT the truth.
          Most Christians break the commandments every week while saying they are impossible to keep. Most enjoy holidays that are ONLY traditional, pagan holidays and don’t mean anything at all to GOD.
          Satan has blinded most people to the truth. We MUST study to show ourselves approved. Not just own a bible, or just read it now and then, but actually study it and prove it’s truth by cross-referencing the material.