The Mega-Church Scam

I’m glad the government is looking into the doings of these thieves.

Ephren Taylor stepped into the pulpit with the ease of preacher’s son, taking the microphone at the New Birth Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the powerful pastor Eddie Long was introducing him to the Sunday morning crowd. “Everything he says is based on the word of God,” Long pledged to the members of his megachurch. But Taylor wasn’t a visiting minister. He was a financial adviser, one who claimed to have made his first million before he turned 18. And he promised he could do the same for his fellow Christians.

Nothing Long says is based on Scripture, why should anything one of his thieving cohorts says be either?

But according to the Securities and Exchange Commission, what Taylor was actually peddling was a giant Ponzi scheme, one aimed to “swindle over $11 million, primarily from African-American churchgoers,” that reached into churches nationwide, from Long’s megachurch in Atlanta to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church congregation in Houston. But Taylor has disappeared, hiding out from lawsuits, federal charges and angry, mostly African-American, investors in at least 40 states.

Mega church attendees are, like their Pastors, in it for what they can get from it. Or to put it bluntly, you can’t scam the honest, you can only scam the greedy.  Were ‘investors’ not wanting easy money, they wouldn’t be duped.  The scammer and the scammed are equally guilty.

The Blasphemous Heretic Reprobate Eddie Long Reopened His Meat Market, Oh I Mean his ‘School’

So he can harvest fresh victims I suppose.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church plans to reopen its New Birth Academy on Thursday [the report is dated January 18], according to Channel 2 Action News.  New Birth’s announcement in late December that the school would close after 18 years sent hundreds of students scrambling to find a new school. The church said then it would have to close the school due to the sluggish economy and low enrollment.  New Birth spokesman Art Franklin confirmed to Channel 2 that it was announced at Sunday’s worship services that the academy will reopen through a cooperative agreement with Aurora Day School. Franklin declined to release details on what role Aurora Day School will play in New Birth Academy operations, saying the details would likely be released during a news conference later this week. Aurora has campuses in Tucker and Roswell.

Would you allow your child to attend anything associated with Eddie ‘the Heretic Pentebabbleist’ Long?  Not I.

‘King Bishop’ Eddie Long is Nuts

Michael writes

If I woke you up and told you that controversial Bishop of New Birth church, Eddie Long was crowned king I bet you would ask if I have had a fever. Well, not only was he crowned king but he also got dressed in some despicable out fit and was paraded in front of adulating worshipers. The “humble man” of God was only too pleased to oblige as Ralph Messer (who claims to be a Rabbi bringing Torah truth to Christians) with a couple of supposed Jews masqueraded with garb and old bits of scrolls declared how worthy and anointed Bishop and “king” Long is to read sacred scriptures inscribed there in.

And he has video showing the whole despicable charade of a ceremony. Long and Driscoll, heretics of a reprobate self-aggrandizing feather.  But even worse than these two- the ‘churches’ which follow them.  It’s bad enough that the two of them are theological ignoramuses.  Worse still the fact that thousands are equally dim!  Is there NO ONE in either of these churches who knows what truth and proper Christianity are?

‘Bishop’ Eddie Long is About to Be Exposed…

By one of his accusers in a ‘tell-all’ book that will doubtless provide the silly people foolish enough to buy it more than enough grist for the depravity mill.

Centino Kemp, the fifth accuser in the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal, has written a book about his affair with the megachurch pastor, titling the work The First Lady. The book is co-authored by T. Benson Glover.

Listen up, people, if you’re going to spend money on books, buy books that are worthwhile, not filth about filth. If you buy it,

Apocalyptic Fervor and French Suicides

Odd bit here

The tiny southern French hamlet of Bugarach has drawn scrutiny from a government sect watchdog over droves of visitors who believe it is the only place in the world that will survive a 2012 Apocalypse. A report by the watchdog, Miviludes, published on Wednesday said the picturesque village near Carcassonne should be monitored in the run-up to December 21, 2012, when many believe the world will end according to an ancient Mayan prophecy.

Well that’s just as dumb as the ‘rapture’ that didn’t happen last month. But of course new age folk unfamiliar with the bible are prone to fall for gross stupidity.

Miviludes was set up in 2002 to track the activity of sects, after a law passed the previous year made it an offence to abuse vulnerable people using heavy pressure techniques, meaning sects can be outlawed if there is evidence of fraud or abuse.

I wish we had that law here. We would be completely free of Creflo Dollar and Todd Bentley and all the other deceivers and heretics and Montanists.

Surrounded in legend for centuries, Bugarach and its rocky outcrop, the Pic de Bugarach, have attracted an influx of New Age visitors in recent months, pushing up property prices but also raising the threat of financial scams and psychological manipulation, Miviludes said in its report.

Scams- that’s what it’s all about.

Depraved Reprobates of a Feather always Flock Together

As do Montanist heretics. And especially as do depraved reprobate montanist heretics. Like these two…

Pulpit Pimps Unite: Dollar Defends His Pimp Buddy Eddie Long This is so ridiculous that it’s almost humorous. Creflo Dollar urges the congregants of Eddie Long’s church to go back to him and give him money because he only had a “wreck” and a “minor accident”. This is a great example of mixing lies with truth: yes pastors are only humans and yes we are all sinners but when yo … Read More

via Scotteriology

Televangelists… And their Misdeeds

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Deceiver at large

Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has concluded a three-year probe into alleged lavish spending at six major broadcast ministries, and asked a prominent evangelical group to study ways to spur “self-reform” among religious groups.  …  On Thursday (Jan. 6), he released a final 61-page review that said evangelists Benny Hinn of Texas and Joyce Meyer of Missouri had made “significant reforms” to their operations, but four others provided incomplete or no responses.

Interestingly

Among their findings:

  • Insiders in Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas, said they were intimidated from speaking with committee staff, with one former employee saying they were told “God will blight our finances” if they talked.
  • Georgia pastor Creflo Dollar’s ministry was called the “least cooperative,” with staffers unable to determine the names of board members.
  • The majority of questions asked by Grassley staffers of Bishop Eddie Long’s megachurch in Lithonia, Ga., remained unanswered, including the amount of his salary.
  • Several former staffers at Paula White’s megachurch in Tampa, Fla., wanted to speak with staffers but “were afraid of being sued by the church,” and at least one was reminded by a church lawyer of a previously signed confidentiality agreement.

Looks like they have something to hide. But this is no surprise to any of us, is it. Money corrupts. The love of money corrupts absolutely.

Eddie Long on the Cover of an Evangelical Magazine? Really????

Oh my, that’s definitely a lack of insight.

Some subscribers to a gospel magazine weren’t too happy when they recently got an issue with Bishop Eddie Long on the cover. The November/December Gospel Today cover featured a sharply tailored Long, smiling confidently, with the headline: “Bishop Eddie Long At The Center of The Scandal That Rocked The Church World.” Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in suburban Atlanta, was accused by four young men in September of using his spiritual authority to coerce them into sexual relationships.

Scandalous.  He doesn’t deserve to be on the cover of anything but a secular magazine titled ‘Totally Depraved Pastors and the Boys they Molest’.  (But maybe ‘Gospel Today’ wants to up sales…)

Denial: Eddie Long’s Offense

The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he’d be back to lead the church the next week. Addressing a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sanctuary packed with thousands, Bishop Eddie Long neither discussed specifics of the lawsuits filed against him nor flatly denied the accusations. But he drew thunderous applause when he addressed his flock publicly for the first time since the first lawsuits were filed several days ago.

Told ya the place would be packed. Publicity for these sorts of people is good whether it’s good publicity or not. His ego must be in the third heaven. And told ya he would be supported. Cult-like religious leaders are always followed blindly. Think Jim Jones.

Long’s final remarks during the service invoked the biblical story of the small David doing battle with the gargantuan Goliath. “I’ve been accused; I’m under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man,” he said, briefly pausing for effect. “But this thing I’m going to fight.” “I want you to know one other thing, I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven’t thrown one yet.”

David… a curious choice, since it was David who murdered Uriah when he sinned with Bathsheba. I wonder who Long has in his sights.

Worst of all, his poor wife has to stand with him. Maybe the money and prestige are just too much to give up.