Actually, the Senate Finance Committee has been looking into these Televangelists' lavish lifestyles. <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/06/cbsnews_investigates/main3456977.shtml?source=mostpop_story> What these so-called preachers affirm is called "The Prosperity Gospel" which is considered a heresy among most mainstream (and even a good number of Fundamental) Christians.
My favorite religious satire publication/website is The Wittenburg Door <http://www.wittenburgdoor.com> where they regularly skewer these theological hucksters as the next generation of "Elmer Gantrys" (a cultural reference to a novel/movie critical of itinerant evangelists who manipulate the masses to enrich themselves). Most notable is their collection of Kenneth Copeland clips, the titles of which are satiric in nature. <http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/copelandclips> Oh, this is not at all lost on the Christian community. We've know about these scam artists ever since the very first episode of the PTL Club and the initial broadcast of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. They've been sucking cash out of gullible seniors for decades now, and they are all going to be exposed. Cynth Stanimir wrote: > > > If this is even close to the Christianity you can call me Eskimo. To > these gentlemen i will remind them this words: > > Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust > destroy and where thieves break in and steal > but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor > rust destroy and where thieves do not break in or steal > for where your treasure is there your heart will be also > > Matthew 6:19-21 > I think that we lost enough time with this issue. I have more important > things to do > > > Peace: Stanimir > ----- Original Message ---- > From: Jackson Masters <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com > Sent: Monday, 4 February, 2008 4:25:30 PM > Subject: [Zen] Wealth Ministry > > I was watching a TV show which interviewed a few of those modern > christian wealth ministers and it was disgusting. Their unabashed > philosophy is that God/Jesus wants them to be wealthy because it is a > blessing from God. So they tell their followers to send them money and > then they openly flaunt their mansions and limousines as evidence that > God loves them. > > This is really sick, and I think that the government should audit and > tax these frauds. > > > Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/