Such shameless promotion of selfishness and greed, along with the heartless destruction of peoples' hopes for healing. I guess it is less expensive than a trip to Lourdes and a Romanist blessing. (And you don't have to donote your young boys to the service of the "priests.")
Why can't these immoral defalcators just do what the Bible says or sell used cars? The pulpit comes with a charge and a warning:
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4.1-5 NASB)
We all know that these men and women would not be as wealthy without bilking people- especially the poor and naive? However, they will be found wanting after they pass from this earth (lest they repent).
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28.13 KJV)
I look forward to moving into the Amazon. I will be going to where electricity is scarce. This prosperity pseudo-gospel has reached there as well, but is less ingrained. I look forward to going there with just the Gospel, no fringes and I will aim to be to the point and uncompromising in preaching Christ and Him crucified.
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1.22-24 NASB)
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2.1-2 NASB)
May my family and I glorify our Lord and Savior with our lives and His message. Amen.