Religious Extravagance!

Religion points people to doing great deeds, or performing something great in the public eye as a measure of spirituality. I for one, question if that is even Christian servitude, I deem it to be egotistical self servitude that enhances public figures popularity and publicity and elevates them to celebrity status with the expectation to have available to them the same as the celebrity figures in Hollywood has...the outrages income, multiple grander homes, body guards, airplanes, etc.

Here is what some of these celebrity preaches live like:

One is known around the world for his large healing crusades. His television show airs in more than 200 countries. While building his following, he has earned quite a bit of money along the way. His ministry collects more than $200 million a year, and he’s admitted to his salary being over half a million. He owns a private jet, lives in a $10 million house near the Pacific Ocean, stays in hotel rooms that cost thousands each night, and owns luxury vehicles.

Since 1999, this woman’s ministry has spent at least $4 million on 5 homes for herself and her children. Her house is a 10,000 square foot home with an 8-car garage, a large fountain, a gazebo, a private putting green, a pool, and pool house with a new $10,000 bathroom. Her salary was reported at $900,000 back in 2003, and she also enjoys use of a private jet and luxury cars.

Despite being under investigation, another man refused to submit financial information about his ministry, saying “You can go get a subpoena, and I won’t give it to you. It’s not yours, it’s God’s and you’re not going to get it and that’s something I’ll go to prison over. So, just get over it.”He lives in a mansion that some have said is “the size of a hotel.” He also has acquired a $20 million Cessna Citation private jet for flying around the country to spread the word. And of course, he owns an airport for landing said airplane.

Another televangelist who ignored a Senate request for an investigation into financial records. on the claims he was concerned about the privacy of his donors, and he said that if the IRS requested it, he would send it over. However, since it was Congress asking for the information, he wouldn’t do so without a subpoena. His “church” made over 69 million back in 2006, and the church also provided him with a Rolls Royce. In His words “Just because it (my life) is excessive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong.”

Another man promotes that Jesus wasn’t broke, and leaders of churches shouldn’t be either. He has earned millions in salary from his ministry, owns a million dollar home on a 20-acre lot, has use of a $350,000 Bentley, and pulls in a host of other benefits too.He was also in the group of televangelists who refused to give the Senate the information requested of the ministry. Senator Grassley, the leader of this investigation, said “When I hear about leaders of charities being provided a $300,000 Bentley to drive around in, my fear is that it’s the taxpayers who subsidize this charity who are really being taken for a ride.”

Another lady’s ministry brings in millions each year, and they own million dollar homes across the country (including in Trump Tower). Her and her husband has been under investigation for misuse of ministry funds and they recently got divorced, further complicating matters for the ministry. At last check, they also failed to provide the Senate with all requested records.

This folks is the blessings the celebrity preacher performers  get from you giving of your money that they claim will be used for the promotion of God’s Kingdom!


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