Oversight Overstep | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

3 01 2008

Oversight Overstep | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Christianity Today questions the validity of the call by Senator Grassley to investigate the financial irregularities of the Prosperity Preachers Ministry that such is over-stepping of the government’s role and involvement with the Church. That such matter ought to be of concerned to Church’s investigation and not a secular one.

For one, if the Church has failed to ask questions, that such, that we need the government to step in, and has every rights for them to do so. After all, it is not that the government are stepping their boundary, but the Church who has failed in the first place and allowing these ministers to profit in the name of God. The Church on the whole has been fraternizing with the World and the god of this world – mammon, that this call to investigate the Church is a wakeup call to the body of Christ that God will not tolerate such hypocrisy, especially that now, we are in the closing days of the Age where He will come, and He will come for a bride that’s pure, not blemished and dirty.

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3 01 2008
joe

2003 01 31.1 Gibson Prophecy

For thus saith the Lord. Do not despair. I am going throughout the churches of America to see who will put My Name first, who will put the salvation by the Blood of the Lamb above all else. Those who do so will be blessed by the Lord above; but those who do not will be condemned by Me.

Do not turn to the world or the world’s ways. Do not listen to the ways of many who compromise My gospel. Those who turn away from the compromising position of the worldly church will be blessed by Me. Those who continue in the work of compromising My Word will be condemned!

Do not doubt this word. I am going throughout the world and throughout the churches in America to see who will put me first. It is time that the worldliness be burned out of the church! It is time to see that God is placed first above all things. There is power in the name of Jesus. Those who walk in that power are walking with Me. Those who do not walk in the power are walking with the world.

Not only will I turn away from godless churches, but I will turn to those who are truly serving Me in truth and power, and I will give them a protection in this time. For coming soon is a persecution and a strong attack against My people. Not only that but there is coming trouble to America’s shores. I will protect and guide My people through this time.

Do not partake in those churches and religious organizations who will not listen to the
Word of God and follow it in a complete way.

2003 02 16.1

In a dream I was walking around an old church building. This building had an old cracked foundation in very bad shape. I was walking along the back of the church on an old sidewalk that was in worse shape than the church building. It was badly sunk in places and I had to be careful to not trip on the concrete.

As I walked along I was aware of what the people in this church were planning. There was a person who was with me and he asked what they were going to do with this old church building. I told him that the people of this church had decided to tear it down and rebuild in another location outside of the city. As he looked at the cracked
foundation he remarked to me that that was a very good idea, it was what they needed to do.

Then as I had almost finished walking around the building I stepped on two nails which went into my shoe, but not into my foot. I looked at how far in they were and was thinking I would need a hammer to pull them out. I then woke up.

It was then that the Lord began to show me the meaning of what I had just seen. He said there were three main important facts about this church.

1. The foundation was cracked because they had built on worldly things, not on the Rock Christ Jesus.

2. They were building outside the city limits. It was a great new church to themselves and they were moving away from the people it was originally designed to reach.

3. The walkway at the back of the church was so cracked it was hard to walk on, and this was an indication that it would be very hard for an outside person to find the way,in that church, to Jesus.

Then the Lord began to show me the symbolism of the nails on the sidewalk going around the church. They represent the additional troubles of preaching against sin,rather than deliverance from sin. One nail represents the preaching against sin without any obvious deliverance, the other represents the refusal to show the people, who sought for an answer, the deliverance through Jesus’ Blood.

2003 03 05.1

For thus says the Lord. I am that I am.

I have created one church, one Bible, and one truth. Therefore, all who profess to believe in Me must believe to one truth, one God, and one church. Where do we find one church? Where? Why are there so many organizations that use My Name and do not bow to the will of God for one church?

In My Word I condemned factions and denominations or sects of My church. You will
find it in I Corinthians 1.

Obey My Word now! Return to the days of the book of Acts where My people were one; humbling themselves under the might hand of God.

Turn away from the sins that you have. Destroy your divisions of Me. Become a local church that will not, under any circumstances, change or alter what the Bible says.

Leave any church that will not confess that God is all and they are nothing. Return to the humility of the first century church. Look at what My Word says and believe it; not what some theologian interprets. Stand for all of God’s Word and lead the world to Christ!

14 02 2008
Kristy Beach

I’ve been there, that’s why I am here.
Exactly who does have a right to question Copeland about where the money goes? Copeland put on a exhalent performance at his latest ministers conference, visible at http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/copelandclips , in which has now gotten the attention of people all across the USA, and abroad. If I didn’t personally know better, one would actually think he cares about the protection of all his followers (partners),that pour money into his ministry. Requesting a summery of my mothers (Bonnie Parker) contributions, a long time partner of KCM, we like Grassley got little or no response. (Request viewable at http://sis359.blogspot.com/ ). If their partners aren’t entitled to this privileged information, even though they are funding this lavish lifestyle KCM has grown very accustom to, nor is the Senate entitled either, then who is? The IRS perhaps? Are the teachings of the Prosperity Gospel message being misconstrued? Do we, any of us, have a valid argument, or the right to ask for these records ? I believe with all my heart, we should let the ones affected most by this money making scam have a say in determining the answer to those questions..
“ I had a home“, “I had a life“, “I had faith“, “I had a family“, “I lost a loved one“, “I have no clue what the truth is anymore!” “I will never trust any form of religion.” these are merely a handful of endless testimonies coming to light nationwide. Ranging from all walks of life, their heartbreaking testimonies can be found throughout the web, yet inconceivably, victims are being labeled as fools, ignorant, and basically downright blind for not seeing the truth behind the Prosperity Gospels falsehoods. ” Being only human, our quest for health and wealth, regrettably does lead some in the wrong direction. Promises and guaranties, made by the Prosperity Gospel ministers, give people that have not obtained these blessings on their own, a second chance at achieving their goals in life. An important discovery I made while reviewing testimonies, revealed the fact numerous victims had very little knowledge of the Prosperity Gospels dark side. These unfortunate victims, appear to be equipped with only a small portion of the web of deceit these ministers weave . Picture yourself being raised in a small country town, with a population of only a few hundred, the closest city, only a population of only a few thousand. Computers, internet, cable, satellite TV, and other high tech gadgets are not needed or desired. You are living a simple , solemn life you wouldn’t trade for any amount of cash. After your working day is done, you gladly remove your shoes, kick back in your easy chair, and relax without a care in the world for a while. After flipping on the TV to view the local evening news broadcast, you are reminded to give thanks that you don’t have the worries that accompany life outside the safe haven of your home, and your community. Religion is your safeguard, your faith is strong, and you have no doubts about the truth behind your sacred beliefs. This was my life, before KCM.
Prosperity Gospel ministers enter the homes of many victims though a thirty minute Sunday morning worship service on a local broadcast station. Growing up in Jigger La., truly located in the middle of nowhere, I can testify to the fact that we only received on a clear day about three or four channels at most. Warnings of dangers associated with Prosperity Gospel ministries, made by critics, ministers, and victims go unheard, therefore tragically for many, when the realization of this scam is discovered it is already to late. Family’s have lost their homes, lifesavings, and some even their lives due to the Prosperity Gospels misleading doctrines. Unfortunately my mother was not one of the lucky ones, her confidence, and faith in this false Gospel, ultimately cost her, her life. After more than a decade of programming her mind to believe and think the Prosperity Gospel way of life, she lost her battle with cancer. By refusing medical attention, she sealed her fate, but the programming she had acquired from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland proved strong all the way to her last breath. A diary she left behind revealed the horrific tale of her life from 1992-2002, the top of each page titled with Kenneth Copeland, Gloria Copeland, or BVOV. Some mistakes in life we can not undo, and good intentions don’t always go as planed, these victims are simply following misleading promises of health and wealth. The use of miraculous healing confessions, and newly found wealth testimonies, are their sales pitch, sadly my mom among many other are proof that their sale pitch works. The possibility these Mega churches were misusing finances for personal luxuries is what brought this scam to the publics attention, not the loss of life, the financially bankrupt, and numerous homeless victims they have been left in the wake of this devastating hoax. So, do we continue blaming the victims, or do we stand up beside them, learn from there mistakes, and put an end to these senseless tragedies? Even I being a victims daughter have many lingering questions, such as follows, “How is it that some see the truth, and others do not?” ” What leads these victim to believe the unbelievable?” “ Are some more vulnerable to these sort of money making scams than others When all is said and done, perhaps they will be tagged, not as the Prosperity Gospel, but the false gospel. One Quote from Copelands mouth should erases any doubts of KCM innocence,
“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!”

The family of Bonnie Parker
E-MAIL sis359@gmail.com

Photo, before and after KCM,
http://picasaweb.google.com/sis359/BonnieParkerDiaryPhoto
Documentary Suffer The Children, exposes televangelists lavish lifestyles ,
http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/suffer-children
Book recently published by Sara Posner, also looks into these subjects,
http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Profits-Republican-Crusade-Values/dp/0979482216

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