I recently came across an on-line Christian news letter and out of curiosity randomly checked out the archives. I was extremely dismayed to discover that a prominent USA pastor and author had [recently] signed a deal to purchase [a mega-million dollar franchise]. Is that a good Christian message? I am not very good with words and therefore cannot adequately express my disgust and anger. I feel for the poor sorry Christians who buy this man's books and who send money to aid his and many other "ministries". It is my understanding that this man is very popular and powerful in America - how come it seems that God is blessing such people - he is one of several "rip-off merchants" that permeate Christendom. Are these people truly Christians or are they corrupted by one or more of the 3 G's. (Gold, glory and girls) Sincerely Sharyn
Perhaps it is only an assumption that people who do well are being blessed by God (and vice versa) ... especially when supposedly speaking for God. Of course, a good question asks if riches are necessarily blessings? :) I didn't read [his] book, though I have read excerpts and have witnessed the reactions or endorsements of some who have read it. Can't say I've been too impressed, and it doesn't surprise me to know that he has become extremely wealthy by selling his "Christian" book. I don't really know the guy, and he could just be a really messed up believer who thinks he has something "godly" to sell, but even without the accompanying success his stuff sells because it appeals to the flesh. I would have to say that the real question is not whether his [recent acquisition] is a good Christian message, but that his book itself is not a good Christian message.