RELIGIOUS PEOPLE


PERSONS OF FAITH

BABLICALLY PROPHETS OR PROFITS

They tell you to never to talk about Religion, Sex and Politics.  But many do, every day  and here are some of the real answers gleaned from the real world and coffee break rooms found all over the world.  And it's a world of no fear, for the truth shall prevail.

For those who are squeamish, afraid of the bogeyman, hell, fire, brimstone, and other man made fear derivatives, this might not be the place for you.  For those of you being accused of heresy, seeking the truth, welcome home brother.  And the truth many times does not come from those we trust to tell it.

When you think of these mega-wealthy prosperity teachers who rake in millions each year and live ridiculously lavish lifestyles, you probably don’t think about them as preachers in brown harsh fabric robes wearing sandals spreading the gospel.  Instead they are in suits made by the Brioni, fabulous mens designers who started right after World War II. Brioni suits are a favorite of mogul Donald Trump, who is selling out the United States but nowadays they are best known for dressing James Bond who has on occasion saved the United States since 1995.  

But as you’re about to find out, spreading the gospel has become a very profitable business for several well-known televangelists, affording them the opportunity to live in mansions, own private jets, one has had several of these 20 million dollar jets, personal trips in them, relax in hotel rooms that cost thousands per night, and even own second and third homes and in one case much more just two or three. 

SEND THEM 100 DOLLARS FOR A CLOSER SEAT TO JESUS
YOU JUST HELPED PAY FOR A SEAT IN HIS NEW JET

Of course, these preachers are the heads over nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, so whenever one of them starts to flaunt their wealth, the government is going to take notice. Over the course of the past 6 years, the Senate has been investigating 6 of the wealthiest televangelists to ensure they aren’t taking advantage of their nonprofit status.  Understandable, the Senate which basically does nothing, really did nothing with this problem either, working more to protect big business and the NRA who donate money for their re-election.

These are the “Prosperity Evangelists” who have no shame in getting paid for their spiels and routines, fake savings and miracles, gizmos, holy water from the tap and special prayer cloth’s and powders herbs and vitamins.  They are fakes and charlatans, taking advantage of anyone they can who is weak enough to believe them.  They are good at what they do and many fall prey.  


WHO IS WATCHING THE HENHOUSE
IT SURE ISN’T THE GOVERNMENT

Real-life religious con artists and their stories of duplicity - Before we talk about the preachers under federal investigation, let’s take a look at some of the laws and consequence applicable to churches and religious organizations.  Remember our GOP is big on the evangelical or Jesus vote, thats where every answer to ponderous questions in our democracy starts with Jesus said...

According to the IRS tax guidelines for churches, there are several things a church can do to jeopardize its tax-exempt status.
•  Churches net earnings may not inure to any private shareholder or individual.
•  They must not provide a substantial benefit to private interests.
•  All tax-exempt organizations must maintain books of accounting to justify their claim for exemption in the event of an audit. In other words, they need to have specific records of where all the money is going.
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The IRS may initiate a church tax inquiry if an appropriate high-level Treasury Department official has reasonable belief (based on written facts and circumstances) that the organization is in violation of its tax-exempt status.
•  Reasonable belief is established, and the IRS contacts the church with a written notice explaining their concerns.
•  The church may respond with a written explanation to address these concerns–If the church doesn’t respond or the response is weak, the IRS sends second notice saying they will examine their books and records
•  The church may request a meeting with the IRS official to discuss concerns in person.
•  The IRS may then move forward with examining the church’s books and records.


TELEVANGELISTS
LIVING LIKE KINGS?

Charles Grassley, US Senator from Iowa, May 3, 2001

They are the faces of today’s televangelists. 

•  Kenneth Copeland boasts a world-wide following.
•  Bennie Hinn has multiple TV shows. 
•  Paula White is a talk show regular. 
•  Eddie Long received a faith-based grant from the Bush Administration.
•  Joyce Meyer has written more than 70 inspirational books. 
•  Creflo Dollar's message has been called the "gospel of bling."

Because they run churches they do not have to file tax forms with the IRS. So it's unclear how many millions - or billions - are collected every year.  And it's uncertain how all the money is spent,  "Rolls Royces, Bentleys ... a marble commode in an expensive home: that's a lot of money down the toilet," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, capped a two-year investigation on Monday by requesting financial records from six top televangelists to see whether they are helping others - or themselves.   Today, five of six denied any wrongdoing.  One did not respond to calls for comment.  "My goal for reform is not necessarily to pass laws but to make sure the laws are being followed," Grassley said.

Ole Anthony, director of the Trinity Foundation, has been on a 20-year-crusade to expose TV ministers who abuse the faith of others.  "They live like multi-billionaires off the income from the poorest and most desperate people in our society," he said.

Some of these televangelists preach the so-called “Gospel of Prosperity” which was invented by Pastor Oral Roberts, and you might remember Mr Roberts said if his TV partners did not send in a million dollars the Lord will take him away.  Good news Mr. Mephistopheles counter offered with $385.42 and won the bid, he already had that crooks soul, the rest was easy.

Now a powerful Republican senator has demanded they all provide financial records by early December - to determine if they are living that gospel as well.    That basically got nowhere, these crooks have all the best accountants, and lawyers and political friends.


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