THEOLOGY AND THE BIG LIE  ⛩💒🕍




The Fake Theology Connection

Please Read:    How Politics And Theology are connected in generations of lies and how they interfere with separation of church and state,  challenge our freedoms,  and add to social hatred and the horrific discourse  of religious intolerance today…  

The big lie is not about religion, we all believe in something… even those who believe in nothing…  my goal is not against religion, most are good, many are scary, some deadly…  my goal is making you aware of the crooks, charlatans, thieves, blasphemers, and fake messiahs that are bound by greed and corrupt the faith…

This is all about the big lie, the prosperity preachers…  who steal in the name of the poor for their lavish life styles and let the poor starve on thzemoney you gave them and they never saw…


THEOLOGY AND LIES




THE PROSPERITY PREACHERS



How much money is involved in religious fraud  
—  According to the respected academic journal International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Christian religious leaders alone will commit an estimated $63 billion in financial fraud in 2018 — constantly outpacing the billions spent by Christians on global missions — estimated at $56 billion this year. Another estimate from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (from 2011) says Christian religious leaders commit $90 million in financial crimes daily, and the fraud is growing at a rate of 5.97% each year. The International Bulletin also estimated, ecclesiastical crime among Christians will hit approximately $80 billion annually by 2025.


What are the different ways fraudulent ministries get funds  —  False “Needs.” For example, Dallas-based televangelist W.V. Grant raised a lot of cash claiming at one time to be supporting dozens of orphanages in the Caribbean but in reality was giving insignificant amounts of money to only one orphanage that he used for photo ops.

False testimonials. Fabricated reports of healings or financial miracles are broadcast and printed in order to induce donors to give money. For example, we’ve helped in a series of investigations that revealed people claiming to be miraculously healed by televangelist Benny Hinn were later found to be still sick or had never had that ailment. Even more blatant are the appeals generated by Gene Ewing and his fake St Matthew’s Churches sent mostly to people living in poverty. They report testimonials of people who gave donations and later were blessed by God-given windfalls, but their last names are never used.

“Seed Faith” Donations. Viewers and readers are given the impression that if they give a small amount of ‘seed’ or ‘seed money’ to God, then God is obligated to either heal their loved one or to bless them financially and reward donors ‘tit for tat’, times a multiplied factor of ten to one hundred. People in poverty are especially vulnerable to this appeal.


But specifically, how does this break the law  
—  Inurement. This is a term used by the IRS to describe excessive compensation and personal benefits derived from a non-profit organization — a massive amount of money given by well meaning donors is intercepted by the organization’s hierarchy to be used for their own private benefit. This includes such things as huge salaries, large housing allowances, “parsonages” that are mansions, ministry aircraft (often private corporate jets that become personal airliners for a pastor’s vacations), enormous clothing allowances, luxury cars, unregulated ministry credit card usage, ministry ranches “for the pastors devotional time”, etc.

For example, televangelists travel like rock stars. Their demands for an appearance can include a five-figure honorarium, a $10,000 gasoline deposit for the private plane, a manicurist and hairstylist for the speaker, a suite in a five-star hotel, a late-model luxury car from the airport to the hotel and room-temperature Perrier.

They attempt to justify large salaries by citing dubious “independent” compensation studies. Many of these studies were prepared by Justin Osteen, brother of Houston mega-church pastor Joel Osteen. A lawyer representing many of these religious leaders listed Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Ed Young and Creflo Dollar as examples of clients of Osteen, and stated that Justin Osteen “represents most of the million-dollar-plus salary clientele in the nation.”

Conversion. Another IRS term that describes creating for-profit companies to benefit from non-profit organizations. The leadership of the non-profit ministries are the same individuals controlling and benefitting from the for-profit entities. Their right hand is giving to their left hand, so to speak.  One example: the Copeland Cattle Ranch recently grazed its cattle and horses on their own church’s land, Eagle Mountain International Church, run by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Another example: Joni Lamb, vice-president of the Daystar Television Network, recently wrote a book, published by her for-profit company, Joni Lamb Publications, and then sold the copies to her non-profit TV network.

 

So why hasn’t the government stopped these practices —  Absolute Church Status. The IRS makes a distinction between non-profit organizations and non-profit churches when it comes to financial disclosure of information. Our tax code gives an additional advantage to churches by not requiring them to file the IRS Form 990, an informational form which helps donors know where their money is going and how it is used. 

Many large multi-million dollar ministries who once filed the form 990 have claimed church status in order to avoid facing public scrutiny about the money and potential scandal. In most of these cases only a minuscule part of the organization is related to religious worship. 

The Daystar Television Network is the 2nd largest “Christian” television network in the world, boasting a worldwide footprint transmitted from numerous satellites. The TV conglomerate claims to own 70 television stations, yet it claims to be a church and makes no financial information available to the public.

Overwhelming Numbers, Scant Oversight. There are almost 600,000 churches in the United States alone. The Guide Star website boasts a database of 1.8 million non-profit organizations. The Charlotte Observer reported, “the IRS office that monitors nonprofits is so thinly staffed it examines just 1 percent of their returns.

” We believe it’s less than that. The paper went on to say that, “from 2005 to 2008, the number of charities filing returns with the IRS increased by 38 percent, according to data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics. But staffing in the IRS branch that monitors nonprofits declined over that period… About 460 people in that office are responsible for enforcement (as of 2009). That works out to roughly one enforcement agent for every 4,000 tax-exempt groups nationally.”

Weak Enforcement. Federal Law actually prohibits non-profits from awarding excessive compensation to their leaders; but, according to the Charlotte Observer, “Regulators rarely enforce the rules that do exist. Most years, fewer than 10 of the nearly two million U.S. nonprofit leaders are penalized for receiving excessive compensation.”… “The IRS can impose fines – known as “excise taxes” – on nonprofit leaders found to be receiving excessive pay or benefits… But in reality, that rarely happens. Since 2003, the IRS has taken that step about 10 times a year on average.” “The (IRS) criteria for excessive compensation are so loose that they’re virtually worthless…,” says Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. “The sky’s the limit.”

No Political Will. In 2007 the IRS asked the Senate to investigate these activities. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Senate Finance Committee wrote letters to the six televangelists, asking that they “disclose their assets, spending practices, compensation plans and business arrangements.” In 2008, the committee was about to serve subpoenas that would have better exposed the problem to public awareness. At the last minute they punted. Grassley asked the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) to form a committee to try to deal with the problem. But this is analogous to asking the Girl Scouts to audit Enron. 


06/04/2021   aljacobsladder.com