I have watched many tele-evangelists on the various networks over the years. Some during my channel flicking moments, and others I would actually watch. Tele-evangelists amaze me at the way they raise millions of dollars, when I have trouble selling one $8.00 children’s book. I had to study their techniques!
Now, some televangelist’s methods are straight forward, some use subliminal implications, and some are even selling products just like Amazon! You have to ask yourself, “Does this not resemble the defiled temple Jesus went to and overturned their tables of wares in anger?” I definitely did not find an advertising method that I could utilize. But, I did see a television studio masked as a holy temple, preaching their selected words of God.
There was one sneaky method which I could never get over, and that is the subliminal implication. They implied if you gave your money to them; then God would reward you with more money, your life would become better, and your bald husband would grow hair. OK, so your bald husband won’t grow hair, because that is ridiculous. And so is their “tithing” to them, for God to reward you scheme.
Now, this is how I see it…
If God wanted someone to give money to any ministry, God would tell the person to do so. I mean He parted the Red sea, so whispering a suggestion in someone’s ear is easy. Don’t you think?
I have figured out a new method for them to use called, “the silent treatment.” During their broadcast, the Tele-Evangelists can not utter one word about donations, tithing, or buying. They can only put a small runner at the end of the program with their website and physical address. And, no statement of “give a donation to,” no suggestion, and no money-raising telethon either. Leave that to Jerry Lewis!
Because, in reality, these Tele-Evangelists are limiting God. Instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to work, they try to control the situation. Wouldn’t it be funny if a Tele-Evangelist gets to heaven and finds out instead of twenty million, it could have been 100 billion?Makes you wonder how much money a ministry could make if they allowed the Holy Spirit to pass the plate? And how many would cease to exist? It would be like weeding out the rats at the garbage dump.
My belief is that if God knows their ministry is creating disciples, turning lost souls into Christians, and helping communities feed their poor and sick; then God will move the Holy Spirit into action.
So, the next time you are watching a tele-evangelist, and your life is in the pit of despair, turn the tv off!
1. Go out and find a local bible based church. You will know if it is the right one when the people are welcoming and non-judgemental.
2. Find someone to pray with you, and encourage you.
3. If you feel like you should contribute, contribute. Because you should contribute to further God’s Kingdom, not your own.