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    From prayer rugs to communion biscuits to internet dating services, somebody somewhere is making big bucks. Who are they? Are they multi denominational or atheists? Are these companies backing up government officials with kickbacks, ensuring that world leaders keep the flock in the right state of mind. Business is business....wouldn't it be something if ChristianMingle.com was run by Jews or organized crime? Are these companies listed on the Stock Exchanges of the world?


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    Its as corrupted as you think it is, all above board obv.


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    I thought they were run by God?
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    In the name of God, its different, somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    From prayer rugs to communion biscuits to internet dating services, somebody somewhere is making big bucks. Who are they?
    Many of the following leaders preach the new "Prosperity Gospel" message.

    T.D. Jakes
    Jakes is the pastor of The Potter’s House and creator of MegaFest. The church has 30,000 members and Jakes’ sermons are viewed nationwide. He has published dozens of books and produced or appeared in six films. Jake is worth $18 million and owns two mansions.

    Kenneth Copeland
    The head of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Copeland owns a $17.5 million private jet and his family resides in a $6 million home that was purchased by the church, or with church funds. Copeland and his wife earn more than$1 million annually.

    Eddie Long
    According to a 2005 Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation, "during the period between 1997 to 2000, Long received more than $3.07 million worth of compensation and benefits from his non-profit charity, Bishop Eddie Long Ministries Inc." The investigation found that his compensation included a "$1.4 million six-bedroom, nine-bath home on 20 acres in Lithonia; use of a $350,000 luxury Bentley automobile" and "more than $1 million in salary, including $494,000 in 2000."

    Creflo A. Dollar
    In 2006, the church reported an income of $69 million. He was criticized for owning a $1 million home in Atlanta, a $2.5 million apartment in New York and a Rolls Royce.


    Rick Warren
    Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, has made tens millions of dollars off his books, such as "A Purpose Driven Life." He's made so much that, in 2005, he returned 25 years of salary to the church and stopped accepting new paychecks. Warren and his wife say they are "reverse tithers" who give away 91 percent of their income to charity and live off nine percent.

    Charles Blake
    Blake is the bishop at West Angeles Church of God and his congregation is 24,000 strong. He earns $900,000 to $1 million annually. With his Pan African Children’s Fund, Blake supports more than 200 kids in Africa who are orphans due to AIDS.

    Benny Hinn
    The head of Benny Hinn Ministries, Hinn is a televangelist who earns a lucrative salary from TV programs, book deals and speaking. In the late ’90s, he admitted that his salary was close to $1 million annually. His organization donated $100,000 in relief to Hurricane Katrina victims.


    John Hagee
    The pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Hagee earns $1 million annually from his salary at church and speaking engagements.

    Joyce Meyer
    Meyer is the head of the mostly female congregation and her weekly sermons are broadcast on more than 600 TV stations across the nation. Her ministry brings in more than $8 million per month. Meyer also gives away a great amount in charity.

    Joel Osteen
    Osteen is the senior pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston. The church has the largest congregation in the nation and has an attendance of 43,500 per week. Millions more view Osteen’s sermons on TV and online. While Osteen stopped taking his annual $200,000 salary, he continues to make a lucrative living through book deals and speaking appearances. His family currently resides in a $10.5 million home.

    Franklin Graham
    Franklin Graham, who is the son of Billy Graham and the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, had a total compensation of $1.2 million in 2008.

    10 Wealthiest Religious Leaders in America

    Best Paid Pastors Make Hundreds Of Thousands To Millions Of Dollars Annually

    Preaching a Gospel of Wealth in a Glittery Market, New York
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMojo1 View Post
    T.D. Jakes
    Jake is worth $18 million and owns two mansions.
    <insert highly offensive expletives here>
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    "And, behold, I come quickly;" Revelation 22:12

    "Religions are like sausages. When you know how they are made, you no longer want them."
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    <Jakes worked hard and shone above the rest to get to where he is to this day>
    Depression is the uncertainty of the unknown, I know one day I'll die so I'm happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andythomasthekey View Post
    <Jakes worked hard and shone above the rest to get to where he is to this day>
    Kinda like Sylvia Browne.
    Real hard workers.
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    Did she get a lucky break or does she work hard at what she does
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    Quote Originally Posted by andythomasthekey View Post
    Did she get a lucky break or does she work hard at what she does
    If 'lucky break' means, "lots of suckers"- then it's a bit of both. To make her money, she's had to do a lot of "psychic" readings. She did stay extremely busy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andythomasthekey View Post
    <Jakes worked hard and shone above the rest to get to where he is to this day>
    He has also worked hard at forgetting what his bible says.
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    "And, behold, I come quickly;" Revelation 22:12

    "Religions are like sausages. When you know how they are made, you no longer want them."
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    Words from my mouth NF.

    I don't now if he has or hasn't stayed within the rules of his bible Red, I suppose he gets ridiculed on this matter quite often and I'm assuming he has a good answer, in his own words, how to justify the position he is in. Does the bible command or advise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andythomasthekey View Post
    Does the bible command or advise?
    I am pretty sure it commands.
    (You can take the commands as advisory - but then you'll go to hell.)
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    "And, behold, I come quickly;" Revelation 22:12

    "Religions are like sausages. When you know how they are made, you no longer want them."
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    I know the Ten commandments instruct, but I'm not sure if the bible states at the start whether or not it is an operating manual to be followed or a rough guide. If I claimed to know how to read this said bible, and men followed my interpretation then I might be able to make little bits up here and there to suit my needs..
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    Quote Originally Posted by andythomasthekey View Post
    I know the Ten commandments instruct, but I'm not sure if the bible states at the start whether or not it is an operating manual to be followed or a rough guide. If I claimed to know how to read this said bible, and men followed my interpretation then I might be able to make little bits up here and there to suit my needs..
    There are 613 Commandments of the Old Testaments. Within the New Testaments the "commands" are usually taken from the Sermon on the Mount/Plain gospels. There are supposed to be followed, if you would like to reap certain rewards.
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    I didn't know that, thanks.

    After having a nose at the commands I see at one point in history 613 existed, but now there are only 271 which is a shame if some of them talked about time and rules for both male and female.

    "there are 77 positive and 194 negative commandments that can be observed today, of which there are 26 commands that apply only within the Land of Israel.[4] Furthermore, there are some time-related commandments from which women are exempt (examples includeshofar, sukkah, lulav, tzitzit and tefillin).[5] Some depend on the special status of a person in Judaism (such as kohanim), while others apply only to men and others only to women."

    Rewards eh, clear conscious good health etc etc depending on the bible one is reading?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andythomasthekey View Post
    Rewards eh, clear conscious good health etc etc depending on the bible one is reading?
    Old Testament Rewards are usually some form of prosperity such as wealth, children, and legacy.
    New Testament Rewards are blissful afterlife.
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