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The Assembly of
God denomination in
The money that
flows through the Assembly of God denomination, as well as other denominations
More money is embezzled from the church each year ($16 billion) than is given to foreign missions ($15 billion) reported the newly published second edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia. The exhaustive survey of global Christianity contains some good news. It notes that Christianity has become “the most extensive and universal religion in history,” with some 2 billion adherents—one in three of the world’s population—at the start of the new millennium.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. MT 7:15
By Don Wise
Spiritual abuse is very common in churches in
Any leadership that advocates a particular doctrine or view point to remain in good standing with the particular religious group is dangerous to our spiritual health and physical sanity. And when they restore to ‘scare tactics’ or intimidation of any sort such as “ The Lord told me things about you” or “God will curse you if you leave our group” they are deceived ones deceiving others. Any group that practices publicly shaming, exposing, or threatening to remove people from the group is already defeated and is part of Satan’s army. Mind you I have known people who have been ‘removed’ for asking too many questions, for disobeying the unspoken rules, or for disagreeing with authority. Yes, people are made public examples in order to send a message to those who remain. Some examples of spiritual abuse from church leadership:
· Verbally attacking the sheep with harsh words
· Leadership controlling relationships-friends, spouse, family members.
· Forbidding you to spend time with certain people.
· Leadership demanding that you “obey” them or else…
· Manipulation-using the word of God to get something “they” want
· Forbidding you to NOT go somewhere, such as another church service or special meeting.
· Forbidding you NOT to miss one of their services for any reason.
· Forbidding you to worship in freedom. (dancing, flags etc…)
· Totally not allowing any of gifts to flow in a service.
· Money can be a spiritual abuse, if taken in a un-godly manner.
· When any sort of leadership seems to think they “own” you.
Jesus told us to beware of “Beware
of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are
ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15. And we have a wolf in Pastor Peter Marshall of
Victory International Church, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.victoryinternational.org/# and the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada has
chosen to turn a blind eye to his lies and deeds. But it’s not surprising considering the fact
that the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada, which is the Canadian fraternal autonomous
arm of the Assemblies of God USA and is an association of pastors who devoid of
the participation of members elect pastors to be district superintendents and
don’t have any integrity or open accountability. Amongst Christian
Many have become aware to the fact that a very small religious, arrogant
and hypocritical denomination—The Assembly of God, produced the three
Musketeers: Bakker (1987), Swaggart
(1988), and Strader (1989). Together, So called men of God have robbed, raped
and even murdered the defenseless elderly people in their communities and
affected many lives across
Pastor Peter Marshall told his sheep that he" was fired five years
ago by Philipps Environmental Services" - a
company that was kicked out
On March 7, 2004, Pentecostal Assemblies of God Senior Peter Marshall caused quite a stir in Victory International Church, Hamilton, Ontario, before he collected money for his new building drive by stating that "the success of a Christian was evident by the amount of money he had, for had not God blessed Abraham with much silver and gold?" And he suggested that his sheep "sell their jewelry or whatever they had that they had too much off including their registered retirement savings plan and give the money to the church building fund." He had also preached previously that the poor widow who out of her poverty put in her entire livelihood that she had became a millionaire here on earth for God rewards a cheerful giver! Typical of most Assembly of God and PAOC pastors, Peter Marshall hand picked his church board who rubber stamped all his expenditures, and did not disclose to the church financial statements nor his salary! He removed at will even by telling lies all those who requested accountability or questioned his autocracy! As a matter of fact he never told any members the truth of who owned the church or how it was run! See http://freedom.ubcmiami.org/index.php?submenu=FinancialAccountability&src=gendocs&link=FinancialAccountability
What do they do with the money at that church?
by Bill White, Senior Pastor
First, we take it very seriously!
We view the tithes and offerings of every contributor as "God’s money." Our primary desire is to honor our Lord and His purpose in how we manage every penny as stewards who will give account. We are accountable to God for how we handle His money!
Unlike Mel Gibson who totally funded his move and ministry, the Passion, this Pastor who is a millionaire and used to earn one million dollars are year as a VP for an American Corporation felt it was wise to take the sheep's money rather than spend his own! But to touch their savings plan is the work of a real wolf who will not support them when they lose it? Mind you the pastor did go back on his word that he wouldn’t fleece the sheep as God would provide the needed funds miraculously? But then his spiritual father Evangelistic Ted Shuttlesworth who told him to get a new building told Pastor Peter Marshall that the Lord was with him and he should ask for $ 500,000 not just $ 200,000 from the sheep! http://www.tedshuttlesworth.com/frommetoyou.html
Visiting American Evangelist Ted Shuttlesworth
preached Sunday morning
Ted also warned that sheep were not to make any negative remarks against Evangelists and pastors or God would judge them for it.
It’s to be noted Peter Marshall sold his present church and is purchasing a large commercial building in the east end where Pepsi is located on the direct advice of Ted Shuttleworth" Ted Shuttlesworth earned a salary of $ 91,000 u.s in 2001 Peter Marshall considers Ted Shuttlesworth to be his spiritual father and has been traveling in the States with Ted over the years. http://documents.guidestar.org/2001/521/213/2001-521213895-1-9.pdf
But an in house investigation by pastors, police chiefs, or the anybody about one of their own without the involvement of outsiders is always bias and only whitewashes one of their own. And the investigation of Pastor Peter Marshall was no different. Their finding was reflected by their words "after careful review we have found no issues of wrong doing?" So on April 18, 2004 Pastor Peter Marshall was again berating the sheep openly from the pulpit during the Sunday morning services for not being consistent in their tithes, for not being regular in the church attendance during the mid week service, for not praising the Lord long enough, etc. Mind you half of the normal attendees didn’t attend. Hypocritically the AOG position paper states:
We look with grave concern on those who do not believe in congregational church government, who do not trust the maturity of local church bodies to govern themselves under Scripture and the Spirit. Such leaders prefer more authoritarian structures where their own word or decrees are unchallenged. . The church must always remember that leadership gifts are not given for the exaltation of a few but for the equipping of all God’s people for ministry. http://www.ag.org/top/beliefs/position_papers/4195_apostles_prophets.cfm
It’s obvious from AOG position papers that Pastors such as Peter
Marshall are off the wall as they prefer more authoritarian structures where
their own word or decrees are unchallenged!
But the fact remains that amongst Christian denominations in
The Lakeland Ledger and the Tampa Tribune (Bill Heery, Keith Kohn) have been writing since 1994 about Pastor Karl and Dan Strader of Carpenter's Home Church (Original name First Assembly of God of Lakeland) until the present and about the many things that have been going on there. How the Pastor's son was arrested and jailed for 45 years for robbing the elderly sheep and members of the church of the life savings and in particularly Roy Aldrich who died as a result of their actions . http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040327/NEWS/403270360/1004
With an estimated total viewership of ten million, the money that TV preachers rake in by any reckoning, are immense. In his heyday Jimmy Swaggart was making close to US$140 million a year. The Bakkers were close behind with an estimated yearly income of US$130 million. Jerry Falwell netted, by his own reckoning, about US$60 million a year.
The money, which was meant for their ministry, went to maintain their extravagant lifestyles. Swaggart bought himself a US$ 1.5 million mansion. In his show of fatherly affection, he bought another mansion, worth US$700,000 for his son, Donnie with money loaned by his ministry. The Bakkers had bought mansions and luxury cars, even the doghouse was air-conditioned.
CNN aired on
It is a very sad state when prominent TV Evangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart who can shout, dance and preach better than the rest of them lie about their salaries and hide them. In addition the financial statements of JSEA do not reveal that Jimmy Swaggart Ministry loaned Jimmy 4.2 million dollars to build his fancy estate.
How many times have believers been subjected to mishandled scripture with an implicit or explicit "touch not God's anointed" if any dared to question? This is in contrast to the Biblical admonition to "try the spirits", (1 John 4:1). Fear is not of God and teaching which incorporates psychological intimidation is corrupt and deceptive. One of the easiest ways to determine what "spirit" motivates a person "in authority" is to question them. A godly man or woman will never be offended or become indignant if someone dares to question them and compare what is said with the Word of God. However, if one is motivated by an "authoritarian" spirit of conceit or arrogance, the questioner will soon know it. Peter warned the elders (pastors and spiritual guides of the church) not to be domineering [arrogant, dictatorial, overbearing] over the flock of God, but to be patterns and models of Christian living (I Pet. 5:3, AMPL.)
Many prominent pastors and evangelists today make the claim that because "souls" are being saved and "healings" take place in their meetings, that this somehow validates their ministry. While these things may be well and good, they are no indication of "divine" sanction. A.A. Allen was a drunkard, Jimmy Swaggart a whoremonger, Jim Bakker a thief, Larry Lea a prevaricator, and Robert Tilton a charlatan - yet ALL of these saw thousands saved and miracles take place in their meetings. Because one is blessed with "prosperity" and has a "following" of thousands, doesn't mean a darn thing when it comes to integrity and godly sanction, for "he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust," (Matt. ).
Twenty-six years ago I experienced the greatest miracle of my life - salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This experience came in a Pentecostal "holiness" church where, unbeknown to me at the time, the pastor was committing adultery, one of the deacons (or "pillars" of the church as they were called) visited a prostitute on a regular basis, another deacon kept a large supply of porno magazines in his home, and still another was a philanderer. This taught me that just because God moves in a particular setting, it is no indication that those who bear the message are "godly."(TOUCH NOT MINE ANOINTED? By John R. Anderson - January 1997) http://www.gospelassemblyfree.com/facts/anointed.htm
The measure of a man is not how much power, wealth and fame that he has
but how he handles these things. Unfortunately “power corrupts.” The media,
The life of Jim Bakker, the world's most famous fallen tele-evangelist,
has always been about numbers, and we are not just talking hymns and psalms.
There was the $1.9m salary he paid himself in 1986, the last full year that he
led the Praise The Lord (PTL) Ministry that he founded
in 1972 with his thickly mascara'd wife, Tammy Faye.
At the time, he owned six luxury mansions, 47 bank accounts and a single
Rolls-Royce. He was accustomed to raising $1m from his TV-goggling disciples
We could go on in this vein for ever. It was never exactly clear how many sexual partners (allegedly both women and men) he enjoyed in those crazy days before his reckoning with the law and crushing humiliation. We do know he paid $265,000 in cash to buy the silence of a church secretary he had been involved with in 1980.
The opulence of the Bakkers' lifestyle at the height of their reign could not be measured in simple figures, however. They enjoyed the American Dream, but a garishly inflated version of it. They had an air-conditioned dog kennel and gold-plated bathrooms. Theirs was the kind of money that bought everything except good taste. Tammy Faye, who used glove puppets to help explain the Word of the Lord on air, is still seen today as the gold standard for eye shadow run amok. There is even a documentary film about her simply called The Eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker. Jim had a monkey face. His apple-shiny cheeks contrived to look at once bloated and stretched.
The Bakkers flaunted their wealth and used it to raise more and more of it. They offered a model of extravagant living that viewers drank in, presumably not in a spirit of post-modern irony. At its peak, the PTL broadcasts touched 13.5 million American households every day. The Bakkers are still being pursued for $3m (£1.9m) in unpaid income tax.
was defrocked by his denomination, the Assemblies of God, for "conduct
unbecoming of a minister", and all of
While Apostle Paul wrote to Jim Bakker and his pastoral friends:
We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. (2 Corinthians 6:3)
Avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us. (2 Corinthians 8:20)
Where is the justice or integrity in all of this?
Yes, where is the justice or integrity in all of this? Christian Religionists, Evangelicals, Baptists, Charismatics and Pentecostals, all teach, that as stewards of God, everything we have belongs to Him and it is very important that we provide:
“Honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” (2 Corinthians 8:21)
Yet, very few churches and religious organizations, who although they state they believe the bible and the importance to provide “honorable things,” most of them don’t belong to an organization that practices financial responsibility and open accountability. Also, they keep the salary of the senior pastor of the Church or the senior evangelist, a secret. Why? I can’t answer that, but I do know it does give offense, in the secular and religious world. If you are honorable there is no reason not to reveal your income if it is within acceptable norms.
The salaries of other public servants, including the President of
Many pastors and evangelists in
Reverend Bill Morrow
General Superintendent The
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada 2450 Milltower Court