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Ephesians 5:11 & Mark 4:22
Rodney Howard-Brown & Friends
“It was the pastors job to fleece the sheep” RHB
"One hundred million souls for Christ” GHB
By John Davies
Mark "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light
Few had heard
of Rodney Howard-Browne before he led a series of revival meetings in
1TM 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Christmas morning, Dec 25, 2002, changed the lives of Dr's Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne forever. It was early hours of that morning, that Kelly, their 18 year old daughter, passed away in his arms. She had suffered from the incurable disease, Cystic Fibrosis for 18 years.
As she passed away, Rodney and Adonica offered up to Jesus the best gift they had to offer, their daughter. Rodney then vowed, that because the devil had taken their daughter with this dreaded disease, he would pay with 100 million souls over the next 10 years.
Thus began the burning of the vision for 100 million souls. The Kelly May foundation was born and the beginnings of World Outreach began with the planning of two great crusades this year. The first in May/June 2003 in Mexico and the second Oct/Nov 2003 in Soweto, South Africa. There will be 6 crusades next year and 12 each year thereafter.
Hence it was not a surprise
to learn that Gil & Loraine Howard-Browne were moving to
But the Howard-Brownes are nothing but liars, thieves, con-artists and wolves in sheep’s clothing. A first-hand Account, Accurately Reported by Yves A. Brault.
I saw him in
once in this 2,000-seat church auditorium, a member of his organization advised
us to be careful at the altar and not step on those lying on the carpeted floor
because "even if they are under the power of the Holy Ghost, they still
feel pain!" Howard-Browne played a very active human role in the laughter
manifestation. He joked again and again, "I'll read from The Amplified
Bible, so if it comes out loud, it's because it's amplified." Himself a
Caucasian, born and raised in
Adonica - his wife - also made a brief appearance on the stage. At the very first meeting she was asked to greet the audience. Estimating that the crowd's response lacked enthusiasm, she said, "Are you just shy Canadians, or what? Are you just as the Americans?" A remark that lacked some tact! The Holy Ghost "bartender" seemed to believe that he needs to instruct people on laughing and behavior. He even defied those who would not respond according to his expectations.
It came close to threatening when he accused the more conservative people by saying, "We'll cast the religious devil out of you." He did not miss an opportunity to put his critics down, "Some people have got more faith in believing the devil can come into this place tonight to touch people. How dumb can you get and still breathe!" Referring to North American theologians, which he named dead heads, he said, "Bunch of whitewash, full of dead bones, like a constipated mule." Americans and Canadians, in particular, did not weigh much in his eyes. I don't know if his attitude has changed, but he said, "Jesus is alive. It's only North Americans that don't believe that."
South African Pentecostal
Evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne, a white supremacist in theology, who
immigrated with all his brothers and parents to United States became a naturalized American and taught that
"sheep needed to be fleeced or they would have too much hair and could not
see where they are going.. It was the pastor’s job to fleece the sheep had been
credited with bringing the laughter revival to
Roy Aldrich, a retired
school teacher, was robbed of $100,000.00 by Pastor Karl Strader
and his son Dan Strader of Carpenter's
How gracious and wonderful of Rodney to be a respecter of persons to the high and mighty and to ignore the real plight of the poor and needy?
Nepotism was also practiced
by Rodney who had his parents on the payroll! Rodney’s older brother, Gil
Howard Browne, who was burnt out in his ministry, was asked by Rodney to
Of course Bazil’s ministry, the
The programs and activities of The River shall be based upon and at all times shall be consistent with the following beliefs:
Section 1. Policy. The government of this Church shall be theocratic, recognizing that Jesus Christ is the Lord, head and pastor of the Body of Christ and that he has vested the authority to direct the affairs of the Church in the person of the Pastor, being assisted by the Board of Trustees and Staff. The Pastor shall be recognized by the members and all concerned as the leader under Christ of this local body. This Church maintains its inherent rights to sovereignty in the conduct of church life in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation, and voluntarily enters into a cooperative fellowship with the Body of Christ.
The fact remains that multi-million dollars Family run Evangelistic Ministries in America be it the Hinn's of Orlando, the Straders of Lakeland, the Howard-Browne's of Tampa, the Falwells of Lynchburg, the Brights of Orlando, the Robertson's of Norkfolk, the Roberts of Tulsa, the Copelands of Forth Worth, and the Graham's of Minneapolis are notorious for hiding their total salaries and those of their family members and special friends in their indirect personally owned non- profit religious corporation while they live in palatial palaces like kings and royalty.
Just like with the Bakker's of PTL Club fame personal misconduct, mismanagement, and pillaging of the treasury and misuse of Ministry resources are quite common. Benny Hinn had to flee from Orlando Florida, when the media started to dig into the different scandals in his ministry. The Straders of Lakeland, personal friends of the Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn, Oral and Richard Roberts and Rodney Howard-Browne, went through a major split of Carpenter's Home Church in 1989 when the Straders refused to relinquish the financial control they had on the ministry, the church and its assets.
Unlike Jesus Christ who owned nothing, Televangelists Jan and Paul Crouch who once had lost their tax exemption for their Trinity Broadcasting Network are definitely not lacking in any material possession. Their home is described as "a palatial estate with ocean and city views and was purchased for around five million dollars. It has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a billiard room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a sweeping staircase and a crystal chandelier. The three-story, nearly 9,500-square-foot house, has an elevator, also has a six-car garage, a tennis court and a pool with a fountain.
established in 1973, has more than 768 TV stations on the air worldwide. The
Crouches oversee a $100-million-plus-a-year enterprise. One of the Crouch
estates is TBN's ranch in
Mind you President Clinton did and President Bush does release his total salary and his personal income tax to the public while Billy and Franklin Graham and their friends do not. But adulterous and lying Bill Clinton seems to have more integrity and accountability than TV Evangelists do in this area?
It seems that all of these family run ministries including RHB are bigoted and see the dumb sheep as God sent to be fleeced for their own hidden agenda and growth of their personal kingdom of which they are kings and rule supreme and are not accountable to the public but only to God. But they collect their money from people and not God? And their tax exemption comes from the people and not God? So whom are they fooling? Not God and not the people!
Is it possible that they are really crooks who use the separation of Church and State to fleece the sheep as South African Evangelist Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne had said, it was their responsibility to fleece the sheep?
The leadership of the
Assembly of God denomination both in Lakeland and Missouri also would not
accept the testimony of one of its members Roy Aldrich that he was robbed and
raped by money changers and wolves in sheep's clothing in Carpenter's Home
Church during the so called "revival". But the State of
Daniel, 37, was sentenced
to 45 years in prison in August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for
bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3
million by selling investments in properties that didn't exist or already had
liens against them. Others who were involved along with Dan Strader
were not pursed by the State of
It is to be noted that Howard-Browne's standard biography claims he once served as an associate pastor at Rhema. But according to Rhema church officials contacted, Howard-Browne was never an associate pastor-nor did he ever hold any pastoral credentials or responsibilities. Said Kelmeyer: "Rodney was never an associate pastor here. He was an ordained minister by the state and a lecturer at our Bible school, but was not involved in any form of pastoral work."
Howard-Browne also claimed
a "doctorate of ministry degree" from an obscure
While most doctorate degrees are earned through serious study at through hard work at a credited University Life Christian University of Tampa, another diploma mill, gives out honorary degrees to prominent Charismatic Christians based on stupidity and has stated:
"Many full-time ministers continue their education to the doctoral level through our Distance Learning program. These doctoral programs can include work in which the minister is currently involved and advanced standing is awarded for published works. Our illustrious alumni include such internationally-prominent ministers as:
Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne
Doctor of Divinity
Doctor of Theology
Dr. Joyce Meyer
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology
Dr. Kenneth Copeland
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology
Dr. Norvel Hayes
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology
Dr. Mike Francen
Doctor of Philosophy in Missionary Evangelism
Dr. Dick Mills
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Dr. Benny Hinn
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology
Dr. Kevin McNulty
Doctor of Missiology in Missionary Evangelism
So why are
prominent Evangelical leaders in
David Taggart, a twenty-nine-year-old "personal aide" to Jim Bakker and his lover, received $360,000 in 1986 for special services. While in 1986 the Bakkers were paid $1.9 million. It is a fact the PTL Club was full of personal misconduct, mismanagement, and pillaging of the PTL treasury. So are the others any different? For the total salaries of the Billy Graham and his sons and family are one of American's best-kept secrets and even their personal lives that are no different than that of Jim Bakker!
Evangelical leaders, such as Billy Graham and Bill Bright were shocked and
dismayed, at the revelations about the life style and morality of these
Pentecostal "televangelist in
But Billy Graham's own son Ned Graham turned out to be no different than Jim Bakker. Even though a President of an Evangelical Ministry must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, and not greedy for money, Ned Graham the son of Billy Graham, Southern Baptist minister, president East Gates International, a group that distributes Bibles in China told Christianity Today in an interview that he had abused alcohol and spent an "inappropriate amount of time" with two women on his staff.
Church, Southern Baptist Convention, in Auburn,
Yet in a style reminiscent of Jimmy Swaggart, who refused to be defrocked by the Assembly of God denomination, Ned Graham left that congregation for another church.
Most of the staff and board members of East Gates International resigned amid controversies. East Gates, in Sumner, Wash., withdrew its membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability after Ned replaced the board members with his sister Ruth Graham McIntyre, brother-in-law Stephan Tchividjian, and business leader Peter Lowe.
Billy Graham, born as William Franklin Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina, a registered Democrat, and the leading spokesman for Christian Fundamentalism was educated at the now infamous racist and bigoted Bob Jones University associated with Senator John Ashcroft and George W. Bush. As full time chairman of Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization, which he founded fifty years ago, Graham took a yearly one hundred percent salary from his own religious non profit organization; even if he was incapacitated, had a pension fund, worked about ten days a year and spent fifty percent of the time in bed or at the hospital!
While the Tampa Tribune had reported that "Billy Graham encourages religious leaders to be open about their salaries and publish their finances" But this does not change the fact that Rev. Billy, Ned and Franklin Graham, Rev, Jesse Jackson or any other prominent Baptist leader in America are not open about their total salaries and those of their family members and special friends.
Graham who has legally been stealing his full salary and other benefits for the last fifty years is unique in his special privileges in this non profit organization as no other employee in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization other than Billy Graham is paid a full one hundred percent salary and is allowed to spend fifty percent of his time in bed or at the hospital.
In the last
five years newspaper investigations brought out factual revelations that showed
that the "Born Again" Baptist leaders in
As a matter of fact, even though he is sick and dying, spends over fifty percent of his time in bed or the hospital, Dr. Billy Graham has been taking a one hundred percent salary and other benefits from the B.G.E.A. that he had founded: Even though the I.R.S. rules state that no non-profit organization should exist for the benefit of one individual.
No other salaried employee in B.G.E.A. is allowed to take a one hundred percent salary plus his pension fund and other perks and spends so many days being sick, as Billy Graham has done and does.
Where is the justice or integrity in all of this?
Does the "Separation of Church and State mean that the chairman of a religious non profit religious organization could legally steal as much salary and other benefits as he wants if it is rubber stamped by his special board of directors and not be accountable to the donors or the public? This seems to be the case!
Otherwise hypocritical Baptist leader who preach integrity to others would not hide their salaries but be honest and state the "total compensation" of their five top employees, including Billy and Franklin Graham!
Joyce Meyer is
Following is an alphabetical list of a new wave of popular word-faith ministers who have used television to build large followings:
program, "Weapons of Power," is seen worldwide on TBN; she holds
conferences throughout the
Wealth: No information available.
In the news: In
April, Bynum married Thomas Wesley Weeks III in the palatial Regent Wall Street
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Web site says its TV show, "Believer's Voice of Victory," is seen by
more than 76 million households on nearly 700
Wealth: A ministry official estimates the ministry's annual revenue at $70 million.
In the news: In June, the Copelands joined four other TV preachers who gathered around Oral Roberts, 85, considered the grandfather of the prosperity gospel, to pray for healing the failing founder of the university that bears his name.
Jan and Paul Crouch
Reach: The Crouches are owners of Trinity Broadcast Network, the world's largest Christian TV network. TBN reaches millions of viewers on more than 5,000 TV stations and 33 international satellites around the world.
Crouches and their son Paul Crouch Jr. said they earned a total of $855,000 last
year. TBN's annual income exceeds $100 million a
year, according to the
In the news: The ministry recently purchased the Nashville, Tenn., home and estate of the late country music performer Conway Twitty and opened Trinity Music City USA as a tourist attraction there.
Reach: Dollar's "Changing Your World" TV program on TBN reaches 150 countries.
ministry's income is unavailable, but newspaper accounts say the ministry paid
$18 million in cash for his new 8,000-seat
In the news: Dollar's ministry became a focus of a court case involving boxer Evander Holyfield in 1999. The lawyer for Holyfield's ex-wife estimated that the fighter gave Dollar's ministry $7 million. Dollar refused to testify in the case.
Reach: Her TV
show, "Today with Marilyn," on the TBN and Black Entertainment
Television networks can be seen around the world. She has offices in
ministry occupies a 260,000-square-foot former shopping mall in
In the news: She has been dubbed the "fairy godmother of the word-faith movement" and "the mistress of mail-order madness," by the Texas-based Christian Sentinel, a ministry that monitors what it calls "religious deception." Hickey got the "mistress" name for her use of trinkets - blessed cornmeal, cloths, seeds and coins - sent out to followers to urge them to send in money.
Reach: Hinn's "This is Your Day" program is seen
ministry took in $60 million in 2001. A news story earlier this year in the
In the news: A "Dateline" segment on NBC examined five of Hinn's faith-healing "miracles," showing that none of the people was cured and that one woman with lung cancer died nine months later.
The River at
Reach: His live
broadcasts from his River at
Wealth: He and
his wife, Adonica, oversee his $16 million church,
which they founded in 1996. The couple live in a
six-bedroom, four-bath lakefront home on
In the news: Howard-Browne has called himself the "bartender of holy laughter." Holy laughter was a controversial movement that swept evangelical circles in the mid-1990s. He would walk on stage laughing uncontrollably. The congregation would begin laughing. Howard-Browne would sweep his arm toward the crowd. People would appear "drunk on the Holy Spirit" and slide out of their chairs or dance in the aisles.
Reach: Jakes' "The Potter's House" TV program is seen throughout the world on TBN and Black Entertainment Television. His ministry boasts more than 26,000 members. A rally at the Georgia Dome in 1999 drew more than 100,000 people.
Wealth: He has
In the news: Called
the best preacher in
Reach: He once
Wealth: He is
building a two-story home on a $1.39 million oceanfront lot on an island in
In the news: Tilton is rebounding after his ministry collapsed in scandal a decade ago amid news reports that prayer requests he said he personally prayed over were found in a trash bin after the money, food stamps and rings had been removed.
Randy and Paula White
Reach: The "Paula White Today" TV show can be seen worldwide on TBN and Black Entertainment Television. The ministry's Operation Explosion travels into public housing complexes with "rolling theatre-style pink trucks" to share Christianity in a Nickelodeon-type program for underprivileged children.
Whites live in a $2.1 million, 8,000-square-foot home facing
In the news: Paula White calls Joyce Meyer her mentor; Meyer visited their church in September.