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MIKE MURDOCK | A Pimp's Gospel explained.
Mike Murdock is what is considered a "Profit Preacher." Murdock commonly gets nicknames such as Pimp in the Pulpit as a result of his aggressive money collection practices. This video is the history of Mike Murdock's preaching style, the Prosperity Gospel.

MIKE MURDOCK | History at a Glance

Mike Murdock | Mike Murdock preached his first public sermon at the age of eight and began full-time evangelism at the age of 19. Murdock receives hundreds of invitations to speak in churches, colleges, and business corporations. He has appeared on TBN, CBN, BET, INSP, WORD, Daystar Television Network and other television networks, and his weekly television program, Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock. Murdock is a Founding Trustee on the Board of International Charismatic Ministries along with the late Dr. Oral Roberts. Murdock preaches around the world and is best known for his promotion of prosperity theology. He often preaches with Benny Hinn and has also worked with Creflo Dollar. Additionally, he hosts the Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock television program. Mike Murdock.

While doing all this, many, many claim that Mike Murdock's practises have damaged their lives --- devastating some to what appears the point of total poverity.

Prosperity Gospel: Rise of the Dark Faith

A Quick Forward by Trey Smith

...and God said, "Go ye forth, milking dry the springs of prosperity from all peoples and nations. Take from the poor, prey on the sick, and manipulate the needy. In this manner, each may have jet planes, mansions, and shiny jewels according to the strength of his hustle and depth of his compromise..." Wait! Wait! Wait! Pastor, that passage ain't in my Bible! -- Trey Smith post August1st 2011

The "Prosperity Gospel" is a much larger problem than most realize. It is more than a few mainstream TV pastors manipulating old ladies for money and occasionally getting caught with "barely-legal" women (or men) other than their wives. Its impacts are deep and far reaching... now even showing its effects through the financial corruption we see in our nation's leadership, and mentality that poverty should be acceptable for its citizens.

Prosperity Gospel: Rise of the Dark Faith

How much are Faith & Integrity worth?

The following blog post is to be considered as an observation / opinion based on research and first-hand experience. Names of individuals, exact entities or organizations are specifically NOT identified.

"It is in the name of blessing that they bring the gifts of pain and poverty." --- Trey Smith

The Prosperity Gospel (originally known as Seed Faith) began as what could be considered a "grift" (scam) that took shape in the early to mid 50s through tent meetings that moved from town to town, and city to city, in a procession of eighteen wheeler trucks. It initially attached itself to the Pentecostal movement who were excited to hear about the advertised claims of miracles that would happen at these tent meetings --- the precursors to the cleaner looking multimillion dollar "healing and miracle" events of today. Many of the early tent meeting miracles apparently involved gags, trickery and, in some cases, the most outrageously colorful fraud. According to news articles archived by the Trinity Foundation (perhaps the oldest religious fraud investigative unit in the US), at one Miracle Crusade a casket was brought up to the stage and a supposedly dead woman was resurrected back to life. The performance was apparently so convincing that people in the audience were said to have fainted. Shortly afterwards it was reported that the dead woman was actually a prostitute the minister had been with the night before.

Never-the-less, it is assumed that it was at these events that the world was first introduced to the tag line, "You have to plant a seed to get a harvest"

You will be blessed if you give and cursed if you don't.

The most widely used Bible scripture by Seed Faith --- and now Prosperity Gospel evangelists in nearly every Christian media today --- is found in the the Old Testament, Malachi 3:10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

But, when going deeper than just the surface issues of alleged narcotics use, claimed prostitution and reported fraudulent miracles; the dark and blinding heart of the problem was that even the people coming to the meetings were so focused on that single Bible passage, that they forgot about this one."The love of money is the root of all evil, and those whose hearts were fixed on it turned away from the faith, and have been wounded with unnumbered sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10 Greater still, the money collected had no visible or true public benefit other than to those directly collecting it. However, it would be difficult to argue that the founders of Seed Faith were not inventive and persistent to take many, many practical Bible scriptures and sculpt them with a twist that always led to a high pressure close.

The men of Seed Faith were also masters at something else. Although they may not have been giving back to the public, they did understand that they wanted to spread the "Good News" to larger audiences at lesser cost. You see, they needed more money so that they could expand into more places.... and from those places they would need even more money so that they could expand into even more places... and more places... and places upon places.... so that they could spread the "Good News" to everyone.... the Good News that God needs your money....

The term "Seed-Faith," as well as the more glittery phrase "Prosperity Gospel," truly began to take shape when the tent meeting founders began investing in large, mass mail-out operations that were monumental in scale. As I understand it, the "golden" lists of those selected to receive Seed Faith letters were generated from US census records targeted at those with low or no education. It was in these mail-outs that the Prosperity Gospel's most financially successful tool against the faithful was birthed, "The Seed-Faith Blessing Plan." This was the first time in history that hard-working Americans would begin receiving professionally produced materials that used the very same Bible scriptures they were familiar with as children. Yet these letters would go on to explain that their monies (prior to that point likely supporting their local church and community) were now "urgently" needed to go to claimed Christian efforts in foreign locations and with distant PO Boxes.

It was success beyond measure.

In fact, the Seed Blessing Plans were so successful that similar versions of them are used by Prosperity Pastors on almost every major Christian show, broadcast and station today (2011). The math on this is simple ---- They get the blessing, and you get the plan.

By the 1960s - 1970s these mailing operations were boasting millions of tax free dollars annually, almost no expenses, no oversight, no consequences.... and piles of money large enough a man could swim in it. It was time to expand again --- to truly get the Seed Faith / Prosperity Gospel message out there farther than it had been before. After all, there were still millions and millions of people in the US alone who had not yet heard the "Good News" ---- the Good News that God wanted their money or He would not bless them.

The rise of Seed Faith -- The founder of the extremely profitable Seed Faith Blessing Plan mail-outs (the very man once accused of having a prostitute pretend she was resurrected from the dead in a coffin) and the world's first televangelist (with an enormous Christian university in severe financial distress at the time) sat down together for a meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It was like a match touching gasoline.

The message of Seed Faith would now begin pumping into living rooms through television screens all across the nation. The original message of the Azusa Street Pentecostal Movement (the Charismatics) shifted one hundred and eighty degrees from its focus on Christ, the Holy Spirit and his redemptive work for the poor, the lost and the needy ---- To a new focus. The new message was simple; God wants to bless you, He wants to prosper you.... in fact, He wants to make you rich. It is just going to cost you a little something, an act of faith. You are going to need to plant a seed, make that a monthly seed. The more you give, the more God will give you back; a few loose scriptures, a dash of emotional hype... and a pinch of good old fashion devilish greed --- Prosperity Gospel was born.

The mailing operations moved to Oklahoma.... Tulsa became dubbed the, "Christian Mecca." Management teams were now needed to handle donor lists (prayer partners) which were, and now even today, generated largely by "prayer-lines" where personal information is collected at the onset of every call. People seeking help (prayers) from the mega-ministries generally receive a standard 3 minute prayer after which their personal information is used repeatedly (relentlessly in many cases) to solicit them for money. These mass monthly solicitations, hand-in-hand with the message of the "prosperity" television programs themselves, pushed Seed-Faith and the Prosperity Gospel harder than any message before it; now acting as predators on their own listeners, and the weakest of our society.

There is a quote by Hubert Humphrey that says, "The moral test of a government is how it treats the sick, the needy, and the handicapped." These had become exactly the Prosperity Gospel's prime targets --- the soft-hearted, the sick and the elderly now being pressured into the sacrifice of basic needs and occasional luxuries to pay for jet-planes, mansions, and even private zoos owned by claimed "Men of God." It is reported that 80% of Prosperity Gospel's targeted donors are women, the elderly, those on Social Security, and low / fixed incomes. Our government permits it and our churches endorse it.

The free-for-all Prosperity Gospel financial pillage:

The International Bulletin of Missionary Research reports that Christian religious leaders will have committed an estimated $34 billion in financial fraud this year, 2011 (More). And, researchers from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity estimate that Christian religious leaders are committing roughly $90 million in financial crimes every single day (See Citations at bottom of blog).

But none of this is actually a secret. To the contrary, off-camera, the men of Prosperity Gospel are often arrogant, evasive, boastful of their playboy lifestyles and seem proud of exploiting others. One of the attorneys supporting the practices of current Christian television boastfully stated to Trinity Foundation investigators that they, "have the right to defraud the public in the name of freedom of religion."

I can remember personally sitting on a patio at the lake house of an ex-wife of one of today's most powerful men in Christian television. She said, "When I first met my husband, he was good man. The devil never rose his head until we got involved with the money-mailer men." I had no idea at the time what this meant. I knew about the corruption... I had lived with that. But I didn't know its roots. I also didn't know at the time who was being talked about when terms like "Grand-Daddies of Prosperity Gospel" and "Fathers of Seed-Faith" were used.

She went on to say, "I can understand that examples had to be set, but what happened to Jim Bakker really was going too far."

"What do you mean?" I asked. "Bakker was the bad pastor of the bunch. Even the Christian mega-ministries will tell you that."

"Are you kidding?" She laughed. "None of them go to prison for what Jim did. He was a builder. Jim was making Christian theme parks, massive family-friendly hotels and finding entertaining new ways to express the message of Christ...... I guess they figured that since Jim liked Jesus so much, they'd put him on a cross right up there with Him. Bottom line, Jim Bakker was sending ordinary Christians the wrong message --- that they deserved something in return for their money..... They hated him for it."

I was brought up to believe that the church should be as a candle on the hill ---- a beacon of both light and hope. Right now it is most certainly NOT either of these.

Even though I understand that many of those in the "ivory towers" of mainstream Christianity have deliberately taken advantage of people's faith, cost them their resources, preyed on their generosity, and managed to weaken a new generation's perception of honorable leadership in the process; I am not angry with the men. I am angry at the model under which they do business. With Seed Faith and the Prosperity Gospel... the best hustlers will always come out on-top.

The United States, a country I believe to have been blessed by the very hands of God Himself, was built by a great many who were not perfect, but many were Christian in their beliefs. They also were not asking for hand-outs, like cleaned-up pan-handlers ..... as these men on our TV screens do. This nation was built with blood and sweat and endless labors that we today could not even imagine..... some laid down their very lives on the grandest alters of sacrifice so that we could have this precious gift of freedom.... a gift that only 5% of ALL humanity has ever tasted.

I can only think to myself as I type this page: What a dishonor to the very memory of those who labored before us that we have allowed, endorsed and created.

It was
Benjamin Franklin who said, "I believe in one God.... And that the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other Children."

When the church endorses manipulation, theft and the ability of a select few to act as predators on the many ---- why are we shocked when those in power in our nation do the very same. Abraham Lincoln stated, "In regards to the Bible, I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man...."

When the god of our country and the god of our churches is the great god Greed; then I too (just as the founding fathers) fear for our future.

In closing, it was John Adams who declared, "The general principles on which the founding fathers achieved independence were. . . . the general principles of Christianity. . . . Jesus is .... an example for all men..."

That being said, I find it appropriate to end with what would appear to be the feelings of Christ Jesus Himself conserning the matter.

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers.... And said unto them, "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." --- Matthew 21: 12-13

Thank you for reading,

Trey Smith ---

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-----------------------Citations for religious crime statistics--------------------------------

1. The table "Status of Global Mission, 2011, in Context of 20th and 21st Centuries", line 56, notes an estimated $90 million per day ($34 billion per year) lost to ecclesiastical crime as of mid-2011. Reference is Todd M. Johnson, David B. Barrett, and Peter F. Crossing, "Christianity 2011: Martyrs and the Resurgence of Religion", International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2011, pp. 28-29.

2. The Atlas of Global Christianity (on p. 296, in the article "Christian finance, 2010") says "The annual total [for 2010] of USD 35 billion embezzled exceeds the worldwide Church's foreign mission expenditures of USD 32 billion." That is the first sentence of a paragraph on embezzlement/ecclesiastical crime (I can send you the whole paragraph is you wish). Reference is Todd M. Johnson and Kenneth R. Ross (eds.), Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).


In fact, I saw an evangelist on TV last night that I had never seen before. It seemed that every other word he said was something about "planting a seed" or "getting a harvest." Joyously he announce that he had just come back from Haiti. He said that he was encouraged that, "...such a poor, hurting people would reach so deep to give (him) an offering of what little they had." Just before asking viewers to plant a seed on his program, he stated that he intends to return to Haiti as it is "untapped" and plans to use the money he collected from the last visit on a better motor home.

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Mike Murdock, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Ted Haggard, Oral Roberts, Paul Crouch, Jim Bakker, Marcus Lamb, Robert Tilton, corruption, scandals, church, fraud. There was a man named Mike Murdock who was a painter along with Ted Haggard and another guy who said he was Oral Roberts. They decided to paint the house of Robert Tilton and Paul Croach but Jim Bakker told them that the paint Marcus Lamb brought back was corrupt with corruption. It would be fraud to paint with this paint said Creflo Dollar while Marcus Lamb hollered for Benny Hinn to stop working on Mike Murdock and Creflo Dollar's house while Eddie Long was in it. Of course Jim Bakker said I quit. But Ted Haggard wanted to keep going so he could get Paul Croach and Marcus Lamb pleased with the church building that Oral Roberts and Benny Hinn first walked into with Benny Hinn. This was before Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar complained of the scandal in the paint. The fraud scandal of paint Jim Bakker had found Robert Tilton playing with in Creflo Dollar and Marcus Lamb garage. In closing, Mike Murdock, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Ted Haggard, Oral Roberts, Paul Crouch, Jim Bakker, Marcus Lamb, Robert Tilton, corruption, scandals, church, fraud.

Jim & Tammy Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, 1986 and 1991

Main articles: Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker

In 1986, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart began on-screen attacks against fellow televangelists Marvin Gorman and Jim Bakker. He uncovered Gorman's affair with a member of Gorman's congregation, and also helped expose Bakker's infidelity (which was arranged by a colleague while on an out-of-state trip).[2] These exposures received widespread media coverage. Gorman retaliated in kind by hiring a private investigator to uncover Swaggart's own adulterous indiscretions with a prostitute.[3] Swaggart was subsequently forced to step down from his pulpit for a year and made a tearful televised apology in February 1988 to his congregation, saying "I have sinned against you, my Lord, and I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgiveness."[4][5]

Swaggart was caught again by California police three years later in 1991 with another prostitute, Rosemary Garcia, who was riding with him in his car when he was stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road. When asked why she was with Swaggart, she replied, "He asked me for sex. I mean, that's why he stopped me. That's what I do. I'm a prostitute."[6]

Robert Tilton, 1991

Main article: Robert Tilton

Tilton is an American televangelist who achieved notoriety in the 1980s and early 1990s through his paid television program Success-N-Life. At its peak, it aired in all 235 American TV markets. In 1991, Diane Sawyer and ABC News conducted an investigation of Tilton. The investigation, broadcast on ABC's Primetime Live on November 21, 1991, found that Tilton's ministry threw away prayer requests without reading them, keeping only the money or valuables sent to them by viewers, garnering his ministry an estimated $80 million USD a year. In the original investigation, one of Tilton's former prayer hotline operators claimed that the ministry cared little for desperate followers who called for prayer, saying that Tilton had a computer installed in July 1989 to make sure that the phone operators were off the line in seven minutes. Tilton sued ABC for libel in 1992, but the case was dismissed in 1993, and Tilton's show was off the air by October 30, 1993.

Paul Crouch, 2004

Main article: Paul Crouch

Paul Crouch is the founder and president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, the world's largest evangelical Christian television network, as well as the former host of TBN's flagship variety show, Praise the Lord. In September 2004, the Los Angeles Times published a series of articles raising questions about the fundraising practices and financial transparency of TBN, as well as the allegations of a former ministry employee, Enoch Lonnie Ford, that he had a homosexual affair with Crouch during the 1990s. TBN denied the allegations, claiming that Ford's claims were part of an extortion scheme and that the Times was a "left-wing and anti-Christian newspaper." In 2005, Ford appeared at the taping of the ION Television show Lie Detector. The show's producers decided not to air the show, and the outcome of the lie detector test was never released. Consequently, none of the allegations were substantiated.

Ted Haggard, 2006

Main article: Ted Haggard

Ted Haggard was the pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003 until November 2006. Haggard's position allowed him occasional access to President George W. Bush. In 2006 it was alleged that Haggard had been regularly visiting a male prostitute who also provided him with methamphetamine. Haggard admitted his wrongdoing and resigned as pastor of New Life church and as president of the NAE. The high-profile case was significant also because it immediately preceded the 2006 mid-term elections and may have even affected national voting patterns[citation needed]. In January 2009, Haggard admitted to a second homosexual relationship with a male church member on CNN-TV and other national media, and when asked, would not directly answer a question about his other possible homosexual relationships.[18] Ted Haggard has recently started a new church.[19]

Eddie L. Long, 2010

Main article: Eddie L. Long

In September 2010 several civil complaints were filed against Eddie L. Long by men that stated Mr. Long used his position as the church leader to entice or coerce the men into consensual sexual relationships in exchange for money, travel and goods. At a press event on September 26, 2010 Mr. Long stated he would fight the civil complaints in court and would not comment on the allegations. On May 27, 2011, Rev. Long settled the matter out of court.[38] The Canadian documentary series, Sex Scandals In Religion covered the Long case [39]

[edit]Marcus Lamb, 2010

In December 2010, televangelist Marcus Lamb, the founder of the Daystar Television Network, admitted on television that he had been involved in an extramarital affair several years prior. He further alleged an extortion scheme against him. In late 2010 and early 2011, three former Daystar employees filed a series of lawsuits against Lamb and his wife, Joni, making allegations ranging from financial mismanagement in relation to the affair, to sexual harassment, and to wrongful termination.

Oral Roberts was born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, the fifth and youngest child of the Oral Roberts and Oral Roberts III (née Irwin) (d. 1974).[7] According to an interview on Larry King Live, Irwin was of Cherokeedescent.[8] Roberts was a card-carrying member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.[9] Oral Roberts began life in poverty and nearly died of tuberculosis at age 17.[10] After finishing high school, Roberts studied for two years each at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips University. In 1938 he married a preacher's daughter, Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.[11]

Oral Roberts became a traveling faith healer after ending his college studies without a degree. According to a TIME Magazine profile of 1972, Roberts originally made a name for himself with a large mobile tent Oral Roberts "that sat 3,000 on metal folding chairs" where "he shouted at petitioners who did not respond to his healing."[12]

Michael Dean Murdock (born April 18, 1946 in Lake Charles, LouisianaUnited States) is a televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. His father, J.E. Murdock, is also a pastor. Murdock was educated in LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, and in Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie for three semesters. He received an honorary doctorate from International Seminary in Florida which is not accredited. Mentored underJimmy Swaggart, Murdock preaches around the world and is best known for his promotion of prosperity theology. He often preaches with Benny Hinn and has also preached with Tammy Faye Bakker. Additionally, he hosts the Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock television program.

Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. is an American Word of Faith teacher, pastor, and the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in Fulton County, Georgia.[1] Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association (formerly called International Covenant Ministries), Creflo Dollar Ministries, and Arrow Records.[2] Each of these enterprises is overseen by Dollar and his wife, Taffi Dollar. n 1984, Dollar received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia.[3] He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity fromOral Roberts University in 1998.[4]

Creflo Dollar indicates that he received the vision for Creflo Dollar World Changers Ministries Christian Center in 1986.[5] He held the church's first worship service in the cafeteria of Kathleen Mitchell Elementary School in College Park, Georgia, with only eight people in attendance and successfully receiving over $100 in contributions from those present. Over the years the ministry has grown rapidly and was renamed Creflo Dollar World Changers Church International (WCCI). As of 2007, the Creflo Dollar congregation has grown to 30,000 members with $69 million in revenue (gross cash collections) for 2006.[6] The congregation moved from its original Creflo Dollar cafeteria location to a modest-sized chapel, adding a weekly radio broadcast and four services each Sunday. On December 24, 1995, WCCI moved into its present location, the 8,500-seat sanctuary known as the World Dome. At a cost of nearly $18 million, it is claimed that the World Dome was built without any bank financing.[7]

Creflo Dollar is also the publisher of Creflo Dollar CHANGE magazine, a quarterly international publication with nearly 100,000 subscribers and The Max, a bimonthly resource newsletter for ministers and ministry leaders.[8] Creflo Dollar also frequently speaks at conferences and is a best selling author.[9][10][11] Creflo Dollar and his wife, Taffi, have five children and live in Atlanta.[12]