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Why the Prosperity Gospel is still popular

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Why the Prosperity Gospel is still popular

It’s oddly amazing that Christians have spent a lot of time and energy combating the Prosperity Gospel but the question is to what effect. Names like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Paula White-Cain, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, and the entire Trinity Broadcast Network, have been condemned repeatedly by numerous Christian sources. The Babylon Bee takes no prisoners in going after Joel Osteen. And yet Christians find ourselves combating this still, decades later, while Joel Osteen is raking in millions. However in our attempt to theologically isolate the prosperity preachers, Christians have ignored the outgrowth that prosperity preachers have into organizations and preachers more benign than private jet flying megachurch leaders. Perhaps Christians may be afraid to further construct a fence, cutting ties with those who partake in the prosperity gospel or perhaps the body of Christ is a lot narrower than we think.

On social media, Church Leaders compiled their list of the top 100 best Christian accounts, compiled by Brian Orme, the General Editor, back in 2013 ranked Joel Osteen at number one, Rick Warren at number two, TD Jakes at number three, Joyce Meyer at number four. Osteen and Meyer are only beaten in followers by one account and that is Mr. Irrelevant, Tim Tebow, at one hundred, per these dated numbers. The list is full of major discrepancies not only embracing the prosperity gospel, but Shaun King, the guy who thinks he’s black, ranks in at thirty-nine. Andy Stanley comes in at thirty. And James MacDonald is at thirty-seven and John MacAuthor at forty-five, since they have been in the news lately.  So Brian Orme and the editorial board at Church Leaders were not just promoting the prosperity gospel, but a number of other dangerous teachers. However, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer would not have large followings if people did not follow them. The current numbers have gotten worse. Where in 2013, Joel Osteen had not even 1.5 million followers, currently, May 2019, he has nearly 8 million, 3 million more than Joyce Meyer and nearly 4 million more than Tim Tebow.

So here’s another seemingly unrelated question: what is the most popular name in Christian music? Hillsong. Hillsong is an Australian megachurch denomination so vast and influential it has its own cable channel. Can you guess who the Hillsong Channel gives a platform to? Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. They each have a show, next to Billy Graham TV and the other theologically sound programs. So the most influential, Vatican aside, church in the world promotes the prosperity gospel. They aren’t the same, perhaps they are similar, but Hillsong graduated from the prosperity gospel, which Brian Houston undeniably peddled in the past. They have a much more subtle trick as seen in there NYC and LA branches here in the United States. And that trick is why the prosperity gospel remains to this day. We are never going to defeat the prosperity gospel if we don’t address its hot sister: the Popularity Gospel. Hillsong is the epitome of the Popularity Gospel that permeates the church to a far greater degree than the prosperity gospel ever could. The tunes are good, many of them theologically passable. The messages are easy to understand oft times biblically passable, without getting into the realms of splitting hairs. But the messages are shallow and do not follow the biblical mandate of making disciples out of the baptized. Their leaders are mushy and straddle the fence so tightly, it’s a wonder that they have genitals or even a diaphragm. They are not Daniel going into the Lion’s Den, they are Cowardly Lions. The mushy ambiguity of Hillsong’s Carl Lentz is well documented. Here. Here. Here.

A church that seeks not to emphasize the dichotomies in the bible for fear of spreading the divisive message, is soft-selling the gospel. Jesus talks about the mustard seeds being cast and growing to be suffocated by weeds. That is the danger of the Popularity Gospel. Jesus sounds good but sanctification is optional. I can name Jeremiah 29:11 but know not Jeremiah 28:12-17 or the context of the verse that makes me feel good. Philippians 4:13 is my life verse. I know John 3:16 but not John 3:17. Reckless Love is my favorite song or is it Oceans? I could not coherently describe hell. The seed gets choked out because it could not survive serious confrontation. The followers gone due to an infantile level of spiritual maturity. This is the distinction between the two false doctrines. One creates false converts and the other creates false or shallow converts.

So what explains the perpetual plight against the prosperity preachers? The largest protestant church in the world uses its platform to promote the Prosperity Gospel. LifeWay sells it. Top “Christian” social media accounts promote the Prosperity Gospel. The Prosperity Gospel is subsidized by the even larger Popularity Gospel that fails to develop disciples who would in turn reject the Prosperity Gospel.

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Facebook uncensors Live Action after Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley intervene

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Facebook uncensors Live Action after Ted Cruz Josh Hawley intervene

Pro-life activist group Live Action has been in hot water with Facebook since last month. They’ve been accused of spreading false news after a fact-check group claimed a video of Lila Rose saying “abortions is never medically necessary” was false. This drew the attention of Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, both of whom have been going after Facebook for anti-conservative bias in their censorship patterns for some time.

As part of Facebook’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a group called Health Feedback used the fact-checking of two physicians with ties to pro-abortion groups. This led to the group’s page and content being censored with reduced exposure and warnings placed on their content as fake news.

Cruz and Hawley sent a letter to Facebook calling for an investigation and noting they’ve already uncovered multiple cases of unabashed bias against conservative content on pages. Facebook replied in an unexpectedly compliant manner.

“We have been in touch with the IFCN which has opened an investigation to determine whether the fact checkers who rated this content did so by following procedures designed to ensure impartiality,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “While the IFCN investigates, we are removing the relevant fact checks and have communicated this to the members of the US Senate who brought this specific concern to our attention.”

Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism

The fact check was published by the group Health Feedback, part of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which is partnered with Facebook to crack down on misinformation on the platform. Health Feedback’s reviews rated Rose’s claim as inaccurate, saying, “Certain medical conditions such as placenta previa and HELLP syndrome can make abortion a necessary medical procedure in order to prevent the mother’s death.”

Live Action said that after the fact check was posted late last month, the group was notified by Facebook that its page’s content would be subject to “reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeated sharing of false news.”

Censorship by Big Tech is an ongoing issue that requires both lawmakers and conservative users to stand out ground. They are protected as unbiased platforms by Section 230. They need to play fair.

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Two presidential candidates attended conference conducted by gay- and Jew-hating Islamists

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America’s mainstream media is following around the major presidential candidates like ducklings chasing after their mothers. They cover every move they make, word they speak, and hand they shake. But there are times when the media goes silent and selectively omits an activity from being reported. Such was the case for those covering Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro, who spoke at the ISNA Convention two weeks ago.

Oh, you didn’t hear about that one? It’s because the ISNA Convention included a who’s-who list of known jihadists, anti-Semites, and people who call for the death of all homosexuals. That’s not the kind of event the mainstream media likes to publicize for their puppetmasters.

Bernie Sanders Attends ISNA Convention With Islamists Who Backed Killing Gay People

When ISNA, an Islamic group accused of supporting terrorists, announced a presidential forum for ISNACON 2019, the expectations were low. The Islamic Society of North America had been created by Muslim Brotherhood members and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas Holy Land Foundation trial.

And even if the 2020 Democrats were willing to overlook the minor matter of murdering Jews, which they usually are, Muzammil Siddiqi, ISNA’s former president who chairs its Fiqh Council, which dispenses Islamic sharia law, has assented to the death penalty for homosexuality.

At the 2019 ISNA convention, Siddiqi spoke on “Strengthening Our Connection with Allah.”

Imam Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing, was there at an Imam Round Table. Wahhaj has repeatedly endorsed violence against non-Muslims. That wouldn’t bother Democrats, but Wahhaj has also declared that “masculine women” are “cursed”, claimed that the “feminist movement” is headed by “lesbians” and then offered a reminder of Islam’s LGBT position.

“And you know, brothers and sisters, you know what the punishment is, if a man is found with another man? The Prophet Mohammad said the one who does it and the one to whom it is done to, kill them both,” Imam Wahhaj said.

Democrats who want to win the nomination need the Muslim vote. But many of the thought-leaders in Muslim communities promote an agenda that is antithetical to the Democrats’ stance, particularly as it pertains to the LGBTQ community. It’s for this reason we do not see reports of these activities in the mainstream media. They’d rather take an extended coffee break or bash on President Trump while major Democratic candidates speak to Islamists.

The symbiotic relationship between the Democratic Party and radical is not based on shared values, only a shared enemy. Both want Trump and as many Republicans as possible out of Washington DC in 2020.

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Jerry Falwell Jr.’s closet endorsement of gay marriage

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On of the largest faces of Christian Conservative political activism is Jerry Falwell Jr who emerged in the age of Trump by being one of the first evangelical leaders to endorse Donald Trump. Since then he has been one of the most vocal proponents for Trump among Big Eva. Falwell has acquired a fair amount of political influence in that last three years, and is under fire from Christians for endorsing a Republican Congressmen, Denver Riggleman, who officiated a gay wedding. His endorsement below:

There’s a lot of BS in this endorsement letter, so let’s only look at the critical highlights.

“I was told they are assuming that because you officiated at a gay marriage recently, that you are not socially conservative.”

That’s not an assumption, that’s a logical conclusion. He officiated it, not merely attended. Therefore, we can conclude that he is not socially conservative. Now Jerry Falwell Jr. then makes an argument about the futility of resistance to gay marriage. But I challenge you to replace gay marriage with abortion.

“I was told they are assuming that because you officiated at a[n] abortion recently, that you are not socially conservative. I believe that excluding other conservatives over issues that have already been decided by the US Supreme Court does nothing but help the liberals gain more power. There is nothing that anyone in the House of Delegates or the Virginia Senate can do to change the law on gay marriage or abortion until the US Supreme Court reverses its previous decision”

So basically what he is admitting is he is no better that National Right to Life, who would refuse massive pro-life legislation because of the courts. While Jerry Falwell Jr is trying to be a strategic shill over the issue abortion, he does not trivialize the issue like he does gay marriage. In fact, he makes no effort to rebuke, disagree, or even empathize with why Conservatives, Christians would be have been outraged enough to censure him at a local party level. He either has no care in the world about pertinent religious issues in politics or secretly supports gay marriage. Let’s not forget, he went out of his way to endorse Riggleman prior to the primary because of this issue. How else is this to be taken as a closet endorsement of gay marriage, in the name of pragmatism.

He is the face of Liberty University. If he is unwilling to rebuke a mediocre low-notoriety Congressmen in his state, then what lengths will he go to to advance poor politicians who perpetuate our nation’s rejection against God. If he was unwilling to stand up against Denver Riggleman because he’s a Republican, then what is the point of him having any sort of sway in politics. Jerry Falwell Jr may fight against the Social Justice Gospel that is corrupting the church, but he is idolizing the Republican Party which is causing him to stumble on key issues. This shortcoming deserves rebuke. Our focus is to be on serving God, not the Republican Party.

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