They suddenly discovered adultery is a sin. Not only that, they now believe it is grounds for a president to be impeached.
Because he is a billboard for liberal hypocrisy, Bill Clinton is scurrying away hoping you won’t see him. He remembers when Democrats defended him for current adultery (not something that happened 12 years previous.) He remembers when the New York Times screamed that it was no one’s business when consenting adults have sex.
He remembers when (as recently as 2016) feminists thought even his rapes were okay. Wonkette feminist writer Rebecca Schoenkopf thinks Bill Clinton probably raped Juanita Broaddrick back in 1978 — but that doesn’t make him a bad person.
In a post published in response to Broaddrick’s recent interview about the alleged attack, Schoenkopf explained Bill probably just didn’t know that forcing himself upon a woman was a no-no — because apparently no one told men not to rape 30 years ago.
“I can absolutely see Bill Clinton doing this (then, not now) and not even thinking of it as rape, but thinking of it as dominant, alpha sex,” Schoenkopf writes. “I can see a LOT of men doing that during that time period, before we started telling them in the ’80s, ‘hey, that is rape, do not do that.’ I can see YOUR NICE GRANDPA doing that, back then.”
Okay, that’s crazy. So let’s get back to the question of how the Democrats totally flipped on the issue of adultery?
And how did they go from admitting Clinton’s rapes were okay, to falsely accusing Trump of rape?
Before we answer that, check this out: Just when you thought they could not get any richer here are other examples of hypocrisy:
Bill Clinton opposed illegal immigration. Bill Clinton made citizenship a question on the census questionnaire. Both things Democrats scream against now. And now…
The all-time double standard bearers—the supreme practitioners of hypocrisy, call Christians hypocrites for backing Trump.
Let me assure you of something. If Trump said, he was a Christ follower, and he was caught cheating on his wife as president, I would be first in line to rebuke the immorality. That has not happened. There’s as much evidence for that as there is for Russian collusion.
I don’t believe Christians who support Trump will give him a pass if he behaves like, say…Bill Clinton. Let me prove it to you in a way that some will hate me for: look at what happened in Alabama. Even if you believe that Judge Roy Moore was railroaded—and there is evidence of that—many Christians could not vote for him because of the moral shadow cast on him.
Bottomline: The Democrats vehemently defended adultery because it could keep Clinton in office. They only found morality to get Trump out of office.
The real hypocrisy is even worse. They believe Bill Clinton should not be impeached for adultery he committed while in office, but Trump should be impeached for adultery 12 years before he was in office.
Now that they’ve discovered the sin of adultery could they also discover the sin of hypocrisy? Sure, if it advances their narrative.
Immediately, Trump fans may be put off by the title. I am not saying don’t love Donald Trump. I love my brother. I pray for him. I am outraged by the vileness of the left toward—not just our president—but his wife and children. We need to extend love and respect to the man.
When I say utilize, I am not speaking of Donald Trump the man—I am speaking of the presidency of Donald Trump. I am talking about seizing this moment when power is being used for the good of the nation, and gives the church new freedom to preach the Gospel.
Utilize means: use, make use of, put to use, employ, avail oneself of, bring/press into service, bring into play, deploy, draw on, exploit, harness. My question to the American church is simple: Are we utilizing his presidency?
The enemies of the church utilized Obama’s time in power to greatly expand their operations…and most notably, create a widespread cultural shaming of Christians. Under Obama there was outright hostility toward the church’s freedom of speech and religion. Schools shut down Christians groups. Prayer was wiped out in many public events. An amazing amount was done that goes against our basic beliefs.
Some believers dislike Trump because they believe he limits the Gospel. In fact, the opposite may be true. Military chaplains can again talk about Christ, Christian clubs can again meet on campus, permits for Christian events are easier to obtain, and even social media has begun to remove the muzzle on Christians.
The newfound hatred for the Gospel blossomed under Obama not Trump. The railing you hearing right now is because the open season on the church is over.
But what are we as Christians doing with the fact that jobs are coming back—are we investing in soul winning? Now that we have more freedom to witness are we reaching out? Now that the oppressive restraints are being successfully challenged in court, and the tide is turning toward more religious freedom, are we harnessing the moment?
On the other hand, we must not idolize Trump. He is not our provider—God is. We cannot devolve into a cult following where Trump can do no wrong. We can’t be entertained by his gotcha tweets (a personal weakness of mine) and bravado. We have to see the big picture. Respect him, admire him but never forget the urgency of the time. You have work to do.
True prophets speak truth to power. If our president reverses course and becomes an enemy of the Gospel I will openly oppose him. How can I not?
At best, Trump will be in office another 7 years. That’s not a long time. In fact, it could only be 3 more years. In that time, we must discredit the virus the nation contracted from God-hating leftist elites. If we do not, then brace yourself for the most vicious leftist backlash we have ever known.
The Christians who detest Trump and those who idolize him share this danger—missing the hour of our visitation. You can miss it by being so prideful you can’t accept the fact that God is working through Trump. Or, you can miss it by sitting around being enamored by his every move instead of getting to work.
You can sum up the books of Ezra and Nehemiah very simply: God has opened an amazing door to restore Israel but too many Israelites couldn’t see it. Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”-John 9:4.
They are the Christians who hate Trump. Let’s call it for what it is: hate. It is their hate—strange for professed Christians—that dulls their ability to see the inaccuracy of their comments and their myopic views.
One sanctimonious ranting Christian said, “there’s nothing Biblical about Trump.” Actually, there’s nothing Biblical about that statement. The prophet Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel recognized the role a pagan king played in God’s unfolding drama. The church’s ability to work with Trump is totally Biblical.
Now I must clarify, lest I incur the wrath of Trump supporters. I am not calling Trump a pagan king—I’m sure he much more moral than his enemies know—I am saying that if Daniel could work with Nebbie, how much more we can work with the Don.
I tried hard to figure out believers who hate Trump. Our side won a long overdue and miraculous victory and they choose to aid and abet the other side. Is it because their favorite “Christian” didn’t win and they are sour grapes?
And why didn’t these conservative Christians hold Reagan to the same standard? They adored him even while Nancy was studying horoscopes in the White House.
They didn’t require any president to be a squeaky clean pastor until Trump.
Yeah his tweets can be a bit much. And okay, president Trump is not as smooth as Reagan…but, maybe we don’t need smooth right now.
But there is something else that is really strange, (hypocritical is more like it) why didn’t these guardians of morality speak out against Obama? T.D. Jakes even attacked Franklin Graham for questioning Obama’s Christian Faith. Told him not to judge a brother. Hold that thought as we explore another question…
How could you not question Obama’s Christianity? Obama begged the question by dropping the Christian card whenever it suited him (something Trump never does). Meanwhile, Barack fought for same sex marriage, late term abortion, and was the most Biblically hostile president in our history.
Click on this link to see the list of his acts of hostility toward Christians https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ
Back to Jakes. So why do so many Christian leaders—who said it was wrong to judge Obama—judge Trump?
Trump is not a pastor. He is a businessman who loves America. As far as his faith? I am not qualified to determine his spiritual depth since I’ve never had the chance to meet the man.
“He is like Hitler and the church is being fooled” said another comment. Please remove your tinfoil hats and listen. Hitler never had 98% of the media against him. Trump has never called for a new constitution. Hitler never tried to protect Israel. I could go on and on.
Maybe if Trump had been the first president to address the march for life. Maybe if he had chosen an on fire born-again vice president. Maybe if he has rescinded executive orders that banned federal funds from Christian organizations. Maybe if he overruled the Johnson Amendment that banned the free speech of pastors. Maybe if he had moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Maybe if he had put someone on the Supreme Court who helped Christian bakers practice freedom of religion. Maybe then you would support him. Oh wait…he did all that.
God has done a miracle and the enemy wants to make short work of the amazing breakthroughs we are witnessing by dividing the church. Instead of being a religious outlier you should be thanking God, praying, supporting the president, and voting.
Satan is flooding the world with evil while Christians have grown passive. Believers are ignorant of what God expects them to do to stand against the torrent of wickedness.
Shallow, flattering teaching is the perfect greenhouse gas. It’s fumes dull reality. It kills natural urgency. Taking a stand becomes a distant fantasy.
Satan has sold the church fool’s gold. Instead of taking up weapons mighty to the tearing down of strongholds, we pursue money, cheap grace, and celebrity.
Our faith has grown flabby. We don’t know our weapons. We don’t know our authority. We don’t know our marching orders. We don’t know what to say to this generation. Most of all, we are ignorant about what is right around the corner.
Peter recognized when government crossed the line. Acts 4: 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
He also understood what to do when government tries to ban the Gospel: “Acts 5: 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
They are coming after your freedom. They will force feed your children the Antichrist agenda. That is…unless we wake up to our purpose and destiny. I am calling you out for special power in this hour.
If you are finally ready, then do these things:
1. You must be filled or refilled with the Holy Spirit. You must have fire, or you must have fresh fire. The courage to face the onslaught of hatred that will be thrown at you can never be met by human power. To say what you need to say, to obey when you need to obey can’t come from human motivation. You must have the same Spirit that fueled world-changing saints in all times. God never meant for anyone to preach or lead without a clear baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. You must flow in signs and wonders. Our culture is beyond words. They must see proof of the power of God. God means for you to provide that proof. The authority you need won’t come cheaply or instantly. (Read my blog on the price of God’s miracle working power https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e
3. Get ready to do something for God that will boggle your mind. God is selecting people and working in them for unmatched power to attack evil. Habakkuk 1: 5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.”
He is creating people who can turn the tide of wickedness. He doesn’t care about your age or your education. He searches for someone who is travailing over the evil and will die without power and purpose. They want to be in the fight—they want to be in the thick of it. Isaiah 6: 8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
4. Prepare to pray in a way you never imagined. God is pulling you out of the damaged religious crowd into special intimacy with him. You are not going to pray like before. E.M Bounds said, “To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God’s work, and man’s best labor.”
What do all of these things I am asking you to do have in common? Every one of them involves a leap out of dead church life. They are a courageous declaration of war on the godless ideologies that are destroying our nation. They are an irrevocable decision to be in the middle of God’s greatest acts in history.
Dear Christian Save Yourself from the Democratic Party. Yes, you heard me right—get out while you can.
The modern Democratic Party is the greatest threat to the free exercise of religion in America’s history. In their attempt to limit religious freedom, they are attacking the foundation of America’s goodness.
Never has a major party sought to shove the practice and influence of religion out of the public square like today’s Democrats.
The Democratic Party’s last shred of credibility died during Trump’s State of the Union address. While 75% of Americans approved of Trump’s speech, the scowling, aging waxworks of the DP’s leadership sat like barnacles on a corroding ship.
They could not even cheer for our military veterans. They frowned at the American Flag and the National Anthem. Their bitter faces found no compassion for a couple whose daughters were murdered by illegal alien members of the MS-13 gang.
Do a snap comparison.
The Republican platform: The Trump/Republican platform has created the lowest jobless rate for blacks in history. The Stock Market has set more records in less time than ever. Trump’s tax break has Disney, Home Depot, and many other corporations giving out thousand dollar bonuses to entire work forces. (Nancy Pelosi called this crumbs.)
Money is coming back to America from overseas just as Trump predicted. Even at the hostile World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, European companies said they would invest in America.
The Democratic Platform: Hate Trump.
(Oh yeah…and hate Christians). They are deranged to the point of thinking, speaking, breathing, and spewing nothing but Trump hate.
Their breathtaking arrogance alone, should make you abandon them—like nuclear waste! They take their base completely for granted. They live in an alternate reality. They believe they can say or do anything and their base will blindly follow them.
If you are a believer get out. You should get out because they told you to get out. They pulled the welcome mat out from under you, years ago. Democrats have screamed WE DON’T WANT YOU at Christians for decades. They deem the Bible to be a hateful, obsolete tome. They find everything you believe to be racist, sexist, homophobic, and every other phobia.
A Christian Democrat in California makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine. The Democratic Party is the reason Christians are fired in Silicon Valley for sharing their faith. Sacramento is a seething nest of anti-Christian sentiment.
Whatever pulse of decency they had as a national party stopped last night in that hallowed hall. Their deranged hearts and minds were on full display for the world to see: they hate everything you hold dear.
For the love of God—and, I mean that literally—save yourself.
Jesse Duplantis asked his partners for 54 million dollars for a new jet. Duplantis is being roundly condemned for this. Here’s what I have to say about that…
There is no way I would spend 54 million on a jet. I sit up nights interceding about what I would do with a windfall. I am wired totally different. I have a plan from the Holy Spirit that involves signs and wonders, technology, multiplication, training, and mass invasion in dark and poor areas.
However, and some of you will not like this: Jesse is a man of God. He loves God. He loves people. He says God told him to ask for this money. So, unless you can show A: Where the Bible says he can’t, or shouldn’t ask. B: You are willing to say God showed you Jesse is lying then don’t lump him in with the real fakes who are stealing money from the Body of Christ.
There are many abuses! Anger over those abuses is threatening to do something awful. It is the reason for my message. We are seeing the return of a poverty mentality—a mentality that will make blanket condemnations, and undermine faith to believe God for the provisions we need to protect our loved ones and the weapons to win this nation back to God. One man whom I know has been falsely accused is Kenneth Hagin.
Kenneth Hagin never taught, or used the term “prosperity gospel.” In my opinion, he didn’t even teach word of faith—he simply taught the Word of God. He took neglected truths and presented them in their proper scriptural order.
We had been subnormal so long that the return to normal looked abnormal. His book The Midas Touch does an excellent job of exposing abuses and clarifying the Bible’s position on giving and receiving.
Here are the reasons we have no excuse to return to a poverty mentality:
Abuses do not nullify the promises of God! Romans 3:3 asks a powerful question: “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” If someone abuses faith—abuses prosperity—abuses fundraising, they do it out of unbelief. But their unbelief, and their abuses do not nullify the promises of God to prosper us.
Abundance is God’s idea not man’s: The idea that God wants to give you abundance did not originate with some oily late night shyster. Most importantly, the promise of abundance is for everyone who believes.
I was out to dinner with a very famous evangelist. He had just returned from the Philippines. “The poverty was so great” he said, “I simply couldn’t talk to them about prosperity.” So I asked him gently, “were they also too sick to hear about healing?”
Jesus told the disciples of John, “tell John, the poor have the good news preached to them.”-Luke 7: 44
So I ask you what is the good news to the poor? Let’s ask Jesus: Luke 4:18 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.
For each of these groups Jesus promises is a benefit beyond salvation. To the broken heart—a healed heart, to the captive—liberty, to the blind—sight, to the poor—provision.
Now you know why I receive offerings in the inner city. I know that if the poor learn to become givers, they will see a miracle that will break the vicious cycle of poverty.
Overflow amounts are God’s idea not ours: Jesus said, “Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Look at the descriptions of the amounts: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Look at another example of an overflowing amount is in 2 Corinthians 9:6 “…and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” And we all know the words of Malachi “you will not have room to contain it.”
Why would Satan work so hard to pervert a beautiful truth right now? He knows the danger of righteous people having much more than they need. He knows what they will do with wealth.
There are a lot of angry Christians out there. Some glorify their lack because they are jealous of those who have been bold to believe. It’s like the older brother of the prodigal son who was angry and jealous that his brother was given a great feast:
Luke 15: 29 “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” This brother never bothered to ask.
Instead of torturing yourself wondering why others are blessed—or sit around sulking about how much holier you would be with money than others…why don’t you surrender yourself to God—get rid of your unbelief and accept James’ explanation of your problem: “You have not because you ask not.”
It is Thursday August 11, 1927. Smith Wigglesworth stands to deliver his message at Angelus Temple. He is already legendary for the notable miracles that occur in his meetings. As he stood to speak, he said he could feel liquid fire.
On this day, he will not be remembered for the amazing healings Jesus did through him but for the prophetic word he gave. This word is not just timeless…I believe it is for us right now.
In order for you to feel the full impact of his words I need to make an observation. Christian Science was in its heyday and siphoning off Christians. Satan has rehashed and re-branded the heresies of Mary Baker Eddy and they are once again fooling believers. That’s why Wigglesworth may have been speaking to today and not to 1927.
His message is about preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. -Mario Murillo (comments in red).
“But there will be things that will happen prior to His coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed.
It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you to know that He is coming. He is on the way; God is going to help me tell you why you will know. You that have the breath of the Spirit, there is something now moving as I speak, this breath of mighty, quickening, moving, changing, desirable power is making you know and it is this alone that is making you know that you will be ready.
We have to see that these days have to come before the Lord can come. There has to be a falling away. (I believe we are in that great falling away right now.)
I want to speak to you very exactly. All the people which are pressing into and getting ready for this glorious attained place where they shall not be found naked, where they shall be blameless, where they shall be immovable, where they shall be purified by the power of the Word of God, have within them a consciousness of the very presence of God within, changing their very nature and preparing them for a greater thing, and causing them to be ready for translation. (Note: he refers to a core that deliberately presses into Jesus in order to be ready for His return.)
This is the day of purifying. This is the day of holiness. This is the day of separation. This is the day of waking. O God, let us wake today! Let the inner spirit wake into consciousness that God is calling us.
There are in the world two classes of believers. There are believers which are disobedient, or I ought to say there are children which are saved by the power of God which are disobedient children. And there are children which are just the same saved by the power of God who all the time are longing to be more obedient. (Note how, right now, the Lord is separating the church into these two classes).
And we heard the word come rushing, through all over, “new theology” that damnable, devilish, evil power that lived in some of these disobedient children, which in these last days opened the door to the next thing.
People are tremendously afraid of this position because they have heard so much on this line: “Oh, you know you are the elect of God! You are sure to be all right.” There have been in England great churches which were laid out upon these things. I thank God that they are all withered.
You will find if you go to England those strong people that used to hold all these things are almost withered out. Why? Because they went on to say whatever you did, if you were elect, you were right. That is wrong. The elect of God are those that are pressing forward.
(It is impossible to miss this reference to hyper-grace which removes the need to ever apologize to God. Note how he quotes them as teaching “whatever you did, if you were elect, you were right.”)
What? No hell The devil has always said that What does Christian Science say? No hell, no devil They are ready for him. The devil has always said no hell, no evil. And these people are preparing, and they do not know it, for the Man of Sin. (Not only has the Pope just denied the existence of Hell but it is taught by spirit-filled preachers. Especially chilling is Wigglesworth’s declaration that it is to open the door for anti-Christ.)
When I spoke about the blood and when I spoke about this infernal thing, the whole place was upset. You be careful when anybody comes to you with a sugar-coated pill or with a slimy tongue. They are always of the devil. The Spirit of the Lord will always deal with truth. These people never deal with truth. They always cover up the truth.
Do you believe it? Who can do it? THE BLOOD CAN DO IT! The blood, the blood, oh the blood! The blood of the Lamb! The blood of Jesus can do it. Spotless, clean, preserved for God.
Give the devil the biggest chase of his life and say these words, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all unrighteousness. (He is referring to the fact that God called him to bring correction and preaching the Blood and hell “this infernal thing” upset deceived Christians. Funny how it does that today).
These people are determined to have a man. They know someone has to come. We know Who He is that is coming. They begin to make a man. So they find a man in India, they polish him up as much as they can, and they make him as — well, in appearance, but you know we are told by the Lord that there is soft clothing goes onto wolves’ backs.
Aimee Semple McPherson preaches at Angelus Temple
A person said to me, “You see, the Christian Scientists must be right — look at the beautiful buildings. Look at all the people following them.”
Yes, everybody can belong to it. You can go to any brother you like, you can go to any theater you like, you can go to any race course you like, you can be mixed up with the rest of the people in your life and still be a Christian Scientist. You can have the devil right and left and anywhere, and still belong to Christian Science. (How can anyone miss how those 2 big lies are at work today. One: the idea that the size and popularity of a ministry means it must be of God. Two: These movements will let you live in sin and still be called Christian.)
The secret of many people going into Christian Science is a barren church that had not the Holy Ghost. Christian Science exists because the churches have a barren place because they haven’t the Holy Ghost. There would be no room for Christian Science if the churches were filled with the Holy Ghost. (So like today. If churches were filled with the fire, and presence of God, would the barren, counterfeit, attraction churches even exist?)
Up to this present time the Lord’s word is for us, “Hitherto ye have asked nothing.” Surely you people that have been asking great things from God for a long time would be amazed if you entered into it with clear knowledge that it is the Master, it is Jesus, who has such knowledge .of the mightiness of the power of the Father, of the joint union with Him,, that nothing is impossible for you to ask. Surely it is He only Who could say “Hitherto you have asked nothing.”
So God means me to press you another step forward. Begin to believe on extravagant asking, believing that God is pleased when you ask large things.”
My conclusion: We are in a time of extremes. There will be extreme evil and extreme blessing. Smith Wigglesworth sees us today in our battle with sophisticated evil and calls us to ask God for astounding authority, provision, intimacy, and power. Let it be, Lord Jesus! MM
Recent bizarre donation schemes brought the prosperity gospel back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance. Before he died in 2003 Kenneth Hagin summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence…
Before He died Kenneth Hagin warned against today’s materialistic gospel.
Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.
Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.
Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.
Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.
Here are a few of the points Hagin made in The Midas Touch
1. Financial prosperity is not a sign of God’s blessing. Hagin wrote: “If wealth alone were a sign of spirituality, then drug traffickers and crime bosses would be spiritual giants. Material wealth can be connected to the blessings of God or it can be totally disconnected from the blessings of God.”
2. People should never give in order to get. Hagin was critical of those who “try to make the offering plate some kind of heavenly vending machine.” He denounced those who link giving to getting, especially those who give cars to get new cars or who give suits to get new suits. He wrote: “There is no spiritual formula to sow a Ford and reap a Mercedes.”
3. It is not biblical to “name your seed” in an offering. Hagin was horrified by this practice, which was popularized in faith conferences during the 1980s. Faith preachers sometimes tell donors that when they give in an offering they should claim a specific benefit to get a blessing in return. Hagin rejected this idea and said that focusing on what you are going to receive “corrupts the very attitude of our giving nature.”
4. The “hundredfold return” is not a biblical concept. Hagin did the math and figured out that if this bizarre notion were true, “we would have Christians walking around with not billions or trillions of dollars, but quadrillions of dollars!” He rejected the popular teaching that a believer should claim a specific monetary payback rate.
5. Preachers who claim to have a “debt-breaking” anointing should not be trusted. Hagin was perplexed by ministers who promise “supernatural debt cancellation” to those who give in certain offerings. He wrote in The Midas Touch: “There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved.”
(Many evangelists who appear on Christian television today use this bogus claim. Usually they insist that the miraculous debt cancellation will occur only if a person “gives right now,” as if the anointing for this miracle suddenly evaporates after the prime time viewing hour. This manipulative claim is more akin to witchcraft than Christian belief.)
Hagin condemned other hair-brained gimmicks designed to trick audiences into emptying their wallets. He was especially incensed when a preacher told his radio listeners that he would take their prayer requests to Jesus’ empty tomb in Jerusalem and pray over them there—if donors included a special love gift. “What that radio preacher really wanted was more people to send in offerings,” Hagin wrote.
Thanks to the recent resurgence in bizarre donation schemes promoted by American charismatics, the prosperity gospel is back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance.
Hagin told his followers: “Overemphasizing or adding to what the Bible actually teaches invariably does more harm than good.” If the man who pioneered the modern concept of biblical prosperity blew the whistle on his own movement, wouldn’t it make sense for us to listen to his admonition?