Reader Florida Writer informed me of this one and it’s a doozy! 6 Big time pimps in the Religious Industry are now under US Senate scrutiny. (Others sent messages about this, but Florida Writer was first.)
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Senator Chuck Grassley is a Baptist, so he’s not part of some non-Christian group. Still I’m sure some will claim this is an attack against the church. Pimps preach a false gospel, so rather than then being honest representatives of “the church”, the pimps actually are the ones who attack the body of Christ, they attack the church with false gospel.
As I’ve said before, I’m always slow to seek government intervention. I’ve only felt that their misdeeds regarding IRS scrutiny are worthy of government intrusion and it looks like that is the angle Senator Grassely is taking. Gathering information that would relate to abuses of IRS regulations.
But the fact the government is stepping up pressure could have one of 5 possible outcomes:
The bottom line is that government can’t keep a bad corporation in line very well and we know the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has done little, but make more paperwork for corporations. There have been a few show-piece convictions since government went after bad corporations, but that’s about it. Overall everything is the same. I’m not saying US business is as bad as some business affairs in other nations, but little has changed. Don’t expect anything more with government going after pulpit pimps. I expect some combination of the 5 items I noted above, but in the end much won’t change. Unless government is so intrusive on churches that it hampers honest ministry efforts and even then the corruption won’t go away. It will simply change its style a bit.
Hopefully this won’t become an angle to persecute good churches in the future. No matter what government does, pimps will continue like the underground payola that goes on in radio even after government went after that.
Yes this might all go well and be a matter of an avenger of God taking action against evil, Romans 13:3-4. It’s just the history of these things does not make me feel all will go well. May the Lord’s will be done.
For church matters saints need to stand up and contend strongly for the faith. The more saints stand up, it will help real saints to get out from the influence of pimps. Leaving the vipers who work for Satan and those who are Satan’s children dancing together. Because money changing in the Lord’s name is noted in Acts 8:18-23 and even before that. So don’t expect it to go away till the Lord Jesus Christ returns for the church. Jesus died for the sheep, John 10:11. And He will return for His sheep. The pimps and others will burn, because they are NOT SHEEP. They are the goats, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 7:15-23, Revelation 20:10-15, Revelation 21:8. We need saints to speak out for the good of the sheep. The sheep will hear the Lord when he calls them to repentance in their own hearts. The goats will never hear, because God has allowed their ears to be covered, 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12. They are not sheep and will never hear the Lord’s voice, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. So regardless of what government does, saints must continue in the gospel for the good of the sheep. Spread the message around the world, for the sheep! Spread the truth and the sheep will hear it.
Ole Anthony was very much involved in seeking government intervention. And this gets Ole’s name out. Maybe he’ll be on TV speaking before Congress. But Ole Anthony is running a cult. And Ole’s influence can be seen in the list of pimps targeted. Notice that TD Jakes is one of the biggest lying pimps of all, but he is not one of the 6 mentioned. Certainly if you’re only going after 6, he would be one of the 6. Ole Anthony has made it known he’s kind of a fan of Jakes’ in some respects, so I doubt when Antony was pressuring Congress about pimps that he mentioned Jakes’ name much. And what about Joel Osteen? How come NOBODY EVER SEEMS TO LOOK INTO WHAT HE’S DOING WITH THE MONEY HE’S ROLLING IN? See TD Jakes and Joel Osteen Enrich Themselves in Jesus’ Name (Video). Not that the 6 listed don’t warrant scrutiny, but the 6 selected don’t include some of the BIGGEST PIMPS taking in the most of all and possibly abusing the most.
So my feelings about all of this are obviously mixed. I feel we need more saints spreading the truth to help the sheep, because government can’t save a soul and government can’t tell anyone the truth of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. To me, this changes nothing for what Christ has called saints to do and we should not sit back thinking government can do what the Lord called the church to do. Obviously God uses government for some things at times and they will play their role, but saints must continue to CONTEND FOR THE FAITH, Jude 1:3.
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