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Fal$e Teacher$ — Christian Rapper Shames Prosperity Preachers

Shai Linne says they're treating Jesus like a lottery ticket.

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Paula Bolyard

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August 11, 2013 - 5:00 pm
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Much has been said recently about the social problems plaguing the inner cities — crime, out-of-wedlock birth, lack of education. We can trace the problems, to some extent, back to the breakdown of the family in those communities. But along with that is a more systemic problem of a breakdown in the churches — a failure to teach right theology and biblical truth at a time when it is most desperately needed. In particular, the “prosperity gospel” preachers have taken advantage of some of the most vulnerable in our society — the poor, the elderly, the sick — by falsely teaching that Jesus is some sort of lucky charm sitting up in heaven waiting to grant our wishes for material wealth and physical healing.  They claim the only thing holding God back is our failure to send enough money to some big-haired Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) star sitting on an ornate, fake throne.

The prosperity preachers say that all that stands between a poor (or sick) person and a huge payday (or good health) is a lack of faith and a donation to the ministry of the preacher. They perform before massive crowds, including Joe, sitting in his living room in Paducah, Kentucky, and claim that God is telling them — right at that very moment (or later if you’re DVR’ing the show)— exactly what He wants each and every member of the audience to do at that very moment. It’s preposterous, but these charlatans find easy prey in those who are in dire financial circumstances or who suffer with physical ailments. John MacArthur has said that it “is no different from the lowest human religions—a form of voodoo where God can be coerced, cajoled, manipulated, controlled, and exploited for the Christian’s own ends.” It’s no different than the way state lotteries take advantage of the poor with promises of a life of ease for the small price of a Powerball ticket — except that the preachers claim to be speaking for God, which is sobering and tragic at the same time.

Earlier this year Reformed (as in Reformed theology) rapper Shai Linne called out some of those preachers in a song called “Fal$e Teacher$“. And he names names — Benny Hinn, Paula White, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, and others — acknowledging in the song that “today the only heresy is saying that there’s heresy.”

His music is startling in a hip-hop culture known for profanity and violence. Linn raps about hardcore Christian theological truths that many seasoned Christians can’t speak about intelligently — limited atonement, amillennialism, the hypostatic union.

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A very good and timely article Paula. The false teachers will receive their due at the Day of Judgement. I wonder if they ever read the words of Jesus when he says, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." The late Walter Martin had a good teaching refuting the health and wealth preachers.
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In the mid-80s I installed a radio system for TBN's security people; a base station and some hand-held radios for the security people. I installed the base station in one of their offices. This meant I spent some time behind the scenes, so to speak, at TBN.

It was pretty interesting. In the lobby, the only place where the public had access, the walls were covered with Bible texts, those plaster cast things we made at church camp as kids. I mean the walls were COVERED from floor to ceiling. Hardly an inch of space between most of them.

I didn't see ANY Bible texts anywhere else in the place. None.

I DID see lots of pictures of Paul & Jan. Hallways resembled a J&P museum, there were so many pictures of them.

The studio & broadcast equipment would have made some Hollywood studios jealous. I mean nothing but the best! But then, TBN IS the world's largest TV network.

Being a TV studio, it wasn’t surprising that there were TV monitors in just about every room. While installing the base station, I was enjoying listening to an old-fashioned black preacher. He wasn’t well educated, except where it counted. He knew his Bible, and he was preaching it. (TBN will sell airtime to just about anybody, so there ARE a few sound preachers on TBN.)

The TBN employees in the room? They were laughing at him and mocking him.

But what can you expect when they work for someone like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRirh4zTwig


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A very good and timely article Paula. The false teachers will receive their due at the Day of Judgement. I wonder if they ever read the words of Jesus when he says, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." The late Walter Martin had a good teaching refuting the health and wealth preachers.
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"...amazing Grace
How sweet the sound
Thant saved a wretch like me..."
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