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Televangelists are not as talked about today as they were in the 1980s and 1990s, when many rose to fame and fortune through mushrooming cable channels. But they have never gone away.

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By summer 2014, Larry and Darcy had exhausted all their funds. They had sold all their belongings to travel from California to Florida to be with their daughter, and ended up homeless. Wracked with guilt for having failed to provide the promised help to his daughter, Larry couldn't understand why he had been let down.

It took another year for things to become clear. In August 2015, the couple were channel-hopping in a Jacksonville motel room, when they caught an episode of John Oliver's satirical news show, Last Week Tonight.

"I never watched John Oliver. I had never even heard of the guy," says Larry. But his attention was immediately caught by a skit that ripped into money-grabbing televangelists. Larry and Darcy sat up in shock, recognising all the names.

They say they felt as though God was lifting a veil. "We had been so ignorant," Larry says, shaking his head.

The next morning they went to a local library to find out more online. In just a few clicks, they came across the Texas-based Trinity Foundation, which had assisted Last Week Tonight with its research.

Larry called the phone number, slightly apprehensively, not sure whether a friendly voice would pick up.

The man on the other end listened patiently as Larry reeled off the names of the preachers he had come to know.

He told him they knew every single one of them. Not only that, they kept files on most of them, detailing what was known of their estimated fortunes.

Stunned, Larry stayed on the line talking through his experiences, relieved to find someone who understood.

#1 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-29 06:52 AM | Reply

Televangelists are all --------.

Remember....everything in the public sphere is about money and power, and that includes religion.

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-05-29 10:53 AM | Reply

Jesus has Todd's number....

www.biblegateway.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-05-29 09:48 PM | Reply

I believe there is a cold corner in hell for Televangelist. Me, I am just the run of the mill sinner. I was never so depraved to ask some poor woman in Atlanta or Dallas to give up food and scrip money so I could buy a new jet. Seed faith? Sounds like the old prosperity gospel- name it claim it mentality. That's not faith, that's sorcery. And it never works, except for these guys.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-30 04:51 AM | Reply

Same sort of thing happening here in Winston Salem. Church has been there since 1890 something. Preacher getting paid $200K a year. Drives a Maserati. Crushing poverty all around the church in East Winston.

www.journalnow.com

People are still defending this guy.

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-30 10:08 AM | Reply

Televangelists.....most should be shot......out of a cannon.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2019-05-30 07:43 PM | Reply

"Televangelists.....most should be shot......out of a cannon." In to a pit of metal spikes.

#7 | Posted by willowby at 2019-05-30 08:17 PM | Reply

Anyone wanna guess if the poor Americans getting scammed are Trump voters or Hillary voters?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-30 09:49 PM | Reply

"...and Jesus looked upon the poor in disgust, saying, "you losers deserve it - I'm out."" - Two Corinthians

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-31 12:59 AM | Reply

You would think that Televangelists just prey on the poor white person, right? I found that they prey in every language and every nationality. Some of the American mega-pastors start their church branches in poor countries to siphon what little poor folk have in their change purses. The South Koreans and the Latinos are big into it, too.

Blame the rock bottom levels of desperation that drives good common people to seek out these modern day religious snake oil vendors. The car note is overdue for a family that lives in the middle of nowhere. Loved ones, especially children, need serious medical attention and have no where to look for this money needed for treatments. Mommy has to leave her pre-teen children alone at night to go play "wife" to a quite a few lonely truckers at the 76 Truck Stop ten miles away. Grown mature daughter has to sell her body to buy meds for her aging mother. How many blow the landlord for another month under a roof?

These religious parasites don't care how desperate a situation is, the game is the same, sow a seed and reap the "blessings." Ten years have passed since they've planted the seeds and still no bumper crop. You know what these evangelicals tell you? YOU don't have enough faith. YOU didn't water your seed with the life giving water of faith. What's the cure? Sow another seed in faith!

And the vicious cycle continues.

Even more sinister ways to squeeze a penny from the congregation:

Sometimes, the local church admin has nazi secretaries that send you "reminders," an actual bill that you owe for last month's tithes. If you want to send your kid to private school, you're not allowed because your behind on your tithes. You're not allowed to do anything or hold any office or position within the church until you are right financially with the church.

There are churches that shun members for not paying tithes and offerings. You're not allowed to speak to those shunned members. Children are not allowed to go to Sunday school if their parents don't pay tithes and offerings.

It's a bless your heart shake down by the pastor and the church admin. And be careful if your beauty catches the pastor's or an elder's attention. Remember Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart?

This is really big in the South - pastors marrying 16 year olds w their parents' consent.

And God forbid you get sick! That means you're a member that doesn't earn or make a profit. They'll send their prayers and thoughts. They'll visit you once or twice and then forget you like a fart in the wind.

All for the love of money. I wonder how much is one of Paula White's "oral" services?

Trust me, money does weird stuff to people's minds.

PS: Did you know that Swaggart and Bakker are still practicing their snake charming AFTER being caught in adulterous affairs? Some people are just too stupid.

#avarice

#10 | Posted by KillerKarlKrupt at 2019-05-31 08:37 AM | Reply

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Illinois investigators are currently looking into allegations that James MacDonald, founder of the Harvest Bible Chapel, attempted to hire a hitman to carry out a murder on his behalf, the Christian Post reports.

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#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-05-31 08:48 AM | Reply

If you believe in god but don't believe in santa claus...then you're not really a capitalist

#12 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-05-31 09:56 AM | Reply

Whenever I think of televangelists, my mind travels back to the classic 80s cult film, "Repo Man," when Otto (Emilio Estevez) walks in on his parents watching some shyster TV minister and then heads to the kitchen to eat from a can marked simply "food."

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#13 | Posted by cbob at 2019-05-31 10:08 AM | Reply

Is it any wonder that every one of them are "conservatives "?

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-05-31 11:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And every one of them is a die hard Conservative telling their flock to vote for Trump.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-05-31 03:58 PM | Reply

Is it any wonder that every one of them are "conservatives "?
#14 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Authoritarianism is one of their traits, so...

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-05-31 05:24 PM | Reply

Woke up this mornin', turned on the t.v. set.
There in livin' color, was somethin' I can't forget.
This man was preachin' at me, yeah, layin' on the charm
Askin' me for twenty, with ten-thousand on his arm.
He wore designer clothes, and a big smile on his face
Tellin' me salvation while they sang Amazin' Grace.
Askin' me for money, when he had all the signs of wealth.
I almost wrote a check out, yeah, then I asked myself
Would He wear a pinky ring, would He drive a brand new car?
Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressin' room have a star?
If He came back tomorrow, well there's somethin' I'd like to know
Could ya tell me, would Jesus wear a Rolex on His television show.
Would Jesus be political if He came back to earth?
Have His second home in Palm Springs, yeah, a try to hide His worth?
Take money, from those poor folks, when He comes back again,
And admit He's talked to all them preachers who say they been a talkin' to Him?
Just ask ya' self, would He wear a pinky ring,
Would He drive a brand new car?
Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressing room have a star?
If He came back tomorrow, well there's somethin' I'd like to know:
Could ya tell me, would Jesus wear a Rolex,
Would Jesus wear a Rolex
Would Jesus wear a Rolex
On His television show-ooh-ooh?

Would Jesus Wear a Rolex lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-06-01 02:38 AM | Reply

#17

If he isn't wearing a Rolex the current "christians" won't listen to him, I mean if he can't even afford a Rolex how much can he really know right?

#18 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-06-01 06:24 AM | Reply

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