Sunday, December 09, 2007

Today's Sermon: "Rendering Unto Caesar" Just Means Explaining That $23,000 Marble-Topped Commode

Typical. "Prosperity Gospel" Guy Benny Hinn and his mega-multi-millionaire fellow televangelists don't want the government (aka Caesar) to demand an accurate accounting of their spending habits; however, these same television preachers (aka sheeple herders) will continue demanding the ability to inject religion into government policies with impunity...

...And enjoying their $23,000 marble-topped commodes.

Two decades after a sex and money scandal sent Jim Bakker, head of the PTL Club (Praise the Lord), to jail for several years, a new generation of "prosperity gospel" acolytes is elevating the sanctity of materialism in religion to unseemly heights.

Jesus may have been a pauper, but wealthy televangelists have figured out ways to make obscene amounts of money from his message.

Like other nonprofits, churches and religious ministries don't have to account to the government for the billions they solicit and receive every year. The Internal Revenue Service rarely audits churches or other religious ministries. For that reason it's up to brave public servants like Senator Grassley to bring scrutiny and ask hard questions.

Some religious organizations have voiced concerns about the senator's inquiry, fearing that it might signal the beginning of the regulation of ministries and churches the government doesn't like.

Yet American taxpayers have a right to expect compliance with the law by tax-exempt institutions, religious or secular.

Citing First Amendment concerns, two of the ministries have indicated that they won't comply with the request. This sets up a possible showdown with the Democrat-dominated Senate Finance Committee.

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today and consider how these pseudo-shamans, these snake oil salesmen, these charlatans have perverted the word profoundly, in order to justify their lifestyles (of the rich and famous) to their flocks.

Verily, they say unto their tithers, "Give enough cash to me, and God will give... er, something... to you."

Ask your mega-church friends today: How rich has God made you, compared to your preacher man?

And ask them why Jesus didn't promise them material wealth in exchange for their belief.

I mean it, damn it!

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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