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(Charlotte Observer)   Charlotte, NC mega-church pastor who's building a 16,000 sq. ft. home responds to his critics by calling it a "gift from God." His congregation's response? A standing ovation. Mega-Fark: Church takes in $390,000 per week   (charlotteobserver.com) divider line 344
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2013-10-28 01:15:04 AM
Hey, if that's what it takes to make you feel good about sending a few dozen boxes of used clothes and bibles to godless heathens in faraway places, then more power to you..
 
2013-10-28 01:52:21 AM
I can't stand prosperity gospel but OMG who the hell cares? If you give a shiat then I can guarantee you didn't pay a dime for it. Unless you bought his books, and in that case you're just a conflicted idiot. Griping about how their politics might affect an election and possibly you is one thing, but this is about some dork fleecing rubes and putting their mattress money back into the economy.
 
2013-10-28 02:33:34 AM
I wish I had the nerve to cheat people like that.
 
2013-10-28 03:22:36 AM
That is about twice the amount my church brings in. Every year.
 
2013-10-28 08:20:43 AM
We don't tax these groups, why? Cuz jesus. .
 
2013-10-28 08:20:46 AM
Maybe I should start a church to fleece some poor suckers
 
2013-10-28 08:21:10 AM
I think the bible specifically warns about people like this.
 
2013-10-28 08:21:49 AM

Lorelle: I wish I had the nerve to cheat people like that.


Some days I think "Life would be so much easier if I didn't have any morals"
 
2013-10-28 08:22:31 AM

jakepowers: Maybe I should start a church to fleece some poor suckers


The more I read stuff like this the more I think Christians deserve to lose all their money, and why shouldn't I get in on it?
 
2013-10-28 08:23:19 AM
"My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house," he said while sitting at the edge of the stage at the church's Blakeney location. "It's a big house, and it's a beautiful house, and we thank God for it .... We understand everything we have comes from Godfrom all the gullible sheep out there who are afraid of death, allowing us to reap all their cash for personal fun and profit.."

FTFY
 
2013-10-28 08:23:19 AM

jakepowers: Maybe I should start a church to fleece some poor suckers


 i.imgur.com
Sorry what was that, I couldn't hear you over the sound of all the money I made
 
GBB
2013-10-28 08:24:00 AM

Vertdang: Lorelle: I wish I had the nerve to cheat people like that.

Some days I think "Life would be so much easier if I didn't have any morals"


Sounds like a great book title
 
2013-10-28 08:24:19 AM
I just all around picked the wrong damn career..........   Oh wait, I can sleep at night.   Guess all is well...
 
2013-10-28 08:25:30 AM

Vertdang: Lorelle: I wish I had the nerve to cheat people like that.

Some days I think "Life would be so much easier if I didn't have any morals"


Amen to that. I've always been a good people person, and usually between a smile, a handshake, and some reflective listening I can get people to see things my way. Sadly, I have yet to use that power for evil.
 
2013-10-28 08:27:06 AM
As a Christian I find this repulsive.  So for all the Farkers who think Christians are just like this pastor...we ain't.
 
2013-10-28 08:28:06 AM
So he drinks all of those people's milkshakes?
 
2013-10-28 08:28:18 AM

tbhouston: We don't tax these groups, why? Cuz jesus. .


Even if there wasn't a specific religious exemption, most churches would still be tax-free non-profits under various other rules. I hope that doesn't wreck your narrative.
 
2013-10-28 08:28:25 AM
Tax-exempt religion, baybee!
Here in the USA, everybody needs a hook or a scheme.

/Other peoples' money is how it works.
 
2013-10-28 08:29:43 AM
It scares me to realize that this is what I'd have turned into if my dad hadn't raised me right.
 
2013-10-28 08:30:19 AM
There's an empty cinema building near me I've been meaning to lease and get my mega-church on in.

I got to get cracking on that,,,,,
 
2013-10-28 08:30:25 AM
Don't believe in excess
Success is to give
Don't believe in riches
But you should see where I live
I, I believe in love
 
2013-10-28 08:30:58 AM
opiate for the masses
 
2013-10-28 08:31:22 AM
Rich churches are way better than the mega-churches.  My brother works at one and they have a full HD production studio to follow the mission groups they fund and make documentaries.

This is how rich people make themselves feel better for being rich.  Literally, sermons about it being ok that you have money are given.
 
2013-10-28 08:31:30 AM
Fool & money, soon parted.

Rich man, eye of needle, getting into heaven.

If people want to line up en masse to pretend to follow the bible while blatantly ignoring everything it says, that's on them.  It's not like they don't have the book to review.  It's not like there are no other churches for them to go to.  Prosperity Gospel is the biggest freaking sham perpetuated on modern Christianity, taking key messages of the gospel and ignoring them and completely teaching the opposite just so affluent middle-class people don't feel threatened and get to feel morally superior to poor people.  It's class warfare: the religion.  Keynesian Christianity.

It's stupid, really, really, REALLY stupid, but if they want to do it, they can.

One of the best things Pope Francis has done has been to actively spurn this entire line of thinking, by going out of his way to eschew the opulence that accompanies the Papacy, and to exhort his followers to do the same.

I'm not a Christian, I don't believe there will a Biblical-style second coming with Jesus of Nazareth returning in some divine glory and ending the world. . .but if he did, IF HE DID, you know that outfits like this would be getting the whole "moneychangers in the temple" act.
 
2013-10-28 08:36:46 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: opiate for the masses


Some of us give away our earnings and spend our lives trying to make the world a better place. And some people spend their lives trying to capitalize on it, but to suggest that everyone who calls themselves a Christian just likes to sit back and listen to messages that promote them as good people is ignorant to the extreme.

A contemporary theologian -
"When we truly discover how to love our neighbor as our self, Capitalism will not be possible and Marxism will not be necessary."
― Shane Claiborne
 
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2013-10-28 08:37:05 AM

enry: That is about twice the amount my church brings in. Every year.


I will bet percentage-wise it also moves more money out to the community.

Prosperity doctrine churches sicken me.
 
2013-10-28 08:37:50 AM
www.nndb.com
 
2013-10-28 08:38:14 AM
Religious dipshiats getting scammed out of their money... well, it's just as well. At least it's going to build a mansion instead of oppressing teh gheys or something.
 
2013-10-28 08:38:43 AM

HotWingConspiracy: I think the bible specifically warns about people like this.


yup... you are correct. what I always like to quote is: one cannot serve two masters (God and Mammon {greed/money} )
 
2013-10-28 08:40:18 AM

QuesoDelicioso: Religious dipshiats getting scammed out of their money... well, it's just as well. At least it's going to build a mansion instead of oppressing teh gheys or something.


Prosperity gospel churches tend to be in the forefront of the conservative evangelical movement. They're probably spending twice as much funding 'pray the gay away' programs.
 
2013-10-28 08:40:42 AM

mike_d85: Rich churches are way better than the mega-churches.  My brother works at one and they have a full HD production studio to follow the mission groups they fund and make documentaries.

This is how rich people make themselves feel better for being rich.  Literally, sermons about it being ok that you have money are given.


It's simple: the closer to money you are the further from God one is.

/one cannot serve two masters
 
2013-10-28 08:40:50 AM
Those "Elevation" church stickers are everywhere in Charlotte.  Not being the church going type, I was interested in what this newfangled thing was that everyone seemed to be advertising.  I was not surprised to discover the new method for delivering re-hashed dogma and "comfort" to a wider audience than previously seen in the area.  I am not surprised again to see that this douche-y con artist has made himself just like ALL OTHER religious leaders.  Integrity indeed, sir.
In case you didn't remember, the South still has lots of folks that believe in something that can't be proven and question the basic tenants of empirical science because jebus.  I love NC because of its land diversity and weather but the politics and people can be perplexing.
 
2013-10-28 08:42:22 AM
For the life of me, I'll never understand the type of poor or middle class person who will, when confronted by a rich person asking them to chip in money for their mansion/sports car/private jet/chopper/boat, will reach into their pocket to give them their money.

And feel good about it.
 
2013-10-28 08:42:29 AM

INeedAName: Some of us give away our earnings and spend our lives trying to make the world a better place. And some people spend their lives trying to capitalize on it, but to suggest that everyone who calls themselves a Christian just likes to sit back and listen to messages that promote them as good people is ignorant to the extreme.


Lets not wax intellectual here. It's a thing in peoples lives that helps them cope with daily life, period, end of story. Now the end result of that is that for some people through this coping mechanism they end up influencing lives and making the world a better place, however we'd be remiss to ignore assholes like this douche wagon who fleece people and taking advantage of them, however at the end of the day for these fleeced morans it's still their chosen coping mechanism for life.

Hence, an opiate for the masses.
 
2013-10-28 08:43:17 AM
What an eminently punchable face.
 
2013-10-28 08:43:58 AM
$390,000 a week!?  Joel Olsteen and his $70 million a year laughs at you.
 
2013-10-28 08:44:39 AM
i1.wp.com
 
2013-10-28 08:44:49 AM

stuhayes2010: $390,000 a week!?  Joel Olsteen and his $70 million a year laughs at you.


they won't be doing much laughing where they are going.
 
2013-10-28 08:45:27 AM

Fubini: tbhouston: We don't tax these groups, why? Cuz jesus. .

Even if there wasn't a specific religious exemption, most churches would still be tax-free non-profits under various other rules. I hope that doesn't wreck your narrative.


So many complain about Churches not being taxed yet the NFL somehow gets a free ride, and citizens of the towns are expected to help finance the stadiums and get blacked out from the games if the seats don't sell. But damn it if no one seems to complain about that. At least (some) churches try to make the world a better place. All the NFL has is some stupid pink penalty flags

/Oh wait they don't even have those anymore.
 
2013-10-28 08:45:28 AM
Who Would Jesus Dupe?
 
2013-10-28 08:45:53 AM

stuhayes2010: img.fark.net


That is so very true... and sickening at the same time.
 
2013-10-28 08:45:58 AM
1 Corinthians 7:79-81:  "That mega-church pastor...the one building the big house....What an asshole!"
 
2013-10-28 08:46:45 AM

cc_rider: Who Would Jesus Dupe?


you seem to be confusing Jesus and hypocrites.
 
2013-10-28 08:46:55 AM

Mambo Bananapatch: jakepowers: Maybe I should start a church to fleece some poor suckers

The more I read stuff like this the more I think Christians deserve to lose all their money, and why shouldn't I get in on it?


They are not all like that. Probably the majority are as appalled by this crap as you are.

I think all non-profit organizations need to be evaluated more closely for tax exempt status.

Of course, we live in a country where the NFL is a tax exempt organization, so that's probably not going to happen anytime soon.
 
2013-10-28 08:47:00 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: INeedAName: Some of us give away our earnings and spend our lives trying to make the world a better place. And some people spend their lives trying to capitalize on it, but to suggest that everyone who calls themselves a Christian just likes to sit back and listen to messages that promote them as good people is ignorant to the extreme.

Lets not wax intellectual here. It's a thing in peoples lives that helps them cope with daily life, period, end of story. Now the end result of that is that for some people through this coping mechanism they end up influencing lives and making the world a better place, however we'd be remiss to ignore assholes like this douche wagon who fleece people and taking advantage of them, however at the end of the day for these fleeced morans it's still their chosen coping mechanism for life.

Hence, an opiate for the masses.


Let's wax intellectual here. Since you're making an argument and attempting to prove it, I would say intellectual is exactly what we're trying to do.

First off - every belief system is a coping mechanism to explain a world that is far greater and more complex than our brains can handle

Secondly - a lot of people use Christianity as a crutch that allows them to show up on Sundays, say a few prayers and walk out the door feeling like they did their part.

However - there is also a large portion of the religion that acts on the calling they feel. And if an opiate is meant to sedate and cause apathy, Christianity serves as quite the opposite for many people who ascribe to its tenets.
 
2013-10-28 08:47:17 AM
Yay, another thread proving that the left will never be able to understand religion.

/and thus never be able to cause any lasting harm to it
//or even fight it effectively
///must suck to know that the people who will happily give everything they have to a priest will fight you tooth and nail if you try to take their money for the government
 
2013-10-28 08:47:24 AM
thumbnails.hulu.com

Remember when Jesus went into the temple and started wailing on those guys?
 
2013-10-28 08:47:51 AM

INeedAName: Vertdang: Lorelle: I wish I had the nerve to cheat people like that.

Some days I think "Life would be so much easier if I didn't have any morals"

Amen to that. I've always been a good people person, and usually between a smile, a handshake, and some reflective listening I can get people to see things my way. Sadly, I have yet to use that power for evil.


I own a small business, and while I live comfortably, I know it will never be much larger than it is now. Why? Because I'm not a sociopath. My business deals with other businesses, and I've come to the conclusion that the real winners, those who grow and prosper, all have one thing in common. It's that they use people as you or I would use a tool, with no emotion or attachment. Of course the best and most successful pull this off without this fact being obvious. On the contrary, the really successful are able to make people believe that the opposite is true.
 
2013-10-28 08:49:09 AM
Another Robert Tilton graduate. I trust the Bentley and gold Rolex will be 'gifts from God' as well.

/Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long & Joey Osteen smirks at the 390k/week. Not enough derp from the congregation.
 
2013-10-28 08:49:28 AM
1.  Tax the shiat out of these idiots.
2.  Pay for medical care for everyone

/gift from god?  They believe that shiat?
 
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