Cash, Coochie or Cock: A List of Fallen Evangelists

3 08 2010

All of these are listed on Wikipedia, if you want the skinny … but it really does come down to cash, coochie or cock.  “Offerings” will be unique in that it’s an excess of faith that ends up doing in some of the characters.  These folks are worth a gander anyway:

Aimee Semple McPherson, 20’s-40′s.  Lonnie Frisbee, 70’s-80’s.  Billy James Hargis, early 70’s.  Jim & Tammy Bakker, ’86.  Jimmy Swaggart, ’91.  Peter Popoff, ’87.  Morris Cerullo, 90’s.  Mike Warnke, ’91.  Robert Tilton, ’91.  WV Grant, ’96 & ’03.  Roy Clements, ’99.  John Paulk, ’00.  Paul Crouch, ’04.  Douglas Goodman, ’04.  Kent Hovind, ’06.  Ted Haggard, ’06.  Paul Barnes, ’06.  Lonnie Latham, ’06.  Gilbert Deya, ’06.  Richard Roberts, ’07.  Earl Paulk, ’07.  Coy Privette, ’07.  Thomas Wesley Weeks III, ’07.  Michael Reid, ’08.  Joe Barron, ’08.  Todd Bentley, ’08.  Tony Alamo, ’08.  George Alan Rekers, ’10…

And you know this has got to be a partial list, only those evangelists who had a somewhat national reputation.  Take a minute to imagine all the little churches dotting the American landscape from shore to shore.  Can you imagine how many skeletons have been unearthed  over the decades.  In my small hometown — population around 6500 at the time I was grew up there — I can remember two pretty massive scandals.  A youth pastor with a predilection for 15 year old girls and an Episcopal minister with a taste for other men’s wives.  True, these aren’t stories that make the papers, but everybody can remember these sorts of things.

How do people keep their faith, I wonder, when it’s so blatantly obvious that the “transformative” power of Christ does nothing to change our basic human natures?  Generation after generation being let down by their clergy and lining up at the pulpit to get yet one more serving of crackers and juice! … At the very least you’d expect them to demand a faith that incorporates true human characteristics into its theology.  But then what would become of the magical pixie dust that is the Holy Spirit?

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4 08 2010
eroc1

Oh my GAWD!!!!

When I was in high school and John had just gotten into Christianity (from Astrology) I was up late on Acid one night and a Robert Tilton info-comercial came on. (back in the day of 3 channels) Now, he always came on around 4:00 a.m. which was about the time I would normally get home, coming down of something or other. I had recently been in trouble (Car theft I think) and decided to give a call and donate $5.00 or something. He seemed so passionate, and held the answers in his half hour commercial. The next thing I know my house and family are being ASSUALTED by sales calls, daily mailers, COD packages, and MORE phone calls. It wouldn’t stop when I contacted him by phone and mail. (Even faithful John so through this cheat and demanded I call his organization) The most dissapointing thing: Never got my gold plated crucifix necklace with any donation….MADNESS!

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