Most TV Evangelists are an Abomination and Guilty of Heresy

I recently wrote a hub about Catholicism, I am not the sort that believes in having favorites and if the truth is of any importance all things must pass through it's corridors. T.V. Evangelists are no exception. I have found that most, and I do say most because not every single T.V. Evangelist is a heretic, T.V. Evangelists are complete heretics.


Most of them teach what I call the blab it and grab it version of Christianity. In other words all you have to do is believe something and God (also knows as Santa Clause) will grant your every wish. If you are sick and don't get well it's because you didn't have enough faith, if you are poor, it's because you don't give enough money (usually to the T.V. Evangelist's ministry). On and on it goes. Health, wealth and prosperity, they all espouse it, but is it biblical? What do the T.V. Evangelist's really believe and what does Jesus say?


Let's look at Joel Osteen. His ministry has been dubbed “Christianity Lite” because he would like to make sure that he never offends anyone.


Now what did Jesus say? He said that


Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.


Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.




Now let's take Benny Hinn:


Here are some quotes by him:


“Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge...you are god”


“God will begin to prosper you, for money always follows righteousness”


“Poverty is from the devil and God wants all Christians to be prosperous”



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These are but a few examples, there are many more but now let's look at what the Bible says:



Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.



Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.


Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:


Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.


Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.


Mark 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:



Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.


Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.


2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.


1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.


1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.


1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.


1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


I think through these two examples of embody the bulk of the heretical teaching currently blasted on T.V.'s across the country. What amazes me is that anyone listens to them at all, but they do and in great numbers. The book of Revelation describes a church that will declare that they are rich and yet will be dreadfully poor, wretched and naked, who can doubt that this is the church of our age?


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artrush73 6 years ago

Great hub, thanks you for sharing :)


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting artrush73


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit

You got it, sister. That was great! And thanks for using KJV. So many are needlessly running from it these days. I find it much easier to find good Bible teaching on the radio than on the tv for some reason. Thanks again


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Hi PastorAndrew: I love the KJV myself, thanks for writing.


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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

Good hub. I wish the EC's were regulated.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

EC's?


BostonUnit 6 years ago

Thanks for your blog. I generally agree with what you wrote and I also agree that KJV is best as well. And I agree with the general assessment from PastorAndrew that radio ministries are better than TV.

However, I would also like to point out that there are some excellent TV ministries that have a solid understanding of scripture and they teach a very biblical message.

One that comes to mind is Charles Stanley.

I wonder if you should have mentioned a few by name that you might recommend. It might serve as an example of one should distinguish the good from the bad. Just a thought.

As usual, I enjoy reading your posts and I generally read all the submitted comments as well.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks BostonUnit. You know I almost did mention Charles Stanley because I do like him and he is good preacher. He is the only one that I can think of off-hand that is edifying. Thanks for bringing him up, he definitely doesn't deserve to be painted with the same brush.


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Disappearinghead 6 years ago from Wales, UK

Good hub. These flakes make Christians a laughing stock to the world.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yeah, and we don't need any extra help! :)


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Well written and to the point. Glad to find fellow users of the KJV


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks bat115.


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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

EC's - Evangelical Christian (preachers)


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, I don't know if I would go that far, I mean as far as I know we still have freedom of speech. It would be far better if people knew their Bibles and didn't listen to them.


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willie28 6 years ago

there are more than many false people,preachers,teachers,evangelist in thee world. antichrist ones....

there will be only a few saved , many walk in darkness, and are blind , and will fall in hell, lake of fire -revealation book- jesus and god and the disciples all wrote this down .... holy bible


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Andrew0208 6 years ago from Zion

I understand that by a simple sampling that in every 12, you'll find a Judas but when it comes to the Word of God, there're no sentiments. If you're a believer in Christ Jesus, I don't mean a religionist who enjoys playing religion and it's dirty associated politics.

The TV evangelists cannot be categorized to be preaching heresy. I do not buy that!

Truly, we have to understand the reason(why) and the finished work of Christ. Persecutions are inevitable but thanks be God who made His plans known to us in Jeremiah 29:11.

Jesus said "ye are gods"(John 10:35) and that is what we are in Christ. It's no Heresy! Religion is no God and God is not religion. We ought to know whom we're in Christ. The Scripture is beyond religion, for He said "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Andrew0208:

Act 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.

Act 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

Maybe you should read the ENTIRE Bible!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

I used to think that "ye are gods" was heretical, until I did a study of the word "God" all throughout the Old Testament, which is "elohim" (theos in Greek). Yehovah (YHWH) is LORD, yet we are part of His body; this is why we are part of "elohim" or stated as "gods", for "elohim" is the word used in Jesus' statement (John 10:35). We are not little gods in and of ourselves, but are in Christ, and are knit together as one in Him (as He and the Father are one; husband and wife are one ~ the Greek word "heis"). I only recently studied up on this and it's in my hub "GOD: Let Us Make Man In Our Image?"

I agree whole-heartedly with the examples you gave in this hub ~ these guys are over the top. Joel Osteen won't even talk about hell. The prosperity gospel is "another gospel" than that preached by the Apostles and is to be accursed (Gal 1:8). And I love Charles Stanley! Blessings to all ~~ JD


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hubhub2 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho

Yes - GREAT. For many, many years I've told people whom I speak with about Christ NOT to look toward TV Evangelists for information about Jesus nor Biblical information in general. I in fact tell them not to even turn on TBN et al. Yes, there are a few good ones, but...!

When speaking with at least somewhat mature Believers I still don't encourage the hearing of TV Con Artists for fear their root will cease to develop. If I did encourage TBN et al it would be like I'm telling people to lean their ear close to all the rattle snakes until they find one who isn't. Good for you!

Is it any wonder Jesus says that in the Last Days (of which we are now on the very brink) there will be a great falling away? Look at the shallow teaching the masses are taught is genuine. They'll fall quickly.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Very true Judah's Daughter, unfortunately many people don't understand the difference and that verse is pulled out and twisted.

hubhub2, thanks for writing I'm right there with you.


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit

The issue about TV vs. Radio preachers got me thinking about the Bible's general condemnation of the eye gate and general commendation of the ear gate. "Lust of the eyes" is bad. "Faith commeth by hearing" in spite of the fact that our society says "Seeing is believing." I wonder if there is not something in the human nature that tends to make the visual nature more prone to improper and impure things even in "Bible Teachers."


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Maybe its just that those that would be "teachers" are held to a higher standard.


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Andrew0208 6 years ago from Zion

Hi Brie Hoffman, it is true that Herod was a nasty proud King, he wasn't striken dead because people appluaded him and called him a god on his oration but his arrogance and pride towards God's word and servants then. He always tried to mock the King of Kings and shouldered himself in the place of God as a rival.

Ye are gods in Christ Jesus. The Bible is not for any sentimental judgement and expressions but we must understand the finished works of Christ. Love is the anchor of Life and Law; minus it, any religion, religious laws, and set are 100% empty and unfruitful in our walk with God(spirit).


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Love without Truth is not love. See the comments by Judah's Daughter


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Andrew0208 6 years ago from Zion

How related?


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Because God is Love and Satan is the father of all lies, you cannot have both love and lies (absence of truth).


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Andrew0208 6 years ago from Zion

They're two different things. Your contest on the issue of a beliver's true identity as a god. Remember that the church or any Christian setup and organizations are not where you meet perfect people but the consistent walk in His word and love will perfect all that concerns any child of God who is still walking in the flesh.

Good you pointed some seemingly odds but what will you do about it? Is it to condemn and leave it that way or point it out, pray and believe God for a change in state for good; in fact this is what walking in love is all about. Thanks and God bless you.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

The whole world can't be changed by a simple post. I wrote about something that I feel is true and will defend its voracity, that is all.


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Andrew0208 6 years ago from Zion

Your prayer of intercession on this matter will also avail much. A pleasant new week.


Cheddar Chaz 6 years ago

Interesting. Yet you all think AH WEEYUL BE CONSIYINED TO EETURNULLL DAYUMMNATION. And why?

Because I'm a Jew.

So much for all that Love Stuff


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Nope, not at all because you are a Jew but because there is salvation in Jesus alone. So it doesn't matter whether you are a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Catholic, or an Atheist, salvation comes through Him only. You can pay for your own sins or you can let someone else pay, it's up to you, your choice.


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TonyAtHubPages 6 years ago

Quite a hub!

A number of things...

1. Televangelists do emphasize money for sure.

However, taking the opposite tack isn't accurate, either.

"Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalms 35:27 AV)

The point to remember is the following...

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” (Proverbs 23:4 AV)

Obedience ( to God, not the televangelists) is the key...

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isaiah 1:19 AV)

2. the ye are gods thing

Puppies grow up to be dogs; kittens grow up to be cats.

We're God's children.

This issue is quite important, since it was one of the things the pharisees wanted to kill Jesus for.

3. Your comment: "Love without Truth is not love."

Excellent point. Many people skip that.

“God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 AV)


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for the well thought out comments Tonyathubpages.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

I gave up on the God Channel when they wrote to me explaining that they desperately needed a couple of million in order to keep broadcasting (a few years back) and my immediate thoughts were... Well if Gods not sending it to them, I definitely shouldn't!

God will provide provision for those who work for Him, He is a great boss and never late in paying His workers, though I have noticed that He never seems to send the resources until you really need them.

His accounting system does not allow for His resources to just sit around not being used.

Good hub, always appropiate to expose the hirelings!

John


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks John, it really amazes me that anyone falls for their tactics.


two dogs 6 years ago

ask a native american about christian love. give me back my land christians show me the love. all I see is the dark side from my rez


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I can't speak for the people who stole your land but as a Christian I wouldn't have done it.


Hollander Price 6 years ago

Hold on. Are people suggesting we will grow up to become gods. I'm sorry but I don't think I'm up to the task! I'd rather sit at the feet of Christ and let Him run things.


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Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Benny Hinn is a wonderful teacher if one would ever take the time to listen. And Joel Osteen is about building up the body of Christ vs. tearing down the body of believers. Prepare to be amazed, Brie (not sure if 'tactics' is the right word, though). ;-)


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Benny Hinn is a false prophet and so is Joel Olsteen, prepare to be disappointed. I'll be sure to update this blog when they are blasted all over the 6:00 news for some atrocity.


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

You are correct, and there are more, and just hearing them on the "Gospel" channel moves me in a flash to change channel quickly


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Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

I won't be disappointed because my faith lies not in Benny Hinn nor Joel Osteen. My faith lies in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, how can I be disappointed? And I truly do not pay much attention to the 6pm news. I find it to be usually biased. God bless.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

If your faith is in Jesus Christ then you should know how far these men have wandered from His teachings. Shame on you.


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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

You are not coming against Benny Hinn with your accusations, but against the anointing on his life. Be careful Brie.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes I AM, he is not of God, he is of the evil one! I think it is you who should be careful!


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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

I just published a hub on fearing the supernatural and how that can cause a person to miss out on the miracle working powers of God. If you have time, stop by and check it out Brie. :-)


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Captain Jimmy 5 years ago from WV


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davidkaluge 5 years ago

Well, I do not see anything different here than the usual method of people using some bible verses to support their claim while they ignore other verses. The love of money or wealth is not good however poverty may also be a sin if you fail to work yourself out of it. Do you want men to depend on others when they can work and help themselves and others? Paul taught against such people. Jesus also said, seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added.He didn't say you ll be poor after it.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

The thing is are you seeking after money or God, God said you can't serve both. Btw, no where does it say its a sin to be poor.


Hester Bunch 5 years ago

I also love to hear Charles Stanley preach. He is an astounding good teacher of the Bible and he interputes it so well.I have learned a lot from his Bible study and still am.I hope some of you will check him out good, and see if you don't also learn from him. In God's love, Sissie


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree Hester, he is the only one that I am aware of on TV that is biblically sound.


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HOOWANTSTONO 5 years ago

Yes I agree, there are some disturbing preachers out there, although I dont watch TV ministers, but there are only two I could say you could learn from...Andrew Womack, and Joseph Prince.....but you will probably get those that dont like them too.

Just be wary not to follow any as God..


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I've never heard of either of them, but I, like you, don't watch TV preachers.


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

I would go as far to say that most Christians (including myself) are guilty of herecy.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

I would say then..that those Christians are not Christians at all but false converts.


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

What? Are saying that YOU know the truth?


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, I know Jesus Christ personally and He said that HE IS THE TRUTH!


Larry Fardette 2 years ago

My wife and I Love the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately we just learned a hard and disappointing truth about televangelists. Our 26 year old daughter Katrina, is dying from multiple health issues. She is our only daughter. We reached out to 3 ministries that we have supported over the years for help. John Hagee ministries, Jonathan Bernis-Jewish Voice Minstries and Pat Robertson-700 Club/Operation Blessing. All of these Ministries gave us the same response. They claim that their mandates state they can't help us concerning surgery for our daughter. What about the mandate of Jesus if you have it give it? Again I ask these T.V. non profit Moguls if they would take a personal offering concerning our daughter since our money made them millionaires in the first place. What do you think their answer was?


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm so sorry you had to learn this way. I will pray for your daughter. I know it's hard but if she dies and she is a Christian she will be in such a great place that if you knew you would be jealous of her! Heaven is soooo much better than earth that I think God keeps it from us so that we wont hurry up the life process to get there :) ALL THINGS WORK TOWARDS GOOD FOR THEM THAT LOVE THE LORD.

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