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Creflo Dollar's Prosperity Gospel finds followers and critics
June 10th, 2012
07:22 AM ET

Creflo Dollar's Prosperity Gospel finds followers and critics

By Melissa Gray, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - The arrest of Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar brought renewed attention to his message of the Prosperity Gospel, controversial to some and faith-fulfilling to its followers.

Dollar, who was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter, is the founder and pastor of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta.

It claims about 30,000 members and has a multimillion-dollar sanctuary that resembles a golden-domed spaceship atop a hill.

Dollar said in a statement he would never harm his children and that the facts in the case would be handled privately.

Prosperity ministers preach that God rewards the faithful with wealth and spiritual gifts. Pastors such as T.D. Jakes, Dollar, and Joel Osteen have become the Prosperity Gospel's most well known preachers, building megachurches and business empires with a message equating piety with prosperity.

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While popular in the black church, it is not a solely black phenomenon, as seen in the ministry of Osteen, a best-selling author and megapastor at Lakewood Church in Houston. The church website says it is considered to be the largest church in America, with more than 38,000 attendees.

The Prosperity Gospel is a form of evangelical Christianity that largely grew out of the booming economy of postwar America, says Jonathan Walton, a professor of Christian Morals at Harvard and author of "Watch This! Televangelism and African American Religious Culture."

The theology's emphasis is on God's promised generosity in this life and the ability of believers to claim it for themselves. If God loves us, it teaches, then God will reward us with a new home, a good job, or good health, Walton says. God wants us to be prosperous.

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One of the problems that conservatives tend to have with prosperity theology is its focus on material prosperity, says Ben Phillips, a theology professor at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Houston.

"The Prosperity Gospel tends to mask the greatest need that any individual has, and that's to be reconciled to God through faith in Christ," Phillips says.

"The point is that God is the ultimate good," he continues. "Knowing Him, being in a relationship with Him ... in which He is God and we are His creatures, that is where joy is found."

Believers may argue, however, that material wealth is evidence of being in covenant with God, says Michael Long, a teacher of religious studies at Elizabethtown College and editor of the book, "I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters."

Those believers might say material goods are a side effect of believing in God and Christ, he says. "The focus is on getting right with God, but you know that when you get right with God, you're going to get something for it."

While the theology may attract more followers in a time of economic boom, the fact that it focuses so much on the individual and controlling one's own heart is a comfort in tough economic times as well, Long says.

Tom Brown, senior pastor of the Word of Life Church in El Paso, Texas, says wealth and prosperity are what God desires for us.

"Just as any parent enjoys watching their kids have fun, God delights in watching His children enjoy what money can buy," Brown writes on the website for his ministry. "I believe God is love and He desires the best life we can have."

Believers must then use their wealth to help others, Brown says - and that to have money for its own sake is pointless.

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Phillips says it's true that the Bible teaches Christians to care for the poor, sick and needy, "but the Bible also teaches that God uses and permits suffering in the lives of people for His own ends and purposes."

He points to the Book of James, which says we must value the trials in our life because they shape our character.

"Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation - since they will pass away like a wild flower," it says in James 1:9-10.

Critics may say prosperity followers are wrong, but believers say they are sincere, Walton says. The pastors may be pop culture celebrities, but it doesn't mean their congregations don't find fulfillment in the message.

The pastors' wealth, derided by some as evidence of hypocrisy, could also simply be seen as evidence of their faith, Walton says.

"The wealth is part of their authority," he says.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (598 Responses)
  1. Sunnylovetts

    God is a God who allows his people prosper. Prospering is GOOD. Good health, Good life, Comfortable wealth, Prosperous Giving, Prosperous love. Only the Devil wants people to think that their sickness and bad things that happen to them should be that way. God delivers us from our loss. He is abundance and God Almighty full of love!!!! I trust him over all you doubt filled spiritual weaklings at CNN!

    June 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • LJ

      So why was his SON against the material inequality between the wealthy priests and the working poor?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • GAW

      So Sunny do you now live in a $4 mansion and have 3 BMWs and are in perfect health?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      So believe in me, con people in to giving you money and all will be well...is that right? Sounds more like a con-artist and a truly lazy person than anyone decent and hard working.
      The fact that you trust an imaginary character that can't be proven to have ever existed says little for your intelligence or your morals.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • GAW

      In the meantime Sonny chew on this verse for a while (Isaiah 45:7, KJV) – "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Just so you don't blame the Devil for every evil in the world.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Cynic

      Obviously, you have never read the Gospel.

      Matt 19: Then said Jesus unto his disciples , Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven...And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a need than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

      Luke 6: But woe unto you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

      There are many other passages whereby Christ condemns riches and the love of riches. I suggest that you read them.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      @GAW

      please, as I am sure you can, explain John 3: 16 thru 21.

      As a bible scholar, this should be easy for you (we are impressed by you ability to find scriptures to justify your reasoning or judgement of GOD's Holy Word.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  2. Sunnylovetts

    We are all human we all make mistakes. No one is perfect, I'm an evangelical Christian who has made a million mistakes in life. That doesn't mean God hates me. Forgive the mistakes of our Christian brothers as we forgive everyone else the same way for their mortal flaws as we should forgive ourselves. Evil is our nature ever since Adam and Eve. I really love Mr. Dollar, he is great still even after this news. He has helped me discover God more-so and strengthened my faith.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Wilson

      Great observation Sunnylovetts and I agree 100%

      June 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • GAW

      Funny how some Christians can get away doing bad things and say "God forgave me" and then not expect to pay the price for their bad behavior.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Julie

      Yes, we should forgive our brethern, but we should also speak out when someone who places himself in a position of authority teaches people something that is against God's word. His "faith brings wealth" agenda is false and it should be so stated by other Christians.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      @GAW

      Where is your creditable and solid proof of wrong doing?

      Did you personally inteview the witnesses? Did you personally question the victim or the so-called attacker? Did you obtain any proof if and evidence that proves a crime was committed?

      You seem to be an expert at everything. The bible, GOD, devil, good and evil, right and wrong, criminal behavior, parenting, and just about anything else you post.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  3. Enlightenment777

    .

    I saved 10% a year by switching to Atheism !!!

    .

    June 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Sunnylovetts

      You saved 10% but lost your soul.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Please demonstrate that souls exist.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  4. Total Disbelief

    Hi, I'm new here. Can anyone, without the use of the concept of sheer "faith" demonstrate the existence of an almighty anything to me? I'm curious.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Sunnylovetts

      Without faith you can't even hear God let alone see his truth.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Blind acceptance of the unknown is not the path to truth.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Pirate

      Ya gotta have faith. Of course in the Flying Spaghetti Monster cause thats your only way to heaven. I know this to be true cause I have faith in his noodly appendages.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Julie

      God is a mystery. The book of Revelation states that in the end time "the mystery of God will be finished." Then we will have our questions answered. The reason Christians state their "faith" and "belief" is because they know Jesus. Jesus said his people would hear his voice and he would know them, and they would follow him. For me, when I heard Jesus the first time, I just "knew." Hard to explain.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Wilson

      Maybe the question that I would ask you is, Does air exist?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Easy...blow up a baloon...presto ...AIR.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      The existence of the almighty is exemplified by the crucifixion of the man from Galilee. Though he was without sin, he was scourged and hung to the death. Yet, he forgave his accusers, his tormentors, his betrayers, his enemies and yes, his fallen adorers. Without raising a hand against them, he triumphed over their meager power. His forgiveness is the ultimate almighty authority over the wickedness of this world and the men in it. Nations rise and fall, kingdoms come and go, fortunes are won and lost but the mercy of our savior endures forever.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  5. GAW

    Creflo Dollar is rich, not because of his faith but because he has a congregation of over 20,000 who pours money into his wallet, receives donations from thousands worldwide, receives thousands of dollars for numerous speaking engagements and not to mention makes a profit from the books and resources that he authors.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      @GAW

      And, Obama gets paid to do the same things.

      Any comments? He is telling the turth about the economy? He is telling you to believe in his message of Hope & Change. He is preaching the government and he are your savior. He takes your taxes and gives it to his union thug friends, bailing out GM, and spending your tax dollars on expensive vacations for his wife. See any similarities?

      Be wise and post about BHO. Tell the turth and your belief system.

      Or not... You can play judge and jury how you want. We know the reality of BHO. Your massiah.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • GAW

      My point was to show how Dollar was NOT getting rich. And why drag Obama into this? I have no doubt that politicians, actors ect make money in the same way. Somehow I doubt your ability to read carefully.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      @GAW

      read this... He doesn't receive a salary for his job as pastor of this mega church. Those who give to that ministry give to GOD and the work the ministry is involved in. Ans GOD will hold every minister accountable for their work on earth.

      When you work for free, you are doing well. GOD is not in the business of making HIS followers poor – abundant life is HIS message. Beyond riches or earthly possessions. Be a cheerful giver... GOD doesn't need our money, just your obedience. HE uses gold for asphalt, didn't you know? On earth, our system uses our resources HE has given us (temporarily) to hold and use for HIS glory.

      You may not like the messages Pastor Dollar preaches, so don't listen or watch them.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • GAW

      A sucker born every minute. And I don't plan to be one of them. btw Good luck on your new home in Florida with all the trimmings.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • dg

      So how did dollar get his mansion and cars and why so little transparency regarding the churchs finances and how he is paid?

      June 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Having a church is like owning a printing press for money and a tax free printing press at that.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Marty Nelson

    Why would the police arrest someone that is disciplining his child in his home. Hmmmmmmm . What's the other story behind this story. Hmmmmmm

    June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • wcb2009

      Because the victim called the police and asked them to come help her. No conspiracies here Marty

      June 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Total Disbelief

      That he probably disciplines other women in a different way?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • GAW

      Marty ready the article more closely and you will find the details clarify the event.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      Sad, sad, sad... Know the turth before you comment. Were you in the house?

      Teenagers are abusive to their pwrents. Do you have teenagers?

      She didn't get her way, she is the youngest, and probably like many of you posting – spoiled rotten to the core. Can't say no to those types, as a child or teenager they call the cops, as adults they sue. See similarities? Are you spoiled? Always demandind you way and forcing others to think like you?

      Mirror please. Everyone needs a gut check about now.

      Look real hard. Like what you see?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • GAW

      No Vulture most of us are not spoiled just against violence towards children. btw You weren't there either so you cant be entirely sure as to what happened either.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      He wasn't disciplining his child. He was abusing his child. Discipline would have involved something without physical force or violence. If he hit another person in the manner it is claimed that he hit her, he'd be facing assault charges, this is no different.

      Violence at home usually leads to violence on the victims behalf in the future.

      -14% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children. 7
      -36% of all women in prison were abused as children. 7
      -Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime
      -A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
      -*More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.2
      -Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. 1
      -It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
      -More than 90% of juvenile se.xual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
      -Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
      -About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
      -About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
      -The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion.
      (http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics)

      June 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      @Turth....

      Here's a stat you missed.

      Teenagers lie – 90% of the time, the other 10 % they have someone lie for them.

      Got teens?, prove the stat wrong... I'm sure your teens are all angels. Oh, you don't believe in those either.

      Sorry to hear you were abused as a child (reading into your post as if you had a personal experience).

      Not all parents or men are criminals. But, since most of you people are pro abortion – hard to believe you are on the child side of story (made up one at that). You don't even value life in the mother's womb, why start caring now?

      June 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • dg

      Vultures_R_U... Please show me where you came up with a statistic that shows teenagers lie 90% of the time. You obviously made this up... Just because your teens learned from you to lie doesn't mean all others have.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  8. Brian

    This kind of thing is the ultimate perversion of Christianity.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Julie

      Well said! Satan will stop at nothing to pervert God's word, and he often uses money as an attractant.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Julie: You need serious help! Satan and god do not exist outside of your buybull and the buybull was written 2000 years ago by man (sheep herding men at that...men who obviously had no comprehension of anything outside of taking care of their animals). To get you up to date...this is the year 2012, it is time you started residing within it or locate the nearest cave and move there if you can't handle the real world.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  9. johnmenacherjr@rocketmail.com

    WOW and you wonder where the country went???

    June 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  10. aaron

    faith yields wealth...just like jesus used to say.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Julie

      Did Jesus have a Rolex?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Ray Stevens

      You already know the answer, Julie.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Julie

      To Ray Stevens, sorry my attempt at wit and humor failed.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Tamala

      If they had made rolex's in Jesus' day I'm sure He would have had several because the people would have given them to Him.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Know What

      Julie,

      Jesus didn't even know what a wristw'atch is.... nor could he even write... nor about the existence of the Americas, Australia, the North/South Poles or any other stuff that the average 8 year-old today knows. He (reportedly) had *some* good advice for civilized, practical, beneficial human behavior, but there is not a shred of evidence that he was a supernatural being.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Know what – except that Jesus himself said he was on in being with the Father. Jesus was either who he said he was or he was a lunatic. He was not simply a good man who taught us some neat stuff. Since what he taught is undoubtedly good, it stands to reason that he was not a lunatic. That leaves the glaring fact that he is the Messiah. C.S. Lewis does a better job of explaining this logic, I believe in "The Burden of Glory".

      June 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Know What

      Bill Deacon,

      There is no verified evidence of anything that Jesus is reported to have said.

      Liar, Lunatic or Lord?

      You can add "Legend?" to that list.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I think credible archeological and historical evidence supports that Jesus did in fact live, walk, teach and die under Pontius Pilate. Your previous comment didn't exclude that so I presumed you were serious in your discussion. Not one of the "I don't believe because I don't want to" crowd.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Know What

      "Legend" does not preclude a person having actually lived, eg., there might have been a man similar to King Arthur who actually lived in England, but, you know, there are many legends about that personage for which there is no evidence.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • dg

      bill beacon, actually there is very little historical and archeaological evidence of christ being a living being. I recall the main piece of evidence is an author writing about his existance about 100 or so years after he died. Proving only a man named jesus that was involved in activities that angered pilate was alive at that time... No further proof in the roman historical records and certainly no proof of miracles or rising from the dead.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • fred

      Dg
      Know what
      There are few scholars that doubt the works of Paul (Saul of Tarsus). If you only take those letters all are in agreement with you have a very strong case for Christ. Paul did not write 100 years later he wrote 20-30 years after Christ died. So if you want to continue this nonsense that Christ never existed then you also need to call Paul a nut case that made up a bunch of stuff so he could get chased around town, beaten and eventually martyred for Christ.
      I to believer the faith of your denial is stronger than that of most Christians.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Get Over It

      fred,

      Ok, Paul was a nut. He was a successful zealot and a great salesman and PR person, unlike some others such as Jim Jones and David Koresh. It's likely that Paul's (and the other 1st century evangelists) motivation was the fact that Judaism was waning in popularity with the rise of the Roman Empire, and what better boost for it than to declare, "The Messiah has come!!!" Claim fulfillment of all those old-time prophecies and extend and prolong and preserve the Hebrew fantasy god.

      June 12, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • fred

      Get Over It
      Get Over It
      So a nut was able to lead in the formation of what we know as Christianity. Without Paul the other Apostles led by Peter were beginning to drift into a form of Judaism. They were actually going the other direction to appease the Jews. It was Paul that led in the necessity of Holy Spirit not mans works and ceremony that resulted in salvation. If Paul was nut he would not have able to form the churches he formed.
      You are way out on a limb claiming Jesus never existed or was a nut and then Paul and Peter were nuts. Worse yet you just made up a story out of thin air to justify your nonsense. The rise of the Roman Empire did not need another religion. It was the other way around where they became irritated by the Jews and Christians. At a much later point when they could not control the Christians they looked for ways to use this God.

      June 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  11. Harry

    Good luck getting through the needle's eye. Surely, these will be the first ones God will send to hell.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Julie

      Actually, I don't believe God sends people to hell. Satan sends people to hell. We were born already going to hell. God sent his son to save us so our souls won't perish. The gift of God is eternal life....you just have to want it.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Harry,

      What is your verified evidence for the existence of "Hell"?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Julie,

      What is your verified evidence for the existence of "eternal life"?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Julie

      To A Frayed Knot: Satan just loves it when people doubt the existence of hell.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Julie

      A frayed Knot: I know God.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Pirate

      I I know the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the one true God. How? Why? Evidence?
      Nope. I just know it.
      Oh and I also know he has bigger balls than yours

      June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "I know God."

      Julie: Really? Does your god resemble you? You need some medication for those delusions and some help to stop lying.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  12. Julie

    There are so many scriptures that speak against having money that I don't know where to start. Has this person actually read the Bible or is he just pulling ideas out of his.....
    "You cannot serve God and mammon." "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any many love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." "The love of money is the root of all evil." "And all that believed were together and had all things common and sold their possessions and goods..." "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." "With food and clothing, therewith be content." and on and on and on.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  13. Chut Pata

    Why is everyone after his teaching? His teachings are the essence of Republican Party, as highlighted by the economic policies of Ronald Reagan a.k.a. "Reagonomics". Poor guys are supposed to be bad guys receiving punishment from god for their sins, and rich guys are supposed to be good guys receiving god's bounty for their good deed. That is why they are not taxed, only middle class like us

    June 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Do you know Creflo's politics?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • tez07

      you are correct....the entire world revolves around the scope of U.S. politics

      June 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  14. Chris

    The man is being very selective of his reading of scripture.

    He needs to look up "camel" and "needle".

    June 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Julie

      Any attempt to make the camel and needle quote a justification for having money is just a person that wants money trying to find an excuse for chasing after it...I've heard so many different versions, when actually it is quite clear. Jesus is saying to avoid wealth. Clearly.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  15. ivan

    Does he know Jesus was poor?
    Oh, maybe his Jesus is another wealthy one !

    June 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Marty Nelson

      Was Jesus poor? NO How rich was he? Rich enough to have a treasurer and take care of his disciples. Sounds pretty loaded to me.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Marty Nelson

      When does a poor guy have a treasurer known as Judas. Hmmmmmmm

      June 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Julie

      Marty, your lack of knowledge of Jesus' life is making you look bad.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  16. Slovensko

    Jesus was homeless. Did God not love Him?

    June 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Jesus said his home was with His Father, not in this world. That made Him wealthy beyond measure. He had no need for earthly belongings. That's different than poor. Poor is having nothing. If the choice is between heaven and money, I choose heaven. You can make your own choice.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  17. :)

    So how rich was Jesus?

    June 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      He is the creator of all that is seen and unseen. Not really very poor, just humble.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Marty Nelson

      Rich enough to have a treasurer and take care of his disciples. 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • kay

      jesus most definitely had a treasurer (judas) and when he was crucified they cast lots (gambled) for his clothing, no one would gamble for anything that belonged to a poor man! #fact

      June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  18. steveo

    So I suppose all of the individuals who are wealthy and do not worship were made so by satan?

    June 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Julie

      pretty accurate. Satan took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world. He said "all these kingdoms will I give you and the glory of them, because they are mine to give, if you will bow down and worship me." When Satan said that the kingdoms of the world were his to give, Jesus didn't argue with him because he knew it was true. Satan owns this world.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  19. The Woof

    In my humble opinion with regards to this prosperity gospel, our Heavenly Father wants us to be rich in spirit more than in material wealth. Yes there are instances in the Bible where faith led to riches, Solomon and Job come to mind and they were both blessed in their endeavors because they placed nothing above or before God and His laws. God does not promise us wealth in our devotion to Him but He does promise eternal life thru His Son Jesus. It is better to seek the greater reward. Matt 6: 19-34

    June 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • fintastic

      Empty words without evidence.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      fin empty to you but not to others. Perhaps your perception is distorted. Can you prove it is not?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Marty Nelson

      Prosper and be in good health even as your soul prosper. Rich in health,relationships,money. Riches are just part of the pie.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Julie

      Good, but it is not just your humble opinion...it is the word of God....stated clearly over and over again.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  20. vultures_R_you

    CNN abuses and blocks postings.

    Up yours.

    June 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
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      cu-nt.....as in Scu-nthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      que-er
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sl-ut
      sn-atch
      sp-ank
      sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      sp-oon
      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      strip-per
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!
      There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

      June 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • vultures_R_you

      @Helpful hints.

      Thanks. Apparently over reacted. Postings no showing after refresh. They came through after a couple of minutes.

      We all know CNN and it's newsblog company are bias. But my bad this time.

      Retract up yours comment.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
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