|The so-called Prosperity Gospel seems to rip off|
a lot of gullible people, in my opinion.
Prosperity Gospel is the idea that if you give a preacher, televangelist, or whatever, piles of money, then God will smile down on you and make you rich, too. You're doing God's work by handing over your hard-earned cash, goes the theory.
It's a terrible distortion of the usually harmless practice of tithing, in which churchgoers donate some money regularly, or some part of their income, to support the teachings and activities of their church.
The Bible doesn't exactly give big support to the idea of Prosperity Gospel "For the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the aith and pierced themselves with many griefs," (1 Timothy 6:10)
Or, as Relevant, a magazine on religion and culture notes, "Jesus didn't die on the cross to be our genie."
n the video you'll see at the bottom of this post,
If you want to be infuriated, watch the video. It's cathartic, so go ahead.
If you don't have the patience for that, I can give you their message in a nutshell.
First of all, if they fly commercial, they risk exposing themselves to "demons." The translation of that, I believe, is they don't want to get close to us filthy commoners, so we're "demons."
Besides, us commoners, even if we're not demons, distract them from their important business of praying.
Probably for more gullible people to give them even more money.
They also want to talk to God alone, so we don't want to have other people on a plane distracting these two preachers.
They probably don't want God to be distracted from the multitudes praying to Him that Copeland and Duplantis finally get arrested and charged and jailed for their misdeeds.
The personal jets are also needed, the pair say, because they have to quickly zip off to places having a spiritual crisis only they can solve. With more money begs.
Anyway, here's the infuriating video. It's stunning the hubris they have in actually saying these things in front of a camera:
And if you need an antidote like this, watch the video below the one of Copeland and Duplantis of John Oliver explaining the whole prosperity theology thing in a way that is truly hilarious and makes you understand it so, so well.
Oliver's video is 20 minutes long, but worth every minute to watch
Here's John Oliver: