SPRING 2007 SHARE-A-THON was in full swing from March 19th
until April 2nd. In the two weeks of this fundraiser, I
saw nothing different from past fund raisers Daystar has done.
Maybe that’s because Daystar kept airing video from their past
fund raisers. Most of what was aired was from the Fall 2006
Share-a-Thon, so I had already seen it, and gave my report (see
volumes 13 and 14 of the Noble Berean Newsletter).
Be that as it
may, I still need to report on the Spring 2007 Daystar
Share-a-Thon, because this is something that cannot be ignored, or
downplayed simply because they kept airing re-runs. The same
pleading and begging were very much abounding with the Lord
“speaking” to the TV preachers so many different dollar amounts
for the faithful to give, I had lost track! Marcus Lamb, who with
his wife Joni, run the Daystar TV Network, kept getting
interrupted mid-sentence from the Lord “telling” him all these
amounts, such as 120 people to give $1000, give $58.00 a month for
twelve months, or there are those who can give $10,000 and so
on…Like I said, I could not keep up!
Even with all the
re-runs airing, there were a few live segments. The featured guest
for most of them was our friend Mike Murdock. Murdock has many
notable accomplishments. He has authored 115 books and claims to
have composed more than 6000 songs. But moreover, Murdock is a
master salesman that can sell you virtually anything you don’t
need or want! No kidding! I really think he could!
This time around,
he was pitching his book "Jesus Was a Double Diamond: 58 Master
Secrets for Total Success.” Murdock shared 8 points in which
he calls "some of the secrets of Jesus.” Think of it! An
eight-point formula to have the same success as Jesus! What are
these eight points you may ask? Well, let’s take a look:
had something others needed – Salvation, which Murdock
believed in His product – Salvation of mankind…a product??
was a problem solver – Sin being our problem, again
Murdock never mentioned!
offered incentives – Eternal life…an incentive??
networked with people of varied backgrounds – No, Jesus
SAVES people from varied backgrounds!
went where He was celebrated, instead of where He was tolerated
– Just like He was celebrated in Nazareth? (Luke 4:16-30)
pursued the mentorship of more experienced men (Jesus at 12 years
old in the temple) – He was not looking for “mentors”, nor
did He have need of them, in fact these “experienced” men were
amazed at His understanding! – (Luke 2:46-47)
understood seed-faith – Jesus knew of sowing the seed of
the Word of God, not a financial pledge to a “Christian” TV
network! – (Luke 8:11)
At this point
Mike Murdock then wants to pray for 300 people to become
millionaires from the teaching from his book. He does not even use
the Bible! Of course, this is understandable since there is
absolutely no mention of praying for people to become millionaires
incredible! Murdock uses marketing tactics to describe the
ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and demotes Jesus, Whom
Matthew's Gospel calls the Christ, the Son of the Living God
(Matthew 16:16), to nothing more than a “Double Diamond”
multi-level marketing expert who shares the “secrets of His
success” with those who will “obey” and call in a pledge to
Daystar! From Mike Murdock’s own words:
"God is a
business man" – (Daystar Spring 2007 Share-a-Thon, March 24th
In saying such a
ridiculous and blasphemous statement, Murdock is lowering the
Almighty and Sovereign God of the Universe to nothing more than a
successful entrepreneur! But wait! It gets better!!
according to scripture, that the reason we're to sow seeds into
God's work is not to pay bills, not to just pay for light bills. I
believe the reason for sowing seed is to document our trust in God
and authorize Him to become our business partner"- (Daystar Spring
2007 Share-a-Thon, March 24th 2007)
WE CAN AUTHORIZE GOD TO BECOME OUR
BUSINESS PARTNER? What could Murdock possibly be
thinking in making such a statement? WE cannot authorize
God to do ANYTHING!! I have news for Mike Murdock: GOD
IS NOT OUR BUSINESS PARTNER!
Revelation 4:8-11 - And the four beasts
had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes
within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy,
LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when
those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on
the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty
elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship
him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before
the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and
honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created.
Does this sound
like God the Entrepreneur to you?
guest was Bishop John Francis of Ruach Ministries in the U.K.
Bishop Francis has been making regular appearances on Daystar, as
well as TBN and is an up and coming Word of Faith televangelist.
As was expected, Bishop Francis went on about “seed faith” giving,
but also urged potential givers to make sure they honor their
pledge, or else God will not be happy with you! This is a tactic
used by the speakers on these fundraisers to literally pressure
people into giving! Bishop Francis used the following passage of
scripture that most TV preachers use as their justification.
Bishop Francis starts with the importance of honoring your vow. He
me tell you what the Bible says in the book of Ecclesiastes. When
you do that and you release it, you release an angel. There's
angels that are being released right now, in the atmosphere.
There's angels ascending and descending" - (Daystar Spring 2007
Then he takes it
to the next level by specifically referring to Ecclesiastes
"Ecclesiastes 5 says this, suffer your mouth not to sin, or to
make a vow, or to make a pledge. He says don't do it because an
angel listens to it, and you cannot say you made a mistake because
God does not take pleasure in fools. When you so something, God
says I honor it, an angel has been released. An angel is being
released today" - (Daystar Spring 2007 Share-a-Thon 03/23/2007)
Bishop Francis is
quoting Ecclesiastes 5:6 to be exact. This verse never once
mentions that angels are ascending and descending in the
atmosphere, nor does it mention angels being released when you
speak a vow! Here is what Ecclesiastes 5:6 really says:
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh
to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error:
wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work
of thine hands?
This passage is
used as a means to pressure people to give…OR ELSE!! What
is very interesting is that Bishop Francis never mentions
Ecclesiastes 5:5 which states:
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow,
than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
According to this
verse you should not make the vow or pledge if you know that you
cannot honor that vow or pledge! However, this does not stop
Daystar! No, you must give “by faith!” The push is always to give,
even if the dollar amount that God is “telling” you to give is not
at your disposal. Bishop Francis simply looks directly into the
camera and states that you are to obey “the voice of God”
and give whatever you have but either way… YOU MUST GIVE!!
Apparently it does not matter if you have the money or not, or
even if you could honor the vow or not. However scripture states
that if you cannot honor the vow…THEN DON’T DO IT!!
SCRIPTURA – THE SCRIPTURE ALONE!
There is an
extreme burden placed on people to "get to the phone and
pledge!" The apostle Paul NEVER interrupted the
preaching of the Gospel to hold fundraisers, nor ask anyone for
money to help support his needs and his ministry. He took odd jobs
to pay his own way, not wanting to be a burden to anyone. He did
not tell people to give "$58.00 a month for 12 months" to his
ministry. He worked for his living and supported his ministry that
way. You will NEVER hear Mike Murdock, or Daystar mention
that during their fundraisers.
Paul was a tent
maker in Corinth and for more than a year he stayed and preached
the Gospel, which is how he supported his ministry there:
Acts 18:3 - And because he was of the
same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their
occupation they were tent makers.
Again, Paul never
approached anyone and told him or her to give a "seed faith
offering" to his ministry. As a matter of fact, even in his want,
Paul NEVER put pressure on the Church to give:
2 Corinthians 11:9 - And when I was
present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that
which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia
supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being
burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
church also gave to Paul’s ministry, but it was by their choice,
not with pressure from a preacher who’s “in your face” with
promises of “uncommon financial favor” or “unlimited
blessings” or “divine healing”…etc. The Philippian
church freely and cheerfully gave to Paul:
Philippians 4:15-17 - Now ye Philippians
know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed
from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning
giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye
sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a
gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
Paul stated the
Philippian church came to him and supported his necessity while he
preached. Yes, they were blessed by their giving, but not with
better jobs, or more money in the bank, or promises of
healings...etc, but their blessing was for them when they were to
give account to God in the next life, not here in this life, which
is what Paul meant in verse 17 when he said he
"desired fruit that may abound to your
there are expenses involved in ministry, but as you can see from
the example of Paul the apostle, there is no need to beg, plead
and even demand people to give to a TV ministry! There is also no
basis in the New Testament for such behavior! (Which explains why
most of the time, TV preachers use the Old Testament!) I truly
believe that if a ministry is of God, then God will provide for
It is best to
heed the advice of Gamaliel:
Acts 5:38-39 - And now I say unto you,
Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or
this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God,
ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight
Scripture for yourself! SOLA SCRIPTURA! The Scripture
ALONE! May the Lord bless you!
of this article will be out in May. I'll give my report on the TBN
Spring Praise-a-Thon, which will be aired during the week of April
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